§ 91.02  DEFINITIONS.
   The following definitions shall be defined as written unless the context indicates or requires a different meaning:
   ANIMAL CONTROL AGENT. Any duly authorized employee or agent of the Town of Watertown who may enforce the provisions of the Watertown Animal Control Ordinance.
   ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER. An appointed, duly authorized employee of the Town of Watertown whose primary responsibility is to enforce the provisions of the Watertown Animal Control Ordinance and Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 140, §§ 136A through 174F inclusive.
   ANIMALS. All mammals, fowl and reptiles, except human beings.
   AT LARGE. Off the premises of the owner or keeper, and not under the control of the owner or keeper, either by leash, cord, chain or otherwise.
   DANGEROUS CAT. A cat that either:
      (1)   Without justification, attacks a person or domestic animal causing physical injury or death; or
      (2)   Behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses an unjustified, imminent threat of physical injury or death to a person or to a domestic or owned animal.
   DANGEROUS DOG. A dog that either:
      (1)   Without justification, attacks a person or domestic animal causing physical injury or death; or
      (2)   Behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses an unjustified, imminent threat of physical injury or death to a person or to a domestic or owned animal.
   DOMESTIC ANIMAL. An animal that has been domesticated by humans so as to live and breed in a tame condition and depends on humankind for survival; any animal listed in 321 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 9.02(3), except as provided in 321 CMR 9.02(2)(d).
   FERAL CAT. A domestic cat who has been born and raised without contact to humans, or a domestic cat who has not had contact with humans for a significant period of time and has become un-socialized to humans; a feral cat is fearful of humans, may depend on humans for survival by means of a caretaker who provides food and a shelter, and is not likely to ever become an indoor cat.
   IMPOUND. Take into the custody of the animal control officer or animal control agent.
   INDOOR CAT. A domestic cat that lives in a dwelling or home, has a litter box, food, shelter, etc. provided by the keeper or owners and is never allowed outdoors; an indoor cat is dependent on humans for survival.
   KEEPER or OWNER. Any person owning, possessing, controlling, harboring or having custody of an animal.
   LEASH. A restraint of an appropriate length and made of a sturdy, unfrayed material suitable to allow the dog owner or keeper to maintain control over the dog. A leash is used to restrain the dog when upon the streets, sidewalk or any public areas, or to restrain the dog from entering these said areas.
   NUISANCE DOG. A dog that:
      (1)   By excessive barking or other disturbance, is a source of annoyance to a sick person residing in the vicinity;
      (2)   By excessive barking, causing damage or other interference, a reasonable person would find such behavior disruptive to one’s quiet and peaceful enjoyment; or
      (3)   Has threatened or attacked livestock, a domestic animal or a person, but such threat or attack was not a grossly disproportionate reaction under all the circumstances.
   OUTDOOR CAT. A domestic cat that lives in a dwelling or home, has a litter box, food, shelter, etc. provided by the keeper or owner, but is also allowed outdoors for any length of time during the day; an outdoor cat is dependent on humans for survival.
   SERVICE ANIMAL. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 28 C.F.R. Part 36.104, any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Service animals must be harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents their use. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. Service animals are allowed to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where the public is allowed to go. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic animals, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purpose of this definition. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort, emotional support, well-being or companionship do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
   STRAY CAT. A domestic cat, socialized to humans, who has lived as a pet in a domestic home, but has been abandoned, lost, or has left its domestic home; a stray cat is dependent on humans for survival.
   TOWN. The city known as the Town of Watertown, Massachusetts.
   UNCONFINED. Not securely confined indoors, or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or dog run area on the premises of the owner or keeper.
   WATERTOWN POLICE OFFICER. Any duly authorized employee of the Watertown Police Department who may enforce the provisions of the Watertown Animal Control Ordinance.
   WILD ANIMAL. Any animal not kept as a domesticated animal that is indigenous to this area of the state, including, but not limited to, coyotes, raccoons, beavers, wild turkeys, skunks, opossums, fishers, squirrels, chipmunks, rodents, and more.
(Ord. O-2017-2, passed 1-24-2017; Am. Ord. O-2018-79, passed 9-25-2018)