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West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated. Municipalities (Ch. 59 to 68). Chapter 59. Counties. Subchapter V. Powers and Duties of Counties. 59.54. Public protection and safety

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Citation: W. S. A. 59.54

Citation: WI ST 59.54


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 10/2013

Summary:  

This Wisconsin statute provides that a local board may enact ordinances regulating the keeping, apprehension, impounding and destruction of dogs outside the corporate limits of any city or village, but such ordinances shall not conflict with ss. 174.01 and 174.042, and such ordinances may not apply in any town that has enacted an ordinance under s. 60.23(30).



Statute in Full:

[edited for animal-related provisions]


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(6) Peace and order. The board may enact and enforce ordinances to preserve the public peace and good order within the county including, but not limited by enumeration, ordinances prohibiting conduct that is the same as or similar to conduct that is prohibited by ss. 947.01(1) and 947.02, and provide a forfeiture for a violation of the ordinances.

(7) Police powers over certain U.S. lands and structures. In counties in which the United States has built a structure extending into a lake or river, the board may by ordinance regulate the use of such a structure by the public consistent with reasonable safety requirements, but nothing contained in the ordinance shall permit any interference with the operations of the United States, its agents, employees or representatives in connection with the structure. The ordinance may also provide that any person who violates the ordinance shall forfeit to the county an amount not to exceed $100 for each offense, plus costs, and in default of payment shall be imprisoned for not more than 30 days. Arrests for violation of the ordinance may be made by the sheriff or by any peace officer of the municipality wherein the structure is located.

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(19) Riding horses, regulation. The board may provide by ordinance for the regulation, prohibition and licensing of horses kept for the purpose of riding, whether by private owners for their own use or by commercial stables, riding academies or clubs for hire; for the licensing and regulation of owners of riding horses and the regulation, prohibition and licensing of commercial stables keeping horses for riding purposes for hire. The board may revoke the license of any owner of a horse kept for the purpose of riding for violation of such ordinance after the filing of charges and notice and hearing thereon. Such ordinance may provide that the chairperson of the board, when the board is not in session, shall be authorized to issue such license or to suspend such license of any person violating such ordinance; such issuance of license or the suspension of such license to be acted on by the board at its next meeting. Such ordinance may impose a forfeiture not to exceed $100 for each violation or, in default of payment thereof, imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Such ordinances may not apply within cities, villages and towns that have enacted ordinances regulating the same subject matter.

(20) Dogs running at large. The board may enact ordinances regulating the keeping, apprehension, impounding and destruction of dogs outside the corporate limits of any city or village, but such ordinances shall not conflict with ss. 174.01 and 174.042, and such ordinances may not apply in any town that has enacted an ordinance under s. 60.23(30).

(21) County disposition of dead animals. The board may remove any dead animal, for burial or disposition at public expense, found upon public or private property within the county, or may contract for such removal and burial or other disposition with any private rendering plant, but the cost of such removal or disposition may be recovered by the county from the owner of the carcass, if the owner is known. The board may delegate powers and duties under this subsection to any political subdivision.

(22) Power to prohibit certain conduct. The board may enact and enforce ordinances, and provide forfeitures for violations of those ordinances, that prohibit conduct which is the same as or similar to that prohibited by chs. 941 to 948, except as provided in s. 59.55(6), and by s. 167.31(2) and (3), subject to rules promulgated under s. 167.31(4m).

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<<For credits, see Historical Note field.>>

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

2000 Main Volume

Source:

R.S.1849, c. 10, § 16.
R.S.1849, c. 87, §§ 15, 16.
R.S.1849, c. 153, § 4.
R.S.1858, c. 13, § 16.
R.S.1858, c. 119, §§ 16, 17.
R.S.1858, c. 190, § 4.
R.S.1878, §§ 656, 4948.
L.1887, c. 101.
L.1889, c. 218.
Ann.St.1889, §§ 565a(3), 656.
St.1898, §§ 656, 4948.
L.1913, c.746.
L.1919, c. 78, § 12.
L.1919, c. 437.
L.1919, c. 695, § 133.
St.1919, §§ 55.10, 59.68.
L.1929, c. 379.
St.1929, §§ 55.10, 59.225, 59.68.
L.1943, c. 93.
L.1947, c. 519, § 2.
St.1947, §§ 59.225, 59.68, 59.685.
L.1955, c. 330, § 2.
L.1955, c. 651, §§ 9, 14.
St.1955, §§ 59.07, 59.225, 59.68, 59.685.
L.1957, c. 23, § 1.
L.1957, c. 129, § 1.
L.1957, c. 284, § 1.
L.1957, c. 610, § 20.
L.1961, c. 540, § 1.
L.1965, c. 306.
L.1969, c. 210, § 1, eff. Nov. 19, 1969.
L.1969, c. 366, § 117, eff. Feb. 15, 1970.
L.1969, c. 369, eff. Feb. 12, 1970.
St.1969, §§ 59.07, 59.225, 59.245, 59.68, 59.685.
L.1977, c. 7, §§ 2, 3, eff. April 22, 1977.
L.1977, c. 29, § 1654(7)(b), eff. July 1, 1977.
L.1977, c. 82, § 1, eff. Aug. 20, 1977.
L.1977, c. 260, § 2, eff. April 25, 1978.
L.1979, c. 289, § 40, eff. Jan. 1, 1981.
1983 Act 110, § 5, eff. Dec. 4, 1983.
1983 Act 192, § 303(1), eff. April 10, 1984.
1983 Act 291, § 1, eff. April 27, 1984.
1983 Act 523, § 3, eff. May 19, 1984.
1985, Act 254, § 2, eff. April 24, 1986.
1987 Act 27, § 1195p, eff. Aug. 1, 1987.
1987 Act 205, § 1, eff. April 15, 1988.
1987 Act 326, § 6, eff. July 1, 1988.
1987 Act 342, § 5, eff. May 3, 1988.
1987 Act 399, § 199tm, eff. March 1, 1989.
1987 Act 403, § 78, eff. June 7, 1988.
1989 Act 31, §§ 1743 to 1746, eff. Jan. 1, 1990.
1989 Act 115, §§ 5 to 8, eff. Dec. 20, 1989.
1989 Act 121, § 10, eff. Jan. 31, 1990.
1989 Act 171, § 1, eff. April 21, 1990.
1991 Act 39, §§ 1604e, 1604g, 1604m, eff. Aug. 15, 1991.
1991 Act 316, §§ 446, 525, eff. June 24, 1992.
1993 Act 170, § 1, eff. April 13, 1994.
1993 Act 208, § 1, eff. April 21, 1994.
1993 Act 246, §§ 37 to 39, eff. Jan. 1, 1995.
1993 Act 455, § 5, eff. May 13, 1994.
St.1993, §§ 59.07(34) to (34m), (41) to (42m), (46), (47), (50), (63) to (64e), (65), (69), (84), (87), (107) to (111), (120), (141), (144) to (146), 59.225, 59.245, 59.68, 59.685.
1995 Act 27, § 3276, eff. Jan. 1, 1996.
1995 Act 201, §§ 146 to 149, 154 to 156, 159, 160, 162, 175 to 177, 179, 180, 183, 191, 193, 210 to 213, 222, 226 to 228, 274, 283, 366, 403, 404, eff. Sept. 1, 1996.
1995 Act 448, § 59, eff. July 9, 1996.
1997 Act 27, § 2169m, eff. July 1, 1998.
1997 Act 35, §§ 199, 200, eff. Dec. 31, 1997.

2012 Electronic Update

1999 Act 185, § 193(1), eff. Sept. 1, 2000.
2001 Act 16, § 2002j, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
2003 Act 193, §§ 1, 2, eff. April 22, 2004.
2005 Act 90, §§ 1, 2, eff. Jan. 20, 2006.
2009 Act 42, §§ 24 to 26, eff. Oct. 21, 2009.
2011 Act 31, § 1, eff. July 12, 2011.
2011 Act 35, § 19, eff. Nov. 1, 2011.


2005 Legislation:

2005 Act 90, § 4 provides:

“(1) The treatment of section 59.54(25) of the statutes first applies to a violation of a county ordinance enacted under that subsection occurring on the effective date [Jan. 20, 2006] of this subsection.”


1999 Legislation:

1999 Act 185, § 193 provides:

“(1) Wherever ‘employe’, ‘employes', ‘employe's' or ‘employes' ’ appear in the statutes, ‘employee’, ‘employees', ‘employee's' or ‘employees' ’ are substituted.

“(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), any person may use either spelling of these terms for any official purpose.”

2000 Main Volume

1997 Act 35, § 199 amended subsec. (15).
1997 Act 35, § 200 provides that the treatment of subsec. (25) by 1995 Act 201, § 210 was not repealed by 1995 Act 448, § 59 and that both treatments stand.
1997 Act 27 amended subsec. (8)(a)4.
1995 Act 448 amended § 59.07(107) [now subsec. (25) of this section].
1995 Act 201 created the section title; renumbered and amended § 59.07(34) to (34m), (41) to (42m), (46), (47), (50), (63) to (64e), (65), (69), (84), (87), (107) to (111), (120), (141), (144) to (146) as this section, subsecs. (17), (1), (2), (5), (7), (16), (19), (3), (6), (22), (4), (4m), (20), (21), (18), (25), (23), (24), (26), (12), (11), (10) and (8); renumbered and amended § 59.225 as this section, subsec. (13); renumbered and amended § 59.245 as this section, subsec. (9); renumbered and amended § 59.68 as this section, subsec. (14); and renumbered and amended § 59.685 as this section, subsec. (15).
1995 Act 27 amended § 59.07(109) [renumbered as this section, subsec. (23)].
1993 Act 455 created § 59.07(120) [now subsec. (26) of this section].
1993 Act 246 amended § 59.07(50), (69) and (107) [now subsecs. (19), (20) and (25) of this section, respectively].
1993 Act 208 created § 59.07(64e) [now subsec. (22) of this section].
1993 Act 170 created § 59.07(111) [now subsec. (24) of this section].
1991 Act 316 amended § 59.07(84) [now subsec. (21) of this section] and § 59.68(4) [now subsec. (14)(d) of this section].
1991 Act 39 amended § 59.07(41), (61) and (109) [ now subsecs. (1), (4) and (23) of this section].
1989 Act 171 created § 59.07(34g) [now subsec. (17)(b) of this section].
1989 Act 121 created § 59.07(107) [now subsec. (25) of this section].
1989 Act 115 renumbered, amended and created portions of § 59.07(146) [now subsec. (8) of this section].
1989 Act 31 amended § 59.68(1), (2), (6) and (7) [now subsec. (14)(a), (b), (f) and (g) of this section].
St.1993, § 59.54 was renumbered § 59.43(11) by 1995 Act 201, § 367, eff. Sept. 1, 1996.

 

 



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