Whatsername: That's the small loophole I found.
They mention the only animals being allowed as 'common household pets'... but never define this.
They define 'animal': "Animal means a dog, cat, bird, reptile, mammal, fish or any other dumb creature."
But do not define a common household pet.
It mentions it again later when defining kennel:
"Kennel means any lot or premises on which three or more common house pets are permanently or temporarily kept and boarded outside of the principal structure."
No where in the code of ordinances is common household pet defined.
Not only that, but I talked to my professor (a police officer in my city for 30 years, and a police Sargent), and he says he doesn't know anything about it and his neighbor has pet groundhogs and he never did anything about it.
I'd like to be proactive about it, and apply for a variance. Because I'd rather not have her confiscated and euthanized, and at least if I apply for a variance and get rejected, I'll likely have a chance to rehome her. But I also don't want to stir up a fuss.
Though, I'm pretty sure that the general public agrees that a common household pet does not include a fox, heh.
Keeping her out of the public eye shouldn't be a problem, she won't walk out on a leash anyway. When I tried she was extremely skittish. All my neighbors know I have her, and none of them have had an issue with it. One of them had a raccoon, the other has ten dogs, breeding them and no kennel license (in my city you can only have 7 if I remember correctly). Both of them have had the police visit their property on unrelated issues, both of them never had a problem with their ordinance violations, lol.
So, I think the best thing to do is make sure I have a strong paper trail for Miehiera, keep her out of the public eye, have her fixed, make sure she is vaccinated and keep her in the best conditions. If anyone has a problem and the police come knocking, we can apply for a variance, and if that's rejected then worst case scenario we'll have to rehome her.
Best case scenario, no one cares for another year or so. We're looking at moving out of this house probably next year, and my dad doesn't want to live in the city. He wants to at least move out of the city limits, but wants to get out of this county but can't because to go to my school I have to be in the county. xD
I've also double checked the county ordinances, no regulations against having any other animals excepted those that are protected, which arctic foxes do not fall under.