§16 -27.  Aggressive Dog Controls
A.
General Provisions.  It shall be unlawful for any person to own or in any way maintain or harbor 
an animal that is an Aggressive Animal except as provided in this section.  
B.
Conflict of Laws.  This section is not intended to conflict with any other provisions of State or 
local law including but not limited to Dangerous/Potentially Dangerous Dog provisions.
C.
Determination.  Animal Enforcement Officers or the Animal Services Director or his/her designee 
may determine that an animal is aggressive.
(1)
The determination must be made in writing and provided to the owner or keeper of the 
animal.
(2)
Appeal. Any appeals under this provision must be made in writing to the Animal Services
Director or postmarked within 3 calendar days from the time of the determination.  
a.
Upon receipt of the appeal, the Animal Services Appellate Board shall hear the 
appeal at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
b.
From the time of the determination to the final decision of the appeal, the 
animal must be kept in the manner determined for aggressive animals. 
D.
Control Measures.
(1)
Restraint. An animal deemed aggressive must be under restraint by a competent person 
who by means of a leash, chain or rope has the animal under control at all times. Voice 
command is not an adequate restraint.  Aggressive dogs may be permitted in 
public recreation areas including 
parks, dog parks, or greenways but only if the animal 
is muzzled.
(2)
Secure enclosure.  When not under the restraint of a competent individual as described 
above, the animal must be in a secure enclosure.  A secure enclosure for the purpose of 
this section is either a building or a permanent fence in the yard with a padlock.  Animal 
Enforcement officers shall determine whether the fence is adequate.  Chaining, tethering 
or tying up is not a secure enclosure unless accompanied with a fence.  
(3)
Micro chipping. Any animal deemed aggressive must be micro chipped within 5 days of 
the determination.
(4) 
Signage. The owner of an aggressive animal must post a warning sign, of at least 120 
square inches, that is to be visible to any adjoining property from each exposure of the 
residence or the structure in which the aggressive animal is confined. Each sign must 
have an approved graphic representation of an appropriate animal such that the 
dangerousness of the animal is communicated to those who cannot read, including young 
children. 
(5)
Transfer. Prior to any transfer to a new owner or to a new property (with or without 
consideration) of a deemed aggressive animal, the owner must provide to the Animal 
Services Department a written statement stating where the animal is going and who the 
new owner of the animal is.  The transferring owner must make sure the new owner is 
aware and understands the precautions the owner must take as owner of an aggressive 
animal. 
(6)
Inspection. Animal Enforcement shall cause periodic inspections to be made of the 
premises where the animal is kept to assure compliance with the provisions of this 
Ordinance.  The owner must permit these inspections at any reasonable time without 
notice to the owner from the Animal Enforcement Officers.
(7)
No dog deemed aggressive may be adopted out.
E.
Penalties and Consequences of Noncompliance.
(1)
Penalty. Penalties for violations of aggressive animals can be found in §66A-19.
(2)
Impoundment. Animals that have been deemed aggressive and found running astray or 
being kept in a manner in violation of the Ordinance shall be impounded at the Animal 
Services Center.  The animal shall not be returned to the owner until all fines, fees and 
related costs have been paid.
(3)
Authority to immobilize or kill an aggressive dog. If any animal deemed aggressive, 
dangerous or potentially dangerous is running at large in public places or on private 
property without the permission of the owner or occupant of the property and such animal
cannot be safely taken up and impounded, such animal may be slain by any law  
enforcement official or Animal Enforcement Officer.
F.
Exceptions.  No animal shall be deemed aggressive in instances where:
(1)
The person is unlawfully present on the premise occupied by the owner or keeper;
(2)
The behavior is committed against a person who has teased, abused, tormented, or 
assaulted the animal;
(3)
Where the person is committing or attempting to commit a crime;
(4)
The animal is involved in a hunt with its owner; or
(5)
Animal is protecting the owner or the animal’s young.