Town of Appomattox, VA
Appomattox County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Appomattox 4-11-1994 as Ch. 14 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Authority of Council as to animals running at large — Charter § 17.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 117.
Comprehensive animal laws, Code of Virginia, § 3.1-796.66 et seq.; offenses involving animals, Code of Virginia, §§ 3.1-796.128, 18.2-403.1 et seq.; inoculation of cats against rabies, Code of Virginia, § 3.1-796.97:1; cruelty to animals, Code of Virginia, § 3.1-796.122; regulation of animals by municipalities, Code of Virginia, § 3.1-796.94:1; diseased animals, dead animals, etc., Code of Virginia, §§ 18.2-323, 18.2-510; hunting near public schools and public parks, Code of Virginia, § 29.1-527; estrays, Code of Virginia, § 55-202 et seq.
The entire area within the Town is hereby designated as a bird sanctuary. It shall be unlawful to trap, hunt, shoot or to rob nests of birds; provided that this shall not apply to pigeons or to instances where authorized under § 102-2 of the Town Code. If any birds become a nuisance or menace to health or property in the opinion of the Town Manager, the Town Manager is authorized to designate Town employees or agents to take all appropriate and lawful steps to abate the nuisance and remove the threat, and such designated Town employees or agents shall not be in violation of the provisions of this section.
State law reference: Nuisance bird law, Code of Virginia, § 3.1-1011 et seq.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep in the Town any pigs, fowl, peacocks, llamas or livestock.
No person shall suffer or permit any animal belonging to him or under his control, and known to be dangerous or reasonably suspected of being dangerous, to go at large within the Town. If the owner, etc., upon notice that the animal is at large, fails to take it into custody forthwith and its running at large creates an emergency, the animal shall be killed forthwith by order of the Chief of Police when deemed necessary for public safety. If a sworn complaint is made that a dangerous animal is being allowed to run at large or is not confined in such a manner as to be safe for the public, the proper judicial officer shall summons before him the owner or person exercising ownership or control over such animal and the case shall be heard. If the complaint is sustained, such judicial officer may order such animal killed forthwith by the police or make such other disposition of the case as will ensure the safety of the public. In addition to such penalty as may be imposed upon the owner or person exercising the right of ownership or control, any costs or expenses incident to the apprehension and safekeeping of the animal shall be collected as other fines are collected. [2]
State law references: Regulations to prevent running at large of vicious dogs, Code of Virginia, § 3.1-796.100; dogs killing other domestic animals, Code of Virginia, § 3.1-796.116 et seq.
Editor's Note: Former § 14-4, prohibiting slaughterhouses, which immediately followed this section, has been moved to Ch. 195, Zoning, § 195-7.
All dog lots, doghouses, kennels or other facilities for keeping dogs, kept or maintained within the Town, shall be expressly under the supervision and regulations of the County Health Department. Such facilities 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 upon any premises owned or occupied by any person other than the person maintaining such facilities. Any condition in violation of this section shall be abated by the Town as a nuisance.
State law reference: Local health departments, Code of Virginia, § 32.1-30 et seq.
Any violation of this chapter shall constitute a misdemeanor and be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article II.
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).