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Terms set out in this section have the meaning designated when used in this chapter unless otherwise indicated by the context:
ANIMAL: Any and all types of livestock, dogs and cats, and all other subhuman creatures, both domestic and wild, male and female, singular and plural.
ANIMAL BOARDING ESTABLISHMENTS: Any establishment that takes in animals and boards them for profit.
ANIMAL GROOMING PARLOR: Any establishment maintained for the purpose of offering cosmetological services for animals at a profit.
ANIMAL SHELTER: Any facility owned and operated by a governmental entity or any animal welfare organization which is incorporated within the state of Utah for the purpose of preventing cruelty to animals and used for the care and custody of seized, stray, homeless, quarantined, abandoned or unwanted dogs, cats or other domestic animals.
ANIMALS AT LARGE: An animal shall be considered to be "at large" when it is off the owner's property and not under immediate control by means of a durable restraint device capable of keeping the animal restrained; or an animal on the property of the owner and not securely confined by a leash, building, fenced area or appropriate transport device.
BITE: Any actual puncture, tear or abrasion of the skin inflicted by the teeth of an animal.
CAT: Any age feline of the domestic type.
CATTERY: Land or building used in the keeping of four (4) or more cats, four (4) months of age or older.
DANGEROUS ANIMAL: Any animal that, according to the records of the animal control department, or other city or county police agency and/or officer:
A. Has inflicted serious injury on a human being, with or without provocation, on public or private property;
B. Has killed a domestic animal, with or without provocation, while off the owner's property;
C. Has previously been found to be "potentially dangerous", the owner having received notice of such, and it is witnessed and documented that the animal aggressively bites, attacks or endangers the safety of humans or domestic animals; or
D. The animal is found to be in violation of any of the restrictions placed upon the animal, by the department of animal control, pertaining to a "potentially dangerous animal", as designated in this chapter.
DOG: Any canis familiaris over four (4) months of age. Any canis familiaris under the age of four (4) months is a puppy.
DOMESTICATED ANIMALS: Animals accustomed to living in or about the habitation of man, including, but not limited to, cats, dogs, fowl, horses, swine, goats, sheep, mules, donkeys, llamas and cattle.
ESTRAY: Any livestock found running at large, whose owner cannot be found after a reasonable search.
GOVERNMENT WORKING DOG: A dog trained to assist officials of government agencies in law enforcement exercises.
GUARD DOG: A working dog which must be kept in a fenced run or other suitable enclosure during business hours, and on a leash or under absolute control while working, so that it cannot come into contact with the public.
GUIDE DOG: A dog trained and certified by a nationally recognized training establishment, to assist physically handicapped persons. Examples include, but are not limited to, "hearing impaired", "mobility limited" and "seeing eye" dogs.
KENNEL: Land or buildings used in the keeping of four (4) or more dogs, four (4) months of age or older.
LIVESTOCK: Any normally domesticated animal that is not a cat or dog, such as: cattle, sheep, goats, mules, burros, horses, geese, ducks, turkeys, llamas, etc.
PET: A domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than utility, including, but not limited to, birds, cats, dogs, fish, hamsters, mice, and other animals associated with man's environment.
PET SHOP: Any establishment containing cages or exhibition pens, not part of the kennel or cattery, wherein dogs, cats, birds or other pets for sale are kept or displayed.
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ANIMAL: Any animal that, with or without provocation, chases or approaches a person or domesticated animal upon the streets, sidewalks or any public grounds, in a threatening or menacing fashion, or apparent attitude of attack, or any animal with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack with or without provocation. In addition, a potentially dangerous animal is any animal that, because of witnessed and documented action, is believed capable of causing injury, or otherwise posing a threat to the safety of humans or domestic animals.
QUARANTINE: The isolation of an animal in a substantial enclosure, so the animal is not subject to contact with other animals or unauthorized persons.
RESTRAINT DEVICE: Any chain, leash, cord, rope or other device commonly used to restrain an animal.
RIDING SCHOOL OR STABLE: An establishment which offers boarding and/or riding instruction of any horse, pony, donkey, mule or burro, or which offers such animals for hire.
VICIOUS ANIMALS: Any animal which has:
A. Inflicted severe injury on a human being, with or without provocation, on public or private property;
B. Has killed a domestic animal, with or without provocation, while off the owner's property; or
C. Has been previously found to be dangerous, the owner having received notice of such, and the animal again bites, attacks or endangers the safety of humans or domestic animals, or it is witnessed and documented that the animal is in violation of restrictions placed upon it as a potentially dangerous or dangerous animal pursuant to subsections 5-1-5E and F of this chapter.
WILD ANIMAL: Any animal which is not commonly domesticated, or which is of a wild or predatory nature, or any animal which, because of its size, growth propensity, vicious nature or other characteristics, would constitute an unreasonable danger to human life, health or property if not kept, maintained or confined in a safe and secure manner. Those animals, however domesticated, shall include, but are not limited to:
A. Alligators, crocodiles, caiman;
B. Bears (ursidae). All bears including grizzly bears, brown bears and black bears;
C. Cat family (felidae). All except the commonly accepted domestic cats; including bobcats, cheetahs, cougars, leopards, lions, lynx, panthers, mountain lions, tigers and wildcats. Any cat crossbred with a wild animal, as described herein, shall be considered to be wild;
D. Dog family (canidae). All dogs, with the exception of domesticated dogs, including, but not limited to, wolf, fox, coyote and wild dingo. Any dog crossbred with a wild animal, as described herein, shall be considered to be a wild animal;
F. Primates (all subhuman primates);
G. Raccoons (all varieties);
I. Venomous snakes or lizards;
J. Weasels. All weasels, martins, wolverines, ferrets, badgers, otters, ermine, mink and mongoose, except that the possession of mink shall not be prohibited when raised commercially for their pelts, in or upon a properly constructed, legally operated ranch. (1982 Code § 13-201; amd. 2003 Code; Ord. 2008-13, 9-19-2008, eff. 9-19-2008)