CHAPTER 10-100. ANIMALS
§10-101. Definitions. 
In this Chapter the following definitions apply:
Dog or Cat. Shall mean any dog or cat at least seven (7) months of
(2) Dog Fighting. A dog engaging in physical violence with
another dog or animal.
(3) Animal. Shall include any description
of vertebrate excluding only Homo sapiens.
(4) Animal Control
Officer. Shall mean any person authorized by the Department of Public Health
to enforce this Chapter, whether employed directly by the Department or
(5) Animal Shelter. Shall mean any facility operated, owned
or maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society or
other non-profit organization or by or under contract with the City whose
purpose is to provide for and promote the welfare, protection, and humane
treatment of animals or for the purpose of impounding seized, stray, homeless or
unwanted dogs, cats, or other animals.
(6) Carriage Horse. Shall
mean any horse which is used by its owner or other person to pull any vehicle,
carriage, sled, sleigh, wagon or other device. A horse rented or leased by its
owner to another for any of the foregoing purposes shall be deemed a carriage
horse for the purposes of this Chapter.
(7) Commercial Stable.
Shall mean any stable operated for profit which accommodates horses for
breeding, boarding, training, riding, sale and rental.
Shall include any mare, gelding, pony, foal, colt, filly or stallion; this
also includes an ass, mule, donkey, hinney or jennet.
Shall mean rendered permanently incapable of reproduction, whether male or
(10) Person. Shall include corporations (both profit and
non-profit), partnerships, or associations as well as
(11) Public Stable. Shall include any facility,
building, or other premises whatsoever at which horses are kept or from which
they are let out for hire, working, training, or riding, or from which horses
are provided and used to give instruction on riding, or where horses are
boarded. This term shall include existing stables as well as those constructed
(12) Rental Horse. Shall mean any horse offered to the
public for a fee for the purpose of riding or drawing a horse-drawn
(13) Veterinarian. Shall mean a person duly authorized
by the State Board of Veterinary Examiners to engage in the practice of
veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Animal. Shall mean any animal except a government-owned animal used for law
enforcement which poses an imminent danger to humans or to domesticated animals,
or which has been found by the Department of Public Health or an animal control
agent to have a history of bites or attacks on humans or domesticated
(15) Wild Animal. Shall include any animal which is
wild, fierce, dangerous, noxious, or naturally inclined to do harm, in any place
other than a zoological park, veterinary hospital, or clinic, humane society,
circus or facility used for educational or scientific purposes.
animals, however domesticated, shall also include but not be limited
Dog family (Canidae). All except domesticated
dogs--including wolf, fox, coyote, dingo, or any hybrid thereof;
family (Felidae). All except the commonly accepted domesticated cats --
including lions, pumas, panthers, mountain lions, leopards, jaguars, ocelots,
margays, wild cats, etc.;
Bears (Ursidae). All bears, including
grizzly bears, brown bears, black bears, etc.;
All except domesticated ferrets, including weasels, martens, mink,
wolverine, badgers, otters, ermine, mongoose, skunk, etc.;
(Procynidae). All raccoons;
Primates. All subhuman
Porcupine (Erethizontidae). All
Raptorial birds. All birds of prey except for those
which are regulated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Falconry or Progation Permits where the necessary permits or
certificates have been obtained;
Venomous fish and piranha;
invertebrates, including rear-fanged snakes.