Ordinance #60: Dogs (Amended by Ordinance #79)

ORDINANCE #60

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR LICENSING OF DOGS OWNED, KEPT, OR HARBORED WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN, FIXING FEES FOR SAID LICENSING, LICENSE DUE DATE, GUIDELINES FOR DOGS, PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES, REPEALING ORDINANCE #8.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN, IDAHO:

SECTION 1. It shall be unlawful for the owner, keeper, or harborer of any dog within the city limits of Georgetown to do so without first obtaining a license for each animal over six months of age. There will be a two week grace period to obtain a license.

SECTION 2. Each dog licensed within the City of Georgetown will need to have proof of a current rabies vaccination. A license will not be issued without this proof. Any unlicensed dog shall be confined by the owner and given a vaccination within 4 working days.

SECTION 3. The license fee is: any Neutered dog, $5.00; un-neutered dog, $10.00.

SECTION 4. Said license shall be due and payable on or before March 1 and shall be obtained from the City Clerk.

SECTION 5. Each dog is hereby required to wear an apparatus such as a collar with license attached and/or name of owner.

SECTION 6. It shall be unlawful for the owner, keeper or harborer of any unspayed female to allow said dog to run at large during the time she shall be in heat, but keep such dog securely confined.

SECTION 7. It shall be unlawful to allow any dog to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood by habitually barking, howling, chasing moving vehicles upon the streets, scattering garbage upon the streets, or chasing livestock.

SECTION 8. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep a dog which habitually bites persons lawfully coming upon the premises of the person who owns, keeps or harbors said dog.

SECTION 9. Dog(s) biting people: Upon biting a person the dog(s) will be under strict confined quarantine for a 14 day observation period at the owners house, and at that time if described as vicious will be handled under Section 11 Paragraph A.

SECTION 10. Dog(s) in livestock: Livestock defined as: Cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, etc. The owncr(s) of the dog(s) shall be responsible for all damages incurred by the livestock owner. The livestock owner has the right to shoot dog(s) in livestock, but the livestock owner shall be responsible for their actions as governed by other existing laws.

SECTION II.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to keep a vicious dog.

(b) A vicious dog is defined herein as any dog which demonstrates a propensity to bite or attack, thereby causing reasonable fear or apprehension.

(c) The breed of dog commonly known as “pit bull”, including bloodline of 1/8 or more, is defined herein as a vicious dog.

SECTION 12.

(a) Any violation of Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 of this Ordinance by the owner, keeper, or harborer of said aninlal, shall be deemed a misdemeanor and with conviction thereof said person shall be fined in the sum of not less than $25.00 nor more than $300.00 for each violation.

(b) Any violations of Sections 7, 8, 9, 10 or 1 I shall be fined in the sum of not less than $100.00 nor more than $300.00 for the flIst offense, but not less than $200.00 nor more than $300.00 for the second offense, not less than $300.00 for the third offense, and at the third offense the dog shall be taken to a veterinarian and put to sleep at the owner’s expense.

SECTION 13. The City of Georgetown or the City’s appointed agent has the right to destroy any dog immediately if human life is at stake.

SECTION 14. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.

SECTION 15. EFFECTIVE DATE. The requirement that ordinances be read on three separate occasions is hereby dispensed with, and this ordinance shall become effective upon its passage, approval and publication as proved by law.

PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AND APPROVED BY THE MAYOR ofthe City of Georgetown, Idaho, this 7th day of this March, 1995.

City of GEORGETOWN, Idaho

This ordinance has been amended by Ordinance #79.

by Joseph W. DeClark, Mayor

ATTEST: Sharon L. Wilcox, City Clerk