It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in possess within the corporate limits of the city:
(a) Any warm-blooded, carnivorous or omnivorous, wild or exotic animal (including but not limited to non-human primates, raccoons, skunks, foxes and wild and exotic cats; but excluding fowl, ferrets, and small rodents of varieties used for laboratory purposes).
Any animal having poisonous bites.
(b) Any pit bull dog;
(c) Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breed of bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier; any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs, or pit bull terriers; or a combination of any of these breeds.
(Ord. 256, Sec. 1; Code 2015)
Any person violating or permitting the violation of any provision of this article shall upon conviction in municipal court be fined a sum not less than $200 and not more than $5,000. In addition, the court shall order the registration of the subject pit bull revoked and the dog removed from the city. Should the defendant refuse to remove the dog from the city, the municipal court judge may find the defendant owner in contempt and order the immediate confiscation and impoundment of the animal. Each day that a violation of this article continues shall be deemed a separate offense. In addition to the foregoing penalties, any person who violates this article shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food handling, veterinary care and testimony necessitated by the enforcement of this article.
(Ord. 256, Sec. 2; Code 2015)