[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Blue Mounds as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted as Sec. 11.03 of the 2001 Village Code]
No person shall keep any swine, horses, cattle, sheep, goats or other livestock on any property within the Village.
No person shall keep more than four chickens, two ducks, two geese, two pigeons, or birds of other fowl within the Village. The keeping of roosters is prohibited. However, nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the keeping of cats, dogs or other small animals held as pets and not being raised for kennels or other commercial purposes.
[Amended 8-13-2014 by Ord. No. A-224]
All animals shall be kept under proper restraint.
No owner shall fail to exercise proper care and control of his/her animals and shall prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.
No owner shall fail to provide his/her animal with sufficient food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed, and with humane care. No person shall beat, cruelly treat, torment or otherwise abuse an animal. No owner of an animal shall abandon an animal.
The Enforcement Officer shall, upon complaint or on his own initiative, inspect premises upon which animals are kept to determine if any owner has violated the terms of this section.
All structures, pens, buildings, stables, coops or yards wherein animals or fowl are kept shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, free of rodents, vermin and objectionable odors. The Enforcement Officer shall, upon complaint or on his own initiative, inspect premises upon which animals or fowl are kept and ascertain whether the conditions are unsanitary, or if for any reason a nuisance is caused thereby, or if any owner shall have violated the terms of this section.
No person shall keep or permit to be kept on his/her premises any wild or vicious animal or poisonous snake or reptile or display for exhibition purposes unless the same is securely enclosed in a manner to prevent its escape and to keep it from doing injury to any person. The Enforcement Officer shall, upon complaint or on his own initiative, inspect premises on which wild animals are kept to determine if the owner has violated the terms of this section.
[Amended 3-12-1997 by Ord. No. A-144]
No person shall take or permit to remain any dog, cat or other live animal on or upon any premises where food is sold, offered for sale or processed for consumption by the general public. This section shall not apply to specially trained dogs used to assist physically or mentally challenged persons.
[Adopted as Sec. 12.04 of the 2001 Village Code; amended 5-28-1991 by Ord. No. A-75; 2-10-1992 by Ord. No. A-78; 10-13-1993 by Ord. No. A-104; 3-12-1997 by Ord. No. A-144]
It shall be unlawful for any person in the Village of Blue Mounds to own, harbor or keep any dog more than six months of age without complying with the provisions of Wis. Stats. §§ 174.05 through 174.10, relating to the listing, licensing and tagging of the same.
In this section, unless the context or subject matter otherwise require:
- AT LARGE
- To be off the premises of the owner and not under the control of some person either by leash or otherwise, but a dog or cat within an automobile of its owner or in an automobile of any other person with the consent of the dog's or cat's owner shall be deemed to be upon the owner's premises.
- Any person owning, harboring or keeping a dog or cat and the occupant of any premises on which a dog or cat remains or to which it customarily returns daily for a period of 10 days is presumed to be harboring or keeping the dog or cat within the meaning of this section.
It shall be unlawful for any person within the Village of Blue Mounds to own, harbor or keep any dog or cat which:
Habitually pursues any vehicle upon any public street, alley or highway in the Village.
Assaults or attacks any person.
Is at large within the limits of the Village.
Habitually, by any noise, disturbs the peace and quiet of any person or persons. If a complaint is received by the Village Police Department on three or more separate occasions, the animal will be deemed a nuisance.
Kills, wounds or attacks any domestic animal.
Is known by such person to be infected with rabies or to have been bitten by an animal known to have been infected with rabies.
Is known to be of vicious disposition. An animal is deemed to be of vicious disposition if it bites or inflicts serious injury to a person in unprovoked circumstances off the owner's premises.
Keeping of more than two dogs prohibited. No person shall own, harbor or keep more than two dogs over the age of three months on any residential lot within the corporate limits of the Village of Blue Mounds except that a litter of pups, or a portion of the same may be kept for a period of time not exceeding three months from birth.
Keeping of more than three cats prohibited. No person shall own, harbor or keep more than three cats over the age of three months on any residential lot within the corporate limits of the Village of Blue Mounds, except that a litter of kittens, or a portion of the same, may be kept for a period of time not exceeding three months from birth; provided, however, that any person who on April 1, 1997 owned more than three cats, and had notified the Village Clerk/Treasurer at that time of each cat, shall be permitted to keep said cats but may not replace any of such cats which are disposed of until he can comply with the limitations herein prescribed.
Kennels. The term "kennel" means any establishment wherein or whereon dogs are kept for the purpose of breeding, sale or sporting purposes. In the areas where kennels are permitted, kennels shall be located a minimum of 20 feet from any other residential or commercial structure and at least four feet from all lot lines. Each kennel shall be surrounded by privacy fencing of sufficient height to contain the animals kept therein and shall contain at least 30 square feet for each animal. If the property on which the kennel will be located is rental property, the renter must first receive written approval from the landlord before the Village can issue a kennel license. Residents wishing to harbor more than two dogs per single-family dwelling within the Village of Blue Mounds must comply with this article and with Wis. Stats. § 174.053, concerning kennel licenses. In addition to the kennel license fee set by the county, the Village will collect an additional fee, as established by resolution of the Village Board, for each dog to be kept in the kennel.
It shall be the duty of every dog and cat owner to have such dog and cat inoculated against rabies by a veterinarian.
The vaccinating veterinarian shall furnish certificates in triplicate form, together with a corresponding dog or cat tag for distribution. The certificate shall contain provisions for inserting information including name and address of the owner of the dog or cat, date of vaccination, number of dog or cat tag, breed, age, color and sex of dog or cat and such other information as may be required. The veterinarian shall also furnish a corresponding tag of durable material to be attached to the collar or harness of the dog or cat as evidence of such inoculation and such tag shall be numbered and shall contain the year of issuance.
It shall be the duty of each veterinarian after inoculating a dog or cat to insert in each triplicate certificate the information required thereby; to present one copy to the owner of the dog or cat, who shall furnish by mail or deliver one copy to the Village Clerk/Treasurer within 15 days after inoculation; and give the tag as aforesaid to the owner of the dog or cat, and said owner shall immediately attach the same to the collar or harness of said dog or cat, which shall be worn by the dog or cat at all times.
In cases of dog or cat bite. Every owner or person harboring or keeping a dog or cat who knows that such dog or cat has bitten any person shall immediately report such fact to the Village Police Department and shall keep such dog or cat confined for not less than 14 days or for such period of time as the Village Police Department shall direct. The owner or keeper of any such dog or cat shall surrender the dog or cat to the Village Police Department or other appropriate officer.
Control of dog off premises. All dogs being walked on any public street, in any park, bike trail or other public or private property other than the premises of the owner, shall be on a leash or otherwise controlled.
Dog or cat feces.
Persons in charge of walking dogs shall not permit solid fecal matter of the dog to be deposited on any street, alley, park, bike trail or other public or private property unless such matter is immediately removed therefrom by the person in charge. No person shall walk a dog beyond the limits of his own property without carrying or having in his possession an item designed to pick up and remove fecal matter. Further, no person shall dispose of fecal matter on public or private property other than his own property.
Accumulation of fecal matter is prohibited on private yards. The owner or person in charge of a dog shall not allow the accumulation of dog fecal matter on his own property by regularly patrolling the property and properly disposing of such fecal matter.
In addition to the penalties hereinafter provided for violation of this section, any person or any police officer of the Village may impound any dog or cat which does not carry the rabies inoculation tag as provided by § 95-8 hereof, and any person may impound or any police officer of the Village may dispose of in a humane manner any dog or cat which habitually pursues any vehicle upon any street, alley or highway of this Village, assaults or attacks any person, is at large within the Village, habitually by any noise disturbs the peace and quiet, kills, wounds or worries any domestic animal or is infected with rabies.
Repossession of dog or cat. The repossession of any dog or cat impounded or seized may be obtained by payment of all fees for the board of said animals during the time they are impounded; provided, that an impounded dog or cat shall not be released until proof has been furnished to the police officer or Village Clerk/Treasurer that the dog or cat has been inoculated with anti-rabies vaccine in accordance with the terms of this article. The fee for possession of an impounded dog or cat shall be established by resolution of the Village Board and posted in the office of the Village Clerk/Treasurer.
After a dog or cat has been impounded for a period of seven days without it having been reclaimed by its owner or anyone in behalf of the owner, the dog or cat shall be destroyed in a humane manner under the direction of a police officer or health officer of the Village. Notice of impounding shall be given to the owner of the dog or cat if known by the person or officer in the possession of the dog or cat within 24 hours of impounding.
Any person, police officer or health officer who shall dispose of or impound any dog or cat shall make a report to the Village Clerk/Treasurer stating when and under what conditions he seized and impounded such dog or cat and the owner's name if known.
The penalty for violation of any provision of this article shall be a penalty as provided in § 1-3 of the Village Code.
There shall be collected a state fee as determined by the Wisconsin Legislature for spayed/neutered/other/kennel licenses, plus a Village fee per dog as from time to time determined by resolution of the Village Board and posted in the office of the Village Clerk/Treasurer.
No fee for guide dogs. The license provisions of this section shall not apply to specially trained dogs used to assist physically or mentally challenged persons. A person owning a specially trained dog used for this purpose shall receive a free annual license from the Village Clerk/Treasurer upon application.