Chapter 6.04
6.04.010: DEFINITIONS:

6.04.010: DEFINITIONS:linklink

As used in this title:

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER: Any city police officer or other person appointed or designated an animal control officer by the city manager, or any officer or employee of another local government agency acting pursuant to contract with the city.

ANIMAL UNDER RESTRAINT: Animals shall at all times be under restraint. An animal shall only be deemed under restraint if controlled or confined by a leash, cage or pen, inside a vehicle, inside a residence, confined within a secure fence structure, or secured by a restraint such that the animal cannot get loose.

BITE: An actual puncture, tear, or abrasion of the skin inflicted by the teeth of an animal.

DOMESTICATED ANIMAL: Any animal identified as a permitted farm animal in section of this code.

HARBOR: Includes any act of sheltering or providing a home for an animal, or two (2) or more acts of feeding an animal.

LEASH: Any chain, rope, or lead used to restrain an animal.


A. The owner of an animal;

B. Any person harboring an animal on a constant or continuous basis for one week or more;

C. Any agent of the owner charged with the care of the animal;

D. Any person residing with the owner and present at a time when the owner is absent and the animal commits a violation of this title; or

E. Any person having the care, custody or control of an animal.

PET SHOP: Any establishment containing cages or exhibition pens, not part of a kennel or cattery, wherein dogs, cats, birds, or other pets for sale are kept or displayed.

QUARANTINE: The isolation of an animal in a substantial enclosure so that the animal is not subject to contact with other animals or unauthorized persons.

STRAY: Any animal for which no person is responsible.

WILD ANIMAL: Any animal of a species which is by and large not domesticated, regardless of whether, in a specific case, a particular animal of the species is or is not domesticated. Such animals include, among others:

A. Alligators, crocodiles, and caiman.

B. Bears.

C. Cat family. All cats including cheetahs, cougars, leopards, lions, lynx, panthers, mountain lions, tigers, and wildcats; except the commonly accepted domesticated cats.

D. Dog family. All dogs including wolves, foxes, coyotes, and wild dingoes; except the commonly accepted domesticated dogs. (Any dog crossbred with a wild animal as described above shall be considered to be a wild animal.)

E. Porcupines.

F. All subhuman primates.

G. Raccoons.

H. Skunks.

I. Venomous snakes or lizards.

J. Venomous fish and piranha.

K. Weasels. All weasels including martens, wolverines, badgers, otters, ermines, mink, and mongooses; except the commonly accepted domesticated ferrets. (The possession of mink shall not be prohibited when raised commercially for their pelts, in or upon a properly constructed legally operated ranch.) (Ord. 2014-14, 11-18-2014)
6.04.020: ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS:linklink

A. Duties: All animal control officers are responsible to enforce this chapter.

B. Interference: Any person who knowingly and intentionally interferes with an animal control officer while said officer is performing his or her duties as an animal control officer shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor, punishable as provided by title 1, chapter 1.28 of this code. (Ord. 2014-14, 11-18-2014)