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SECTION 9.25 DANGEROUS OR VICIOUS DOGS

.1 Definitions "Dangerous dog" or "vicious dog", as used in this section, shall mean any dog that has bitten any person or domestic pet or with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack or cause injury.

"Owner" or "keeper", as used in this section, shall mean the individual who is the registered owner of a dog or who keeps, harbors or possesses a dog.

.2 Control/Restraint of Vicious Dogs

A vicious dog, while on its owner's property, shall be confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure. Said pen or structure must be approved by the Canine Compliance Officer and must be no less than 50 square feet in area, provide the dog with protection from the elements, secured so as to prevent escape or entry by children, and, if designed without a bottom, be embedded in the ground to a minimum depth of 2 feet.

A vicious dog, when off its owner's property, must be accompanied by an adult, held firmly on a leash not exceeding three feet in length, and muzzled. Said muzzle must prevent the animal from biting and be so designed as not to cause injury to the dog or interfere with respiration or vision.

.3 Penalties for Violation

Violation of the provisions of this ordinance may be punished in the manner provided in MGL Chapter 40, Section 21D in accordance with the following schedule of fines:

1st offense $150.00

2nd/subsequent offenses $250.00

In addition to the fines specified above, the Canine Compliance Officer may order that the dog be enrolled in a suitable behavior training program or that the dog be spayed or neutered. Violation of this ordinance twice within any twelve month period may also result in an order that the dog be removed from the city.

Compliance with the provisions of this ordinance or with any order made hereunder shall not be a defense to an order of disposal under MGL Chapter 140, Section 157.