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Title: 8 - Animals

Chapter: 04 - Dogs

Section: 330 - Disposition of potentially dangerous or vicious dogs

A.  All potentially dangerous dogs shall be properly licensed and vaccinated. The status of the dog shall be included in the licensing records. An additional fee of one-half the applicable license fee shall be charged for maintaining this additional information in the records.

B.  A potentially dangerous dog, while on the owners\' property, shall, at all times, be kept indoors, or in a securely fenced, locked yard from which the dog cannot escape, and into which children cannot trespass. A potentially dangerous dog may be off the owner\'s property only if it is restrained by a substantial leash, within an enclosed vehicle or otherwise under the physical control of a responsible adult.

C.  The owner of a potentially dangerous dog shall notify the animal control officer within twenty-four hours if the dog in question dies, or is sold, transferred or permanently removed from the county.

D.  Owners of potentially dangerous dogs shall notify in writing any person to whom the dog is sold of the status of the dog.

E.  After January 1, 1989 no dog which has been determined to be vicious pursuant to the provisions of Section 8.04.300 shall be licensed unless the owner or keeper of the vicious dog is eighteen years of age or older and meets the following requirements:

1.  Provide proof to the animal control officer the owner or keeper has procured liability insurance in the amount of at least one hundred thousand dollars covering any damage or injury which may be caused by the vicious dog during the twelve-month period for which the licensing is sought.

2.  The owner or keeper shall, at his or her own expense, have the word "vicious" and an identification number assigned to the dog by the animal control officer tattooed on the dog on the upper left rear thigh. The number shall be included in the licensing records and shall include the prefix "DN." The tattooing shall be accomplished by means of indelible or permanent ink acceptable to the animal control officer. Dogs previously licensed and tattooed in another jurisdiction need not be assigned a new number or retattooed but the tattooed number of the other jurisdiction shall be included in the licensing records of this county.

3.  The owner or keeper shall display a sign that visually depicts a menacing dog on his or her property warning that there is a vicious dog on the property. The sign shall be visible to the general public and approved by the animal control officer.

4.  The owner or keeper of a vicious dog shall certify under penalty of perjury to all of the following:

a.  The owner or keeper shall maintain and not voluntarily cancel the liability insurance required by this section during the period for which licensing is sought, unless the owner or keeper shall cease to own or keep the dog prior to the expiration of that license.

b.  The owner or keeper shall, on or before the effective date of the license for which application is being made, have an enclosure for the dog on all property where the vicious dog will be kept or maintained.

c.  The owner or keeper shall notify the animal control officer immediately upon discovery if the vicious dog is running at large, is unconfined, has attacked another domestic animal or has attacked a human being, has died, has been sold or transferred, or has been permanently removed from the county. Immediately upon discovery shall mean as soon as practicable taking into consideration the circum­stances, but in no event later than twenty-four hours after the occurrence or the next working day in which the animal control office is open.

d.  If the vicious dog is sold the owner or keeper shall provide the animal control officer with the name, address and telephone number of the new owner or keeper. It is unlawful to sell or give away a dog previously determined to be vicious unless the owner or keeper of the dog advises the new owner or keeper of the status of the dog in writing.

F.  All dogs determined to be vicious shall be confined in an enclosure. It is unlawful for any owner or keeper to maintain a vicious dog upon any property which does not have an enclosure.

G.  It is unlawful for any owner or keeper to allow any vicious dog to be outside of the enclosure unless it is inside the dwelling of the owner or keeper or it is necessary for the owner or keeper to obtain veterinary care for the dog, sell or give away the dog, or comply with any directive of the animal control officer with respect to the dog.

H.  In any case where a vicious dog is lawfully outside the enclosure, except in cases where it is inside the dwelling of the owner or keeper, the dog shall be securely muzzled and restrained, with a chain sufficient to restrain the dog, having a minimum tensile strength of three hundred pounds and not exceeding three feet in length, and the dog shall be under the direct control and supervision of its owners or keeper.

I.  The fee for licensing a vicious dog shall be double the otherwise applicable licensing fee in order to defray some of the expense to the animal control officer in keeping licensing records and enforcing the provisions of this chapter.

 

(Ord. 88-16 § 6, 1988.)