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(A) Dogs at large prohibited. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to allow the animal to be off the premises of his owner and not on a leash in the City of Roxboro.
(B) Restrictions on pet waste.
(1) It shall be unlawful for the owner or custodian of any dog to take it off the owner’s own property limits without the means to properly remove and dispose of the dog’s feces from any public or private property.
(2) It is the responsibility of a dog’s owner or custodian to clean up the dog’s feces from any public or private property outside of the dog owner’s own property limits. Such property includes, but is not limited to, parks, rights-of-way, paths, public access areas, sidewalks, utility strips and streets.
(3) “Means to properly remove and dispose of feces” shall consist of having on or near one’s person a device such as a plastic bag, or other suitable plastic or paper container, that can be used to clean up and contain dog waste until it can be disposed of in an appropriate container. Such a device must be produced and shown, upon request, to anyone authorized to enforce these ordinances.
(4) This provision shall not apply to handicapped persons assisted by trained guide or assistance dogs.
(5) PUBLIC NUISANCE is defined to include a dog which deposits feces on public property or on private property without the consent of the owner or person in lawful possession of the private property, and the person owning, possessing, harboring or having the care, charge, control or custody of the dog fails to remove the feces so deposited. Provided, however, this definition shall not apply to any dog assisting a handicapped person. It shall also be unlawful for the owner or custodian of any domestic animal to allow it to repeatedly chase, snap at, or attack pedestrians or vehicles or to turn over garbage pails, damage flower or vegetable gardens.
(C) Horses ridden within city limits.
(1) No person shall drive, ride, or lead any horse or horse-drawn vehicle on a public street unless the horse is equipped with a manure-catching device. This provision shall not apply to horses used in parades and ceremonies; however, they are required to properly remove and dispose of feces at their own expense.
(2) A person shall be allowed to ride a horse on a public street only during the time between sunrise and sunset.
(3) No person shall ride or lead a horse or pony upon the sidewalks within the corporate limits.
(D) In addition to or in lieu of the general penalty prescribed in § 10.99, a violation of any provision of this section shall also subject the offender to a civil penalty of $25 which, if not paid by the offender within ten days after being cited for the violation, may be recovered by the city in a civil action in the nature of a debt, and each day that a violation continues after notification that such violation exists shall constitute a separate offense for the purposed of the foregoing criminal and civil penalties.
(Ord. passed 4-10-12; Am. Ord. passed 3-11-13; Am. Ord. passed 3-9-15; Am. Ord. passed 6-9-15)