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The Animal Control and Animal Shelter Ordinance number 15-06 was adopted On May 19, 2015, and amended by Ordinance number 2017-17 which was adopted on October 3, 2017.

The following is the Animals Creating A Public Nuisance Prohibited section of the Ordinance.

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6.04.100 Animals Creating a Public Nuisance Prohibited

1. It shall be unlawful for any owner to allow his dog or animal to become a public nuisance.

2. A dog or animal is hereby declared to be a public nuisance if it:

(A) Frequently or continuously causes noise or odor which disturbs the comfort or repose of persons in any dwelling, apartment house, or residence;
(B) Molests or chases passers-by or passing vehicles;
(C) Is repeatedly at large;
(D) Attacks other persons or animals;
(E) Damages private or public property; or
(F) Deposits animal waste on public or private property other than that of the owner.

2. Any animal declared to be a public nuisance by the Porter County Animal Control may, at the discretion of the Animal Control Officer, be captured and impounded at the Porter County Animal Shelter.

3. Fines for violating this Section of the Animal Control Ordinance shall be as follows:

(A) First Offense: $50.00
(B) Second Offense: $75.00
(C) Third and Subsequent Offenses: $100.00

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Porter County Animal Control serves all of Porter County EXCEPT FOR THE CITY OF PORTAGE. All information contained in this section of the website is only applicable to the areas served by Porter County Animal Control. If you live in the City of Portage, you will need to contact them directly at (219) 763-1825, as they may have different policies and ordinances.