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When used in this title, the following words, terms, and phrases, and their derivations shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ANIMAL: Any live creature, either domestic or wild, except humans or plants. Animal includes fowl and reptiles, but shall exclude fish.
ANIMAL HOSPITAL: Any establishment maintained and operated by a licensed veterinarian for surgery, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases and injuries.
ANIMAL NUISANCE: Any nuisance arising out of the keeping, maintaining or owning of, or failure to exercise sufficient control of, an animal or animals.
ANIMAL SAFETY OFFICER: Any employee or agent of the city, designated by the chief of police to administer and enforce the licensing, inspection and compliance requirements established by this title.
ANIMAL SHELTER: Any facility operated for the temporary care, confinement and detention of animals and for the humane euthanizing and other disposition of animals or any facility authorized by the chief of police or his designee to impound, confine, detain, care for or destroy any animal.
AT LARGE ANIMAL: An animal, excluding cats, that is off the premises of its owner, or if on the premises of its owner or of another, with permission, is not on a leash or otherwise suitably contained within a fenced enclosure such that it is under the immediate control of a person physically capable of restraining the animal.
CRUELTY: Any act or omission whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death of an animal is caused or permitted, including failure to provide proper drink, air, space, shelter or protection from the elements, a sanitary and safe living environment, veterinary care or nutritious food in a sufficient quantity. In the case of activities where physical pain is necessarily caused, such as medical and scientific research, food processing, customary and normal veterinary and agricultural husbandry practices, pest elimination, and animal training and hunting, "cruelty" shall mean a failure to employ the most humane method reasonably available.
DISPOSITION: Adoption, quarantine, voluntary or involuntary custodianship or placement, or euthanasia humanely administered to an animal. "Disposition" includes placement or sale of an animal to the general public.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL: Includes dogs, cats, domesticated sheep, horses, pigs (excluding potbellied pig), cattle, goats, sheep, nonpoisonous snakes less than three feet (3') in length, pigeons, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens, confined domestic hares and rabbits, pheasants, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, frog, ferret, mouse, rat, and other birds and animals raised and/or maintained in confinement.
EXOTIC ANIMAL: Any live monkey, alligator, crocodile, cayman, raccoon, skunk, fox, bear, sea mammal, poisonous snake, nonpoisonous snakes more than three feet (3') in length, members of the feline species other than domestic cat (Felis domesticus), members of the canine species other than domestic dog (Canis familiaris) or any other animal that by virtue of strength or inherent temperament or disposition would require a standard of care and control greater than that required for customary household pets sold by commercial pet shops or domestic farm animals.
GUARD OR ATTACK DOG: A dog trained to attack on command or to protect persons or property.
IMPOUNDMENT: The taking into custody of an animal by any police officer, animal safety officer, or any authorized representative thereof.
KENNEL: Any premises wherein any person engages in the business of boarding, breeding, buying, letting for hire, training for a fee or as such term might otherwise be defined by the zoning ordinance 1 of the city.
MUZZLE: A device constructed of strong material designed to fasten over the mouth of an animal to prevent the animal from barking or biting.
OWNER: Any person having temporary or permanent custody of, sheltering or having charge of, harboring, exercising control over, or having property rights to, any animal covered by this title. An animal shall be deemed to be harbored if it is fed or sheltered by any person or if the person purported to be harboring claims to have custody or responsibility for the care of any animal.
POTBELLIED PIG: A Vietnamese or Chinese potbellied pig kept for the sole purpose of providing human companionship.
SANITARY: A condition of good order and cleanliness to minimize the possibility of disease transmission and not producing adverse health or sensory conditions for adjoining property owners.
UNDER RESTRAINT: An animal is secured by a leash or lead under the control of a person physically capable of restraining the animal, or securely enclosed within the real property limits of the owner's premises.
VICIOUS OR DANGEROUS ANIMAL: Any animal that attacks, bites, or physically injures human beings, domestic animals, or livestock without adequate provocation, or which, because of temperament or training, has a known propensity to attack, bite, or physically injure human beings, domestic animals, or livestock. Any wild animal or any animal that without adequate provocation has bitten or attacked a human being or other animal shall be prima facie presumed vicious or dangerous.
WILD ANIMAL: Any live, nonhuman primate, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx or any other warm blooded animal that can normally be found in the wild state. The term "wild animal" does not include: domestic dogs (excluding hybrids with wolves, coyotes or jackals), domestic cats (excluding hybrids with ocelots or margays), farm animals, rodents, any hybrid animal that is part wild, and captive bred species of common cage birds. (Ord. 1228, 2011)
1. See title 18 of this code.