City of Kalamazoo, MI
Kalamazoo County
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It shall be unlawful for any person to own or keep a dog six months old or older within the City, unless such dog is licensed as required by state law.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog six months old or older to permit such dog to be off the premises of the owner, unless it is wearing a collar or harness to which is attached a current license tag as required by state law.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, except the owner or his authorized agent, to remove any collar, harness or license tag from a dog.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit such dog to be off the premises of such owner, including but not limited to private roads open to the general public and the common areas of multiple dwellings and trailer parks, unless the dog is held securely on a leash.
B. 
This section shall not apply to working dogs, such as leader dogs, guard dogs, farm dogs, hunting dogs and other dogs, when accompanied by their owner or his authorized agent, while actively engaged in lawful activities for which such dogs are trained. This section shall not apply to dogs which are under the immediate control of the owner and provided the owner is in the immediate proximity to the dog. Should a dog while not on a leash attack, chase, or bite another human or animal, it shall be presumed that the dog is not under the immediate control of the owner, and that therefore there is a violation of this section.
No person who is the owner of any female dog shall knowingly permit her to run at large while in heat.
It shall be unlawful for any person to own or harbor any vicious or dangerous dog as defined in § 7-3.
The owner of any dog which has bitten a human or other animal shall immediately place and keep such dog on a leash, even though it remains on the owner's property and shall immediately notify the Public Safety Department or County Animal Control of all facts known to the owner regarding the incident. The owner shall keep the dog continually under secure quarantine and under such supervision and control as may be required by the Public Safety Department or Animal Control or shall turn the dog over to the care and custody of Animal Control for impoundment until such time as Animal Control and the Health Department determine it is safe to release the dog, at which time all costs for the dog's care shall be paid by the owner to Animal Control.
It shall be unlawful for any person to own or harbor any dog which commits a nuisance as deemed in § 7-3.
It shall be unlawful to own, possess, shelter, keep, harbor or permit to remain on or in a dwelling unit as that term is deemed in the City of Kalamazoo Zoning Ordinance (Appendix A of the Kalamazoo City Code) or on the surrounding lot or premises within the City more than three dogs at any one time unless said owner or owners obtains a kennel license pursuant to state law, except that the owner of a female dog which has given birth to puppies may keep the dog and puppies for a period not to exceed three months from the date of birth of the litter. This limitation shall not apply to a veterinarian or a licensed commercial pet shop.
When signs are conspicuously erected or placed in any public park within the City reading "NO DOGS IN THIS PARK," no person shall allow or permit any dog to be in or upon any area of said park whether leashed or not.
A. 
Any member of the Public Safety Department of the City or any animal control officer of the county shall have the power and duty to seize and hold any dog whether licensed or unlicensed, which is found off the premises of its owner in violation of this article.
B. 
Any member of the Public Safety Department of the City or any animal control officer of the county shall have the power and duty to seize and hold any dog required under this article to be wearing a collar or harness with a current license, when said dog is not wearing a collar or harness with a current license.
C. 
The authority and duty to seize and hold a dog under this section shall include, but is not limited to, the pursuit of said dog onto private property for the purposes of capture.
D. 
Dogs seized and held under this section shall be held at the county's dog pound and shall be disposed of under the rules and regulations adopted by the county's animal shelter, including but not limited to payment of fees, hours of operation, licensing and care of said dog's health.
[Added 6-4-2007 by Ord. No. 1828]
A. 
A person in control or possession of a dog shall promptly, lawfully, and in a sanitary manner remove and dispose of any feces deposited by the dog on public or private property, other than when on the property owned or controlled by said person or the dog's owner, or when the owner of property expressly waives this requirement.
B. 
This section shall not apply to a service or guide dog when under the control or possession of a blind or physically limited individual.
C. 
Violation of this section shall constitute a civil infraction. A person convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of $100 for a first offense and $200 for an offense committed within two years of a previous conviction for a violation of this section.