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WASHINGTON ORDINANCE ON VICIOUS DOGS

# 91.30  Definitions 

For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning. 

Owner:  Any person, firm, corporation, organization or department possessing or harboring or having the care or custody of a dog. 

Unconfined:  Any dog which is not securely confined indoors or confined in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure upon the premises of the owner of the dog.  The pen or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to the sides.  If the structure has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded into the ground no less than one foot.  All such pens or structures must be adequately lighted and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.

VICIOUS DOG.  Shall include the following: 

Any dog with a known vicious propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury to or otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals. 

Any dog which because of its vicious propensity is capable of inflicting serious physical harm or death to humans, and which would constitute a danger to human life or property if it were not kept in a manner required by this chapter. 

Any dog which, without provocation, attacks or bites, or has attacked or bitten a human being or domestic animal. 

Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting, or any dog trained for dog fighting.  (Ord. 9-88, passed 5-23-88)

# 91.31 CONFINEMENT 

The owner of a vicious dog shall not suffer or permit the dog to go unconfined.  (Ord.9-88, passed 5-23-88) Penalty, see # 91.99 

# 91.32  LEASH & MUZZLE REQUIRED 

The owner of a vicious dog shall not suffer or permit the dog to go beyond the premises of the owner unless the dog is securely muzzled and restrained by a chain or leash. 

# 91.33  OWNER TO DISPLAY WARNING SIGNS 

The owner of a vicious dog shall display in a prominent place on his premises a clearly visible warning sign indicating that there is a vicious dog on the premises.  A similar sign is required to be posted on the pen or kennel of the animal (Ord. Passed 5-23-88) Penalty, see #91.99 

# 91.34  DOG FIGHTING PROHIBITED

No person, firm, corporation, organization or department shall possess or harbor or maintain care or custody of any dog for the purpose of dog fighting or train, torment, badger, bait or use any dog for the purpose of causing or encouraging the dog to attack human beings or domestic animals.  (Ord. Passed 5-23-88) Penalty, see #91.99 

# 91.35  INSURANCE

Owners of vicious dogs must provide proof to the City Clerk of public liability insurance in the amount of at least $100.00, insuring the owner for any personal injuries inflicted by his or her vicious dog.  (Ord. 9-88, passed 5-23-88)

#91.99  PENALTY

(A) Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, for which no other penalty is provided, shall be subject to the penalty provisions set forth in #10.99 of this Code.  (’59 Code, Ch. 8, Art. IV, #11)

(B)  Whoever violates any provision of #91.31 through # 91.35 shall be subject to civil penalty in a sum of not more that $2,500.00 and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which violation occurs or continues.  In addition to the afore-referenced civil penalty, any person found in violation of any provision of #91.31 through #91.35 shall surrender the vicious dog to the Animal Control Officer of the city or his designee, to be disposed of as he may see fit.