Township of East China, MI
St. Clair County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of East China as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals in public parks — See Ch. 343.
[Adopted 5-18-1998 by Ord. No. 256 (Ch. 8-05 of the 1980 Code)]

§ 117-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this article is to regulate and control the conduct, keeping and care of dogs within the Charter Township of East China.

§ 117-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
OWNER or PERSONS OWNING PREMISES
Both the owner of title of record and those occupying or in possession of property premises. The term “owner,” when applied to the proprietorship of an animal, means every person having a right of property in the animal, an authorized agent of the owner, and every person who keeps or harbors the animal or has it in his care, custody or control, and every person who permits the animal to remain on or about the premises occupied by him.
PERSON
Includes individuals, corporations, copartnerships and associations.

§ 117-3 Dogs running at large.

No person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any dog shall cause, permit, or allow the same to run at large or to be upon any highway, street, lane, alley, court or other public place, or upon any private property or premises, other than those of the person owning or having charge, care, custody, or control of such dogs, within the Township unless such dog is at all times restrained by a chain or leash and is in the charge, care, custody, or control of a person with the ability to restrain it.

§ 117-4 Barking dogs.

No person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of a dog shall permit such dog at any time, by loud or frequent or habitual barking, yelping or howling, to cause annoyance to people in the neighborhood or to persons utilizing public lands or the public walks or streets.

§ 117-5 Dog defecation.

A. 
No person owning or having custody or control of a dog shall knowingly, or through failure to exercise due care or control, permit the dog to defecate on public property or on private property without the consent of the property owner or occupant.
B. 
A person owning or having custody or control of a dog shall be responsible for the removal of any excrement (dog feces) eliminated by such dog on public property or private property of another without consent of property owner or occupant, and it shall be a violation of this section for the person owning or having custody or control of the dog to fail to remove or provide for the removal, in a sanitary manner, of such excrement (dog feces) before taking the dog from the immediate area where such excretion occurred.

§ 117-6 Limit on number of dogs.

No owner of a dog, nor any person who owns, leases, or is otherwise in control of any premises within the Township, shall keep, harbor, or otherwise permit dogs to be kept within the Township except in compliance with the following:
A. 
Two dogs may be kept in or about the premises of a multiple-family dwelling unit.
B. 
Not more than three dogs may be kept in or about the premises of any single-family dwelling.