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Sec. 8-1. Definitions.
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The following definitions shall apply to this chapter:

Adjoining lot or parcel of land means any lot or parcel of land which in any way and at any point abuts, adjoins or otherwise meets the property line of another lot or parcel of land and includes a lot or parcel of land which is divided by a dedicated alley and which but for the alley would be abutting, adjoining or otherwise meeting the property line of another lot or parcel of land.

Animal means any animal of a species that is susceptible to rabies, except man.

Animal shelter means any establishment maintained by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors or the City of Phoenix for the confinement and maintenance of dogs and other animals that come into the custody of the County or City in the performance of its official duties together with any establishment maintained by a nonprofit organization for the relief of suffering of dogs and other animals provided that such establishment maintains facilities under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian for the confinement, maintenance, safekeeping and control of dogs and other animals that come into its custody.

At large means being neither confined by an enclosure nor physically restrained by a leash, whether on or off premises of the owner or custodian.

Cat means a member of the Felis catus family.

Collar means a band, chain, harness or suitable device worn around the neck of a dog to which a license may be affixed.

Department means the State Department of Health Services.

Director means the Director of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department or designee.

Dog means a member of the Canis familiaris family.

Dog park means a fenced area designated by the Parks Board or Director as a location where dogs are permitted to be off leash without meeting the requirements of Section 8-14(D)(5).

Enforcement agent means that person designated by the City who is responsible for the enforcement of this chapter and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

Humane officer means the enforcement agent or his designated deputy.

Impound means the act of taking or receiving into custody by the enforcement agent any dog or other animal for the purpose of confinement in an authorized pound in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

Kennel means an enclosed, controlled area, inaccessible to other animals, in which a person keeps, harbors or maintains five or more dogs under controlled conditions.

Livestock means meat animals, horses, sheep, goats, swine, mules and asses.

Occupant means any person who is at least eighteen years of age and who has a present legal right to immediate possession of a residence or lot or parcel of land.

Owner means any person owning, keeping, possessing, harboring or maintaining an animal other than livestock for more than six consecutive days.

Pet dealer means a person who owns or operates a pet shop.

Pet shop means any establishment at which are kept for sale any animals generally considered to be household pets, but excluding kennels or livery stables.

Pound means any establishment authorized for the confinement, maintenance, safekeeping and control of dogs and other animals that come into the custody of the enforcement agent in the performance of his official duties.

Rabies vaccination certificate means a method of recording and duplicating rabies information that is in compliance with the County enforcement agent’s licensing system and/or County enforcement agent’s prescribed forms.

Stray dog means any dog three months of age or older running at large that is not wearing a valid license tag.

Veterinarian, unless otherwise indicated, means any veterinarian licensed to practice in this State or any veterinarian employed in this State by a governmental agency.

Veterinary hospital means any establishment operated by a veterinarian licensed to practice in the State of Arizona that provides clinical facilities and houses animals or birds for dental, medical or surgical treatment. A veterinary hospital may have adjacent to it or in conjunction with it or as an integral part of it, pens, stalls, cages or kennels for quarantine, observation or boarding.

Vicious animal means any animal other than an animal used by a law enforcement agency, that:

a. Has a propensity to bite, scratch or otherwise inflict injury on a human being without provocation. One incident of causing injury may be sufficient to establish a propensity; or

b. Has a propensity to approach human beings without provocation in a menacing or terrorizing manner so as to confine the movement of or instill fear in a reasonable person; and

c. Is declared vicious after a hearing before a justice of the peace or a City magistrate. (Code 1962, § 8-1; Ord. No. G-1367, § 1; Ord. No. G-1872, § 1; Ord. No. G-1909, § 1; Ord. No. G-2932, § 1; Ord. No. G-3091, § 1; Ord. No. G-3224, § 1; Ord. No. G-4578, § 1, 2004; Ord. No. G-4988, § 1, 2007; Ord. No. G-5873, 2013)

Cross reference—Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2.

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