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File #: BL2022-1252    Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Withdrawn
File created: 5/9/2022 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 6/7/2022 Final action: 6/7/2022
Title: An Ordinance to amend Title 8 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws relative to animals.
Sponsors: Joy Styles, Jennifer Gamble, Russ Bradford
Attachments: 1. Proposed Amendment No. 1 - BL2022-1252 - Gamble, 2. Proposed Amendment No. 2 - BL2022-1252 - Bradford
An Ordinance to amend Title 8 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws relative to animals.


Section 1. That Chapter 8.04 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws is amended by deleting the chapter in its entirety and replacing it with the following:
Chapter 8.04 - Animal Code
8.04.010 - 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:
"Animal shelter" means any animal shelter owned by, controlled by or under contract with the metropolitan government.
"Animal care and control division" means the animal care and control services division of the department of health.
"Animal care and control officer" means any person employed by the animal care and control division who is authorized to implement and enforce this chapter and applicable state statutes.
"At large" means any animal that is off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the owner, either by leash, cord, chain, or otherwise; provided that an animal shall not be considered running "at large" when:
A. The animal is off the premises of the owner, if such animal shall be accompanied by the owner and the owner shall have full command of such animal; or
B. The animal is accompanied by a responsible person and is a hunting dog in chase or in training, a dog guarding or driving stock, a police dog, a working dog, a dog participating in an organized field competition, or a community cat.
"Board of health" means the Board of Health of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee.
"Community cat" means any free roaming cat that may be cared for by one or more residents of the immediate area who is/are known or unknown. Community cats that are ear-tipped are steril...

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