CHAPTER II. ANIMAL CONTROL AND REGULATIONCHAPTER II. ANIMAL CONTROL AND REGULATION\ARTICLE 4. OTHER ANIMALS

It shall be unlawful for the owner, lessee, occupant or person in charge of any premises in the city to possess and maintain any undomesticated animal or permit to be maintained thereon any stable, shed, pen or other place where chickens, fowl, horses, mules, cattle, sheep, goats or swine, or undomesticated animals are kept. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the maintaining of a stockyard or sales barn for the loading, unloading, temporary detention and sale of such livestock, if the location of such stockyard or sales barn does not otherwise violate the zoning laws of the city. The provisions of this article shall not apply to a pasture or other enclosure having an area of five or more acres during such time or times when the number of such livestock kept in such pasture or enclosure does not exceed the number of acres in such pasture or enclosure.

(Code 2008)

It shall be unlawful for the owner, harborer, keeper, or persons in charge of any horses, mules, asses, chickens, fowl, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, kids, to permit or allow the same to run at large upon the streets, alleys or public grounds of the city, or to be herded in or upon any such public places, or to picket any such animals upon public grounds of the city in such a manner as to allow the animals to be upon any street, alley, or public ground.

(Code 2008)

When any of the animals named in section 2-402 of this article shall be found at large in the city and not under the control of the owner or keepers thereof, it shall be the duty of the animal control officer to impound any such animal and keep the same in a safe place temporarily until the owner or keepers thereof shall be found. It shall be the further duty of the animal control officer to make diligent inquiries for the owners or keepers of any such animal or animals and return the same to any person lawfully entitled thereto. The animal control officer shall be entitled to receive from any such person the cost of feed and keeping of any animal impounded hereunder, and shall report the same to the council at its next meeting. When any animal shall be impounded which shall be a stray, as defined by law, but whose owner is not known in the community or whose owner cannot be found, the animal control officer shall report such impoundment to the sheriff of the county as provided by law.

(Code 2008)