When used in this title, the following words shall have the following meanings:
(1) “Abandonment” means leaving of an animal by its owner or owners or other person or persons responsible for its care or custody without making effective provisions for its proper care.
(2) “Animal” means any animal other than humans.
(3) “Animal control officer” means any person or persons empowered by the city to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
(4) “Animal shelter” means the facility designated by the city for the boarding and caring of any animal impounded under the provisions of this chapter or any other ordinance or law of the state of Washington.
(5) “Cats” means any animal of the species Felidae, regardless of sex.
(6) “Common areas of a condominium, townhouse, or apartment buildings” means and includes but is not limited to the yards, grounds, patios, garden areas, play areas, clubhouses, swimming pools, sidewalks, walkways, common garage areas, entryways, hallways, and driveways.
(7) “Dogs” means any animal of the species Canidae, regardless of sex.
(8) “Dog owner” means any person, firm, partnership, corporation, trust arrangement, or the like who owns, keeps, or harbors a dog or dogs. “Dog owner” or “owner” for purposes of this chapter means persons who are at least 18 years old.
(9) “Exotic animal” means any animal which, when in its wild state, or due to its size, habits, natural propensities, training or instinct, presents a danger or potential danger to human beings and is capable of inflicting serious physical harm upon human beings, and includes inherently dangerous mammals and reptiles as follows:
(a) “Inherently dangerous mammal” means any live member of the Canidae, Felidae, or Ursidae family, including hybrids thereof, which, due to their inherent nature, may be considered dangerous to humans, and which includes:
(i) Canidae, including any member of the dog (canid) family not customarily domesticated by man, or any hybrids thereof, including wolf hybrids which are a cross between a wolf and domestic dog, but not including domestic dogs (Canis familiaris). Common names include wolf, coyote, jackal, hyena, fox, and all their hybrids.
(ii) Felidae, including any member of the cat (felis) family weighing over 15 pounds not customarily domesticated by man, or any hybrids thereof, but not including domestic cats (Felis catus).
(iii) Ursidae, including any member of the bear family, or any hybrids thereof.
(iv) Nonhuman primates and prosimians.
(b) “Inherently dangerous reptile” means any live member of the class Reptilia which:
(i) Is venomous, including but not necessarily limited to all members of the following families: Helodermidae (beaded lizards including gila monster, Mexican beaded lizard); Viperidae (vipers and adders); Crotalidae (pit vipers); Atraciaspididae (mole vipers); Hydrophilidae (sea snakes); and Elapidae (cobras).
(ii) Is a “rear fanged” snake of the family Colubridae (rear-fanged snakes) that are known to be dangerous to humans, including, but not necessarily limited to, all members of the following families: Dispholidus typus (boom-slang snake); Thebtornis kirtlandii (twig snake); and Rhabdophis ssp. (speckle belly keelback and red-necked keelback).
(iii) Is a member of the order Crocodilia (crocodiles, alligators, and caiman) over two feet in length.
(c) “Potentially dangerous wild animal” as defined by Chapter 16.30 RCW as now enacted or hereafter amended.
(10) “Ferret” means an animal of the species Mustela furo and as defined in WAC 246-100-197 or as hereafter amended.
(11) “Guard dog” means a dog trained to protect persons or property by attacking or threatening to attack any person found within the area patrolled by the dog. These dogs must be registered with the city as a guard dog.
(12) “Household pets” means dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, hamsters, gerbils, parakeets, canaries, finches, and other similar exotic fowl and songbirds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and similar small animals and fowl kept inside a residence for companionship and/or personal enjoyment so long as they are not a danger to other persons or property. All other animals are prohibited within the city unless otherwise provided herein.
(13) “Hybrid” means any mammal which is the offspring of the reproduction between any species of wild canid or hybrid wild canid and a domestic dog or hybrid wild canid, or is represented by its owner to be a wolf hybrid, coyote hybrid, coy dog or any other kind of wild canid hybrid, or a wild felid or hybrid wild felid and a domestic cat or hybrid wild felid or is represented by its owner to be a wild felid hybrid.
(14) “Mistreatment” means every act or omission which causes or unreasonably permits the continuation of unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering.
(15) “Neglect” means failure to provide food, water, protection from the elements, opportunity for exercise, or other care normal, usual and proper for an animal’s health and well-being.
(16) “Owner or custodian” means any person, firm, partnership, corporation, trust arrangement, or the like who shall keep, maintain, control, care for, or be responsible for keeping, maintaining, or caring for any animal, or who knowingly permits any animal to remain on premises occupied by them.
(17) “Running at large” means off the premises of the owner and not under the effective control of the owner, his agent, servant, or competent member of his family by means of a leash, cord, or chain reasonable in length; except that, for the purpose of this definition, the “premises of the owner” shall not include common areas of a condominium complex, townhouses, and apartment buildings, and any animal not in the effective control of its owner upon the common area of a condominium, townhouse or apartment building, or the grounds thereof, shall be deemed to be running at large.
(18) “Potentially dangerous dog” has the meaning given it in Chapter 16.08 RCW.
(19) “Proper enclosure” means, while on the owner’s property, a potentially dangerous dog shall be securely confined indoors or in an outside enclosed and locked pen or structure, resistant to tunneling, suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent the dog from escaping. Such pen or structure shall have secure sides not less than five feet high and a secure top, and shall provide protection from the elements for the dog. The requirement for a secure top on the enclosure may be waived by the animal control officer upon showing that it is unnecessary. This section shall not apply to guard dogs or watch dogs utilized to secure premises enclosed by a fence or wall not less than five feet high and resistant to tunneling, located within an industrial or commercial zone.
(20) “Dangerous dog” has the meaning given it in Chapter 16.08 RCW.
(21) All other words and phrases used herein will have their commonly accepted meanings. (Ord. 544 § 1, 2019)