10.30.020 Whenever, in this chapter or in any resolution or standard adopted by the city council pursuant to this chapter, the following terms are used, they shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section, unless it is apparent from the context thereof, that some other meaning is intended.

“Animal services” means Riverside County animal services department.

“Attack” means any action by an animal which places a person in danger of immediate bodily harm.

“Director” means the director of animal services or his or her designated representative.

“Owner” means any person who owns or has custody or control of an animal subject to the provisions of this chapter.

“Potentially dangerous animal” means any of the following:

1. Any animal which, when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior thirty-six-month period, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the animal are off the property of the owner of the animal;

2. Any animal which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing less than a severe injury; or

3. Any animal that, when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior thirty-six-month period, has killed, seriously bitten, inflicted injury or otherwise caused injury attacking a domestic animal off the property of the owner of the animal.

“Secure enclosure” means a fence or structure suitable to prevent the entry of young children or any part thereof, and which is suitable to confine a potentially dangerous, or vicious animal in conjunction with other measures which may be taken by the owner of the animal, or at the direction of the director. The enclosure shall be designed to prevent the animal from escaping and from preventing an adult or child from coming in contact with the animal. (A chain where a person can walk within the length of the chain, or an electric collar or invisible fence is not a sufficient restraint or enclosure.)

“Severe injury” means any physical injury to a human being that results in muscle tears or disfiguring lacerations or requires multiple sutures or corrective or cosmetic surgery, including, but not limited to: loss of consciousness, concussion, bone fracture, protracted loss or impairment of function of any bodily member or organ or tissue tears.

“Substantial injury” means a substantial impairment of the physical condition of a person or animal which requires professional medical treatment, including, but not limited to, loss of consciousness; concussion; bone fracture; protracted loss or impairment of function of any bodily member or organ; muscle tears, disfiguring lacerations, punctures, or a wound requiring multiple sutures; or any injury requiring corrective or cosmetic surgery.

“Substantial physical injury” means a substantial impairment of the physical condition of a person or animal that requires professional medical treatment.

“Vicious dog” means:

1. Any animal seized as a “fighting animal” under Penal Code Section 599aa and upon the sustaining of a conviction of the owner or keeper under Penal Code Section 597.5(a).

2. Any dog which, when unprovoked, in an aggressive manner, inflicts severe injury on or kills a human being; or

3. Any dog previously determined to be and currently listed as a potentially dangerous animal that after its owner has been notified of this determination, continues the behavior of a “potentially dangerous animal” or is not restrained in the manner required by law. (Ord. 625 ยง 1, 2006)