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Town of Mineral, VA
Louisa County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Mineral 11-8-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Noise — See Ch. 287.
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 304.
No person shall pasture or graze or cause to be pastured or grazed or otherwise permit to be on any right-of-way or any street in the Town, except as herein otherwise provided, any livestock, unless such animal or animals is or are securely tied or held by chain or rope so as to prevent such animal from getting on the traveled portion of the street; provided, however, that this section shall not apply when such livestock are being driven along such road or right-of-way while under the control of a responsible drover or drovers.
No dog shall run at large in the Town. Where any dog is found running at large in the Town, the owner or custodian of the dog shall be in violation of this section.
For purposes of this section, a dog shall be deemed "running at large" when off the property or premises of its owner or custodian and not under the control of the owner or its custodian, or his agent, either by leash, cord or chain.
For purposes of this section, "property or premises of its owner or custodian" shall not mean common areas of apartment complexes, townhouse complexes and the like, which areas are held in common ownership for all owners or tenants within the complex.
The Animal Warden may take control of any dog found running at large within the Town limits and hold such dog at the Louisa County Animal Pound in accordance with the regulations for holding of all other such dogs at said pound.
For the first two violations of this section, no civil or criminal penalty shall be imposed. An owner or custodian may retrieve any such dog found running at large from the animal pound by complying with all regulations for the retrieval of animals imposed by the animal pound, by paying all impoundment fees, and by paying any and all other fees imposed by said animal pound.
For any third and subsequent violation of this section, there shall be imposed a civil penalty in the amount of $25 against said owner or custodian for each such violation, and the owner or custodian shall be required to comply with the provisions of Subsection E hereinabove.
This section shall not apply to any person while engaged in law enforcement or search-and-rescue activity or in a supervised, formal obedience training class or show and during formally sanctioned field trials; provided, however, that it shall be a violation of this section for the owner or custodian of any such dog to place such dog or allow it to be placed in the custody of any other person not physically capable of maintaining effective control of such dog.
It shall be unlawful for any person who keeps or maintains any poultry, fowl or livestock of any description within the Town to allow such poultry, fowl or livestock to stray to public property or private premises of another, and, further, all poultry, fowl and livestock shall be sufficiently housed or fenced by the owner or person exercising control over such poultry, fowl or livestock so as to prevent the same from trespassing or straying from the premises of the owner or person exercising control thereover. The housing and fencing of such fowl, poultry and livestock of every description shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition for the protection of health and shall be so kept as not to give rise to objectionable odors upon any public highway or street or upon any premises owned or occupied by any person other than the person maintaining such fowl or livestock.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, raise or fatten any hog or pig within the Town or within 300 yards thereof; provided, however, that this section shall not be construed to apply to a person who brings hogs or pigs into the Town for the purpose of market or sale and does not keep such hogs or pigs within the Town for more than 24 hours.
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
Override, overdrive, overload, torture, ill treat, abandon, willfully inflict inhumane injury or pain not connected with bona fide scientific or medical experimentation to or cruelly or unnecessarily beat, maim, mutilate or kill any animal, whether belonging to himself or another, or deprive any animal of necessary sustenance, food, drink or shelter or cause any of the above things or, being the owner of such animal, permit such acts to be done by another;
Willfully set on foot, instigate, engage in or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal; or
Carry or cause to be carried in or upon any vehicle or vessel or otherwise any animal in a cruel, brutal or inhumane manner, so as to produce torture or unnecessary suffering, but nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the dehorning of cattle.
The word "animal" as used in this section shall be construed to include birds, poultry and fowl.
No person shall have or keep any animal or fowl which, by making or causing frequent or long-continued and unreasonable noise, shall disturb the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity. Upon complaint being made to the Town office that the provisions of this section are being violated, the Town may, after investigation, give notice of such complaint to the owner or person in charge of such animal or fowl and order the discontinuance of the disturbance. It shall be unlawful to fail to comply with such order.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cast any dead animal into a road or to knowingly permit any dead animal to remain unburied upon his property when offensive to the public or, having in custody any maimed, diseased, disabled or infirmed animal, to leave it to die or be in a street, road or public place.
Except where another penalty is provided, there shall be imposed a civil penalty in the amount of $100 for each violation of this chapter.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).