Riley County - Dangerous Dogs

Resolution No. 030388-6

Section 9. Dangerous Dogs

(a) Any person who keeps or harbors a dangerous dog shall keep such dog confined, except as set forth hereinafter. "Confined" as that term is used in this section shall mean such dog is securely kept indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or dog run area. Said pen or run must be locked with a key or combination lock whenever such dog or dogs are within the structure. Said pen or dog run area must have sides 6 feet high or be secured over the top. If the pen or dog run area has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded into the ground no less than 1 foot deep.

(b) Any person keeping or harboring a dangerous dog, at anytime said dog is not confined, shall insure such dog is securely muzzled and restrained with a chain having a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds and not exceeding 3 feet in length.

(c) Any person keeping or harboring a dangerous dog shall display in a prominent place on the premises where the dog is kept, a sign, easily readable by the public using the words "Beware of Dog." In addition, a similar sign shall be posted on the pen or run of such animal.

(d) As used in this section, "dangerous dog" shall mean and include:

  • Any dog who is known to his keeper or harborer, or reasonably should be known to his keeper or harborer, to have a propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury or to otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or domestic animals; or
  • Any dog which has attacked a human being or domestic animal without provocation; or
  • Any dog kept or harbored primarily, or in part, for the purpose of fighting, or any dog trained for dog fighting; or
  • Any dog not owned by a governmental or law enforcement unit used primarily to guard public or private property.

(e) In addition to any penalties the court may prescribe for violation of this section, if the court finds, after notice to the keeper or harborer and an opportunity for hearing, that such dangerous dog represents a continuing threat of serious harm to human beings or other domestic animals, the court may order such animal destroyed.

(Adopted as part of Resolution No. 030388-6 on March 3, 1988.)