October 24, 2019
Any animal that does any of the following shall be deemed a nuisance:
- Causes damages to the property of anyone other than its owner or custodian.
- Causes unreasonable fouling of the air by odors.
- Defecates on any public street, sidewalk, park or building, or on any private property without the consent of the owner of the property, unless the owner or custodian of the animal shall immediately remove any such defecation to his own property.
- Barks, whines or howls, or makes other disturbing noises in an excessive or continuous fashion.
- Molests passersby or chases passing vehicles.
- Is determined by the city or the county health department to be a public nuisance by virtue of being offensive or dangerous to the public health, welfare or safety.
- Any animals that, by virtue of the number maintained, are determined by the city to be offensive or dangerous to the public health, welfare or safety.
It shall be unlawful for any person to have any animal determined to be a nuisance within the city.
Whenever a complaint is made to the city that an animal constitutes a “nuisance”, as defined in subsection A of this section, the animal control officer shall conduct an investigation of the alleged nuisance. If he finds reasonable cause to believe that a nuisance exists, he shall notify the owner or custodian of the offending animal that the nuisance must be abated within two (2) days. The animal control officer shall specify the method of abatement. If the owner or custodian fails to abate the nuisance in a timely fashion, or if the officer determines that a nuisance animal constitutes an immediate threat to the public health, safety or welfare, he may impound the animal pending a judicial determination of the status of the animal as a nuisance. (2004 Code)