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8.07.020. Defenses

            (1)        It is a defense to prosecution under this Section that the conduct of the actor towards the animal was by a licensed veterinarian using an accepted veterinary practice or directly related to a bona fide experimentation for scientific research; provided, that if the animal is to be destroyed, the manner employed will not be unnecessarily cruel unless directly necessary to the veterinary purpose or scientific research involved.

            (2)        Any person may kill a dog while it is attacking, chasing, or worrying any domestic animal having a commercial value, or any species of hoofed protected wildlife, while attacking domestic fowls, or while such dog is being pursued thereafter.

            (3)        Any dog making a vicious and unprovoked attack on any person, except when the attack is in defense of the person, family, or property of the dog's owner, may be killed by any person while it is making such an attack.


Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 98-12, Enacted, 2/5/1998

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