6.04 – Definitions

6.04.010 – Generally

For the purposes of this title, unless the context otherwise requires, the terms specified in this chapter shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this chapter.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: Ch.20 Art. I (part))

6.04.020 – Animal

"Animal" means any living vertebrae, domestic or wild, but does not include man.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.01)

6.04.030 – Animal control center

"Animal control center" means a facility licensed under the Animal Welfare Act of the state and operated by or under formal agreement with the city as a repository for the safe keeping and humane care of animals impounded under the provisions of this chapter.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.02)

6.04.040 – Animal Control Officer

"Animal control officer" means an employee of the City of St. Charles who shall have the power and authority to enforce the provisions of this title and shall where appropriate be the employee of Kane or Dupage County who implements the provisions of this title pertaining to animals pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement with the city and an animal control agency.

(2020-M-64: § 1; 1989-M-78: § 1; 1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.03)

6.04.050 – Control

"Control" means any animal that is either secured by a leash or within the property of its owner, or confined within a cage or crate, or confined within a vehicle, or on the property of another person with the consent of that property owner. Voice control means the immediate recall of a dog or other animal at the sound of the owner's voice.

(2020-M-64: § 2; 1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.04)

6.04.055 – Beekeeping

Beekeeping:  The maintenance of honeybee colonies, for any purpose including, but not limited to, the collection of honey and other products that hives produce or as a hobby.

(2017-M-12: § 1)

6.04.060 – Has Been Bitten

"Has been bitten" means has been seized with the teeth or jaws so that the person or animal seized has been nipped, gripped, wounded, or pierced, and further includes contact of saliva with any break or abrasion of the skin.

(2020-M-64: § 3; 1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.05)

6.04.070 – Cat

"Cat" means any live male or female cat (Felis catus).

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.06)

6.04.080 – Cattery

"Cattery" means any establishment wherein any person engages in the business of boarding, breeding, buying, grooming, letting for hire, training for a fee or selling cats; provided, however, that the ownership of cats which are a part of the household shall not constitute the operation of a cattery unless more than two cats aged four months or older are kept in such household.  Cattery also does not include any animal control center as defined in this chapter or any pound center as defined in this chapter or any pound or similar facility operated by a subdivision of local, state or federal government.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.07)

6.04.090 – Dangerous Dog (or Animal)

"Dangerous dog" means any individual dog or animal when unmuzzled, unleashed, or unattended by it's owner or custodian that behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses a serious and unjustified imminent threat of serious physical injury or death to a person or a companion animal in a public place.

(2020-M-64: § 4; 1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.09)

6.04.100 – Dog

"Dog" means a live male or female dog (Canis familiaris).

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.10)

6.04.110 – Impounded

"Impounded" means having been taken into the custody of the city.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.11)

6.04.120 – Business Day

"Business day" means any day including holidays that the Animal Control facility or other contracted pounds are open to the public for animal reclaims.ord

(2020-M-64: § 5; 1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.12)

6.04.130 – Kennel

"Kennel" means any establishment wherein any person engages in the business of boarding, breeding, buying, grooming, letting for hire, training for a fee or selling dogs; provided, however, that the ownership of dogs which are part of the household shall not constitute the operation of a kennel unless more than two dogs aged four months or older are kept in such household.  Kennel also shall not include any animal control center as defined in Section 6.04.030 or any pound or similar facility operated by a subdivision of local, state or federal government.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.13)

6.04.140 – Licensed Pet

"Licensed pet" means any dog or cat four months of age or over for which the owner can produce proof of having paid the license fee for the current year.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.14)

6.04.150 – Neutered animal

"Neutered animal" means a male or female animal surgically treated by a licensed veterinarian to render it incapable of reproduction.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.15)

6.04.160 – Owner

"Owner" means any person having a right of property in an animal or who keeps or harbors any animal or who has an animal in his care or custody.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.16)

6.04.170 – Person

"Person" means any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, association or other legal entity.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.17)

6.04.180 – Pet Shop

"Pet shop" means any establishment, other than a kennel or cattery as defined in this chapter, wherein any person engages in the business of selling animals represented as suitable for use as pets.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.18)

6.04.190 – Stray or Straying Animal

"Stray" or "Straying Animal" means a dog or other animal not on the property of the owner or not confined or under control by a leash or other recognized control measures.

(2020-M-64: § 6; 1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.19)

6.04.200 – Vaccination

"Vaccination" means the injection, as approved by the department of agriculture of the state, of an antirabies vaccine approved by said department, with verification thereof consisting of a current certificate and current tag issued in accordance with Illinois statutes.

(1977-M-11: (part); Prior code: § 20.20)

6.04.210 – Physical Injury

"Physical Injury" means the impairment of physical condition.

(2020-M-64: § 7)

6.04.210 – Serious Physical Injury

"Serious Physical Injury" means a physical injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious protracted disfigurement, protracted impairment of health, impairment of the function of any bodily organ, or plastic surgery.

(2020-M-64: § 8)

6.04.210 – Vicious Dog (or Animal)

"Vicious Dog" means a dog or animal that, without justification, attacks a person and causes serious physical injury or death or any individual dog or animal that has been found to be a "dangerous dog" upon three separate occasions.

(2020-M-64: § 9)