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CITY OF CLOQUET ORDINANCE NO. 474A

CITY OF CLOQUET

ORDINANCE NO. 474A

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CITY CODE CHAPTER 8 - ANIMALS, AMENDING THE DEFINITION OF "RUNNING AT LARGE", AND AMENDING THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE LICENSING OF DOGS AND CATS

The City Council of the City of Cloquet does hereby ordain as follows:

Section 1. City Code Amendment. That the Cloquet City Code, be amended by replacing Subdivision 10, titled "Running at Large." In Section 8.1.01 of Chapter 8, with the following:

Subd. 10 Running at Large. "At Large" shall be intended to mean off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the owner or a member of his or her immediate family either by leash, cord, chain or otherwise. No person owning, keeping or harboring an animal shall permit the animal to run at large. For the purposes of this section, an animal shall be deemed to be running at large:

A. When the animal commits damage to the property of anyone other than the owner or injury to the person of anyone other than the owner, except in defense of the animal's owner or the owner's family.

Section 2. City Code Amendment. That the Cloquet City Code, be amended by replacing Section 8.2.06, titled "Running at Large Prohibited." In Chapter 8, with the following:

8.2.06 Running at Large Prohibited. No owner or keeper of any dog shall negligently or intentionally permit the animal to run at large, as that term is defined in Subd. 10 of Section 8.1.01, within the City of Cloquet. Given the potentially serious public health and safety concerns, it is the City's intent that with respect to the application of this section that the standard of negligence to be applied in considering a violation will be that of ordinary negligence as is required in a civil action.

Section 3. City Code Amendment. That the Cloquet City Code, be amended by repealing Section 8.2.01, titled "Dog and Cat Licenses Required." and replacing Section 8.2.02, titled "Tag and Collar.", both of Chapter 8, as follows:

8.2.01 Repealed.

8.2.02 ID Tag/Micro-chip. It is unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or maintain a dog, cat or ferret over the age of four months unless it has an ID tag, to be worn at all times, that has on it the owner's name and contact information, including a valid telephone number, or unless it is micro-chipped with the micro-chip data contact information kept up to date. However, if the animal is harbored or kept on the premises of a recognized Humane Society shelter or pet store it need not have an ID tag or be micro-chipped.

Section 4. Effective Date. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication in accordance with law.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This ordinance amends the definition of "Running at Large" to only apply to animals causing damage to property or injury to persons other than the owner while at large, and changes the requirement for the licensing of dogs and cats to requiring identification information in the form of an ID tag or micro-chip.

Passed this 8th day of August 2018.

CITY OF CLOQUET

By: Its Mayor

ATTEST:

By: Its City Administrator

Pine Journal: Aug. 30, 2018 #2672402