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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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Title 6 Animals
6.04 Definitions
6.04.010 Definitions

6.04.010 Definitions
 The words and phrases used in this title have the following meanings: 
    A.  "Animal": Includes every living creature that is not a human being.
    B.  "Animal control officer": An employee of Douglas County whose primary duty is the enforcement of the provisions of this title. 
    C.  "County officer": Sheriff or deputy sheriff or animal control officer. 
    D.  "Dog": Any domesticated animal of the canine family, of either sex, over the age of four months, including domesticated coyotes, wolves or other wild species of the same genus. 
    E.  “Dog fancier or breeder kennel”: Any dealer, operator, owner or person who is responsible for the operation of a commercial establishment engaged in the business of dogs for sale or trade, or other dog fancier or commercial purpose at any residence or other location in Douglas County.  The term does not include a person who breeds dogs as a hobby.  A veterinary clinic or hospital is excluded from this provision.    
    F.  "Dog kennel": Any place of business where dogs are kept for boarding, breeding, training, grooming, treating, sale or other commercial purpose not covered under the provisions of a dog fancier or breeder, dog rescue kennel, pet grooming service or pet shop license. A veterinary clinic or hospital is excluded from this provision. 
    G.  "Dog license": The license required to be issued for each dog pursuant to the terms of this title. 
    H.  "Dog rescue kennel": Any nonprofit single person, entity or group engaged in providing temporary shelter, care or placement of dogs for up to six months, or as approved by animal control, for the purpose of placing them with new owners. A veterinary clinic or hospital is excluded from this provision. 
    I.  "Immediate direction and control": The power to immediately restrict the actions and movement of a dog by the person responsible for the dog. 
    J.  "Livestock": Cattle, sheep, swine, goats, poultry or domesticated fowl or birds, or horses or other equines with or without rider. 
    K.  "Person responsible": The owner or person, who harbors, controls, has custody or possession of any dog or other animal. 
    L.  "Pet": An animal that is kept by a person primarily for companionship or personal enjoyment. 
    M.  "Pet service": Any single person, entity or group engaged in grooming or training pets, primarily dogs and cats, for commercial purpose or for training or competition, or at any residence or other location in Douglas County. A veterinary clinic or hospital is excluded from this provision. 
    N.  "Pet shop": Any place of business, located in a commercial or industrial area, where dogs and any other animals are kept for sale, training, grooming, treating, or other commercial purpose. A veterinary clinic or hospital is excluded from this provision. 
    O.  "Rabies control authority": The person designated by the legislative body of a town, city or county to administer the rabies control program or the animal control officer. 
    P.  "Secure pen": A pen with at least ten-foot-high walls or one covered at the top and on all sides with the base secured to the ground in a way that the dog confined cannot exit by digging underneath the side walls. The pen must be made of sufficiently strong materials and constructed so that the confined animal cannot exit. 
    Q.  "Service dog": Any guide dog, signal dog, or dog individually trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing animal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheel chair, or fetching dropped items. 
    R.  "Vicious dog": A dog which has bitten human beings or attacked another animal or has killed under circumstances that make it vicious under section 6.16.050. 
    S.  "Welfare dog": A dog held by animal control for adoption that is temporarily boarded at a residence subject to approval from animal control. 
    T.  "Working dog": A dog regularly, actively engaged in herding, the protection of livestock or farm animals, drawing heavy loads, or activities in connection with farming or agriculture and that may be housed, kept, or left in an area zoned for livestock. (Ord. 1340, 2011; Ord. 1305, 2010; Ord. 1170, 2006; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 687 §1, 1995; Ord. 584, 1993; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)