All About Pets! What you should know…

Good dog! Good cat! Good law abiding owner!

The benefits of having a pet go far beyond companionship, our furry friends do not receive the credit they deserve. Pets play an important role in an owner’s life by promoting several  physical and psychological benefits. With that said, we want you and your pet to live care free in our community. You can ensure just that by understanding the rules you need to follow as an owner of a pet.

These rules come in two parts: (1) the Wingate Village bylaws regarding pet ownership and (2) the Salt Lake City laws and ordinances.

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As a resident of Wingate Townhomes, you must abide by these statutes.

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  1. No pets, animals, livestock or poultry of any kind shall be commercially bred in, on or about the Project. Pets must be properly licensed and registered by the appropriate governmental agency where required. Pets may not create a nuisance. The following acts may constitute a nuisance:
    1. Causing damage to the property of anyone other than the pet owner;
    2. causing unreasonable fouling of the air by odors;
    3. causing unsanitary conditions;
    4. defecating on common areas when the feces are not immediately cleaned up by the responsible party;
    5. barking, howling, whining or making other disturbing noises in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion;
    6. molesting or harassing passersby by lunging at them or chasing passing vehicles;
    7. attacking or threatening to attack people or other domestic animals;
    8. otherwise acting so as to bother, annoy or disturb other reasonable residents or interfering with their right to the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their property;
  2. Any pet creating a nuisance or an unreasonable disturbance or is not a common household pet, as determined by the city animal control officer, must be permanently removed from Wingate Village Town Homes upon seven (7) days written notice.
  3. Pets in the Common Area must be in a cage or on a leash and under the control of a responsible person. Pets may not be tied or tethered in the Common Area. The Management Committee may establish Pet Rules, including rules limiting the number of pets per unit, and charge a pet deposit and/or a registration fee.
  4. No more than one small (30 lbs. and under) domesticated dog or cat or other small household pet per unit will be allowed.
  5. All dogs and cats must have current rabies vaccinations.
  6. Pets must be contained within the Owner’s Unit. Outside animals are not permitted. Pets may not be left alone in common areas or with access to common areas (E.g. tethered on front porches or back patio with gate open.)
  7. Dogs shall be on a leash at all times when outside a Unit. Residents finding an unleashed pet in the Common Area shall immediately contact Animal Control.
  8. Owners are personally responsible for the cost to repair any damage caused by their pets to the common area.
  9. Any pet which endangers the health or welfare of any Owner, resident, invitee, or guest is to be reported immediately to the city animal control officer. If it is determined by the city that the animal is vicious or a danger to the community it must be permanently removed from Wingate Village Town Homes upon seven (7) days written notice.
  10. Animal bites must be reported to the Animal Control Officer within 24 hours for investigation.Back to t

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As a resident of Salt Lake City, you are required by law to abide by these statutes.

8.04.410: ANIMALS ATTACKING PERSONS AND ANIMALS

  1. Attacking Animals: It is unlawful for the owner or person having charge, care, custody or control of any animal to allow such animal to attack, chase or worry any person, any domestic animal having a commercial value, or any species of hoofed protected wildlife, or to attack domestic fowl. “Worry”, as used in this section, means to harass by tearing, biting or shaking with the teeth.
  2. Owner Liability: The owner in violation of subsection A of this section shall be strictly liable for violation of this section. In addition to being subject to prosecution under subsection A of this section, the owner of such animal shall also be liable in damages to any person injured or to the owner of any animal(s) injured or destroyed thereby.
  3. Defenses: The following shall be considered in mitigating the penalties or damages or in dismissing the charge:
    1. That the animal was properly confined on the premises;
    2. That the animal was deliberately or maliciously provoked.
  4. Animals May Be Killed: Any person may kill an animal while it is committing any of the acts specified in subsection A of this section, or while such dog is being pursued thereafter. (Ord. 1-06 § 19, 2005: prior code § 100-1-14)

8.04.070: DOG LICENSE; REQUIRED WHEN; APPLICATION AND FEES

  1. Required: All dogs shall be licensed each year, except as otherwise provided herein, to a person of the age of eighteen (18) years or older.

8.04.240: RABIES CONTROL; VACCINATION FOR DOGS AND CATS

  1. The owner or person having the charge, care, custody and control of a four (4) months of age or over cat or dog shall have such animal vaccinated for rabies. Any person permitting any such animal to habitually be on or remain, or be lodged or fed within such person’s house, yard or premises shall be responsible for the vaccination. Unvaccinated dogs or cats over four (4) months of age acquired by the owner or moved into the city must be vaccinated within thirty (30) days of purchase or arrival.
  2. Every dog and cat shall have a current rabies vaccination with a rabies vaccine approved by the current compendium of animal rabies control as amended, published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. This provision shall not apply to veterinarians or kennel operators temporarily maintaining on their premises animals owned by others. (Ord. 69-99 § 6, 1999: prior code § 100-1-19(1))

8.04.370: ANIMAL NUISANCES DESIGNATED; PENALTY

  1. Any owner or person having charge, care, custody or control of an animal or animals causing a nuisance as defined below shall be in violation of this title and subject to the penalties provided herein.
  2. The following shall be deemed a nuisance: Any animal which:
    1. Causes damages to the property of anyone other than its owner;
    2. Is a “vicious animal”, as defined in this chapter, and kept contrary to section 8.04.420 of this chapter, or its successor section;
    3. . Causes unreasonable fouling of the air by odors;
    4. Causes unsanitary conditions in enclosures or surroundings;
    5. Defecates on any public sidewalk, park or building, or on any private property without the consent of the owner of such private property, unless the person owning, having a proprietary interest in, harboring or having care, charge, control, custody or possession of such animal shall remove any such defecation to a proper trash receptacle, and shall carry the appropriate instrument(s) for the removal and disposal of such waste;
    6. Barks, whines or howls, or makes other disturbing noises in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion;
    7. Molests passersby or chases passing vehicles;
    8. Attacks people or other domestic animals whether or not such attack results in actual physical harm to the person or animal to whom or at which the attack is directed;
    9. Is found at large three (3) or more times within any twelve (12) month period;
    10. Is offensive or dangerous to the public health, safety or welfare by virtue of the number and/or type of animal kept or harbored; or
    11. Otherwise acts so as to constitute a nuisance or public nuisance under the provisions of title 76, chapter 10, Utah Code Annotated, 1953, or its successor. (Ord. 69-99 § 6, 1999: prior code § 100-1-16)

8.04.060: INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICERS PROHIBITED

It is unlawful for any person knowingly and intentionally to interfere with the director or any animal services officer in the lawful discharge of their duties, as prescribed in this title. (Ord. 69-99 § 6, 1999: prior code § 100-1-5) Outside the Gulch is where Animal at Large (8.04.130) is enforced.

8.04.390: ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE

  1. With the exception set forth in subsection B of this section, it is unlawful for the owner or person having charge, care, custody or control of any animal to allow such animal at any time to run at large. The owner or person charged with responsibility for an animal found running at large shall be strictly liable for a violation of this section, regardless of the precautions taken to prevent the escape of the animal and regardless of whether or not such owner or person knows that the animal is running at large. Any person violating any provision of this section shall be deemed guilty of a civil violation and shall be penalized as provided in section 8.04.521, “Appendix A”, of this chapter.
  2. Dogs shall be permitted to run off leash only in areas of parks and public spaces specifically authorized by city ordinance, specifically designated by the director of public services as “off leash areas”, and clearly identified by signage as such. Said areas shall be as follows: 1) designated areas of Memory Grove park known as the Freedom Trail section, 2) the municipal ballpark, also known as Herman Franks park, except for the fenced youth baseball diamonds and playground area, 3) designated areas of Jordan park, and 4) designated areas of Lindsey Gardens. While in such areas dogs shall at all times remain under control of the dog’s owner or custodian. “Under control” means that a dog will respond on command to its owner or custodian. The foregoing notwithstanding, the public services department may conduct additional experiments in other areas of the city for possible future legislative enactment establishing such areas as “off leash areas”, provided such experiments are conducted in accordance with the guidelines approved by the city council in its resolution 101 of 1999. (Ord. 29-02 § 8, 2002: Ord. 31-00 § 2, 2000: Ord. 102-99 § 1, 1999: Ord. 83-99 § 1, 1999: Ord. 84-98 § 1, 1998: Ord. 67-98 § 1, 1998: Ord. 24-89 § 2, 1989: prior code § 100-1-10)

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