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Animal Food and Shelter Requirements

All dogs and cats should given adequate food, water and shelter. Adequate shelter is defined as an enclosure of at least three (3) sides, a roof and a floor. The enclosure needs to be ventilated and must have sufficient room for the animal(s) to move around freely and to lie down comfortably.

The following are not considered an adequate shelter:

  • underneath outside steps, decks and stoops;
  • inside of vehicles;
  • underneath vehicles;
  • inside metal or plastic barrels or cardboard boxes; or
  • rooms, sheds or other buildings without windows or proper ventilation.

Failure to comply with this ordinance is a class-one misdemeanor, punishable by fine and incarceration.


Lead Department:
Service Categories:
Animal Control