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Ordinance #153

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE CONTROL
AND PROTECTION OF WILD ANIMALS AND
REPTILES IN GENERAL; AND FOR THE
PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY FROM
ATTACKS BY WILD ANIMALS AND REPTILES.
WHEREAS, it has been brought to the attention of the City
Council of the City of Johnson, Arkansas/ that allowing wild
animals and reptiles within the c'ity limits of Johnson, Arkansas,
creates a danger/ possibility of disturbance and offensive
conditions to the citizens/ and it is in the opinion of the City
Council that the same should be prohibited; and
WHEREAS, it is the opinion of the City Council of Johnson,
Arkansas, that it is necessary for the protection of the public
health, safety and welfare to regulate wild animals and reptiles.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS, that:
SECTION 1. PROHIBITED IN THE CITY LIMITS: It shall be
unlawful for any person to keep, maintain, sell or have in his
possession or under his control within the City, any poisonous
reptile or any other dangerous or carnivorous wild animal or
reptile.
SECTION 2. SPECIFIC ANIMALS OR REPTILES ENUMERATED: It
shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain, sell or have
in his possession or under his control within the City any of the

following animals:
(1) All poisonous animals including rear-fang snakes.
(2) Apes: Chimpanzees (Pan); gibbons (Hylobates);
gorillas (Gorilla); orangutans (Pongo); and siamangs
(Symphalangus) .
(3) Baboons (Papoi, Mandrillus).
(4) Bears (Ursidea).
(5) Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus).
(6) Alligators or crocodilians (Crocodilia).
(7) Snakes.
(8) Coyotes (Canis latrans).
(9) Elephants (Elephas and Loxodonta).
(10) Hippopotami (Hippopotamidae).
(11) Hyenas (Hyaenidae).
(12) Jaguars (Panthera onca).
(13) Leopards (Panthera pardus).
(14) Lions (Panthera leo).
(15) Lynxes (Lynx).
(16) Monkey, old world (Cercopithecidae).
(17) Piranha fish (Characidae).
(18) Pumas (Felis concolor), also known as cougars, mountain
lions and panthers.
(19) Rhinoceroses (Rhinocero tidae).
(20) Tigers (Panthera tigris).
(21) Wolves (Canis lupus).
(22) Skunks.

SECTION 3. FURTHER PROHIBITIONS: Those animals and reptiles
listed in the previous subsection (2) are specific animals or
reptiles prohibited, but this section is not limited to those
animals or reptiles listed and any animal or reptile which meets
the prohibition of subsection (1) of this ordinance/ although not
listed subsection (2) is also prohibited.
SECTION 4. EXCEPTIONS: This section does not apply to
entertainment events approved by the City Council in advance.
SECTION 5. VIOLATIONS; PENALTIES; REMOVAL OF WILD ANIMAL OR
REPTILE AFTER WRITTEN NOTICE. Any person/ firm or corporation
violating any provision of this ordinance shall be subject to the
penalties as set forth below. In addition, after written notice
is given to the owner of any such wild animal or reptile, the
Mayor and Police Department are authorized to have the animal or
reptile removed from the city limits.
Penalties. Any person convicted of a violation of this
ordinance shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00, or
double such sum for each repetition thereof. That the violation
is in it's nature, continuous in respective time, the penalty for
allowing the continuance thereof, is a fine not to exceed $250.00
for each day that the violation is unlawfully continued.
SECTION 6. : It is hereby declared that, for the reasons
setforth above an emergency exists, whereby, the health, safety,
and general welfare of the citizens of Johnson, Arkansas is in
jeopardy and this ordinance is necessary for the immediate
preservation of such health, safety and general welfare and this

ordinance will take effect and be in full force from and after
its passage and approval of publication.