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Dangerous Exotic Animals

ARTICLE VIII. - DANGEROUS EXOTIC ANIMALS Sec. 6-201. - Definitions. Sec. 6-202. - Unlawful possession. Sec. 6-203. - Exceptions. Sec. 6-204. - Impoundment; disposition of impounded animals. Sec. 6-205. - Violations and penalty. Secs. 6-206—6-210. - Reserved. Sec. 6-201. - Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning: (1) Dangerous exotic animal means any animal which: (a) Is not native or indigenous to this state; (b) Would ordinarily be confined to a zoo; (c) Does not have an established wild population in this state; (d) Is not regulated by the state wildlife commission; (e) Is likely to cause a reasonable person to be fearful of significant destruction of property or of bodily harm, including, but not limited to, non-human primates, ocelots, wolves, hybrid wolves, venomous reptiles, and other such animals; or (f) All mammals designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Agriculture or other National or State public health protection agencies as embargoed or prohibited. (2) Harborer of inherently dangerous exotic mammal or inherently dangerous reptile means any person, regardless of ownership, who allows an inherently dangerous exotic mammal or inherently dangerous reptile to remain, lodge, be fed, or to be given shelter or refuge within the person's home, store, yard, enclosure, outbuilding, abandoned vehicle or building, place of business, or any other premises in which the person resides or over which the person has control. (3) Inherently dangerous exotic mammal means any member of the Canidae, Felidae, Ursidae, or Elephantidae families or any member of the order Primates, excluding humans, including hybrids thereof, which, due to their inherent nature, may be considered dangerous to humans, are exotic animals, and include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Canidae means any member of the dog (Canid) family not customarily domesticated by man or any hybrids of such Canidae, including wolf hybrids which are a cross between a wolf and a domestic dog, but not including domestic dogs (Canis familiaris). (b) Felidae means any member of the cat family not customarily domesticated by man, or any hybrids of such Felidae, but not including domestic cats (Felis catus). (c) Ursidae means any member of the bear family, or hybrids of such Ursidae. (d) Primate means any member of the order primates. (e) Elephants (members of the genus Elaphus or Loxodonta). (4) Inherently dangerous reptile means any member of the Reptilia class which: (a) Is venomous. A venomous reptile shall include all members of the families Helodermidae (gila monsters and Mexican beaded lizards), Viperidae vipers, Crotalidae (pit vipers), Atractaspidae (burrowing asps), Hydrophilidae (sea snakes), and Elapidae (cobras, coral snakes, and their allies), as well as any rear-fanged snakes of the family Colubridae that are known to be dangerous to humans, including, but not limited to, Dispholidus typus (boomslang), Thebtornis kirtlandii (twig snake), Rhabdophis (keelbacks). (b) Is a member of the order Crocodilia (crocodiles and caiman). (Ord. of 8-17-2009) Cross reference— Definitions generally, § 1-2. Sec. 6-202. - Unlawful possession. At no time may a person harbor a dangerous exotic animal, inherently dangerous exotic mammal or inherently dangerous reptile. (Ord. of 8-17-2009) Sec. 6-203. - Exceptions. This article does not apply to the following: (1) Veterinary clinics in possession of such animals or reptiles for treatment or rehabilitation purposes. (2) Nonresident circuses for no longer than one seven-day period per each separate location where such circus is held within the county per calendar year. (3) Persons temporarily transporting such mammals or reptiles through the county, provided that such transit time shall not be more than 24 hours. (Ord. of 8-17-2009) Sec. 6-204. - Impoundment; disposition of impounded animals. (1) A dangerous exotic animal, inherently dangerous exotic mammal or inherently dangerous reptile which is kept by any person in contravention of section 6-202 pertaining to possession of dangerous exotic animals and inherently dangerous exotic animals may be impounded by Animal Services for the protection of the animal or for the protection of the public.

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