§ 603.091. Neglect of Animals  


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  • (a)   No owner or keeper of a dog, cat, or other domestic animal shall cause any condition that may lead to permanent injury, death, or harm to such animal, including confining an animal in a motor vehicle under any conditions that may endanger the well being of the domestic animal.

    (b)   No person shall keep any animal in a place that is unsanitary, including any place where there is an accumulation of feces or other waste, or foul odor, or insect or rodent infestation.

    (c)   No person who owns or keeps an animal shall fail to provide the animal all of the following needs:

    (1)   Clean, potable drinking water at all times, and suitable food, of sufficient quality and quantity as to ensure normal growth and the maintenance of normal body weight;

    (2)   Food and water receptacles that are kept clean and disinfected, and located so as to avoid contamination by feces or other wastes;

    (3)   Regular exercise sufficient to maintain the animal’s good health;

    (4)   Necessary veterinary care;

    (5)   Shelter from the elements.

    (d)   No person who shelters an animal from the elements by means of an animal shelter, a cage, or a pen shall fail to conform it to the following requirements:

    (1)   The shelter, cage or pen shall be appropriate to the animal’s size, weight, and other characteristics, with sufficient space to allow the animal to turn about freely and lie in a normal position;

    (2)   The shelter, case or pen shall provide sufficient shade to allow the animal to escape the direct rays of the sun at all times;

    (3)   The shelter, cage or pen shall be regularly cleaned and sanitized.

    (e)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of neglect of animals, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

(Ord. No. 712-11. Passed 6-6-11, eff. 6-13-11)