Sec. 3-90. Pit bulls. 
(a) Prohibited. It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess 
within the corporate limits of the city: 
(1) Any pit bull dog; provided, that pit bull dogs registered with the city on 
the date of publication of this section may be kept within the city subject to 
the standards and requirements set forth in subsection (b) of this section. 
"Pit bull dog" is defined to mean: 
a. The bull terrier breed of dog; 
b. Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog; 
c. The American pit bull terrier breed of dog; 
d. The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog; 
e. 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; 
f. Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly 
of the breeds bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull 
terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, any other breed commonly known as pit 
bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers; or a combination of any of those 
breeds. 
(2) Any dog with a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack 
unprovoked, to cause injury to, or to otherwise endanger the safety of humans 
or other domestic animals; or 
(3) Any dog which attacks a human being or other domestic animal without 

provocation. 
(b) Keeping of registered pit bulls. The provisions of subsection (a) of this 
section are not applicable to owners, keepers or harborers of pit bull dogs 
registered with the city on the effective date of this section. The keeping of 
such dogs, however, shall be subject to the following standards: 
(1) Leash and muzzle. No person shall permit a registered pit bull dog to go 
outside its kennel or pen unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash no 
longer than four (4) feet in length. No person shall permit a pit bull dog to 
be kept on a chain, rope or other type of leash outside its kennel or pen 
unless a person is in physical control of the leash. Such dogs may not be 
leashed to inanimate objects such as trees, posts buildings, etc. In addition, 
all pit bull dogs on a leash outside the animal's kennel must be muzzledby a 
muzzling device sufficient to prevent such dog from biting persons or other 
animals. 
(2) Confinement. All registered pit bull dogs shall be securely confined indoors 
or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel, except when leashed and 
muzzled as above provided. Such pen, kennel or structure must have secure 
sides and a secure top attached to the sides. All structures used to confine 
registered pit bull dogs must be locked with a key or combination lock when 
such animals are within the structure. Such structure must have a secure bottom 
or floor attached to the sides of the pen or the sides of the pen must be 
embedded in the ground no less than two (2) feet. All structures erected to 
house pit bull dogs must comply with all zoning and buildings regulations of 
the city. All such structures must be adequately lighted and ventilated and 
kept in a clean and sanitary condition. 
(3) Confinement indoors. No pit bull dog may be kept on a porch, patio or in 
any part of a house or structure that would allow the dog to exit such building 
on its own volition. In addition, no such animal may be kept in a house or 
structure when the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are 
the only obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure. 
(4) Signs. All owners, keepers, or harborers of registered pit bull dogs within 
the city shall within ten (10) days of the effective date of this section 
display in a prominent place on their premises a sign easily readable by the 
public using the words "Beware of Dog." In addition, a similar sign is required 
to be posted on the kennel or pen of such animal. 
(5) Insurance. All owners, keepers or harborers of registered pit bull dogs 
must within ten (10) days of the effective date of this section provide proof 
to the city clerk of public liability insurance in a single incident of fifty 
thousand dollars ($50,000.00) for bodily injury to or death of any person or 
persons or for damage to property owned by any persons which may result from 
the ownership, keeping or maintenance of such animal. Such insurance policy 
shall provide that no cancellation of the policy will be made unless ten (10) 
days written notice is first given to the city clerk. 
(6) Identification photographs. All owners, keepers or harborers of registered 
pit bull dogs must within ten (10) days of the effective date of this section 
provide to the city clerk two (2) color photographs of the registered animal 
clearly showing the color and approximate size of the animal. 
(7) Reporting requirements. All owners, keepers or harborers of registered pit 
bull dogs must within ten (10) days of the incident, report the following 

information in writing to the city clerk as required hereinafter: 
a. The removal from the city or death of a registered pit bull dog; 
b. The birth or offspring of a registered pit bull dog; 
c. The new address of a registered pit bull dog owner should the owner move 
within the corporate limits. 
(8) Sale or transfer of ownership prohibited. No person shall sell, barter or 
in any other way dispose of a pit bull dog registered with the city to any 
person within the city unless the recipient person resides permanently in the 
same household and on the same premises as the registered owner of such dog; 
provided that the registered owner of a pit bull dog may sell or otherwise 
dispose of a registered dog of the offspring of such dog to persons who do not 
reside within the city. 
(9) Animals born of registered dogs. All offspring born of pit bull dogs 
registered with the city must be removed from the city within six (6) weeks of 
the birth of such animal. 
(10) Irrebuttable presumptions. There shall be an irrebuttable presumption that 

any dog registered with the city as a pit bull dog or any of those breeds 
prohibited by subsection (a) of the section is in fact a dog subject to the 
requirements of this section. 
(11) Failure to comply. It shall be unlawful for the owner, keeper or harborer 
of a pit bull dog registered with the city to fail to comply with the 
requirements and conditions set forth in this section. Any dog found to be the 
subject of a violation of this section shall be subject to immediate seizure 
and, impoundment. In addition, failure to comply will result in the revocation 
of the license of such animals resulting in the immediate removal of the animal 
from the city. 
(12) Violations and penalties. Any person violating or permitting the violating 
of any provision of this section shall, upon conviction in the municipal court, 
be fined a sum of not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) and not more than 
five hundred dollars ($500.00). In addition to the fine imposed, the court may 
sentence the defendant to imprisonment for a period not to exceed thirty (30) 
days. In addition, the court shall order the registration of the subject pit 
bull revoked and the dog removed from the city. Should the defendantrefuse to 
remove the dog from the city, the municipal court judge shall find the defendant
 owner in contempt and order the immediate confiscation and impoundment of the 
 animal. Each day that a violation of this section continues shall be deemed a
  separate offense. In addition to the foregoing penalties, any person who 
  violates this section shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food, 
  handling, veterinary care and testimony necessitated by the enforcement of 
  this section. 
(Ord. No. 4-0497, 4-1-97)