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1

Animal

means any living creature, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, cows, horses, birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, insects, fowls and livestock, but specifically excluding human beings.

2

Dangerous animal

Commits unprovoked acts toward a person or domestic animal that causes bodily injury; or (2) Commits unprovoked acts which cause a person to reasonably believe that the animal will cause bodily injury to that person and such acts occur in a place other than an enclosure in which the animal was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the animal from leaving the enclosure on its own. (3) Is defined as a "dangerous wild animal" by Section 822.101 of the Texas Health and Safety Code as amended. (4) Is a wild or feral mammal or reptile that is by its nature capable of inflicting serious bodily injury to a human. (5) Is a dangerous dog as hereinafter defined. (6) Local animal control authority has reason to believe has a dangerous disposition likely to be harmful to humans or other domestic animals. (7) Is trained or bred specifically for the purpose of fighting and capable of causing severe bodily injury to any person. (8) Has a history of attacking or injuring any person or other animal.

3

Public nuisance

(1) Molests passersby or passing vehicles; (2) Attacks other animals; (3) Trespasses on school grounds; (4) Is repeatedly at large; (5) Damages private or public property; or (6) Barks, whines or howls in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion.

4

Quarantine

means to detain or isolate an animal on account of a suspected contagion.

5

Vicious animal

means any individual animal of any species which has caused severe bodily injury to a person, which in the opinion of the animal control supervisor poses a continued threat to public safety

6

Wild animal

means any poisonous or dangerous reptile, or any other animal which can normally be found in the wild state and which animal is not normally capable of being domesticated, including, but not limited to, skunks, foxes, leopards, panthers, tigers, lions and lynx, unless certified for medical, biological, herpetological or other scientific research study.

7

Compliance with animal laws required.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, own, maintain, use or have in his possession or on premises under his control within the city any livestock, fowl or pets, except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.

8

Adoption of animal

(a) A person who desires to adopt a dog or cat from the city animal shelter shall pay to the city an adoption fee of $25.00 for each dog or cat adopted. (b) Adoption fees include one-year registration of such adopted animal.

9

Cats.

It shall be unlawful to own, harbor, keep, or maintain a cat over the age of three months in the city unless such cat is licensed and vaccinated for rabies. Cats must be vaccinated at or before the age of three months, revaccinated at twelve months, and each twelve months thereafter. Cat licenses shall be issued by the city upon payment of current license/registration fee of each cat. Before such license will be issued, the owner of the animal must present a certificate from a duly licensed veterinarian showing the name and address of the owner, description of the cat, the date of vaccination, the number of the rabies vaccination tag, and a metal tag which the veterinarian shall have furnished to the owner of such animal, on one side of which are stamped the words "Rabies Vaccine Administered," or similar language, and the date of the vaccination

10

Dogs

It shall be unlawful to own, harbor, keep or maintain a dog over the age of three months in the city, unless such dog in licensed and vaccinated for rabies. Dogs must be vaccinated at the age of three months, revaccinated at twelve months, and annually thereafter. Dog licenses shall be issued by the city upon payment of the current license/registration fee per dog. Before a dog license will be issued, the owner of the dog must present a certificate for a legally licensed veterinarian showing the name and address of the owner, description of the dog, date of vaccination, the number of the rabies vaccination tag, and the veterinarian shall have furnished the owner of such animal a metal tag, on one side of which are to be stamped the words "Rabies Vaccine Administered," or similar phrase, and the date of the vaccination. Such tag, at all times, shall be securely attached to a collar around the neck of the vaccinated animal.

11

Willfully taking dog collar or tag

Any person who willfully takes a collar or tag from any dog within the city shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

12

Trapping or poisoning permit

Any form of animal trapping or poisoning without a permit from the director of animal control shall be prohibited within the city

13

Commercial business permit

No person shall conduct the commercial business of selling, grooming, breeding, showing, exhibiting or boarding of animals within the city without a valid permit from animal control.

14

Responsibility - AC

Enforcement of this chapter shall be the responsibility of the director of animal control or any animal control officer. (b) Any animal control officer shall have the authority to issue citations for any violation of this chapter. (c) If the person being cited for a violation of this chapter is not present, the animal control officer may send the citation to the alleged offender by registered or certified mail. (d) It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with an animal control officer in the performance of his duties.

15

Authority to kill, impound or destroy animals.

Use such force as is reasonably necessary to protect members of the public from any dangerous animal where the actions of such animal reasonably appear to constitute an imminent threat of injury to any human being or domestic animal, including, when necessary, taking such animal's life. This provision shall include, but not be limited to, a peace officer in the performance of his duty. (2) Impound an animal which is diseased and endangers the health of a person or another animal. (3) Destroy an impounded animal at the city animal shelter if the director of animal control determines that recovery of the animal from injury, disease or sickness is in serious doubt.

16

Impoundment; disposition

The following animals may be impounded within the city: (1) Cats and dogs not exhibiting evidence of being vaccinated or registered as described in division 2 of this article; (2) Any animal infected or kept under conditions which may endanger the public or animal health; (3) Any animal that creates a nuisance, as defined in section 10-171; (4) Any animal running at large as set forth in section 10-143; (5) Any animal treated in a manner determined by the director of animal control to be cruel or inhumane; (6) Any animal that has bitten a human being or needs to be placed under observation for rabies determination as determined by an animal control officer (see section 10-87 for exceptions);

17

Care of animals

No owner of an animal shall fail to provide his animal with sufficient good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and proper care and good treatment. (b) No person shall beat, cruelly treat, torment, overload, overwork or otherwise abuse an animal, or cause, instigate or permit any dog fight, cock fight, bull fight or other combat between animals or between animals and humans. (c) No owner of an animal shall abandon such animal.

18

Operators of motor vehicles striking or killing an animal.

Any person operating a motor vehicle upon the streets of the city who injures or kills a dog, cat or other pet shall notify the police department immediately after such occurrence, giving the time and place of such injury or death, a description of the animal and the name and address of the person making the report.

19

Keeping of wild or vicious animals prohibited; exceptions

No person shall keep, or permit to be kept, on his premises within the city limits any wild or vicious animal for display or for exhibition purposes, whether gratuitously, for a fee or as a pet. This section shall not be construed to apply to zoological parks, performing animal exhibitions or circuses.

20

Confinement of fierce or vicious animals.

Animals of fierce or vicious propensities, whether licensed or not, shall not be allowed within the city. Any dogs used by law enforcement authorities or approved by the police department as watch dogs for business establishments shall be confined by the owner within a building or secure enclosure, and securely muzzled or caged whenever such dogs are off the premises of their owners.

21

Dangerous animals

Once an animal has been determined to be a dangerous animal by the animal control supervisor or his agent, the owner of the animal shall be notified in writing of that designation. Within 30 days following notification, the owner of a dangerous animal will be required to comply with the following restrictions on that animal including current and revised state law, state regulated requirements and fees regarding dangerous animals (i.e., dangerous dogs):

22

Care of livestock

No owner of any livestock shall fail to provide his livestock with sufficient good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and proper care and good treatment. (b) No person shall beat, cruelly treat, torment, overload, overwork or otherwise abuse any livestock, or cause, instigate or permit to fight, bull fight or any other combat between livestock or between livestock and humans. (c) No owner of any livestock shall abandon such livestock.

23

Accumulated junk and other unsightly materials

The city restricts any accumulated junk, automobiles, or parts thereof, machinery, rubbish, especially that which results from dismantling or disassembling of automobiles, machinery, etc., whether placed or located as a wrecking yard or junkyard, personal use or otherwise, which creates an unsightly or depreciating appearance on any lot, tract or parcel of land within the city limits.

24

Motor vehicle nuisance

A person commits an offense if, within the limits of the city, while operating a motor vehicle or as a passenger in any motor vehicle operated upon the public streets, or while in a motor vehicle in public place whether or not the vehicle is being operated, that person operates or plays a radio, CD player, tape playing device, or any other mechanical or electronic device in such a manner as to create sounds or vibrations from the production of such sounds that can be heard or felt by persons inside of another enclosed vehicle, residence, or business and the level or volume of such sounds or vibrations is unreasonable and offensive to persons of ordinary sensibilities.

25

Unreasonable noise - vehicle

A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly makes loud and unreasonable noise in a public place or so near a private residence or another person so as to harass, annoy or harm a person of ordinary sensibilities or so as to disturb the comfort and repose of persons of ordinary sensibilities

26

The following shall be defenses to the offenses enumerated in the foregoing sections:

The noise was generated from a device approved and licensed for use on city streets such as ice cream vendor bells, chimes or music; (2) The noise was generated from a horn, bell, whistle or other approved traffic warning device; or (3) The person was operating an authorized emergency vehicle.

27

Abandonment or storage of self-locking refrigerators and iceboxes

It shall be unlawful for any person to abandon or store within the city any refrigerator, icebox or other receptacle containing a self-locking device without first removing the hinges, locking device or door from such refrigerator, icebox or other receptacle when such refrigerator, icebox or other receptacle might be accessible to children.

28

Glass containers or bottles.

While on the premises of any city park, it shall be unlawful for a member of the public to possess a glass container and/or glass bottle.

29

Organized athletic events

Until the scheduled event is concluded; however, no organized athletic event may begin after 10:00 p.m. and all organized athletic events must be concluded by 11:00 p.m. No event may begin before 8:00 a.m.

all other uses
Sunrise to sunset

30

Park activities

All unauthorized cooking devices are prohibited. Such as open flames with the exception of barbeque grills. (b) Littering is prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to throw or deposit trash, yard waste or solid waste of any kind or nature in any park within the city except in public receptacles and in such a manner that the trash, yard waste or solid waste will be prevented from being carried or deposited by the elements upon any part of the park or upon any street or any public place. Where public receptacles are not provided, all such trash, yard waste or solid waste shall be carried away from the park by the person responsible for its presence and properly disposed of as same is provided for herein. (c) All skateboard activity is prohibited unless in designated areas or designated parks marked for skateboard activity. (d) All city parks shall be closed or have designated days closed for maintenance and remodeling for the period of December 1st thru January 31st. (e) All livestock shall be prohibited in all city parks. (f) Any person who violates the parks hours of operation shall be issued a warning for the first offense and a citation for the second offense thereafter not to exceed $75.00.