[Adopted 10-7-2008 by Ord. No. 550]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DANGEROUS DOG
- A dog which in the presence of its owner or unattended by its owner approaches any person in an apparent attack mode on any public street, sidewalk, alley, park, or other public grounds; as well as any dog which purses a person in a menacing and/or apparent attitude of attack on public or private property; and any dog that, unprovoked, bites a human being or animal either on public or private property.
- VICIOUS DOG
- A dog which, when unprovoked, attacks a human being or other animal on public or private property and, when unprovoked, bites a human being or other animal on more than one occasion; and any dog which on at least three occasions, either attended or unattended by its owner, approaches or chases a person in an apparent attitude of attack upon any street, sidewalk or any public ground or place.
It shall be unlawful to permit any dog or cat to be upon any public place unless the dog or cat has a collar attached to the animal and a leash and, in the case of a dangerous dog, is muzzled.
[Amended 7-19-2016 by Ord. No. 672]
Any dog or cat found to be in violation of this article and running at large within the Village shall be declared to be a nuisance and shall be impounded by the Police Department of the Village. The owner of the animal shall be given notice of the impoundment, and after the expiration of 24 hours the animal shall be turned over the County Animal Control Administrator for further proceedings pursuant to applicable statute. Any owner may redeem a dog or cat from impoundment upon paying all fees incurred with the impoundment and upon proof of rabies vaccination.
It shall be unlawful to keep or harbor a vicious dog in the Village of Granville, and all vicious dogs shall be impounded and disposed of as otherwise provided in this article.
No dog shall be determined vicious if it bites, attacks, or menaces a trespasser on the property of its owner or harms or menaces anyone who has tormented or abused the dog or if the dog is a professionally trained dog for law enforcement, including but not limited to those dogs that are commonly known as "K-9 control dogs."