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(A) Whenever it is necessary to make an inspection to enforce any of the provisions of or perform any duty imposed by this chapter, or when there is reasonable cause to believe that there exists in any building or upon any premises any violation of the provisions of this chapter or state law, a health officer, police officer, code enforcement agent, or animal control officer is authorized at all reasonable times to inspect the same for compliance with the provisions of this chapter or any state law, provided that:
(1) If the property is occupied, the officer shall first present proper credentials to the occupant and request entry, explaining the reasons therefor; and
(2) If the property is unoccupied, the officer shall make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other persons having control of the property and request entry, explaining the reasons thereof.
(B) In the event the officer has reasonable cause to believe that the keeping or maintaining of an animal is so hazardous, unsafe, dangerous, or constitutes a public nuisance as to require immediate inspection to safeguard the animal or the public health or safety, the officer shall first present proper credentials and request entry, explaining the reasons thereof. If entry is refused or cannot be obtained the officer shall have recourse to secure lawful entry and inspection of the property.
(Ord. 4-2005, passed 2-28-05) Penalty, see § 91.99