DIVISION 1. GENERALLY
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Animal means any live, vertebrate creature, domestic or wild.
Animal shelter means any facility operated by a humane society, or governmental agency, or its authorized agents for the purpose of impounding or caring for animals held under the authority of this section or state law.
At large means off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the owner, a member of his immediate family, or other responsible person, either by leash, cord, chain, or otherwise.
Dog means both male and female dogs.
Humane officer and/or animal control officer means any person designated by the state, a municipal or county government, or a humane society as a law enforcement officer who is qualified to perform such duties under the laws of this state.
Owner means any person, firm, association, or corporation owning, keeping, or harboring a dog. For the purpose of this article, the head of the household shall be deemed to be the owner in respect to any dog owned, kept, or harbored by any person residing in a household and kept on the premises.
Pet means any animal kept for pleasure rather than utility.
Pound means the place provided and operated for the restraint, care, and disposition of animals, whether the pound or shelter is public or private in nature.
Public nuisance means any animal which:
(1) Molests passersby or passing vehicles;
(2) Attacks other animals;
(3) Trespasses on school grounds, shopping centers or commercial business areas;
(4) Damages private or public property;
(5) Barks, whines, or howls in an excessive, continuous, or untimely fashion.
Restraint means any animal secured by a leash or lead, or under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person's commands, or within the real property limits of its owner.
Veterinary hospital means any establishment maintained and operated by a licensed veterinarian for surgery, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of animals.
Vicious animal means any animal that constitutes a physical threat to human beings or other animals.
Cross references: Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2.
Sec. 3-38. License--Registration.
(a) The dog license tax levied by this article shall be for the privilege of keeping, harboring, and maintaining a dog as referred to in subsection (b) within the city.
(b) All dogs kept, harbored, or maintained by their owners in the city shall be licensed and registered if over three (3) months of age. Dog licenses shall be issued by the finance office upon payment of the current license tax fee. The amount of the fee shall be set, from time to time and is on file in the finance office. The owner shall state at the time application is made for a dog license, and upon printed forms provided for this purpose, his name and address and the name, breed, color, and sex of each dogowned or kept by him. The provisions of this section are not intended to apply to dogs whose owners are nonresidents temporarily within the city, nor to dogs brought into the city for the purpose of participating in any dog show, nor to seeing eye dogs properly trained to assist blind persons when the dogs are actually being used by blind persons for the purpose of aiding them in going from place to place. The license tax imposed in this section shall be an annual charge and shall be payable on or before January 1 of each year. The grace period for annual registration will extend through February 15. The license tax on any dog over three (3) months of age brought into the city to be kept in the city, or on any dog which becomes three (3) months of age after January 1 of any year shall become immediately due and payable to the city.
(Code 1974, §§ 3-10, 3-11)