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Title 1 General Provisions
Title 2 Administration and Personnel
Title 3 Revenue and Finance
Title 5 Business Licenses and Regulations
Title 6 Animals
6.04 Definitions
6.08 Licensing for Dogs, Kennels and Pet Shops; Cat and Ferret Registration
6.12 Rabies Control
6.16 Dog Restrictions--Penalty
6.20 Impoundment
6.24 Restraining and Abandonment of Animals
6.28 Investigation, Citations and Penalties
6.32 Bear-proof Collection Bins, Containers, and Structures
Title 8 Health and Safety
Title 9 Criminal Code
Title 10 Vehicles and Traffic
Title 12 Streets and Other Public Places
Title 13 Parks
Title 14 Airports
Title 18 Town Annexation and Service Districts
Title 19 Initiative Ordinances
Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
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County Codes
Title 6 Animals
6.16 Dog Restrictions--Penalty
6.16.010 Dogs at large
6.16.020 Dogs at large--Livestock
6.16.030 Barking dogs
6.16.040 Number of dogs allowed
6.16.045 Dogs in heat
6.16.050 Vicious dogs

6.16.010 Dogs at large
    A.  It is unlawful for any person who owns, harbors or keeps or who has possession, charge, custody or control of any dog to cause, permit, suffer or allow the dog to stray, run or to be at large in or on any public highway, street, alley, sidewalk, park, place or school ground, or upon any lot or land whether public or private, other than that of the owner. 
    B.  This section does not apply to any dog performing under the immediate direction and control of the person responsible for the dog or an agent or employee of the person. 
    C.  The county officer may tranquilize a dog at large to aid in its capture. If a safe capture cannot be made using tranquilization, the county officer may use any reasonable means necessary, including destruction of the animal, to capture the animal. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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6.16.020 Dogs at large--Livestock
It is unlawful for any person who owns, harbors, keeps or has possession, charge, custody or control of any dog to cause, permit, suffer or allow the dog to stray or run at large if the dog, while straying or running at large, actively pursues, chases, attacks, injures, or kills, or worries any livestock within the county. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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6.16.030 Barking dogs

It is unlawful for any person who owns, harbors or keeps or who has possession, charge, custody or control of any dog to cause, permit, suffer or allow the dog to persistently and habitually howl, bark, bay, cry, or make any noise audible beyond the boundaries of the property on which the dog is situated for an extended period of time.  No summons and complaint shall be issued for a violation of this section unless there are at least two (2) or more complaining witnesses from separate households who have signed such complaint.  Such extended period of time shall consist of constant barking, baying, crying, howling or making of any noise for 30 minutes or more in any 24-hour period, or sporadic barking, baying, crying, howling or making any noise for 60 minutes or more during any 24-hour period.  Dogs making noise in response to a person trespassing, threatening to trespass, teasing or provoking the dog, or dogs while working as a law enforcement canine or working dog pursuant to 6.04.010, shall not be deemed a violation. (Ord. 1335, 2011; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)

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6.16.040 Number of dogs allowed
 It is unlawful for any owner, lessee or renter to hold, keep or maintain or permit the holding, keeping or maintenance of a total of more than three dogs over the age of four months: 
    A.  On the premises of a residence; or 
    B.  On the premises of a business other than a veterinary clinic or veterinary hospital; 
    C.  At any other location within a fenced enclosure; or 
    D.  Unless it is a licensed dog kennel, dog fancier or breeder kennel, dog rescue kennel, pet service or pet shop, or an organized day event for dogs. 
    E.  This section does not apply to working or welfare dogs. (Ord 1170, 2006; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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6.16.045 Dogs in heat
The person responsible for a dog in heat must not allow the dog to be at large or to cause a disturbance. Animal control may require a dog in heat to be confined to a secure pen during estrus. A dog in heat may be impounded if not kept in a secure pen after required by animal control. (Ord. 815, 1998)
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6.16.050 Vicious dogs
    A.  If any dog has bitten a human being the dog may be considered vicious by animal control or by a court of competent jurisdiction. The victim, or if the victim is a minor, the victim's parent or guardian, may request in writing that the bite should be considered as an indication of the vicious propensities of the dog. The statement must be filed with the animal control officer and when possible with the person responsible for the dog. It must include the reasons for the conclusion, the name and address of the person responsible for the dog, description of the dog and dog's name, and the name and address of the victim or the person making the statement. The following factors must be considered in making the determination if the dog is vicious: 
        1.  Whether the bite resulted from teasing or mistreatment of the dog; 
        2.  Whether any teasing or mistreatment was by the victim; 
        3.  Whether the victim was warned to stay away from the dog; 
        4.  The viciousness of the attack; and 
        5.  Any other circumstances that would be considered by a reasonable person. A dog must not be considered vicious when it is: 
        6.  Acting to defend an attack upon a human being by a person or other animal. 
        7.  Owned by the sheriff's department or other law enforcement agency when it is used in the performance of law enforcement work. 
        8.  Acting against a trespasser who has illegally entered the residence of the person responsible; or 
        9.  Acting against a trespasser who illegally entered on or into a fenced or enclosed business premises, when those premises have signs posted in a conspicuous way to the public warning of a potentially dangerous animal on the premises.
    B.  If a dog bites a person, the person responsible for the dog may acknowledge without a statement by the victim that a dog bite should be considered vicious by animal control. The acknowledgment must be in writing and must be delivered to the animal control officer. 
    C.  If a dog enters on the property of another and attacks an animal it may be considered vicious. If a dog enters the property of another and kills an animal or has on a second occasion entered on the property of another and attacked an animal, the dog must be considered a vicious animal. 
    D.  A vicious dog may be impounded by animal control until a secure pen is provided. 
    E.  A vicious dog must be confined in a secure pen. When not confined in a secure pen a vicious dog must be restrained by an adult with a sturdy leash of no more than 4 feet and must wear a muzzle to prevent the dog from biting with its mouth. The muzzle must be the proper size and design for the dog. Animal control must approve all secure pens, leashes, and muzzles used on vicious dogs. A county officer may impound any vicious dog that is not securely confined. The county officer may tranquilize or use any other reasonable means necessary to impound the dog. If the county officer determines that the dog cannot be safely impounded, the dog may be destroyed. 
    F.  The owners of a vicious dog must have it sterilized within 90 days of the date animal control determines the dog is vicious. The owner must provide animal control with a copy of the sterilization certificate signed by the veterinarian that performed the procedure. 
    G.  The provisions of section 6.20.010 apply to the impoundment of a vicious dog or dog in heat except that an impounded dog may not be reclaimed unless a secure pen is provided. If the person responsible for the dog fails to provide a secure pen within five days after written notice, the dog may be destroyed pursuant to subsection 6.20.010(B). (Ord. 1305, 2010; Ord. 1170, 2006; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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