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Division 1. General Provisions
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As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

Abandon means the leaving of an animal without adequate provisions for the animal’s proper care by its owner, the person responsible for the animal’s care or custody or any other person having possession of such animal.

Animal means any living nonhuman creature.

At large means any animal where the person responsible for the animal is not physically present or is not able to observe the animal continuously.

Bodily injury means any physical injury that results in severe bruising, muscle tears, skin lacerations, fracture of any bone or any similar injury.

Command leash means voice and sight control over a dog exercised by the Owner such that the dog is within the owner’s sight and responds promptly to voice command.

Companion animal means domestic dogs, domestic cats, small pet birds and other domesticated species which are not livestock or wildlife.

Defecate with respect to any dog means to defecate upon the property of any person other than that of the owner of such dog.

Harass means to endanger, worry, impede, annoy, pursue, disturb, molest, rally, concentrate, harry, chase, drive, herd or torment wildlife.

Hitch means to attach an animal to an object, including but not limited to a building, fence, post or tree.

Horse-drawn carriage rides shall mean a carriage or vehicle drawn or pulled by an animal used for commercial touring purposes within the Town of Telluride.

Leash means any durable material not exceeding six (6) feet in length.

Livestock means cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas, horses, mules, donkeys and other animals traditionally used in the farm or ranch production of food, fiber or other agricultural products.

Mistreat means every act or omission which causes or unreasonably permits the continuation of unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering.

Neglect means failure to provide food, water, protection from the elements or other care generally considered to be normal, usual and accepted for an animal’s health and well-being consistent with the species, breed and type of animal.

Noncompanion animal means any animal other than a companion animal.

Owner means any person who assumes charge, custody, control or responsibility for an animal for any length of time, including but not limited to the owner of the animal, the person responsible for the animal at the time of any alleged violation of this Article and, if different, the person in whose name the animal is licensed.

Peace officer means the Town Marshal or any of his or her deputies and any Code Enforcement Officer employed by the Town.

Provocation means purposeful enticement to anger.

Serious bodily injury means bodily injury which, either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, involves a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body, or breaks or fractures.

Threaten or threatening behavior with respect to any dog or person means to demonstrate tendencies that would cause a reasonable person to believe that the dog may inflict bodily injury upon or cause the death of any person or companion animal, without ample provocation.

Trash or trashing with respect to any dog means any dog that knocks over or gets into any trash, refuse or recycling container.

Vicious or vicious behavior means to inflict bodily or serious bodily injury upon or cause the death of a person or companion animal, without ample provocation.

Wildlife means wild vertebrates, mollusks and crustaceans, whether alive or dead, including any part, product, egg or offspring thereof, that exist as a species in a natural wild state. (Prior code 6.04.010; Ord. 1466 § 1, 2018)