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August 17, 2013

City takes on dog ordinances

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"No person ... shall within the city permit or allow any dog, cat or other animal owned, kept, in the care of, in possession of, or controlled by such a person to annoy, endanger, molest, menace, attack, harass, threaten, bite or injure any person or animal; any such dog, cat or other animal ... is declared to be a nuisance and shall be taken up and impounded."

If a dog or animal bites or injures any person to cause an abrasion of the skin, they will be taken to the rabies control officer for impoundment "so that such animal may be securely confined for not less than two weeks."

"If any such animal described above cannot be safely taken up and impounded, it shall be slain by any police officer or rabies control officer of the city, and if any such animal having been slain shall have bitten or caused an abrasion to any person, the carcass of such animal shall be delivered to the rabies control officer," the proposed ordinance states.

Further, dogs and cats will not be allowed to "damage soil or defecate upon any street, sidewalk, park, public property or any other public place nor upon the private property of another person."

In addition, pet owners will be required to dispose of feces and waste on property where a dog is kept "as frequently as necessary to prevent an odor, unsanitary condition or other nuisance."

The proposed ordinance states no one will be able to "overload, overwork, beat, torture or commit any cruel act" or neglect an animal.

"Neglect is hereby defined to be any act involving the failure to provide for animal health or safety, including, but not limited to failure to provide adequate food, water, shelter, exercise, ventilation, or necessary veterinary care to an animal, or to adequately confine an animal in a manner appropriate to its species, breed, age and condition," the ordinance states. "Neglect shall also include leaving an animal unattended in a motor vehicle or other confinement without adequate ventilation or under circumstances where said animal is exposed to excessive heat or other harmful conditions."

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