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Domestic Animal Rules

It shall be unlawful for any person to harbor within the corporate limits of the city more than three (3) domestic animals. Domestic animals include dogs, cats, or other animal which is not a "wild animal". Harboring more than three (3) animals shall be considered a kennel. Kennels are prohibited in any residential district of the city. 

Barking Dogs

It shall be unlawful for any person to harbor within the corporate limits of the city, a dog that barks continuously or repeatedly to the disturbance of the peace of the neighborhood or adjoining property. 

Disposal of Feces

It shall be unlawful for the owner or person having control of any domestic animal to fail to remove and sanitarily dispose of feces or other defecation deposited by the animal on any public park, street, alley, sidewalk, or other public property or on any private property other than that of th e owner of the animal. 

Dangerous Dogs

A determination that a specific dog is a potentially dangerous dog shall be made by the Chief of Police who is principally charged with the responsibility of filing complaints against persons charged with the violation of any ordinance of the City.  The owner of the dog shall be given written notice of such determination.  Such written notice shall inform the owner that if the dog again aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of humans or domestic animals the City may determine the dog to be a dangerous dog and require it to be restrained as provided in the Bayard Code of Ordinances.

Restraint Required. - No owner of a dangerous dog shall permit the dog to go beyond the property of the owner unless such dog is securely muzzled and restrained with a chain having a minimum tensile strength of three hundred (300) pounds and not exceeding three (3) feet in length.

Confinement required; warning signs. - While unattended on the owner’s property, a dangerous dog shall be securely confined, in a humane manner, indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure suitably designed to prevent the entry of young children and to prevent the dog from escaping.  The pen or structure shall have secure sides and a secure top.  If the pen or structure has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides shall be embedded into the ground.  The pen or structure shall also protect the dog from the elements.  The owner of a dangerous dog shall post a warning sign on the property where the dog is kept that is clearly visible and that informs persons that a dangerous dog is on the property.

Prohibited Acts: 

    No person shall:

            1.  own or harbor any dog for the purpose of dog fighting, or train, torment, badger, bait or use any dog for the purpose of

                 causing or encouraging that dog to unprovoked attacks upon human beings or domestic animals;

            2.   possess with intent to sell, offer for sale, breed, or buy or attempt to buy, within the City any dangerous dog.