No person shall, own, keep, harbor, or have custody of any animal over three months of age, within the City except upon properties zoned "farming" or approved for such use by proper zoning amendment, special use, or other approval pursuant to the ordinances of the City, except that this section shall not apply to the keeping of cats, small cage-birds or aquatic and amphibian animals solely as pets, or to the registration of dogs as provided in § 166-5.
All dogs shall be kept under restraint.
[Amended 2-20-2007 by Ord. No. 6161]
Unrestrained dogs may be taken by Police or the County Animal Control Officer and impounded and disposed of in accordance with the McHenry County article regulating animal control. Impounded dogs shall be kept for not less than seven business days unless reclaimed by their owners. If by a permit tag or by other means the owner can be identified, the Director of Finance shall immediately upon impoundment notify the owner by telephone or mail of the impoundment of the animal. Dogs not claimed by their owners within three days shall be humanely disposed of by the Director of Finance or by an agency delegated by him/her to exercise that authority.
An owner reclaiming an impounded animal shall pay a fee established by the county.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Article III, if an animal is found at large and its owner can be identified and located, such animal need not be impounded but may, instead, be taken to the owner.
No owner shall fail to exercise proper care and control of his/her animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance. Excessive, continuous or untimely barking, molesting passersby, chasing vehicles, habitually attacking other domestic animals, trespassing upon school grounds, or trespassing upon private property in such manner as to damage property shall be deemed a nuisance. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
An owner or person having custody of any dog or any other animal shall not permit said dog or any other animal to defecate on any school ground, public street, alley, sidewalk, tree bank, park or any other public grounds or any private property within the City, other than the premises of the owner or person having custody of said dog or other animal, unless said defecation is removed immediately by the owner or person having custody of the dog or other animal to a proper receptacle located on the property of the owner or the person having custody of the dog or other animal.
No owner shall fail to provide animals with sufficient good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and with humane care and treatment. No person shall beat, cruelly ill-treat, torment, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse any animal, or cause or permit any dogfight, cockfight, bullfight or other combat between animals or between animals and humans. No owner of an animal shall abandon such animal. No person shall crop a dog's ears except when a licensed veterinarian issues a signed certificate that the operation is necessary for the dog's health or comfort, and in no event shall any person except a licensed veterinarian perform such an operation.
No pet shop may sell chickens or ducklings younger than eight weeks of age in quantities of less than 25 to a single purchaser.
No police officer or other person shall kill, or cause to be killed, any animal suspected of being rabid, except after the animal has been placed in quarantine and the diagnosis of rabies made by a licensed veterinarian. If a veterinarian diagnoses rabies in an animal in quarantine, then the animal shall be humanely killed and the head of such animal sent to a laboratory for pathological examination and confirmation of the diagnosis.