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(A) Animals running at large.
(1) A person who is the owner or has charge of any animal shall not permit it to run at large in the public road, highway, street, lane or alley, or upon unenclosed land, or permit them to go upon any private yard, lot or enclosure without the consent of the owner of the land, lot or enclosure.
(2) No person shall cause animals to be herded, kept or detained for the purpose of grazing on premises other than those owned or occupied by the owner or keeper thereof without the consent of the owner of the premises.
(3) The running at large of such animal in or upon any of the places mentioned in divisions (A)(1) and (A)(2) above is prima facie evidence that it is running at large in violation of this section.
(4) The owner or keeper of an animal described herein who permits it to run at large in violation of this section is liable for all damages caused by such animal upon the premises of another without reference to the fence which may enclose such premises.
(B) Dog running at large.
(1) No owner, keeper or harborer of any female dog shall permit it to go beyond the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer at any time the dog is in heat, unless the dog is properly on a leash.
(2) No owner, keeper or harborer of any dog shall fail at any time to keep it either physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer by a leash, tether, adequate fence, supervision or secure enclosure to prevent escape, or under reasonable control of same person, except when the dog is lawfully engaged in hunting accompanied by the owner, keeper or harborer or a handler.
(3) No owner, keeper or harborer of a dangerous or vicious dog shall fail to do either of the following, except when the dog is lawfully engaged in hunting or training for the purpose of hunting, accompanied by the owner, keeper, harborer or a handler:
(a) While the dog is on the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer, it shall be securely confined at all times in a locked pen which has a top, locked fenced yard or other locked enclosure which has a top and which is located no less than ten feet from the property boundary line separating the owner, keeper or harborer’s property from that of an adjacent property owner, except that a dangerous dog may, in the alternative, be tied with a leash or tether so that the dog is adequately restrained and also kept no less than ten feet from the property boundary line; or
(b) While the dog is off the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer, it shall be kept on a chain link leash or tether that is not more than six feet in length, and additionally do at least one of the following: kept in a locked pen which has a top, locked fence yard or other locked enclosure which has a top; have the leash or tether controlled by a person who is of suitable age and discretion or securely attached, tied or affixed to the ground or a stationary object or fixture so that the dog is adequately restrained, and station a person in close enough proximity to the dog so as to prevent it from causing injury to any person; or muzzle the dog.
(4) No owner, keeper or harborer of a vicious dog shall fail to obtain liability insurance with an insurer authorized to write liability insurance in this state, providing coverage in each occurrence, subject to a limit, exclusive of interest and costs, of not less than $50,000 because of damage or bodily injury to or death of a person caused by the vicious dog.
(C) Animals in vehicles. When the dog is in a vehicle or is being transported in an open truck bed or other conveyance, it shall be confined in a locked crate or cage which is constructed of material of sufficient strength to prevent escape and posted with a sign stating “Vicious Dog” by both symbols and words, and constructed so that a child can not penetrate the barricade with his or her hand.
(2003 Code, § 90.02) (Ord. 3447, passed 1-3-2002) Penalty, see § 90.99