CHAPTER II. ANIMAL CONTROL AND REGULATIONCHAPTER II. ANIMAL CONTROL AND REGULATION\ARTICLE 4. PIT BULL, ROTTWEILER, CHOW DOGS

It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor or care for any pit bull, Rottweiler or chow dog within the city limits of the City of Miltonvale.

Findings of the city: (a) the possession of pit bulls, Rottweilers, and chows within the city pose a significant threat to the public’s health, safety and welfare; (b) numerous instances of attacks by pit bulls, Rottweilers, and chows have resulted in serious injuries, and (c) protective measures by pit bull, Rottweiler, and chow owners are inadequate to protect the public from attacks by these animals.

(Code 1999; Ord. 539; Code 2017)

(a)   Pit bull dog is defined to mean:

(1)   The bull terrier breed of dogs;

(2)   The Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dogs

(3)   The American pit bull terrier breed of dogs;

(4)   The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dogs;

(5)   Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed which breed or mixed breed is known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers;

(6)   Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier; any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bulldogs or pit bull terriers, or a combination of any of these breeds.

(b)   Rottweiler dog is defined to mean:

(1)   Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominately of the Rottweiler breed of dog or a combination of Rottweiler breeds of dogs. Chow dog is defined to mean:

(2)   Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominately of the Chow breed of dog or a combination of Chow breeds of dogs.

(Ord. 539; Code 2017)

Any person or persons who shall violate the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a Misdemeanor and shall be fined in any sum not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). In addition, any dog found to be in violation of this article shall be subject to immediate seizure, impoundment and removal from the City.

(Ord. 539; Code 2017)

There shall be an irrebuttable presumption that any dog registered with the City as a pit bull, Rottweiler, or chow dog is in fact a dog subject to the requirements of this Article 4.

(Ord. 539; Code 2017)

If a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that a pit bull, Rottweiler, or chow dog is being kept, harbored or cared for in violation of this Article 4, said officer may petition the Municipal Court to order the seizure and impoundment of said dog.

(Ord. 539; Code 2017)