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Nuisance:
Any act of an animal or its owner which annoys or disturbs rights and privileges common to the public or enjoyment of private property. The commission on more than one occasion of the followin acts shall be evidence of nuisance:
  • Turns over garbage containers or removes garbage from them.
  • Damages gardens, foliage or other real or personal property.
  • Is maintained in an unsanitary condition so as to be offensive to sight or smell.
  • Is not confined to a building or secure enclosure while in estrus.
  • Chases, snaps at, attacks, or otherwise molests pedestrians, bicyclist, motor vehicle passengers, farm stock or domestic animals.
  • Is a danagerous animal as determined by the Animal Control Officer.
  • Is diseased or dangerous to the health of the public.
  • Is housed or restrained less than 15 feet from a public street, road, or sidewalk and in the discretion of the Animal Control Officer, poses a threat to the general safety, health and welfare of the general public.
Owners of dogs are responsible for the acts of their dogs. The owner of any dog who commits a nuisance upon the property of another person, or who damages another person's property or person, is fully responsible and accountable for these acts.

It shall be unlawful for any owner to permit his dog to run at large if such animal is reported as creating a public nuisance and an Animal Control Officer determines after investigation that the reports are supported by the evidence. In such cases, and only such cases, the owner must keep the dog that has been found to be creating a public nuisance on his own property at all times unless the dog is under restraint or control of a competent person by means of a chain, leash or other devide, or is sufficiently near his handler to be under is direct control and is obedient to that person's commands, or on or within a secure enclosure.

If a dog is determined by the Chief Animal Control Officer to be in violation of the subchapter in that a dog is found to have been running at large after being declared a nuisance, the animal may be seized and fines shall be issued; indicated in the current Catawba County Fee Schedule.

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