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8.04.020. Abatement of public nuisance animals

            When it reasonably appears to the City that any animal is a nuisance as defined in this Chapter, and that such nuisance should be abated, the City shall first attempt to obtain the written consent of the animal's owner to abate the animal.  Abatement shall be defined to include either relocating or euthanizing the animal.  If the animal owner's consent cannot be readily obtained, the City may file a complaint in the District Court charging the maintenance of a nuisance.  The charge shall set forth the facts according to the best of the City's information and belief, indicating that the owner is maintaining a nuisance, and the nuisance should be abated.  Until such time as the owner may be summoned to appear before the court, the animal(s) may be taken into impound by the Animal Control Department and held there pending a decision by the court.  If the complaint is denied, a hearing will be set pursuant to the normal procedure of the court.  If the court finds that the complaint of maintaining a nuisance has been proven by a preponderance of the evidence, the City will seek an order from the court setting out the method of abatement.  Abatement by relocation shall not be an option, if the animal represents a continuing threat of serious harm, such as in the case of a vicious dog.  If relocation is ordered, the court may set whatever conditions are necessary to guarantee that the said animal shall not constitute a nuisance in the future.

            In the event the court determines that the animal is a nuisance, the owner shall pay the cost of all impoundment fees, maintenance fees, or any other fee that may incur as a result of such impoundment.

Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 98-12, Enacted, 2/5/1998
Ord. No. 14-19, Amended, 9/18/2014

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