Sawyer County Animal Control

P.O. Box 836
10399 S. Vermont Avenue
Hayward, WI  54843
Telephone: (715) 634-5139

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:15 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

The Sawyer County Dog Pound accepts stray dogs only from within the County boundaries. Prior to the deliverance of a stray dog, please contact the pound for space availability.  The Sawyer County Animal Control/Humane Officer responds to animal related complaints throughout Sawyer County.  In addition to education and the enforcement of local ordinances regarding animal welfare, the Sawyer County Animal Control Officer enforces state statutes, county ordinances governing regulation, licensing, impoundment, treatment and disposal of animals

For all animal related complaints in Sawyer County, call the Sawyer County Dog Pound.  If your call is an animal related emergency that requires immediate attention, contact the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department at (715) 634-5213.

If you own an animal that you can no longer keep, contact the
Northwood's Humane Society at (715) 634-5394.

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ORDINANCE # 1-2002



01           State Laws Adopted:


The provisions of Section 95.21 and Chapter 174 Wisconsin Statutes, as from time to time amended.


02           Definitions:


                As used in this ordinance, the following terms mean:


(a)                 Animal: Any live, vertebrate creature, domestic or wild.

(b)                 Animal-at-Large:  Any animal shall be deemed to be at large when off the property of the owner and not under restraint.

(c)                 Animal Control Officer: Any person designated by the State of Wisconsin, a Municipal or County Government as a Law Enforcement Officer who is qualified to perform such duties under the laws of this State.

(d)                 Animal Shelter: Any facility operated by a humane society, or Municipal Agency, or its authorized agents, for the purpose of impounding animals under the authority of this ordinance or state law for care, confinement, return to owner, adoption or euthanasia.

(e)                 Auction:  Any place or facility where animals are regularly brought, sold, or traded, except for those facilities otherwise defined in this ordinance.  This section does not apply to individual sales of animals by owners.

(f)                  Circus:  A commercial variety show featuring animal acts for public entertainment.

(g)                 Commercial Animal Establishment: Any Pet Shop, Grooming Shop, Guard Dog Auction, Riding School, Stable, Zoological Park, Circus, Performing Animal Exhibitions, or Boarding or Breeding Kennels.

(h)                 Confined:  Restriction of an animal at all times by the owner, or his agent, to an escape-proof building, vehicle, or other enclosure.

(i)                   Dangerous Animal: the propensity or tendency of an animal to do any act which might endanger the safety of persons or property of others in a given situation

(j)                  Domestic Rodent: mouse, rat, chinchilla, hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, ferret.

(k)                 Exotic Animal:  Includes but is not limited to any animal not native to Wisconsin or any animal that is generally recognized as a non-domesticated animal.

(l)                   Grooming Shop: A commercial establishment where animals are bathed, clipped, plucked, or otherwise groomed.

(m)               Isolation Facility/Quarantine Facility:  A veterinary hospital, municipal pound, or other place specified by the Animal Control Officer which is equipped with a pen or cage which isolates the animal from contact with other animals.

(n)                 Kennel:  Any premises wherein any person engages in the business of boarding, breeding, buying, letting for hire, training for a fee, or selling dogs or cats.

(o)                 Non-Human Primate:  prosimians of African and Asia and lemurs of Madagascar, the new world monkeys of Central and South America, the old world monkeys of Africa and Asia, and the apes; gibbons, gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans. 

(p)                 Owner:  Any person, partnership, or corporation owning, keeping, or harboring one or more animals.  An animal shall be deemed to be harbored if it is sheltered for three consecutive days or more.

(q)                 Performing Animal Exhibition: Any spectacle, display, act or event, other than circuses, in which performing animals are used.

(r)                  Pet Shop: Any person, partnership, or corporation, whether operated separately or in connection with another business enterprise. (except for a licensed kennel) that buys, sells or boards any species of animal.

(s)                  Public Nuisance Animal: any animal or animals that unreasonably annoy humans, endanger the life or health of other animals or persons, or substantially interfere with the rights of citizens, other then their owners, to the enjoyment of life or property.  The term “public nuisance animal” shall mean and include but not limited to any animal that: 

1.     Is found At Large

2.     Damages the property of anyone other than its owner.

3.     Molests or intimidates pedestrians or passersby.

4.     Chases vehicles.

5.     Excessively makes disturbing noises, including but not limited to, continued and repeated howling, barking, whining, or other utterances causing unreasonable annoyances, disturbance, or discomfort to neighbors or others in close proximity to the premises where the animal is kept or harbored.

6.     Causes fouling of the air by odor and thereby creates unreasonable annoyance or discomfort to neighbors or other in close proximity to the premises where the animal is kept or harbored.

7.     Causes unsanitary conditions in enclosures or surroundings where the animal is kept or harbored.

8.     Is offensive or dangerous to the public health, safety, or welfare by virtue of the number and/or types of animals maintained.

9.       Attacks other domestic animals, or

10.    Has been found by the Public Safety Committee, after notice to its owner and a hearing, to be a public nuisance animal by virtue of being a menace to the public health, welfare, and safety.

(t)                  Render Sterile: Refers to surgical procedure that has been performed on an animal that renders it incapable of siring or bearing offspring.  It includes neutering and spaying.

(u)                 Restraint:  Any animal secured by a leash or lead under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person’s commands, or enclosed within the real property limits of its owner.

(v)                 Riding School or Stable:  Any place that has available for hire, boarding, and/or riding instruction, any horse, pony, donkey, mule, or burro; or any place that regularly buys, sells, or trains the above animals, including a racetrack, trotting track or rodeo.

(w)                Unlicensed Dog:  Any dog not having a annual dog license.

(x)                 Untagged Dog:  Any dog not having a valid license tag attached to its collar, whenever outdoors, unless the dog is securely confined in a fenced area.

(y)                 Unvaccinated Dog:  Any dog not vaccinated against rabies by a Veterinarian no later than 5 months of age and revaccinated within one year after the initial vaccination.

(z)                 Veterinary Hospital:  Any establishment maintained and operated by a licensed veterinarian for surgery, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of animals.

(aa)             Vicious Animal:  Any animal that when unprovoked, bites, injures, kills, or attacks a human being or domestic animal on either public or private property.

(bb)             Exceptions - notwithstanding the definitions of a “Vicious Animal above:

a.     No animal may be declared vicious if death, injury, or damage is sustained by a person who, at the time such was sustained, was committing a trespass of the dwelling upon premises occupied by the owner of the animal, or was teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the animal or was committing or attempting to commit a crime or violating or attempting to violate an Ordinance which protects person or property. 

b.     No animal may be declared vicious if death, injury, or damage was sustained by a domestic animal which, at the time such was sustained, was teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the animal.

c.     No animal may be declared vicious if the animal was protecting or defending a human being within the immediate vicinity of the animal from unjustified attack or assault.

d.     No animal may be declared vicious for acts committed by said animal while being utilized by a law enforcement agency for law enforcement purposes while under the control and direction of a law enforcement officer.

(cc)              Wild Animal: Any live monkey, or other non-human primate, raccoon, skunk, fox, wolf, coyote, poisonous snake, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx, bear, or any other warm or cold blooded animal or reptile that can normally be found in the wild state, habitat, woods, or wilds.

(dd)             Zoological Park:  Any facility operated by a person, partnership, corporation, or government agency other then a pet shop or kennel, displaying or exhibiting one or more species of non-domestic animals.



03          Permits:


(a)         No person, partnership, or corporation shall operate a commercial animal establishment  or animal shelter without first obtaining a permit in compliance with this section.

(b)              The Sawyer County Board of Supervisors shall promulgate regulations for the issuance of     

              permits and shall include requirements for the humane care of all animals and for the

compliance with the provisions of this ordinance and other applicable laws.  The Sawyer County Board of Supervisors may amend such regulations from time to time deemed desirable for public health and welfare and for the protection of animals.

(c)          When a permit applicant has shown that he is willing and able to comply with regulations  

             promulgated by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors, a permit shall be issued upon 

             payment of applicable fee.

(d)          The permit period shall begin with the calendar year and shall run for one year.  Renewal 

              applications for permits shall be made thirty days prior to the start of the calendar year.

(e)          If there is a change in ownership of a commercial animal establishment, the new owner

              may have the current permit transferred to his name upon payment of a $10.00 transfer fee.

(f)           No person shall train any dog for a fee to be used as a guard or sentry without possessing a

valid permit.  This section shall not apply to the City, County government, or any of its agencies, The application for a guard or sentry dog training permit shall state the name and address of the owner and trainer, location of the facility and the maximum number of dogs to be housed at the training facility.

(g)          The following Annual permits shall be issued upon payment of the applicable fee, to be 

determined by Resolution by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors as compliance with this ordinance. No person may operate any of the following businesses without a valid permit issued by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors:

                (1)           Kennel authorized to house fewer than twelve dogs

                (2)           Kennel authorized to house twelve or more but fewer then fifty dogs

                (3)           Kennel authorized to house fifty or more dogs

                (4)           Pet shop

                (5)           Riding Stable

                (6)           Auction (permit fee to be determined by the USDA)

(7)                 Zoological Park

(8)                 Circus

(9)                 Grooming Shop

(10)             Petting Zoo

(11)             Guard Dog Training Center

(h)        Every facility regulated by this ordinance shall be considered a separate enterprise requiring 

          an individual permit.

(i)           Persons operating kennels for the breeding of dogs may elect to license such animals


(j)          No fee may be required of any veterinary hospital, animal shelter, or Government-operated

            zoological park

(k)        Any person violating section 03 of this ordinance shall forfeit not less then $25.00 nor

            more than $200.00 plus the cost of prosecution.

(l)          Any Person who has a change in the category under which a permit was issued shall be

            subject to reclassification and readjustment of the permit fee.









04           License and Permit Issuance and Revocation:


(a)     The Public Safety Committee may revoke any permit if the person holding the permit refuses or fails to comply with this ordinance, or any law governing the protection and keeping of animals.

(b)     Any person whose permit is revoked shall, within ten (10) days thereafter, humanely dispose of all animals owned, kept, or harbored, and no part of the permit fee shall be refunded.  For any animal, a receipt from an animal shelter, veterinarian or other individual must be obtained as proof of proper disposal.

(c)     It shall be a condition of the issuance of any permit that the Animal Control Officer shall be permitted to inspect all animals and the premises where the animals are kept at any reasonable time.  And, shall, if permission for such inspection is refused, cause the permit of the refusing owner to be revoked.

(d)     If the applicant has withheld or falsified any information on the application, the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors shall refuse to issue a permit.

(e)     No person who has been convicted of mistreatment to animals shall be issued an animal license, or permit, or be granted a permit to operate a kennel.


05           Pet Shop Regulations:


(a)     Permit Required.  No person may operate a Pet Shop without a valid permit issued by the Sawyer Count board of Supervisors

(b)     Operation. Pet Shop establishments shall:

(1)     Pay a permit fee as noted in 05 g, comply with 03 of this ordinance.

(2)     Keep accurate records of each dog, cat, bird, or non-human primate sale, as provided by Federal and US Regulatory Enforcement and Animal Care Codes, for the minimum period of twelve (12) months after the date of sale.  Included is the description, approximate age, and sex of animal sold, and the name and address of the purchaser.  Records on sales of domestic rodents and fish are not required.

(3)     If record of prophylactic medication and immunization is used in advertisements or

is furnished to the purchaser or persons acquiring an animal, specific information regarding type, amount, and date of prophylactic medication and immunization shall be kept by the permit holder and shall become a part of the retail sales record.

(4)     Take responsible care to release for sale, trade, or adoption only those animals which are free of disease, injuries, or abnormalities. A health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian for any such animal within thirty (30) days before such sale, trade, or adoption is prima facie evidence that the permit holder has taken reasonable care as required by this Ordinance.

(c)     The following shall be deemed an animal unfit for sale or release:

(1)   Obvious signs of infectious diseases as distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, rabies, or other similar diseases.

(2)   Obvious signs of nutritional deficiencies which may include rickets, emaciation, etc.

(3)   Obvious signs of severe parasitism-extreme enough to be influencing to general health.

(4)   Obvious fractures or congenital abnormalities affecting general health of the animal.

(d)        The Animal Control Officer may restrict the sale of any animal suspected of being diseased or otherwise unfit for sale.  The Animal Control Officer at the expense of the permit holder may order an examination by a veterinarian.

(e)        The permit holder shall furnish the purchaser a written statement at the time of the sale.  The statement shall indicate the following:

(1)     Date of sale

(2)     Name, address, and telephone number of both the permit holder and purchaser

(3)     Breed, description, and approximate age of the dog, cat, or non-human primate.

(4)     Prophylactic medication and immunizations and dates administered.

(5)     Internal parasite medication (s) and date(s) administered; and

(6)     Guarantee, if offered.  If none, so state.

(7)     Information regarding proper care, health needs and pet responsibility laws.

(f)     All pet shops, as defined herein, and stores selling animals, birds and fish as pets shall, in addition to the other requirements of this ordinance, comply with the following standards.  Failure to meet these standards shall be grounds for denial of a permit or revocation of a permit.

(1)     All animals, birds, or fish shall be displayed in a healthy condition or; if ill, removed from display and shall be given appropriate treatment immediately.

(2)     All the animals shall be confined and the confined area in which the animals are kept shall be maintained in a clean condition and in a good state of repair.

(3)     The room temperature of the shop shall be maintained at a level that is healthful for every species of animal in the shop.

(4)     There shall be sufficient clean, dry bedding to meet the needs of each individual animal.  Litter and/or bedding material shall be changed as often as necessary and there shall be adequate ventilation to prevent an odor nuisance.

(5)     Feces shall be removed from pens and enclosures as often as necessary to prevent unsanitary conditions and odor nuisance and stored in a tightly covered container until final disposal.

(6)     All cages and enclosures are to be of a non-porous material for easy cleaning and disinfecting and shall have secure latches in good repair.  Each cage must be of sufficient size that the animal will have room to stand, turn, and stretch out to its full length.

(7)     The floor and walls of any room in which animals are kept shall be covered with an impervious smooth, cleanable surface.  The floors and walls shall be cleaned and disinfected as often as necessary to prevent an odor nuisance.

(8)     The premises shall be kept free of insect and rodent infestations.  Food supplies shall be stored in rodent proof containers.

(9)     Water.  Hot water shall be available for cleaning cages.  Fresh drinking water shall be available to all species at all times.  All water containers shall be mounted so the animal cannot easily turn them over.  The water container shall also be removable for cleaning.

(10) Feeding.  Food for all animals and birds shall be served in a clean dish so mounted that the animal cannot readily tip it over.  The food dish shall be removable for cleaning.

(11) All animals must be fed and watered according to the accepted procedure for that species.  The cages shall be cleaned every day, including Sundays and holidays.

(12) Fish.  The water temperature shall be maintained at a healthful level.

(13) Shade required.  Shade from the direct rays of the sun shall be provided for all animals.

(14) Each bird must have sufficient room to sit on a perch.  Perches shall be placed parallel to each other in the same cage. Cages must be cleaned every day and cages must be disinfected when the birds are sold.  Parrots and other large birds shall have separate cages from smaller birds.

(15) No pet shop shall engage in the purchase, keeping, or sale of non-human primates, bats, skunks, or any species of animal considered “endangered” or considered a human health hazard by the USDA or Food and Drug Administration.

(16) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to sell or offer for sale, barter, raffle or give away baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl as pets or novelties whether or not dyed, colored or otherwise artificially treated.  This ordinance shall not be construed to prohibit the sale or display of natural chicks or ducklings in proper brooder facilities by hatcheries or stores engaged in the business of selling them to be raised for commercial purposes.  No person may sell, offer for sale, raffle, give away as a prize premium, use as an advertising devise, or display living chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits that have been dyed or otherwise artificially colored.  In the case of any violation of this ordinance, it shall be the duty of the duly authorized Animal Control Officer to seize such fowl or pets and provide the necessary care and attention. Such fowl or pets shall not be returned until all expenses for such care and attention have been paid.


06                Grooming Shop Regulations:


(a)   Permit Required.  No person may operate a grooming establishment without a valid permit issued by the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors.

(b)   Operation. Animal grooming establishments shall:

(1)Each grooming establishment shall pay a permit fee as noted in 03 g, and comply with       03 of this ordinance.

(2)Maintain quarters in which animals are kept in a clean condition and in a good state of  


(3)Animal pens or enclosures shall be large enough to provide freedom of movement to the 

     animals contained therein and shall be constructed of nonporous and non-corrosive

     materials.  Dogs and cats over the age of 5 months shall be housed in separate enclosures.   

     Animals shall not have the freedom to roam the business establishment.

       (4)The floors of any room in which grooming operations are conducted or in which animals

are kept shall be covered with an impervious, smooth, cleanable surface.  The floors shall be cleaned and disinfected daily.

(5) No animals shall be kept in any grooming establishment other then during regular office hours unless a valid kennel or pet shop permit is issued for the same location.  Nothing in this section shall apply to an establishment where grooming is incidental to the operation of a veterinary hospital.

                     (6)  The premises shall be kept free of insect and rodent infestations.

                     (7)  The premises shall be maintained and operated in a nuisance free manner.     


07             Kennels:


              (a)     Permit Required.  No person shall operate a kennel establishment without a valid permit issued by the Sawyer County Board Of Supervisors.  Each permit holder shall pay a permit fee as noted in 03 g, and comply with 03 of this ordinance.

              (b)  Operation.  Kennels establishments shall:

               (1)    Each permit holder shall comply with the minimum standards of this section.  Failure to   meet these standards shall be grounds for denial of a permit or revocation of a permit. Any person who keeps or operates a kennel may, instead of paying the license for each dog required by this Chapter, apply to the collecting official for a kennel license and upon presentation of evidence supplied by a licensed veterinarian that all dogs over five months of age are currently immunized against rabies, the collecting official shall issue a kennel license and a number of  tags equal to the number of dogs authorized to be kept in the kennel.

(c)     Standards:

(1)     Enclosures must be provided which shall allow adequate protection against weather 

       extremes.  Floors of buildings, runs, and walls shall be of impervious material to

                       permit proper cleaning and disinfecting.

                             (2)  Building temperatures shall be maintained at a comfortable level for the animals kept 

       therein.  Adequate ventilation shall be maintained to promote health and odor 


(3)     Each animal shall have sufficient space to stand up, lie down, and turn around  

       without touching the sides or top of the cage or enclosure.

                             (4)  Cages are to be of material and construction that permits cleaning and sanitizing.

                             (5)      Runs shall provide an adequate exercise area and protection from the weather.  Runs and sidewalls to four feet above floor level shall have an impervious surface to allow for cleaning, disinfecting and odor control.

(6)   All animals are to be confined and all animal confinement areas and runs are to be 

      clean, dry and in a sanitary condition.

(7)     The food shall be free from contamination, wholesome, palatable, and of sufficient 

       quantity and nutritive value to meet the normal daily requirement for the condition  

       and size of the dog.

(8)     All animals shall have potable water available at all times.


(9)   Every dog owned or kept in the County that is five (5) months of age or older shall 

                                       be vaccinated against rabies.  Young dogs shall be vaccinated within thirty (30) days    

                                       after they have reached the age of five (5) months. Vaccinated dogs acquired or

                       moved into County must be licensed within thirty (30) days after arrival unless it is    

                                   under five (5) months of age as specified above. Every dog shall be re-vaccinated   

                                   according to the recommendations of the vaccine used by the Veterinarian

                                   administrating the vaccinations.  The certificate of vaccination shall bear the expected 

                                   duration of the immunity of the vaccine used.  No dog license shall be issued unless

                                    evidence is presented that the dog has a current  rabies vaccination.


                            (10)  No dog shall be accepted for boarding, grooming, or training unless it has been     

        vaccinated for distemper and proof of such vaccination has been furnished to the 

        facility operator.  Any dog accepted must be in compliance with the all vaccination  

        requirements of this ordinance.

             (11)  Any animal that appears ill shall be promptly examined by a veterinarian of the    

                      owners’ choice,  if known, or by the veterinarian employed by the licensee, and a

                      record kept of the examination and  treatment.


08           Reporting of Animal Bite Incidents  (taken in prt WI SS 95.21)


                  All incidents occurring in Sawyer County in which any animal bites a person shall be immediately be reported to the Sheriffs Department, Animal Control Officer, or Health Department by any person having knowledge of such incident.

(a)   The owner of any dog, cat or other animal which has bitten any person shall, upon demand of   

the Sheriff’s Department, Animal Control Officer, or Health Department produce and surrender up such  dog, cat, or other animal to such department to be held in quarantine for the minimum of ten (10) days.  During the quarantine, the animal shall be securely confined and kept from contact with any other animal.  The animal shall be examined at least three (3) times by  a licensed Veterinarian or trained individual at the owners expense during the ten (10) day isolation period.                 

(b)     Any animal which does not have a current anti-rabies vaccination shall be quarantined at an 

isolation facility or Veterinary hospital of the owners choice for a period of  ten (10) days after the incident occurred.  If there is reason to believe that the animal has been exposed to rabies, Wisconsin State Statute 95.21 (5) (c) shall apply.  Charges for boarding such animal during the quarantine period shall be assumed by the owner of such animal and  paid prior to the release of the animal.

(c)     Any animal which has a current anti-rabies vaccination  may, at the discretion of the Animal

Control  Officer or the Sawyer County Sheriffs Department, be held in quarantine on the property of the owner for a  period of  ten (10) days.  Failure on the part of the owner to obey all conditions and directions of the Animal Control Officer or Health Department pertaining to the quarantine period shall result in the immediate impoundment of the animal in an isolation facility for  the remainder of the quarantine period. Charges for boarding/examining such animal shall  be paid by the owner prior to the animals release.

(d)     The owner of any dog, cat, or other animal which has contracted rabies, or which has been

subjected to same, or  which is suspected of having rabies shall immediately notify the Animal Control Officer, a Law Enforcement Agency, or Health Department.  The owner shall produce and surrender up such animal to said department, to be held in quarantine at a veterinary hospital for a period to determine if the animal has rabies or not.  The owner shall pay the charge of boarding/examining such  animal during the quarantine period prior to the release of such animal.

(e)  No person shall knowingly harbor or keep any animal infected with rabies, any animal known to have been bitten by a rabid animal, nor fail to report to the Animal Control Officer, Law Enforcement agency or Health Department to the existence of an animal pursuant to this  section.


09              Restraint (taken in prt WI SS 174.042)


                                (1) All animals shall be kept under restraint and shall not be permitted to run-at-large.

(2) All owners shall exercise proper care and control of their animal to prevent them from 

 becoming a public nuisance.

(3)     Every female dog or cat in heat shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure in

       such a manner that such female cannot come into contact with another animal except  

       for a planned breeding.


10               Control of Vicious Animals


(1) The owner of an animal declared “vicious”  shall comply with the following   


(a)     While on the owners or caretakers property, a vicious animal must be:  1)  securely 

       confined indoors or 2) in a securely closed and locked pen or structure suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent the animal from escaping.  The pen or structure must be constructed with chain link fencing for all four sides, the sides must be imbedded in the ground no less then two (2) feet, or have a concrete pad for the bottom or 3) securely leashed or chained to an immovable object with the owner or caretaker being physically present.

(b)  While off the owners or caretakers premises, the vicious animal must be muzzled and  

       restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding four (4) feet in length and   

      under the control of a responsible person.  The muzzle must be made in a manner that

      will not cause injury to the animal or interfere with its vision or respiration but must

      prevent it from biting a person or animal.

                                (c) All owners or caretakers of vicious animals shall display, in prominent places on their

                      premises and near all entrances to the premises, signs and letters of not less then two

                    inches high using the words “WARNING-VICIOUS ANIMAL”.  A similar sign is

                    required to be posted on the kennel or pen of the animal.

(d) No person may sell or transfer possession of a “Vicious Animal” to another person

     without first notifying the person to whom the “Vicious Animal” is being sold or 

transferred of the fact that such is a “Vicious Animal” and of any requirements  imposed upon the selling or transferring party by this Ordinance.  No person may sell or transfer possession of a “Vicious Animal” without first notifying the Animal Control Officer thereof in writing, at least three (3) days in advance of the sale or transfer of possession.

                            (e) The Animal Control Officer or any Law Enforcement Officer, after conducting an 

investigation into the circumstances surrounding an unprovoked animal attack, is hereby empowered to declare the animal in question vicious.  The owner of the animal declared vicious hereby shall be served personally or by certified mail with the return receipt with an order declaring the animal vicious.  Any animal owner aggrieved by said order may petition the Sawyer County Public Safety Committee for a review of the order in accordance with the procedure set fourth herein.  Upon receipt of the petition of the aggrieved owner, the Sawyer County Public Safety Committee shall schedule a hearing at the next regular meeting of the Sawyer County Public Safety Committee.  In the event that the petition is received within seven (7) days of the next regular meeting, the hearing shall be scheduled at the next monthly meeting.  The hearing shall be conducted in conformance with the existing rules of the County regarding administrative hearing.  After the hearing, the owner or keeper of the animal shall be notified in writing of the determination.  If a determination is made that the animal is vicious, the owner or keeper shall comply with the provisions of this subsection in accordance with a time schedule established by the Animal Control Officer or the Sawyer County Public Safety Committee, but in no case more than thirty days subsequent to the date of determination.

             (f)  No animal declared vicious shall be allowed off the owners or keepers premises other

                                      than provided in this section.  Any animal declared vicious, and off the owner’s or 

                        keeper’s premises, un-restrained and/or at-large, other than provided in this section, 

                       may be seized and, upon delivery to the Animal Control Officer, Dog Pound, or other

                authority, may, upon establishment to the satisfaction of a court of competent

                jurisdiction of the vicious disposition of said animal, by testimony under oath reduced

                to writing, be euthanized by proper authorities.


                                    (g)  Where appropriate, the Animal Control  Officer or any Law Enforcement Officer

                     may proceed under Wis. Stats. 174.01 (1)



11              Animal Care: (taken in prt WI SS173.40, 951)          


(1) No owner shall fail to provide their animal with good and wholesome food and water- 

      both daily and in sufficient quantity, proper shelter and protection from the weather, 

                                   veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and with humane care and 


(2)     No person shall beat, cruelly treat, torment, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse 

      an animal, or cause, instigate or permit any dog fight, cockfight, or other combat

                    between animals and humans.                                    

                            (3)  No owner of an animal shall abandon such animal.

                                 (4)  No person shall give away any live animal, fish, reptile, or bird as a prize for or as an

      inducement to enter a place of amusement or offer such vertebrate as an incentive to 

      enter into any business agreement whereby the offer was for the purpose of attracting


(5)   Chickens or ducklings or fowl younger then eight (8) weeks of age may not be given away, bartered, or sold in quantities of less then twenty five (25) to a single purchaser unless in the business of selling these animals for agriculture, wildlife, or scientific purposes.

(6)   Any person who, as the operator or a motor vehicle, strikes a domestic animal, shall stop at once and shall immediately report such injury or death to the animal’s owner.  In the event the owner cannot be ascertained and located, such operator shall at once report the accident to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department.

                              (7) No person shall expose any poisonous substances, whether mixed with food or not, so that the same shall be liable to be eaten by any animal, provided that it shall not

be unlawful for a person to expose on his own property, poisons designed for the purpose of rodents or pest extermination.  This provision shall not prohibit Health       Department Personal or licensed pest-control services.

(8) No person shall confine any animal in a vehicle, including but not limited to a trailer     under conditions that endanger the health or well being of the animal, including without limitation, confining the animal in a vehicle that is not adequately ventilated to ensure a temperature compatible with the health of the animal.


12           Vaccination, Licensing and Tagging:           (taken in prt WI 95.21 174.05)


(1)     Requirement for vaccination.  Except as provided in s. 174.054, the owner of a dog shall have dog vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian at no later than 5 months of age and revaccinated within one year after the initial vaccination.  If the owner obtains the dog or brings the dog into this state after the dog has reached 5 months of age, the owner shall have the dog vaccinated against rabies within 30 days after the dog is obtained or brought into the state unless the dog has been vaccinated as evidenced by a current certificate of rabies vaccination from this state or another state.  The owner of a dog shall have the dog revaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian before the date that the immunization expires as stated on the certificate of vaccination or, if no date is specified, within 3 years after the previous vaccination.


(2)     Dog license except as provided in s.174.054, the owner of a dog more than 5 months of age on January 1 of any year, or 5 months of age within the license year, shall annually, or on or before the date the dog becomes 5 months of age, pay the dog license tax and obtain a license.


                                  (3)  A dog is considered to be untagged if a valid license tag is not attached to a collar

                                       which is kept on the dog whenever the dog is outdoors, unless the dog is securely

                                       confined in a fenced area.


13.          Keeping Of Exotic, Wild, Or Dangerous Animals


(1)     No person shall keep or permit to be kept on their premises, any exotic, wild or

dangerous animal for display or exhibition purpose, whether gratuitously or for a

fee.  This section shall not be construed to apply to zoological parks, circus or

persons with state or federal permits (inspection and annual county permit required)


(2) No person shall keep, or permit to be kept, any wild animal as a pet


Sale and keeping of exotic, wild, or dangerous animals:


(1)     It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain, have in his possession or under his control, sell or convey within Sawyer County any poisonous reptile or any other dangerous, carnivorous, wild or exotic animal or reptile, any dangerous domesticated animal or any other animal or reptile of wild or dangerous propensities. Specifically, it shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain, have in his possession, or under his control, or sell within Sawyer County any of the following animals:


All poisonous animals, poisonous insects, excluding rear-fang snakes, all live monkeys, non-human primates, including but not limited to monkeys, apes, chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, orangutans, siamangs, and baboons. Also included are bears, constrictor snakes six feet in length or more, crocodilians, alligators, deer; elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotami, game cocks and other fighting birds, hyenas, cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, panthers, tigers, lions, lynxes, pumas, snow leopards, wolves and wolf hybrids, coyotes, raccoon, skunk, fox, including any other warm or cold blooded animal that can normally be found in a wild state, habitat, woods, or wilds



The prohibitions of the above section shall not apply where the creatures are in the care, custody or control of: a state-licensed game farm; a veterinarian for treatment; agricultural fairs; shows; a display for judging purposes; an itinerant or transient carnival, circus or other show; public or private educational institutions; or zoological park; if ALL below requirements are in compliance with State Statutes and Local Ordinances:


(1) Their location conforms to the provisions of the zoning code of Sawyer   


(2) All animals and animal quarters are kept in a clean and sanitary condition

      and so maintained as to eliminate objectionable odors.

(3) Animals are maintained in quarters so constructed as to prevent their escape.

(4) Annual inspection by Animal Control and purchase of a county permit required.


All locations qualifying under the exception clause of this ordinance shall register all animals contained within their facility within 60 days of the passing of this ordinance and within 30 days of acquiring new animals or entering Sawyer County .


     Consequences: Seizure of all animal(s) shall occur immediately.  Owner or keeper may be cited for violation of 1-2002-13.  The owner or keeper is responsible for all costs resulting from the seizure, care, and relocation of the animal(s), or euthanasia and disposal if necessary.



14           Animal Waste:


(2)     The owner or person having immediate control of an animal, shall promptly remove

       and dispose of, in a sanitary manner, any excreta left or deposited by the animal upon  

       public or private property.

(3)     All pens, yards, structures, or area where animals are kept, shall  be maintained in a

       nuisance-free manner.  Droppings and manure shall be removed regularly and   

       disposed of properly so not to attract insects or rodents, become unsightly or cause 

       objectionable odors and disease to the animal.


15           Enforcement:


(1)     The civil and criminal provisions of this Ordinance shall be enforced by the

       appointed Animal Control Officer, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department and the

       Hayward Police Department.

(2)     Animal Control, Sheriff’s Department, and Police Department personnel are 

       authorized  to catch and impound animals at large, with such authorization to include   the pursuit of animals upon private property.  It shall be a violation of this Ordinance to interfere with the Animal Control Officer, or Law Enforcement Officer in the performance of their duties.



16           Conflicting Ordinances:


                                 All other ordinances of Sawyer County that conflict with this ordinance, are hereby  

                              repealed to the extent of the conflict.


17           Severability Clause:


                                 If any part of this ordinance shall be held invalid, such part  shall be deemed severable  

                             and the invalidity thereof shall not conflict the remaining parts of this ordinance. 

18           Disposition of carcasses:                                 (in prt WI SS 95.50)


No person shall deposit or throw or allow to be deposited or thrown into any stream, lake or swale, or leave or deposit or cause to be left or deposited upon any public highway or other place the carcass of any animal; nor deposit or leave or permit to be deposited or left upon any premises under that person’s control any dead animal exposed in such manner as to be reached by dogs or wild animals for a longer period than 24 hours in the months of April to November, or 48 hours during the months of December to March.  The owner of such a carcass or any other person may report to the proper county officials or the contracting private rendering plant pursuant to s.59.54 (21) for removal and burial or other disposition of a carcass within the time specified in this subsection.


Schedule of Deposits:

With respect to the sections of this General Code of Ordinances hereinafter set forth any person who shall violate any of the specific provisions shall, upon conviction of such violation, be subject to a penalty, as expressed hereinafter in the form of a forfeiture, pursuant to section 66.119, Stats, on use of citation for violations of the sections of this General Code herein set forth.  The stated schedule of cash deposits shall be utilized.  In addition, should a person convicted of a violation of one or more of the following sections of this General Code of Ordinances default in his or her payments of the forfeiture prescribed, the costs of prosecution court fees and jail penalty Assessments imposed by statute, he or she shall be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not to exceed the number of days set forth.


Sec No.                        Cash Deposit*      Forfeiture Range                 Jail in Default

02(q)1                                    $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

02(q)2                                    $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

02(q)3                                    $60                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

02(q)4                                    $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

02(q)5                                    $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

02(q)6                                    $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

02(q)7                                    $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

02(q)8                                    $45                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

02(q)9                                    $45                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

02(q)10                                  $45                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

03                                           $50                         $25-500                                 0-60 days

04                                           $30                         $25-500                                 0-60 days

05                                           $50                         $25-500                                 0-60 days

06                                           $50                         $25-500                                 0-60 days

07                                           $50                         $25-500                                 0-60 days

08                                           $50                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

09(1)                                      $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

09(2)                                      $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

09(3)                                      $50                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

10                                           $60                         $25-500                                 0-60 days

11                                           $50                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

12                                           $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days                                             

13                                           $50                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

14                                           $30                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

15                                           $50                         $10-500                                 0-30 days

18                                           $60                         $25-500                                 0-60 days

* If 1st Offense is $30.00                                  * If 1st Offense is $45.00

        2nd Offense    $60.00                                        2nd  Offense    $90.00

        3rd Offense    $120.00                                        3rd Offense     $180.00

        4th Offense Subsequent $240.00                     4th Offense Subsequent $360.00


* If 1st Offense is $50.00                                  * If 1st Offense is $60.00

        2nd Offense    $100.00                        2nd Offense    $120.00

        3rd Offense    $200.00                                        3rd  Offense    $240.00

        4th Offense Subsequent  $400.00                    4th Offense Subsequent  $480.00



17          Limitations of claims for Damage by Dogs to Domestic Animals.  The maximum 

             amount that may be allowed for any one claim for damages by dogs to domestic

             animals under sec.174.11, Stats, shall be $200.00.


18          A claim shall be defined as any single occurrence in which an animal or animals are 

             killed or injured by any single dog or group of dogs.


19          All Administrative Hearings shall follow the protocol set fourth in Wisconsin 

             Chapter 227.