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A. Running At Large Prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any owner to permit any dog to be at large, off or away from the premises of the owner, possessor, or keeper thereof, unless:
1. Upon the private premises of another with the consent of the person in possession of such premises;
2. Such dog is under the direct and immediate care and control of a person and controlled by a leash not exceeding eight feet (8') in length;
3. Such dog is safely confined in a motor vehicle;
4. Dogs used for law enforcement.
B. Dogs Must Be Confined: A dog shall be confined upon the premises of the owner, possessor, or keeper, in such a way as to keep the dog out of all public rights of way.
C. Nuisances: No person shall keep or harbor any animal in the city so as to create offensive odors, excessive noise or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public, or otherwise permit the commission or existence of a nuisance as defined hereafter. Any animal is hereby declared to be committing a nuisance if it:
1. Disturbances: It shall be unlawful for any owner to keep any dog within the city limits which by loud, continuous, frequent, or habitual barking, howling, whining, or yelping, annoys or disturbs any neighborhood or person. When none of the residents who reside at the place where the offending dog is being kept are at home at the time a dog is making such noises which give rise to a complaint, such absence shall create a rebuttable presumption that the dog's barking, howling, whining, or yelping was unlawful. Any dog, which has persistently created the noises referred to in this section, as demonstrated by two (2) or more convictions of the owner thereof for violating this section, is declared to be a public nuisance and may be impounded.
2. Biting: Bites another person or domestic animal.
3. Unsanitary Conditions: Any animal which scratches, digs, urinates or defecates upon any lawn, tree, shrub, plant, building or any other public or private property, other than the property of the owner, keeper or harborer of such animal, is hereby declared to be a nuisance. Where the owner, keeper or harborer of such animal immediately removes all feces deposited by such animal and disposes of same in a sanitary manner, such nuisance shall be considered abated.
4. Sanitary Conditions: Every person who shall keep, maintain or harbor a dog shall maintain his premises, including, but not limited to, dog pens or runs, in a clean and sanitary condition so that they shall not be offensive, a harborage for vermin, or a health hazard. (Ord. 1467 § 1, 2019: Ord. 1427, 2017)