§16 -27. Aggressive Dog Controls
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.
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.
Determination. Animal Enforcement Officers or the Animal Services Director or his/her designee
may determine that an animal is aggressive.
The determination must be made in writing and provided to the owner or keeper of the
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.
Upon receipt of the appeal, the Animal Services Appellate Board shall hear the
appeal at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
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.
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
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.
Micro chipping. Any animal deemed aggressive must be micro chipped within 5 days of
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
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
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.
No dog deemed aggressive may be adopted out.
Penalties and Consequences of Noncompliance.
Penalty. Penalties for violations of aggressive animals can be found in §66A-19.
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.
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.
Exceptions. No animal shall be deemed aggressive in instances where:
The person is unlawfully present on the premise occupied by the owner or keeper;
The behavior is committed against a person who has teased, abused, tormented, or
assaulted the animal;
Where the person is committing or attempting to commit a crime;
The animal is involved in a hunt with its owner; or
Animal is protecting the owner or the animals young.