Monthly Archives: August 2015

Owner’s Responsibility for Their Pets

We have had several complaints about dogs continuously barking, people not cleaning up after their pet and people allowing their dogs to run loose. Recently we had a resident jogging around 5:30am and a dog ran up to him and knocked his legs out from under him. This individual did not have serious injuries, this time, however he could have hit his head on the curb and lost his life. The “owner” made NO effort to check on the injured jogger.

Dogs running loose have been seen at Alpine, Beechcroft HS & Pool and on several streets.

Here are the city codes: You can read the codes @ www.municode.com

2327.01 – Definitions.
As used in this chapter:

(A)
“Health commissioner” means the health commissioner of the city of Columbus, or his authorized representative.
(B)
“Vicious animal” means any animal which has been declared a vicious animal by the animal review board or which represents a danger to any person or to any other domestic animal because it has killed or seriously injured a person.
(C)
“Dangerous animal” means any animal which has been declared a dangerous animal or any animal which represents a danger to any person or to any other domestic animal, for either:
(1)
The animal is attack trained;
(2)
The animal without provocation has chased or attempted to bite or otherwise endanger any person off the premises of its owner.
(D)
“Owner” means any person owning, handling, keeping, possessing, harboring, maintaining or having the care, custody or control of an animal.
(E)
“Nuisance animal” means any of the following:
(1)
Any animal that has been declared a nuisance animal by the city veterinarian;
(2)
Any animal that has been cited and/or impounded for running at large and/or not licensed and/or not vaccinated for rabies; or
(3)
Any animal that has been cited and/or impounded for running at large for a second occurrence within a twelve (12) month period.
(F)
“City veterinarian” shall mean the veterinarian of the city of Columbus or his authorized representative.
(G)
“Attack trained dog” means:
(1)
Any dog which has been specifically trained by any person to take a command to attack or injure a person or animal; or
(2)
Any dog which has been specially trained or disciplined to protect persons or property;
(3)
“Attack trained dog” does not include dogs possessed and used by a law enforcement officer in the performance of his official duties.
(H)
“Direct control” means that a dog is within sight and hearing and will respond instantly to the commands or signals to “come,” “sit,” or “stay.”
(I)
“Come” means that the dog shall immediately leave the position where he is located and return to his owner;
(J)
“Sit” means that the dog shall immediately cease movement in any direction and assume a sitting position;
(K)
“Stay” means that the dog shall immediately cease movement in any direction and remain at the spot in which the command was heeded until released by his owner.
(L)
“Animal” means any animal, other than man.

(Ord. 2535-94.)
2327.08 – Costs.
(A)
The health commissioner or city veterinarian may order an animal which has been determined to be a nuisance, dangerous, or vicious animal to be impounded.
(B)
When any dog is found on property not that of his owner, and/or is not either securely leashed or under direct control, it shall be subject to impoundment.
(C)
All costs associated with impoundment, boarding and care shall be the responsibility of the owner.
(Ord. 2535-94.)

2327.11 – Animals running at large.
(A)
No owner of any animal shall permit such animal to run large on any property not his own.
(B)
No owner of any animal, shall permit the animal to enter upon any property not that of his owner, when it is not securely leashed or under direct control. It shall be prima-facie evidence that a dog is not under direct control if it chases, injures or kills any person or domestic animal or damages or commits any nuisance upon property other than that of its owner.
(C)
Whoever violates this section is guilty of permitting animals running at large, a minor misdemeanor. If the animal is a dog, a violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree. If the animal causes physical harm to any person, or if the offender is, or has been, the owner of a dog which was declared a dangerous or vicious animal, a violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(D)
This section does not apply to homing pigeons bearing official bands.
(E)
Strict liability is intended to be imposed for a violation of this section.
(Ord. 2535-94.)
2327.14 – Noisy animals.
(A)
No person shall keep or harbor any animal which howls, barks, or emits audible sounds that are unreasonably loud or disturbing and which are of such character, intensity and duration as to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood or to be detrimental to life and health of any individual.
(B)
Whoever violates this section is guilty of keeping noisy animals, a minor misdemeanor. If the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of this section, then keeping noisy animals is a misdemeanor of the third degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of two or more violations of this section, then keeping noisy animals is misdemeanor of the first degree.
(C)
Strict liability is intended to be imposed for a violation of this section.
(Ord. 2535-94; Ord. 2220-2006 § 1 (part).)

Please see full codes for the process of reviewing the complaint by the Board of Health. outcome & appeals.

2327.03 – Animal review board. through 2327.09
(A)
There is hereby established an animal review board consisting of the following members who shall be appointed by the board of health: