Crandall City Ordinance Spotlight: Animal Control

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CRANDALL – Did you know all dogs or cats sixteen weeks of age or over within the City of Crandall are required to be immunized against rabies annually?

SeagovilleNews.com publishes a weekly article featuring City of Crandall ordinances that local residents need to know. This week’s city ordinance spotlight is Animal Control.

• Running at large

A. Generally. It shall be unlawful for any person raising or keeping any animal to fail to prevent such animal from running at large within the city or from going upon the premises of another.

B. Dogs. It shall be unlawful for the owner or harborer of any dog to permit such dog to run at large upon the streets, alleys or any public place within the city. Such dog, when off the premises of its owner, shall be under the control of its owner, a member of the owner’s family, his servant or agent, by means of a leash or chain of sufficient strength and length to control the actions of such dog. At all other times, the dog shall be confined to the premises of the owner by a substantial fence of sufficient strength and a height to prevent the dog from escaping therefrom, or inside the house, or secured on the premises by a leash consisting of a metal chain of sufficient strength to prevent the dog from escaping from the premises and so arranged that the dog will remain upon the premises when the leash is extended to full length.

• Limitation on number of dogs or cats

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or raise, or permit to be kept, maintained or raised, at any one time, more than four (4) adult dogs or cats or any combination thereof in any house, barn, building, shack, shed, yard, open space or other place in the city limits. For the purposes of this section, an adult dog or cat shall be defined as any dog six (6) months of age or over or any dog weighing more than thirty (30) pounds.

• Noisy animals

A. No person shall harbor or keep on his premises or elsewhere any animal of any kind that makes or creates an unreasonable disturbance of the peace of the neighbors or occupants of adjacent premises, or people living in the vicinity thereof, or suffer or permit such animal to make or create unusual noises by howling, barking, bawling or otherwise.

B. A person shall be deemed to have violated the terms of this section if such person shall have been notified by the neighbors, the chief of police or his designated representative of such disturbance and shall have failed, for a period of twenty-four (24) hours, to correct such disturbance and prevent its recurrence.

• Authority to destroy injured or sick animals

Any animal impounded or found at large within the city may be destroyed upon determination by a licensed veterinarian that such animal has been injured or is sick and in such a state that its recovery is seriously in doubt, or that such animal’s sickness endangers the health of other animals or persons.

• Confinement of animals attacking person; suspected rabid animals

A. Any animal that bites, scratches or otherwise attacks any person within the city limits shall be immediately and securely confined by the owner, or one having custody, at premises acceptable to the chief of police, for a period of ten (10) days following a bite, scratch or attack, subject to inspection from time to time so as to be able to determine whether such animal is affected by rabies, or such animal may be quarantined and held by the city manager. After such period of time and in the event such animal is determined to be free from rabies, such animal may be returned to its owner, or, if not claimed thereafter, may be given to another owner or destroyed if a new owner cannot be found.

B. Any animal that has rabies or symptoms thereof shall be immediately and securely confined to a veterinary hospital approved by the chief of police and kept from contact with any other animal until such animal dies or recovers.

C. Any animal which has been exposed to rabies shall be immediately and securely confined to a veterinary hospital approved by the chief of police and kept from contact with any other animal for a period of six (6) months; upon authorization by a licensed veterinarian and consent of the owner, such animal may be destroyed. At the discretion of a licensed veterinarian or his representative from time to time so as to be able to determine whether such animal is affected by rabies, such animal may be confined by the owner of such animal at the owner’s premises or at a veterinary hospital.

D. If an animal dies while under quarantine or if an animal is determined by a veterinarian to have rabies, the head of such animal shall be sent to the department of state health services for examination.

• Report of rabies or other disease communicable to humans

It shall be the duty of the owner or the harborer of any animal or practicing veterinarian to report to the chief of police all cases of rabies or other disease communicable to human beings with which his attention has been directed. This report shall be made immediately upon diagnosis or suspicion of such cases.

Source: City of Crandall

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