These Bridgeport, Nebraska ordinances provide prohibitions and penalties related to dogfighting, cockfighting, bearbaiting or pitting.
TITLE IX: GENERAL REGULATIONS. CHAPTER 90: ANIMALS
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§ 90.06 PITTING.
(A) For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
BEARBAITING. The pitting of any animal against a bear.
COCKFIGHTING. The pitting of a fowl against another fowl.
DOGFIGHTING. The pitting of a dog against another dog.
PITTING. Bringing animals together in combat.
(Neb. RS 28-1004)
(B) (1) No person shall knowingly:
(a) Promote, engage in, or be employed at dogfighting, cockfighting, bearbaiting, or pitting an animal against another;
(b) Receive money for the admission of another person to a place kept for such purpose;
(c) Own, use, train, sell, or possess an animal for such purpose; or
(d) Permit any act as described in this division (B)(1) to occur on any premises owned or controlled by him or her.
(2) No person shall knowingly and willingly be present at and witness as a spectator dogfighting, cockfighting, bearbaiting, or the pitting of an animal against another as prohibited in division (B)(1) of this section.
(Neb. RS 28-1005)
(C) (1) No person shall knowingly or intentionally own or possess animal fighting paraphernalia with the intent to commit a violation of this section.
(2)(a) For purposes of this section, except as provided in subdivision (C)(2)(b) of this subsection, ANIMAL FIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA means equipment, products, and materials of any kind that are used, intended for use, or designed for use in the training, preparation, conditioning, or furtherance of the pitting of an animal against another as defined in division (A) of this section. ANIMAL FIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA includes, but is not limited to, the following:
1. A breaking stick, which means a device designed for insertion behind the molars of a dog for the purpose of breaking the dog's grip on another animal or object;
2. A cat mill, which means a device that rotates around a central support with one arm designed to secure a dog and one arm designed to secure a cat, rabbit, or other small animal beyond the grasp of the dog;
3. A treadmill, which means an exercise device consisting of an endless belt on which the animal walks or runs without changing place;
4. A fighting pit, which means a walled area designed to contain an animal fight;
5. A springpole, which means a biting surface attached to a stretchable device, suspended at a height sufficient to prevent a dog from reaching the biting surface while touching the ground;
6. A heel, which means any edged or pointed instrument designed to be attached to the leg of a fowl;
7. A boxing glove or muff, which means a fitted protective covering for the spurs of a fowl; and
8. Any other instrument commonly used in the furtherance of pitting an animal against another.
(b) ANIMAL FIGHTING PARAPHERNALIA does not include equipment, products, or materials of any kind used by a veterinarian licensed to practice veterinary medicine and surgery in this state.
(3) Any person violating division (C)(1) of this section is guilty of a Class I misdemeanor.
(Neb. RS 28-1005.04)
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§ 90.99 PENALTY.
(A) Generally. Any person violating any provision of this chapter for which no specific penalty is prescribed shall be subject to § 10.99.
(B) Section 90.25. Any owner of the animal shall be subject to the following fines for the animal to be found "running at large." For the first offense, a fine of $35, plus court costs. For a second offense, occurring within a two-year period, a fine of $70, plus court costs. For a third and all subsequent offenses, occurring within a two-year period, a fine of $140, plus court costs. In addition, if the animal must be impounded, owner shall be responsible for all charges incurred from impound facility. This division (B) shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval, and publication in pamphlet form according to law.
(Ord. 782, passed 11-6-2008)
(C) Section 90.26. For any dog owner in violation of § 90.26, a fine of $25, plus all applicable court costs, shall be imposed for each seven-day period in violation of § 90.26.
(Ord. 788, passed 2-5-2009)
TITLE I: GENERAL PROVISIONS. CHAPTER 10: GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 10.99 GENERAL PENALTY.
(A) Any person who violates any of the provisions of this city code, unless otherwise specifically provided herein, shall be deemed guilty of an offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding $500. A new violation shall be deemed to have been committed every 24 hours of failure to comply with the provisions of this code.
(B)(1) Whenever a nuisance exists as defined in Title IX of this code, the city may proceed by a suit in equity to enjoin and abate the same, in the manner provided by law.
(2) Whenever, in any action, it is established that a nuisance exists, the court may, together with the fine or penalty imposed, enter an order of abatement as a part of the judgment in the case.
(C) Any person, whether as owner, proprietor, or as the agent, attorney, or representative of any owner or proprietor of land, who shall plat or subdivide any tract of land within the corporate limits of the city, or adjoining and contiguous to the same, except as herein authorized, or who shall sell, transfer, deed or convey, contract, or agree to sell, transfer, or offer for sale any lot or piece of ground in any addition or subdivision of three or more parts within the corporate limits, or adjoining and contiguous thereto, without having first obtained the acceptance and approval of the plat or map thereof by the City Council, and any person who shall violate, or who shall fail, neglect, or refuse, or refuse to comply with any of the provisions hereinbefore, as now existing, or as hereafter amended, shall, upon conviction, be fined in any sum not exceeding $500.
(1973 Code, § 11-601) (Ord. 694, passed 7-8-1999)
Authority to abate nuisances, see Neb. RS 18-1,720 and 18-1,722
Authority to impose fines, see Neb. RS 17-505