(a)   No person shall keep or harbor any animal or fowl in the Municipality so as to create noxious, or offensive odors or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public.
   (b)   No person having possession of real property in the City of Springfield shall permit the “mass feeding” of animals on real property occupied by that person in the City of Springfield.
   “Mass feeding” occurs when cat, dog, or pet food or other edible material attractive to animals is left out of doors where it is readily accessible to feral cats, stray dogs, rodents, vermin and other species capable of carrying disease.
   (c)   It shall not be a violation of subsection (b) of this section to:
      (1)   Permit cat, dog, pet food or other edible material attractive to animals to be left out of doors if
         A.   The material is in a sealed container,
         B.   The material is in an unsealed container for the sole purpose of feeding the occupant’s domestic pets, during daylight hours for a period not exceeding four consecutive hours, or
         C.   The material is in a container suspended above the ground for the feeding of birds or squirrels.
      (2)   Engage in the mass feeding of animals as part of a licensed kennel operation on a lot zoned for such purpose.
   (d)   Whoever violates subsections (a) or (b) of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.  If the offender has been previously convicted of a violation of any provision of this section, a subsequent violation of any provision of this chapter shall be a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
   (e)   A violation of subsections (a) or (b) of this section may constitute a “public nuisance” as defined in Section 1323.01(i) and subject to the procedures and provisions of Chapter 1323 of the Springfield Codified Ordinances.
(Ord. 08-97.  Passed 4-8-08.)