Article I. In General
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Animal- means all animals except human beings, vertebrate or invertebrate, wild or domesticated, including those animals in the zoological class of “aves” commonly referred to as fowl.
Animal Control Officer- means any person appointed as such by the City Manager, whose duties shall be to assist in the enforcement of this Chapter.
At large- means the status of an animal when it is not on the premises of its owner’s real property and not restrained by a competent person.
Competent person- means a person who is capable of controlling the behavior of a domestic animal and to whose command such domestic animal is obedient.
Dog- means all members of the canis familiaris, male, female or neuter, six months of age or older.
Domestic animal- means an animal kept as a pet and not as livestock.
Enclosure (dog) – means a fence or structure at least six (6) feet in height, forming or causing an enclosure suitable to prevent the entry of young children and suitable to confine a vicious dog. An enclosure shall be securely enclosed and locked and designed to prevent the animal from escaping from the enclosure. An enclosure shall have a secure top suitable to confine a vicious dog. If such enclosure has no bottom secured to the sides then sides must be embedded into the ground no less than one (1) foot.
Household- means those members of a family living in the same dwelling unit.
Inoculation, vaccination or vaccination for rabies- means the injection by a veterinarian or his authorized agent of a specified animal of antirabies vaccine into the body of the animal.
Notice- means relevant information conveyed from one person to another by personal delivery, deposit in U.S. mail, postage prepaid, or by telephone message.
Own- means to own, keep, harbor, shelter, control, manage, possess or have part interest in any animal.
Owner (dog)- means an individual who has lawful title to a dog, including the keeper or harborer of the dog. A parent or legal guardian shall be deemed to be an owner of dogs owned or maintained by children upon their premises.
Puppy- means all members of the canis familiaris, male, female or neuter, less than six months of age.
Restraint- means, when used in reference to an animal:
A. When controlled by a line or leash not more than 15 feet in length, the line or leash is held by a competent person.
B. When at “heel” of a competent person.
C. When within an attended vehicle.
D. When not more than 100 feet from a competent person, if such animal is not annoying any person or domestic animal or trespassing on private property or in a public area where animals are forbidden.
Vicious animal- means any animal which is fierce, dangerous, mean or uncontrollable; or one that has previously attacked or has bitten any person or domestic animal, or possesses a propensity to attack or bite a person or domestic animal.
Vicious dog- means any dog which is fierce, dangerous, mean or uncontrollable; or one that has previously attacked or has bitten any person or domestic animal, or possesses a propensity to attack or bite a person or domestic animal.
(See also 1-102; Code 2015)