8-14 Dogs not permitted at large; wearing licenses; penalties.
A. No dog shall be permitted at large. Each dog shall be confined within an enclosure on the owner’s or custodian’s property, secured so that the dog is confined entirely to the owner’s or custodian’s property, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length and directly under the owner’s or custodian’s control when not on the owner’s or custodian’s property. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to a park, or an area within a park, that is designated by the Director or the Parks and Recreation Board as a dog park. Nothing in this section shall prevent the Director or the Parks and Recreation Board from prohibiting dogs or unrestrained dogs in a particular park, preserve or area under its jurisdiction, or any part thereof.
B. Any dog over the age of three months which is off the owner’s or custodian’s property shall wear a collar or harness to which is attached a valid license tag. Dogs that are used for control of livestock, being used or trained for hunting or dogs, being exhibited or trained at a kennel club event or engaged in races approved by the Arizona Racing Commission, and while the dogs are being transported to and from such events, need not wear a collar or harness with a valid license attached provided that they are properly vaccinated, licensed and controlled.
C. Any owner, custodian, or other person acting for the owner allowing his or her dog to be at large is in violation of this Section.
D. A dog is not at large if:
1. The dog is restrained by a leash, chain, rope or cord of not more than six feet in length and of sufficient strength to control the dog. For the purposes of this paragraph, an electronic collar does not satisfy the requirement that the dog be restrained by a leash, chain, rope or cord.
2. The dog is being used for control of livestock or being exhibited or trained at a kennel club event or at an organized dog sport event approved by the City Manager or the City Manager’s authorized representative, or is engaged in races approved by the Arizona Racing Commission.
3. The dog, whether on or off the premises of the owner, or person acting for the owner, is controlled as provided in Paragraph (1) of this subsection, or is within a suitable enclosure which actually confines the dog.
4. The dog is a working animal under the control of a handler. For purposes of this Paragraph (4):
a. Working animal means a dog that is used by or at the direction of a Law Enforcement Agency, or that is specifically trained or is being trained for law enforcement or search and rescue work, and that is under the control of a handler.
b. Handler means a Peace Officer who has successfully completed a course of training or who is being trained in a course prescribed by a Law Enforcement Agency and who is using a working animal under the direction of a Law Enforcement Agency.
5. The dog is in a city park where dogs or off-leash dogs have been permitted and all of the following apply:
a. The dog is demonstrably under control of the person training the dog.
b. The dog is at the time actively participating in training.
c. The dog has a dog sport performance title certificate that is from a nationally recognized dog sport organization, or a canine good citizen title from the American Kennel Club or the American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration, that is in the possession of the person training the dog and that is produced for inspection immediately upon the request of a Peace Officer, Enforcement Agent or Park Ranger.
d. For purposes of this Paragraph 5:
i. Demonstrably under control means that the person training the dog has a leash for the dog in the person’s possession, that the dog is within sight and voice range of such person and that the dog does not, without regard to circumstances or distractions:
(aa) Charge, chase, or otherwise display aggression toward any person or behave toward any person in a manner that a reasonable person would find harassing or disturbing;
(bb) Charge, chase, or otherwise display aggression toward any animal;
(cc) Chase, harass, or disturb wildlife; or
(dd) Fail to return by a direct route to and stay with the person training the dog promptly upon command by such person.