Animal nuisances can include any type of animal that is disturbing the community through noise, property destruction, or risk of harming others.

Barking Dogs / Noisy Animals

It is against City Code Section 91.033 to own, possess, or harbor any bird or other animal that barks, bays, cries, howls, or makes any long, unnecessary, and continuous noise, other than for reasons of being provoked by a person trespassing or threatening to trespass.  

Barking dogs are considered a nuisance if the barking lasts longer than ten consecutive minutes. 

Animal Excrement

No animals shall be allowed without a leash in any public park unless specifically authorized by the Director of Parks and Recreation. Any excrement created by any animal shall be immediately removed by the owner in accordance with City Code Section 92.12.

Animal Services

Animal Services Code Section 93.01 - The City incorporated Washington County Code (WCC) Chapter 6.04, Animal Services Code, to regulate the keeping, licensing, and control of dogs and other animals within the city. Violation of WCC Chapter 6.04 is an offense against the city.

Limitation on Dog Ownership

Limitation on Dog Ownership Section 93.02 - Except as authorized as a kennel pursuant to the city’s Zoning Ordinance, no person(s) shall own, keep, possess, or harbor more than three adult dogs on any premises within the corporate limits of the city. As used in the foregoing, the term DOG means all members (male and female) of the domesticated canine (canine familiaris) three months of age or older.

Domesticated Fowl

Domesticated Fowl Section 93.03 - A resident may keep up to four adult fowls (chickens, ducks, pheasants, and quails three months of age or older) on a lot with a minimum area of 5,000 square feet. One additional adult fowl is allowed for every 2,000 square feet of additional lot area, up to a maximum of 12 fowl in accordance with city code.

Stray Animals

Stray, abandoned, or abused animals should be reported to Washington County Animal Control.