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Article 2. Animals Generally
§6-201 ANIMALS GENERALLY; DEFINITIONS. For the purpose of this Article, the following definitions will prevail:
(1) “Animal” means any and all types of animals both domesticated and wild, male and female, singular and plural.
(2) “Fowl” means any and all fowl, domesticated and wild, male and female, singular and plural.
(3) “At Large” means off the premises of the owner or custodian of the animal or fowl, and not under the immediate control of the owner or custodian.
§6-202 ANIMALS GENERALLY; RUNNING AT LARGE; PROHIBITED. No person in charge, custody or control thereof, shall permit any animal or fowl to go loose or run at large in any of the public ways, or upon the property of another, in the Municipality, or to be tethered or staked out in such a manner as to allow said animal to reach to or pass into any public way, or upon the property of another, except in enclosed places on private property owned or leased by the owner of such animal or fowl.
§6-203 ANIMALS GENERALLY; PROPERTY OWNER; IMPOUNDMENT.Any person finding any animal or fowl upon his property to his injury or annoyance may take up same and remove it to any private or other animal shelter that will take possession of it. If no such shelter is available, he may hold the animal or fowl in his own possession, and as soon as possible notify the Municipal Police of this custody, giving a description of the animal or fowl and the name of the owner if known.
§6-204 ANIMALS GENERALLY; POLICE; REQUEST TO TAKE POSSESSION. The Municipal Police as soon as possible after receiving notice will dispatch an officer to appear at the premises and take possession of the animal or fowl.
§6-205 ANIMALS GENERALLY; RETURN TO OWNER. If the officer has or with reasonable dispatch can obtain the name of the owner or custodian of the animal or fowl, he will return it to the residence address. If there is no one at the address, he will leave a notice where the owner or custodian may reclaim the property. He will then proceed to the nearest animal hospital or shelter which will accept the animal or fowl and leave it. He will then serve or have served a citation on the owner or custodian for permitting the animal or fowl to go at large.
§6-206 ANIMALS GENERALLY; IMPOUNDMENT; BOARD FEES. The owner or custodian who redeems an animal or fowl from an animal hospital or shelter shall pay a board fee on a per diem basis in an amount previously agreed to between the Municipality and the owner of the hospital or shelter, but in no event shall such payment be less than ten dollars ($10.00).
§6-207 ANIMALS GENERALLY; OWNER NOT FOUND; DISPOSITION. Any officer or designated person picking up an animal or fowl and after reasonable diligence is unable to find who owns or has custody of it, will take it to the nearest animal hospital or shelter and leave it.
§6-208 ANIMALS GENERALLY; AUTHORITY TO IMPOUND. Any police officer or other person designated by the Municipality for such purpose is authorized to capture and impound any animal or fowl found at large, impounding to be in accordance with the procedure authorized by this Article. In the event capture cannot be effected promptly, the officer or person is authorized to destroy the animal or fowl.
§6-209 ANIMALS GENERALLY; DISPOSITION OF UNREDEEMED ANIMALS. Any animal or fowl not redeemed within seventy-two (72) hours will be disposed of in such manner as previously agreed upon between the Municipality and owner of the animal hospital or shelter. The owner of the hospital or shelter is made an agent of the Municipality for this purpose, and his actions in this regard are declared to be for a governmental purpose.
§6-210 ANIMALS GENERALLY; DISPOSITION OF LARGE ANIMALS. Should any officer or designated person upon call or upon his own initiative pick up a large animal such as a horse, cow or mule or any other animal not acceptable by any animal hospital or shelter, he is authorized to call a trucking firm or company. The firm or company will convey the animal outside the corporate limits to a farm previously arranged by the Municipality to handle such cases. The disposition of the animal in this case shall be handled in the same manner as though it were in an animal hospital or shelter.
§6-211 ANIMALS GENERALLY; SLAUGHTER HOUSES PROHIBITED; EXCEPTIONS. It is hereby made unlawful for any person, within the corporate limits of the Municipality, to operate or maintain a slaughterhouse; provided, after slaughter outside the corporate limits, animals may be processed for commercial purposes or otherwise therein. Fowls may be slaughtered and processed for commercial or other purpose within the corporate limits of the Municipality if the place used or maintained for such purpose is located at least thirty (30) feet from the street line and is kept in reasonably sanitary and clean condition. It shall be unlawful for any person so operating or maintaining such slaughterhouse to allow parts of fowls, carcasses, or blood thereof to remain open and exposed or accumulated in any manner likely to putrefy, or attract insects, rodents or varmints. Persons so operating or maintaining such slaughterhouse shall keep such premises clean and shall forthwith remove the carcasses and remnants of all fowls or blood therein slaughtered and shall exercise care to avoid noxious odors, offensive sights or conditions. It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to inspect any such premises and to make such requirements as to health, sanitation and cleanliness as are reasonably designed to promote the public health and comfort. Vehicles delivering fowls to such slaughterhouses shall be subject to all traffic regulations of the Municipality maintained in Chapter 5 of this Code.
§6-212 ANIMALS GENERALLY; RABIES; DISPOSITION OF ANIMALS AFFLICTED OR EXPOSED. Animals suspected of having rabies, or those that have bitten a person shall be isolated for a period of fourteen (14) days, or until a clinical diagnosis of rabies has been made. Animals bitten or suspected of having been bitten by a rabid animal shall either be destroyed, or be kept
segregated under veterinary control for the incubation period of the disease or until released from segregation by veterinary authority.
§6-213 ANIMALS GENERALLY; DEAD ANIMALS; DUTY TO REMOVE. If any animals shall die in the possession of any person in the Municipality, it shall be the duty of such person to cause the same to be at once removed without the limits of the Municipality and buried or otherwise disposed of. Such burial or disposition shall be at a place prescribed by and under the direction of the Board of Health. In case the owner or person having charge of any such animal shall neglect or refuse to remove such dead animal within ten (10) hours after its death, then and in that event the Board of Health shall provide for the removal of the dead animal, at the expense of such owner or person having charge of the same, such expenditure to be recovered in a civil action. Whenever the owner or other person having charge of any dead animals cannot be found, it shall be the duty of the Board of Health to cause such animal to be removed and buried at the expense of the Municipality.
§6-214 ANIMALS GENERALLY; DEAD ANIMALS; UN-LAWFUL ACTS. It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or bury, on any of the streets or alleys or other places within the corporate limits of the Municipality or within one (1) mile thereof, or cause to be buried, any carcass of any dead animal of any kind; and it shall be unlawful for the owner or person having possession of any animal that shall die, to suffer the carcass of any such animal to remain within the corporate limits of the Municipality or within one (1) mile thereof, for more than ten (10) hours after the death of said animal, except under the direction of the Board of Health as provided in the preceding section. And, in no event shall such dead animal be used as food for other animals or humans.
§6-215 ANIMALS GENERALLY; PROHIBITION AGAINST KEEPING DESIGNATED ANIMALS. It shall be unlawful for any person, or persons, to keep any cattle, hogs, horses, goats, rabbits, or other animals, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, or any other fowls in any pen, shed, or yard within the Municipality and its territorial jurisdiction and the keeping of any of the above mentioned animals or fowls shall of itself constitute a nuisance.
§6-216 ANIMALS GENERALLY; CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. Any person who shall unnecessarily or cruelly beat, injure, overload, overwork, insufficiently feed, turn out to die, abandon or otherwise abuse any animal within the limits of the Municipality, shall, upon conviction, be punished as hereinafter provided.