Douglas County, GA Anti-Tethering of Domesticated Animals

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Douglas County, GA, US

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Type: County Code

Status: Adopted via Ordinance

Source File: http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=11904&sid=10 (Chapter 5)

Text:

Sec. 5-42. Confinement of animals generally, vicious animals, etc.

(a) An owner of a domesticated animal, whether vaccinated or not vaccinated, shall confine such domesticated animal within an adequate fence or enclosure or within a house, garage or other building to prevent the animal from running at large. No animal shall be tied or tethered as a permanent measure of restraint. No animal shall be left unattended on a chain, lead, runner, cable, rope, leash or similar tethering device.
(b) An owner of a dog or cat, whether vaccinated or not vaccinated, shall prevent such dog or cat from becoming a danger to persons or property at any location, or trespassing upon another persons' property without that person's permission.
(c) An owner of a dog or cat, whether vaccinated or not vaccinated, shall prevent such dog or cat from running at large upon the streets, sidewalks, alleys, parks or other public places in the county.
(d) An animal, whether vaccinated or not vaccinated, not under control as provided in this chapter which attacks or attempts to attack without provocation a human being or domestic animal is hereby declared a public nuisance and may be impounded pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and/or ordered confined by the animal control department for a period of thirty (30) days, provided that, if an action is brought in any court of competent jurisdiction concerning the attack or attempt to attack by such animal, the period of confinement may be extended until the entry of a final order of disposition in such action. Further, in any prosecution of an owner or a responsible person of any such animal for any violation of this chapter, the court may, upon conviction entered against the owner or responsible person, order that such animal be humanely destroyed.
(e) Any owner of a vicious animal, whether vaccinated or not vaccinated, shall confine it within a building or secure enclosure sufficient to prevent the animal from escaping and to prevent a person or another animal from entering the enclosure and not release it therefrom unless it is securely muzzled and under restraint by a person who is at least eighteen (18) years of age or older. Any vicious animal not under control as provided in this chapter is hereby declared a nuisance and may be impounded pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and/or confined by the animal control department for a period of thirty (30) days, provided that, if an action is brought in any court of competent jurisdiction concerning the attack or attempt to attack by such animal, the period of confinement may be extended within the discretion of the animal control department until the entry of a final order of disposition in such action. Further, in any prosecution of an owner or a responsible person of any such vicious animal for any violation of this chapter, the court may, upon conviction entered against the owner or responsible person, order that such animal be humanely destroyed.
(f) Every female dog or cat in heat shall be kept confined in a building or secure enclosure or in a veterinary clinic or hospital or in a kennel in such a manner that such female dog or cat cannot come into contact with another dog or cat, except for intentional breeding purposes.
(g) It shall be unlawful for any owner to allow such owner's dog or cat to enter any food store or place where food is exhibited for sale, except those animals trained for the blind and hearing impaired.
(h) It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having control of any chickens, ducks, horses, cows, goats, pigs or any other type of animal, livestock or other fowl within the county to permit them to run at large or be a menace or nuisance to such person's neighbors or the public in general.

(Ord. of 12-2988, § 2; Ord. of 11-21-89; Res. of 6-19-90; Ord. of 1-15-08, § 2)

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