A.4 Control of Domestic Pets

1. Purpose
1.1. This Rule A.4 establishes controls on the behavior of pets and pet owners.
2. Provisions
2.1. Only those animals which are typically identified as domestic pets may be brought into and/or maintained within Big Canoe.

2.2. All pets must be quartered overnight within the main residence structure, and necessary precautions must be taken to assure that the tranquility of other residents is not disturbed by any action of the pets. A garage, deck, or screened porch is not considered to be part of the main residential structure.

2.3. No dog is permitted to be “staked” or tied in a yard at any time under any circumstances.

2.4. Every dog shall be physically restrained and controlled so as to prevent it from harassing passersby, chasing vehicles, or attacking persons or other animals or showing any other signs of aggressive behavior. Exception: dogs may be off-leash in designated dog parks only; however, the owner is still responsible for the behavior of the dog while inside the park.

2.5. The Property Owner, at whose property a pet is residing or visiting, will at all times be responsible for assuring that the pet does not constitute a nuisance of any type to other Property Owners, Tenants, and Guests. A dog that barks, bays, cries, or howls, or makes any noise continuously for a period of ten minutes, or barks intermittently for one-half hour or more at any time of night or day, will be considered a nuisance under this regulation and will be subject to enforcement provisions.

2.6. Any Property Owner or rental agency allowing a Tenant (long or short term) to have a pet within Big Canoe shall have said Tenant sign a compliance form accepting responsibility for reading and abiding by these regulations. The Owner shall also be responsible for any violations that cause damage or injury to third parties.

2.7. The owner is required to adhere to any and all State of Georgia and local county laws and ordinances regarding their pets.

2.8. No dog shall be allowed inside the gates of Big Canoe being transported in the back of a pickup truck or open vehicle.

2.9. Feeding of domestic pets outdoors is prohibited as it may attract wildlife.
3. Enforcement
3.1. Free-running domestic pets, that are not properly tagged or microchipped will be considered strays and may be removed from Big Canoe by Public Safety or other government agency.

3.2. Violations of this Rule A.4 by Property Owners, Tenants, or Guests will subject the Property Owners to sanctions in accordance with Rule A.1, General Enforcement Procedures.

3.3. An exception to 3.2 is made in the case of a pet attacking or biting another pet or individual. This is considered a violation of a serious nature subject to Rule A.2 and the pet can be permanently banned from the Common Properties.
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