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City of Warren Ordinances

CHAPTER 2 - ANIMALS

Part 1
Dogs Running at Large
Part 2
Animal Noise Control
Part 3
Control of Animal Defecation
Part 4
Horses
Part 5
Poisonous Snakes
Part 6
Keeping of Fowl, Rabbits, Cows, Hogs and Bees


Part 1 - Dogs Running at Large

101. Definitions. As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:

  • OWNER - any persons having a right of property in any dog or having custody of any dog, or any person who harbors or permits a dog to remain on or around his or her property.

  • RUNNING AT LARGE - being upon any public highway, street, alley, park, or any other public land, or upon property of another person other than the owner, and not being accompanied by or under the control of the owner or any other person having custody of said dog.

(Ord. 801, 8/11/1964; as revised by Ord. 1662, 12/8/1997)

102. Unlawful to Allow Dogs to Run at Large. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or dogs to allow or permit such dog or dogs to run at large in the City of Warren. (Ord. 801, 8/11/1964; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)

103. Seizing of Dogs. The Dog Warden of any police officer or constable may seize any dog found at large in the City of Warren. Such dogs are to be impounded and disposed of in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law (Ord. 801, 8/11/1964; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)

104. Penalties. Any person violating any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to paying a fine of not more then six hundred dollars($600.00) plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days. (Ord. 801, 8/11/1964; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)



Part 2 - Animal Noise Control

201. Intent and Purpose. The City Council of the City of Warren, finding that excessive levels of sound are detrimental to the physcial, mental and social well being of the people as well as to their comfort, living conditions, general welfare and safety and being therefore a public health and welfare hazard, hereby declares it to be necessary to provide for the greater control and more effective regulation of excessive sound and the sources of excessive sound within the City. (Ord. 1238, 8/13/1979; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)

202. Noise Disturbance. It shall be illegal within the City of Warren for any person or persons to own, possess, harbor, or control any animal or bird which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of ten (10) minutes or makes such noise intermittently for one-half (1/2) hour or more to the disturbance of any person any time of the day or night regardless of whether the animal or bird is physically situated in or upon private property, said noise being a nuisance; provided, that at the time the animal or bird is making such noise no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal or bird is situated nor is there any other legitimate cause which justifiably provoked the animal or bird. (Ord. 1238, 8/13/1979; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)

203. Penalties. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, shall, upon conviction therefore, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.00) plus costs and, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed thirty (30) days. (Ord. 1238, 8/13/1979; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)



Part 3 - Control of Animal Defecation

301. Animal Defecation on Public and Private Property Restricted. No person, having possession, custody or control of any animal, shall knowingly or negligently permit any dog or other animal to commit any nuisance, i.e., defecation or urination, upon any gutter, street, driveway, alley, curb or sidewalk in the City of Warren, or upon the floors or stairways of any building or place frequented by the public or used in common by the tenants, or upon the outside walls, walkways, driveways, alleys, curbs or stairways of any building abutting on a public street or park, or upon the grounds of any public park or public area, or upon any private property; except as provided in 302. (Ord. 1238, 8/13/1979; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)

302. Disposal of Animal Feces. Any person having possession, custody or control of any dog or other animal which commits a nuisance, i.e., defecation or urination, in any area, as prohibited in 301 shall be required to immediately remove any feces from such surface and either:

  1. Carry same away for disposal in a toilet; or,

  2. Place same in a nonleaking container for deposit in a trash or litter receptacle.

(Ord. 1238, 8/13/1979; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)

303. Dogs Accompanying Blind or Handicapped Persons Exempted. The provisions of 301 and 302, hereof, shall not apply to a guide dog accompanying any blind persons, or to a dog used to assist any other physically handicapped person. (Ord. 1238, 8/13/1979; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)

304. Penalties. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, shall, upon conviction therefore, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.00) plus costs and, in default of payment thereof, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed thirty (30) days. (Ord. 1238, 8/13/1979; as revised by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)



Part 4 - Horses

401. Unlawful to Ride or Drive Horses in Public Parks and Public Grounds. It shall be unlawful for any person to ride, lead or drive any horse in any of the public parks or public grounds in the City of Warren, under penalty, upon conviction thereof, of a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.00) and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days. (Ord. 1047, 5/17/1974, 1; as amended by Ord. 1491, 12/12/1988, 2; and by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)



Part 5 - Poisonous Snakes

501. Permit Required to Bring Live Poisonous Snakes into City. No person, firm or corporation shall bring into the City of Warren any live, poisonous snake or snakes, without having secured a permit therefor from the Manager who shall have the authority, at his discretion, to issue such permit when he shall have reason to believe that the snake or snakes will be adequately confined and guarded. Such permits shall be issued free of charge. Any snake or snakes brought into or kept in the City in violation of this Part is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, abatable as such, by destruction or otherwise, at the option of the Manager. Any person, firm or corporation who or which violates any provision of this Part shall upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.00) plus costs and, in default of payment of fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days. (Ord. 523, 11/12/1952, 1; as amended by Ord. 1216, 7/23/1979, 1; by Ord. 1491, 12/12/1988,\ 2; and by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)



Part 6 - Keeping of Fowl, Rabbits, Cows, Hogs and Bees

601. Restrictions on Keeping Fowl, Rabbits and Cows. No chicken house or coop shall be maintained within twenty-five (25) feet of any dwelling house; no chicken park, uncovered or open, poultry yard, uncovered or open, rabbit pen or cow stable shall be maintained within a distance of sixty (60) feet from the nearest dwelling house within the City of Warren. (Ord. 362, 3/3/1943, 1; as amended by Ord. 1491, 12/12/1988, 2)

602. Hogs Not to be Kept in City. No hog pen shall be constructed or maintained within the limits of Warren City, and no hog or hogs shall be kept within the limits of Warren City. (Ord. 362, 3/3/1943, 2; as amended by Ord. 1491, 12/12/1988, 2)

603. Bees Not to be Kept in City. No person or persons shall keep any hive or hives of bees within the City of Warren. (Ord. 362, 3/3/1943, 3; as amended by Ord. 1491, 12/12/1988, 2)

604. Penalty for Violations. Any person violating any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed six hundred dollars ($600.00) plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense. (Ord. 362, 3/3/1943, 4; as amended by Ord. 1622, 12/8/1997)

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