Chapter 13 - Animals and Fowl



 ARTICLE 1 - General Regulations

13.0101 Cruelty

No person shall cruelly treat any animal in the city in any way; any person who inhumanely beats, underfeeds, overloads, or abandons any animal shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this section. 

13.0102 Dangerous Animals

It shall be unlawful to permit any dangerous animal or vicious animal of any kind to run at large within the city; exhibitions or parades of animals which are ferae naturae in the eyes of the law may be conducted only upon securing a permit from the chief of police.

13.0103 Noises

It shall be unlawful to harbor or keep any animals which disturb the peace by loud noises at any time of the day or night.

13.0104 Strays

It shall be unlawful to permit any cattle, horses, sheep, swine, goats, or poultry to run at large in the city; any such animal running at large in any public place in the city shall be impounded.  It shall further be unlawful to picket or tie any such animal in any of the streets of the city for the purpose of grazing or feeding.

13.0105 Killing Dangerous Animals

The members of the police department or any other person in the city are authorized to kill any dangerous animals of any kind when it is necessary for the protection of any person or property.

13.0106 Diseased Animals 

No domestic animal afflicted with a contagious or infectious disease shall be allowed to run at large, or to be exposed in any public place whereby the health of man or beast may be affected; nor shall such diseased animal be shipped or removed from the premises of the owner thereof, except under the supervision of the chief of police or the health officer.

It is hereby made the duty of the chief of police to secure such disposition of any diseased animal and such treatment of affected premises as to prevent the communication and spread of the contagion or infection, except in cases where the state veterinarian is empowered to act.

13.0107 Housing

No person shall cause or allow any stable or place where any animals or may be kept to become unclean or unwholesome.

ARTICLE 2 - Dogs and Cats

13.0201 License Required

No dog or cat shall be permitted to be or remain in the city without being licensed as hereinafter provided if over one month of age.  No license or renewal license shall be issued for a dog or cat over six months of age unless it has been inoculated against rabies.

13.0202 License Fees

All dogs or cats kept in the city shall be registered as to sex, breed, name and address of the owner, and name of the dog or cat.  At the time of such registration, such owner shall obtain a license for such dog or cat and shall pay the fee established by the city council for each dog or cat.  It shall be the duty of said owner to cause such license tag to be securely attached around the dog or cat's neck and kept there at all times during the license period.

13.0203 Dangerous Dogs or Cats

No vicious, dangerous, ferocious dog or cat or sick dog or cat with or liable to communicate hydrophobia or other contagious or infectious disease shall be permitted to run at large in the city.

13.0204 Nuisance - When

Excessive, continuous, or untimely barking, molesting passers-by, chasing vehicles, habitually attaching other domestic animals, trespassing upon school grounds, or trespassing upon private property or damaging property by a dog is hereby declared to be a nuisance.  Further, any dog or cat without a valid license and collar is a nuisance.

13.0205 Rabies Inoculation

It shall be the duty of the owners or person in custody of any dog or cat kept in the city to have the dog or cat inoculated against rabies at least once each year if the vaccine used was Phenalized vaccine and within three years if the vaccine used was Avianized vaccine.  No license shall be issued for any dog or cat unless the applicant exhibits a certificate of a veterinarian showing compliance with this section.

13.0206 Impounding

Unrestrained dogs or cats may be taken by the police or the city dog and cat warden and impounded in an animal shelter and there confined in a humane manner.  Impounded dogs or cats shall be kept for not less than three days unless reclaimed by their owners.  If by a permit tag or other means, the owner can be identified, the officer shall immediately upon impoundment notify the owner by telephone or mail of the impoundment of the animal.  Dogs and cats not claimed by their owners within three days shall be humanely disposed of.

13.0207 Issuance of Citation

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 13.0206, if an animal is found at large and its owner can be identified and located, such animal need not be impounded.  In such case, the policeman, dog or cat warden or other officer may proceed against the owner for violation of this ordinance.

13.0208 Fees

If a dog or cat is redeemed by the owner, the owner shall pay an impounding fee based on current boarding rates per day that the dog or cat was impounded.  If the dog or cat is not properly licensed, the owner shall be required to license the animal prior to its being returned to the owner.  If no redeemed by the owner, the dog or cat may be redeemed by any person if the person pays all fees due for the animal's impoundment, board and licensing.

13.0209 Limit Of Pets

The City of Lakota shall limit ownership of no more than 3 dogs and 3 cats in a single family dwelling.   

13.0210  Pet Waste
Every person having custody or control of a leashed animal on property other than his own be equipped to and shall collect said animals solid waste when eliminated.

13.0211  Violation of Ordinance
Any Person violating any provision of this article shall be guilty of an infraction and shall be punished by a fine of $100 per occurrence.