City of Ellsworth

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    Ellsworth has Code of Ordinances in place.   Different subjects are being spotlighted here  and sections will only be high lighted.  A completed copy of the Code of Ordinances is in City Hall and the Ellsworth Public Library.   This Ordinances pertains to Animal Protection and Control.

55.01(3) “At large” means any animal off the premises of the owner and not under the control of a competent person by lease and collar or restrained within a motor vehicle or housed in a veterinary hospital or kennel.
55.05 AT LARGE PROHIBITED, It is unlawful for any owner to allow an animal to run at large within the corporate limits of the City.
55.07 DAMAGE OR INTERFERENCE, It is unlawful for the owner of an animal to allow or permit such animal to pass upon the premises of another thereby causing damage to, or interference with, the premises.
55.08 ANNOYANCE OR DISTURBANCE, It is unlawful for the owner of a dog to allow or permit such dog to cause serious annoyance or disturbance to any person by frequent and habitual howling, yelping, barking, or otherwise, or by running after or chasing persons, bicycles, automobiles or other vehicles.
55.09 VICIOUS DOGS, No person owning, possessing, harboring or having the care of a vicious dog shall permit such animal to go unconfined upon the premises of such person and shall not permit the dog to go beyond the premises unless the dog is securely leashed and muzzled.
    Any dog of the breed known variously as American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or Pit Bull Terrier, or Doberman Pinscher or Doberman, or Rottweiler or any dog of mixed breed which contains a strain of such breeds, is identifiable as a vicious dog.
    A vicious dog is “unconfined” unless such dog is:
        Securely confined in a dwelling house:
        Completely enclosed in a locked, enclosed fence, pen or other structure having a height of a least six feet, such pen or structure must have secure sides which are embedded into the ground, if the bottom of the structure is not integrally connected to the structure or
        If the fence, pen or structure is less than six feet in height, it must have a secure top in addition to securely embedded sides as described in preceding paragraph.
    Any owner, keeper of harborer of a vicious dog must immediately license said dog with the City Clerk.  An application to license a vicious dog must include:
    An insurance policy or a certificate of insurance issued by an insurance company licensed to do business in the state, providing personal liability insurance coverage as in a homeowner’s policy, with a minimum liability amount of $250,000 for the injury or death of any person, for damage to property of others and for acts of negligence by the owner, or his or her agents, in the negligent keeping of such vicious dog.
    If this insurance policy or a certificate of insurance with a minimum liability amount of $250,000 for the injury of death of any person is not provided to the Clerk within twenty-four (24) of acquiring a vicious dog as previously described, the Clerk shall be directed to proceed to have the dog apprehended and confined until such time as insurance coverage is provided.  If the insurance coverage is not provided within seven calendar days from the time when a dog is apprehended, the dog will then be destroyed.
Code of Iowa Sec 351.33
55.11 OWNER’S DUTY It is the duty of the owner of any dog, cat or other animal which has bitten or attacked a person or any person having knowledge of such bite or attack to report this act to a local health or law enforcement official.
Code of Iowa 351.38
55.13 AT LARGE: IMPOUNDMENT  Animals found at large in violation of this chapter shall be seized and impounded, or at the discretion of the peace officer, the owner may be served a summons to appear before a proper court to answer charges made thereunder.
Code of Iowa 351.37
55.16 ANIMAL WASTE Any person who walks an animal on private or public grounds shall be responsible for the proper and immediate disposal of the solid waste excreted by that animal, except when the animal is on the owner’s or keeper’s property.  This section shall not apply to animals under control of a handicapped person and specially trained for the purpose of assisting handicapped persons.  A violation of this provision, shall be a municipal infraction and punishable by a fine of $25.00 for a person’s first violation thereof, and a find of $50.0 for a person’s second or third violation, and punishable by a fine of $500.00 for each subsequent violation thereafter.