§ 4-36. Definitions.  

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  • For the purposes of this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them:

    Abuse: To mistreat through intent or neglect any animal, fowl, livestock, or wildlife in a manner that causes or is likely to cause stress or physical injury, (Texas Penal Code Sec. 42.11) or as otherwise stated in this chapter.

    Animal reclaim center: Any facility designated by the city council as the facility to be used for impoundment of animals, fowl, livestock, taken up by the city's animal control officer and their assistants.

    At large: Not under the control of the owner, either by a leash, chain, cord, or other suitable material attached to a collar or harness on the dog; or not restrained securely either within an enclosure or fenced premises.

    Harbor: Any animal, fowl, livestock or wildlife shall be deemed harbored if it is fed, sheltered, or maintained for three (3) days or more.

    Owner: Any person owning, keeping, harboring, or having control or custody of a dog or other animal.

    Public Nuisance: Any animal, fowl, livestock, or wildlife which molests passersby or passing vehicles; attacks other animals; trespasses on school property; is repeatedly at-large (e.g., three (3) or more times per twelve-month period); damages private or public property; barks, whines, or howls in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion; is unconfined in-season (e.g. dogs and cats); or is a vicious animal not confined as required by this chapter.

(Ord. No. 7721-1, § 6(T), 9-1-77; Ord. No. 8004, § 2, 3-6-80; Ord. No. 8801, 1-11-88)

Cross reference

Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-3.