Queen Annes County, MD
 
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In general, in this chapter, the following words have the meanings indicated.
ANIMAL
Any nonhuman species, whether domestic or wild, excluding insects and plants.
ANIMAL/VETERINARY HOSPITAL
An establishment maintained or operated by a licensed veterinarian for the immunization, hospitalization, surgery, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries to animals.
COMMERCIAL ANIMAL ESTABLISHMENT
See § 9-13 of this chapter.
COMPLAINANT
A person who makes a complaint in a legal or administrative action or proceeding under this Chapter.
CRUELTY or NEGLECTFUL ACT
Any act that would constitute a violation of § 9-21 of this chapter.
CUSTODIAN
A person who provides food, shelter, and care for an animal in the absence of the owner.
DANGEROUS ANIMAL
See § 9-20 of this chapter.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
An animal of a species that has been bred and raised to live in or about the habitation of humans, is dependent on humans for food and shelter, is kept for pleasure rather than utility, and includes a bird, cat, dog, fish, hamster, ferret, mouse, reptile, and any other animals associated with human environment.
DOMESTICATED LIVESTOCK
Livestock kept as a companion animal, as opposed to those kept for their production value as food or fiber.
EUTHANIZE
To put an animal to death humanely.
FERAL ANIMAL
Domesticated animal returned to the wild and descendants of such animals.
GUARD DOG
A dog that is trained specifically and/or used lawfully to protect a person, place or property.
HUMANE SOCIETY, ANIMAL RESCUE, or SIMILAR ORGANIZATION
A chartered organization that is operating as a tax-exempt organization in good standing pursuant to the provisions of § 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
IMPOUND
To confine and secure at a location determined by an Animal Control Officer.
INADVERTENT
Unintentional or happening by chance.
LIVESTOCK
An animal kept, raised, used, or intended for use as food or fiber, or used solely as a work or pack animal.
MALICIOUS
Having or showing intent to cause harm.
OWNER
A person or legal entity that has a superior possessory property right in an animal.
RESPONDENT
A person against whom a complaint is filed under this chapter, including the owner or custodian of an animal that is the subject of a complaint.
SEIZURE
An exercise of control that results in substantial interference with an individual's possessory interest in the property seized.
SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY
An injury that creates a substantial risk of or that causes death, significant disfigurement, impairment of health or serious loss and/or impairment of the function of any bodily organ. Under the provisions of § 9-20A(1) of this chapter, such injury includes a wound that punctures the skin.
STRAY
A domestic animal, domesticated livestock, or livestock for which ownership has not been established by duly authorized Animal Control personnel.
WILD ANIMAL
An animal that is not included in the definition of "domesticated livestock," "domestic animal," or "livestock," and includes any offspring of wild animals crossbred with domestic animals.
[Amended 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 15-01]
The County Commissioners enact this chapter to provide for the safety of the public, and the humane care and treatment of animals, and to encourage responsible pet ownership. Animal control functions shall be provided under the direction of the Department of Animal Control of Queen Anne's County, as provided in § 9-9 of this chapter. Animal services shall be provided by and under the direction of the Animal Services Center, as provided in § 9-11 of this chapter.