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(1) No person who is the owner of a dangerous animal, or who has a right of property in, or who harbors, has in their care, possession, custody or control a dangerous animal, shall allow a dangerous animal to be exposed to the public.

(2) A dangerous animal which has been exposed to the public may be impounded by any peace officer or animal control officer and disposed of in accordance with the provisions of this code for the impoundment and disposition of animals, except, before a dangerous animal is released, the municipal judge must enter findings that proper precautions will be taken to insure the public health and safety.

(3) A dangerous animal running at large which because of its disposition or diseased condition is too hazardous to apprehend may be destroyed by a peace officer, animal control officer, or by a person acting in defense of that person’s own self or another person.

(Section 4.450 changed to 4.475, and a new 4.450, formerly section 4.415 added: Section 4.415 added by Ordinance No. 17472, enacted November 12, 1975. Renumbered and amended by Ordinance No. 19461, enacted April 13, 1987; and administratively amended by Ordinance No. 20113, enacted April 6, 1998, effective May 6, 1998.)