Chapter 2 Section 17

Section 2.17  ANIMALS, PROHIBITED AND NUISANCE.

(1) No person shall harbor, raise or possess, either temporarily or permanently, a wild animal, including but not limited to a live monkey or other nonhuman primate, bat, raccoon, skunk, coyote and coyote-dog hybrids, fox, prairie dog, poisonous reptile, or snake, poisonous insect or arachnid, cheetah, cougar, jaguar, leopard, lion, lynx, panther, tiger or hybrids thereof, wolf and wolf-dog hybrids or any other animal or bird of prey which can normally be found in the wild state.  No swine, goat, sheep, mules, donkeys, turkeys, geese, cattle, or fur bearing animals shall be kept or harbored within the Village, except on such lots where the pursuit of agriculture is a lawful non-conforming use. Honey bees and chickens may be kept in the Village pursuant to the following provisions:

(a) Honey Bees.

(1) Keeping of Honey Bees. A person may keep honey bee hives on a lot, provided the following:

(2) Hives shall be actively maintained. Hives not under active human management and maintenance shall be dismantled or removed.

(3) In addition to compliance with the requirements of this section, no person may keep a hive or hives that cause any unhealthy conditions or interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of human or animal life of others, any public property or property of others.

     (b)  Chickens.

(1) Keeping of Chickens. A person may keep chickens on a lot, provided the following:

(2) No person may keep any chickens that cause any unhealthy conditions or interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of human or animal life of others, any public property or property of others.” (Section a,1,a&b and Section b,1,a were revised by Ord.514, 3/23/2011))

(2) No person shall harbor, raise or possess, either temporarily or permanently, any animal or animals of any nature whatsoever within the Village of River Hills which, by their nature or conduct, shall constitute either a private or public nuisance.

(3)  Impounding of Animals.

(a)  Any police officer of the Village may apprehend and impound any animal within the classification of  Sections (1) and (2) hereof.  The officer shall notify the owner(s) of the animal as soon as reasonably possible.  If the owner(s) is not known, reasonable efforts to ascertain the owner(s) shall be made.

(b)  The possession of any animal that is impounded pursuant to the ordinance may be obtained by paying to the Treasurer of the Village a fee of Twenty-five ($25.00) Dollars plus the current daily fee for each day or fraction thereof during which the animal has been impounded.

(c)  Animals may be impounded in any facility with which the Village has contracted and established a redemption-fee schedule.

(4)  Penalty.  Any person found guilty of a violation of any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be subject to the penalty provisions of Section 2.15 of this Chapter.

Phone: (414) 352-8213
River Hills, WI 53217
7650 N. Pheasant Lane