6.02.010 Legislative Intent
The City Council finds and declares that the purpose of this Title is to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of persons in the City by limiting the types of animals that can be kept in the City, by setting limits on the activities of these animals by requiring that certain animals be inoculated against rabies and by prescribing the conditions under which these animals can be kept and how they shall be treated. (Ord. O-98-06 § 2 (part), 1998).
6.02.020 Duties of the Animal Control Officers
A. The Animal Control Manager and Animal Control Officers shall have the authority to enforce all sections of this title and the provisions of Title 9 which pertain to animals and Title 17 which pertain to household pets as well as the authority to issue, sign, and serve summons and complaints in order to enforce the provisions of this title and the provisions of Title 9 which pertain to animals and the provisions of Title 17 which pertain to household pets and to make all determinations within their discretion required by the provisions of this title.
B. It shall be lawful for the Animal Control Manager, an Animal Control Officer, or a police agent to go upon private property to capture any animal to be impounded for violation of this title or a violation of any provision of Title 9 which pertains to animals if:
1. The officer has obtained a search warrant; or
2. The officer has obtained the consent of the person in possession of the property; or
3. The officer is in pursuit of an animal which is or has been running at large; however, nothing in this subsection (3) shall be deemed to authorize entry into any enclosed building on private property; or
4. The officer has probable cause to believe that exigent circumstances are present and an animal is in need of immediate medical attention or endangered; however, nothing in this subsection (4) shall be deemed to authorize entry into any enclosed building on private property.
C. It shall be lawful for the Animal Control Manager, an Animal Control Officer, or a police agent to enter a motor vehicle for the purpose of removing an animal when probable cause exists to believe that the animal is endangered or in need of medical attention. (Ord. O-98-06 § 2 (part), 1998; Ord. O-94-32 § 3, 1994; Ord. O-87-28 § 1 (part), 1987).
It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Manager to keep, or cause to be kept, accurate and detailed records of all reports of any animal bites reported to the Animal Control Section of the Police Department. (Ord. O-98-06 § 2 (part), 1998; Ord. O-94-32 § 4, 1994; Ord. O-87-28 § 1 (part), 1987).