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File #: ORD. 2020-013    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 1/14/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/27/2020 Final action: 1/27/2020
Title: To amend City Code ? 4-1, concerning definitions for animal control, for the purpose of revising certain definitions.
Patrons: Mayor Stoney
Attachments: 1. Ord. No. 2020-013
To amend City Code ? 4-1, concerning definitions for animal control, for the purpose of revising certain definitions.

? 1. That section 4-1 of the Code of the City of Richmond (2015) be and is hereby amended and reordained as follows:
Sec. 4-1. Definitions.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Adoption means the transfer of ownership of a dog or cat from a releasing agency to an individual.
Animal means any living vertebrate creature, domestic or wild, male or female, other than Homo sapiens.
Animal control officer means a person appointed as an animal control officer pursuant to Code of Virginia, ? 3.2-6555.
Animal shelter means a facility operated by a Humane Society, or by the city for the purpose of impounding or caring for animals held under the authority of this chapter.
Cat means any domestic feline animal (Felis domesticus), male or female, whether spayed or neutered.
Commercial animal establishment means any pet shop, auction, riding school, stable, kennel, zoological park, circus, hatchery, veterinary hospital, performing animal exhibition, or any lot, building, structure, enclosure, or premises used for the business of buying selling, grooming, breeding, or boarding of animals.
Companion animal means any domestic or feral dog, domestic or feral cat, nonhuman primate, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit not raised for human food or fiber, exotic or native animal, reptile, exotic or native bird, or any feral animal or any animal under the care, custody, or ownership of a person or any animal which is bought, sold, traded, or bartered by any person. Agricultural animals, game species, or any animals regulated under federal law as research animals shall not be considered companion animals for the purposes of this chapter. Dangerous dog means a dog ...

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