City Animal Ordinances

Animal Ordinances are listed in Section 505 of the Kent Codified Ordinances:

  • The City has a leash law that says all dogs and cats must be on a leash and not running at large.
  • All dogs must have a license. Licenses are issued by the Portage County Auditor.
  • The City Health Department requires that all dogs must have an up-to-date rabies shot.
  • No one who owns a dog or cat or other domestic animal may abandon it.
  • No one may maliciously or willfully kill a dog, cat, farm animal or other domestic animal.
  • No one may maliciously or willfully poison a dog, cat, poultry, farm animal or other domestic animal.
  • No one may keep a dog that habitually barks, howls or yelps, creating unreasonably loud and disturbing noises.
  • No hunting or trapping of animals or fowl is permitted within city limits, unless authorized by the city.

Cruelty to Animals

  • No one may torture an animal or unnecessarily or cruelly beat, mutilate or kill an animal.
  • No one may deprive an animal of necessary sustenance or confine it without a sufficient quantity of good wholesome food and water.
  • No one may impound or confine an animal without access to shelter from wind, rain, snow or excessive direct sunlight.
  • No one may carry or convey an animal in a cruel or inhumane manner.