TITLE IV MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
CHAPTER 1 ANIMAL CONTROL
4-1-3 At Large Prohibited
4-1-4 Animal Nuisances
4-1-6 Bothersome Animals
4-1-7 Dangerous Animals
4-1-8 Keeping a Vicious Dog or Cat
4-1-1 DEFINITIONS. For use in this chapter the following terms are defined as follows:
4-1-2 IMMUNIZATION. All dogs six (6) months or older shall be vaccinated against rabies. It shall be a violation of this Ordinance for any dog to not be vaccinated against rabies. A tag showing evidence of proper vaccination shall be worn by every dog when not confined.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 351.33)
4-1-3 AT LARGE PROHIBITED. No owner or person having custody of an animal shall permit such animal to run at large.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 351.41)
4-1-4 ANIMAL NUISANCES. It shall be unlawful for any person to permit an animal under such person's control or within such person's custody to commit a nuisance. An animal shall be considered a nuisance if it:
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 657.1)
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 351.37)
4-1-7 BOTHERSOME ANIMALS. It is unlawful for a person to keep within the City bothersome animals such as bees, cattle, donkeys, mules, horses, swine, sheep, goats, fowl and geese, which tend to disrupt the peace and good order of the community.
4-1-8 DANGEROUS ANIMALS.
4-1-9 KEEPING A VICIOUS DOG OR CAT. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to harbor or keep a vicious dog or cat within the City. A vicious cat or dog is deemed so when it shall have attacked or bitten any person (without provocation), or when the propensity to attack or bite persons shall exist and such propensity is known or ought reasonably be known to the owner thereof.
4-1-10 SUMMONS ISSUED. The owner of any licensed dog, or the owner if known of any unlicensed dog or other animal, shall be issued a summons to appear before a proper court to answer charges of permitting such dog or animal to be at large in violation of this chapter.
4-1-11 RIGHT AND DUTY TO KILL UNTAGGED DOGS. It is lawful for any person, and the duty of all police officers, to kill any dog for which a license tag is not attached as herein provided.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 351.26)
4-1-12 RIGHT TO KILL LICENSED DOGS. It is lawful for any person to kill a dog licensed and wearing a collar with license tag attached, when such dog is caught in the act of worrying, chasing, maiming, or killing any domestic animal or fowl, or when such dog is attacking or attempting to bite a person.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 351.27)
4-1-13 DISPOSAL OF OTHER ANIMALS. If the owner of any animal apprehended, other than a dog, cannot be located after a reasonable effort by local authorities such animal may be humanely destroyed or otherwise disposed of in accordance with the law.
4-1-14 OWNERS DUTY. It is the duty of the owner of any dog, cat or other animal which has bitten or attacked a person or any person having knowledge of such bite or attack to report this act to a local health or law enforcement official. It is the duty of physicians and veterinarians to report to the local board of health the existence of any animal known or suspected to be suffering from rabies.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 351.38)
4-1-15 CONFINEMENT. When a local board of health receives information that any person has been bitten by any animal or that a dog or animal is suspected of having rabies, it shall order the owner to confine such animal in the manner it directs. If the owner fails to confine such animal in the manner directed, the animal shall be apprehended and impounded by such board, and after two weeks the board may humanely destroy the animal. If such animal is returned to its owner, the owner shall pay the cost of impoundment.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 351.39)
These ordinances may not be the most current version of the code. Please contact City Hall at 120 Mechanic Street to be certain of the ordinance in place