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In addition to the general requirements for animal care and treatment in this chapter, every owner or keeper of a dog kept in the town shall see that such dog when confined outside:
(A) Has access to a shelter constructed of solid wood or other weather-resistant material, consisting of a structure with solid walls on all sides, a dry floor raised above the ground, and a solid roof sloped away from the entrance to protect the dog from weather and extreme cold. During winter and any day when the temperature is at or below 40°F, the shelter must be just large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around, the entrance covered by a flexible wind-proofing material or self-closing door, and must contain clean, dry bedding, which must consist of an insulating material that does not retain moisture, such as straw, of sufficient depth for the dog to burrow. On any day when the temperature is at or above 80°F, the shelter must be shaded by trees, a tarp, or a tarp-like device.
(B) Must be brought into a temperature controlled facility when the temperature is at or below 20°F, excluding double-coated dog breeds (as defined below) or at or above 90°F for all dogs regardless of breed, or when a wind chill warning, excluding double-coated dog breeds, or for all dog breeds when a heat advisory has been issued by local, state, or national authority, except when the dog in visual range of a competent adult who is outside with the dog.
(C) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
"CONFINED OUTSIDE." Confined outside the house, mobile home, or apartment where the owner is living. "CONFINED OUTSIDE" would include in the yard, or in a garage, shed, or barn without heating or air-conditioning. Access to a garage, shed, or barn maintained between 40°F and 80°F would not be considered confined outside.
"DOUBLE-COATED DOG BREEDS." A breed of dog with a dense undercoat of short hairs and a top coat of longer hairs (e.g. Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, German Shepherds, etcetera).
"TEMPERATURE CONTROLLED FACILITY." A building maintained between 40°F and 80°F.
(Ord. 2018-03, passed 2-8-18)