§ 41.

DEFINITIONS

As used in Sections 41.1 through 41.25, inclusive, of this Article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

a.

“At large” shall mean any dog off the premises of its owners or guardians and not under restraint by a leash, rope or chain of not more than eight (8) feet in length, and any other animal not under physical restraint.

b.

“Animal” shall mean and include any bird, mammal, reptile, or other creature; except fish.

c.

“City and County” shall mean the City and County of San Francisco.

d.

“Dog” shall include female as well as male dogs.

e.

“Health Officer” shall mean the Director of the Department of Public Health of the City and County, or any employee of said Department or other person authorized by said officer to act on his or her behalf.

f.

“Hoofed Animal” shall mean and include horse, mare, gelding, mule, burro, sheep, cow, goat or any other animal with a hoofed foot.

g.

“Owner” shall mean any person who possesses, has title to or an interest in, harbors or has control, custody or possession of an animal, and the verb forms of “to own” shall include all those shades of meaning.

h.

“Person” shall mean and include corporations, estates, associations, partnerships and trusts, as well as one or more individual human beings.

i.

“Barking Dog” is defined as a dog that barks, bays, cries, howls or makes any other noise continuously and incessantly for a period of 10 minutes to the disturbance of any other person.

j.

“Animal Care and Control Department” shall mean the department under the City Administrator authorized to perform the functions described in Sections 41.4 and 41.5 of this Article and any other ordinance or law that delegates such authority to the Animal Care and Control Department or its Director.

k.

“Animal Control Officer” or “Animal Care and Control Officer” shall mean the Director of the Animal Care and Control Department.

l.

“Authorized Licensing Entity” shall mean an individual or entity that has entered into an agreement with the Director of Animal Care and Control to accept applications and payments for dog licenses, and issue such licenses to dog owners or guardians in accordance with the requirements of Sections 41.15 through 41.20. Such individuals or entities may include, but are not limited to, other departments of the City and County, licensed veterinarians practicing in the City and County, retailers of pet supplies and providers of animal care services engaged in business in the City and County, and nonprofit organizations engaged in promoting animal welfare.

m.

“Guardian” shall have the same rights and responsibilities of an owner, and both terms shall be used interchangeably.

History

(Added by Ord. 226-73, File No. 136-73-1, App. 6/22/73; amended by Ord. 386-75, File No. 312-75-1, App. 9/2/75; Ord. 182-89, File No. 97-89-14, App. 6/5/89; Ord. 2-02, File No. 010491, App. 1/18/02; Ord. 5-03, File No. 021645, App. 1/24/2003)

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