As most responsible pet owners know, there are certain criteria that comes with owning a dog in the City of Garnett. If you own a dog, please read and share the below information. If you fail to follow these ordinances, you can face court and fines, and possibly jail time.
2-102. Vaccination and registration required.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the city to own or keep any dog without having the dog inoculated against rabies according to current, recognized veterinary practices. The rabies inoculation shall be administered as directed by Kansas law and shall be attested by or under the signature of a Kansas licensed veterinarian, showing at least the manufacturer of such vaccine together with the lot number of the vaccine used for the inoculation, the date such was administered and the manufacturer’s stated life span or period of efficacy of such. Such inoculation shall be maintained in a current state at all times; and
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the city to own or keep any dog without registering such dog with the city clerk, as provided by this article, and no dog shall be allowed outside the owner’s dwelling unless the dog shall wear a collar or harness with the registration tag issued by the city securely affixed thereto in such a manner that it may at all times be easily visible.
2-103. Annual registration.
All dog registrations issued by the city clerk hereunder shall be valid until December 31 of the year in which the same are issued; provided, however, such registration shall be subject to cancellation at the expiration of the rabies vaccination certificate as elsewhere provided in this article.
2-108. Running at large prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit such dog to run at large within the corporate limits of the city at any time.
2-113. Noisy dogs.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to cause, permit, or allow such dog to howl, bark, or yelp so as to make excessive noise which disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. The phrase “excessive noise” used herein shall mean a noise which is so loud and continuous or untimely as to disturb the sleep or the peace of a neighbor.
2-114. Cruelty to dogs unlawful.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person:
(1) Intentionally to kill, injure, maim, torture or mutilate any dog;
(2) To abandon or leave any dog in any place without making provisions for its proper care;
(3) Having physical custody of any dog and failing to provide such food, water, opportunity for exercise or other care as is needed for the health or well-being of such dog; or
(4) Having physical custody of any dog and failing to provide such dog with necessary protection from the elements as set forth below:
(A) Shelter From Sunlight: When sunlight is likely to cause overheating, serious bodily injury or death of the dog, sufficient shade shall be provided to allow the vertebrate animals kept out¬ doors to protect themselves from the direct rays of the sun.
(B) Shelter From Cold Weather: Housing facilities shall be pro¬ vided for all dogs kept outdoors when the atmospheric temperature falls below forty degrees Fahrenheit (40°F). Such structure shall be provided with a sufficient quantity of suitable bedding materials, consisting of hay, straw, cedar shavings or the equivalent, to provide insulation and protection against cold and dampness and promote retention of body heat. Such shelter shall be so constructed to keep the dog dry and retain sufficient body heat to prevent serious bodily injury or death of the dog.
(5) (A) To attach chains or other tethers, restraints or implements directly to a dog without the proper use of a collar, harness, or other device designed for that purpose and made from a material that prevents injury to the dog.
(B) No person shall:
(1) Tether a dog for more than one continuous hour, except that tethering of the same dog may resume after a hiatus of three (3) continuous hours, for up to three (3) hours’ total time on tether per day; provided that for the purpose of tethering a dog, a chain, leash, rope or tether shall be at least ten feet (10’) in length; and, provided, further, this subsection shall not apply to a trolley line type of tether, the line of which provides at least twenty-five (25) linear feet of run length available to the dog and is designed to allow or provide compliance with all other provisions of this section;
(2) Use a tether or any assembly or attachments thereto to tether a dog that shall weigh more than one-eighth (1/8) of the dog’s body weight, or due to weight, inhibit the free movement of the dog within the area tethered;
(3) Tether a dog either on a choke chain or otherwise in such a manner as to cause injury, strangulation, or entanglement of the dog on fences, trees, or other manmade or natural obstacles;
(4) Tether a dog without access to shade when sunlight is likely to cause overheating, or without access to appropriate shelter which provides insulation and protection against cold and dampness when the atmospheric temperature falls below forty degrees Fahrenheit (40°F); or to tether a dog without securing its water or food supply (or both) so that it cannot be tipped over by the tether;
(5) Tether a dog in an open area where it can be teased by persons or in an open area that does not provide the dog protection from attack by other animals;
(6) Tether a dog in such a way as to allow the dog to get within ten feet (10’) of either the property boundary line or, if there is one, a public sidewalk; or
(7) Tether a dog in an area where bare earth is present and no steps have been taken to prevent the surface from becoming wet and muddy in the event of precipitation with some type of protection or ground cover which will not cause injury or discomfort to the dog.