Chapter 6.02
ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES

Sections:

6.02.005    Animal control.

6.02.010    Adoption of Title 10 of County Code.

6.02.020    Violations.

6.02.030    Repealed by Ord. 1722.

6.02.040    Cats – No license required.

6.02.050    Dogs – Public parks.

6.02.060    Deleted.

6.02.005 Animal control.

A. The chief of police shall serve as the poundmaster for the city.

B. It shall be the duty of the poundmaster to enforce the provisions of the animal control regulations for the city of Gardena either through city forces or by contract with another agency. (Ord. 1722 § 1, 2010)

6.02.010 Adoption of Title 10 of County Code.

A. Subject to the particular additions, amendments and deletions set forth in this chapter, the rules, regulations, provisions and conditions set forth in Title 10, “Animals,” of the Los Angeles County Code, as amended through Ordinance 2011-0038, passed on July 26, 2011, are hereby established as the rules, regulations and provisions of and for the city relating to animal control. Title 10 of the County Code and the remaining provisions of Title 6 of the Gardena Municipal Code shall be referred to as the animal control regulations of the city of Gardena.

B. In cases of conflict between this chapter and any other provisions of Title 6 of the Gardena Municipal Code, this chapter shall prevail.

C. In cases of conflict between this chapter and Section 18.42.020 of the Gardena Municipal Code, Section 18.42.020 shall prevail.

D. For purposes of application of Title 10, all references to “county,” “county of Los Angeles,” or “county unincorporated area” shall mean the “city of Gardena.”

E. The provisions of the animal control regulations of the city of Gardena may be enforced by appropriate personnel of both the city and the county. (Ord. 1731 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1728 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1722 § 2 (part), 2010: Ord. 1662 § 1, 2004; Ord. 1610 § 2, 2001; Ord. 1515 § 1 (part), 1997)

6.02.020 Violations.

In accordance with Government Code Section 50022.4, the following penalty clauses are contained in Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code and are hereby adopted:

10.04.060    Violation – Penalty.

A. Any person violating any of the provisions of this title is guilty of an infraction, unless another penalty is provided for in this title.

B. Violation of Sections

10.12.190

10.12.200

10.20.280

10.20.310

10.28.060

10.28.280(C)

10.32.020

10.32.070

10.32.080

10.37.030

10.37.050(C)

10.37.060(F)

10.40.010

10.40.040

10.86.010

of this title is a misdemeanor, punishable as set forth in Penal Code Section 19.

10.20.120    Fees payable annually – Delinquency charge.

A. The license fees provided for in this chapter shall be paid annually to the director in the amount set forth in Section 10.90.010.

B. A delinquency charge as provided in Section 10.90.010 shall be assessed when the license fees provided for in this chapter are not paid within ten days after the expiration date or the date the license is required to be obtained by the provisions of this title.

10.20.375    Penalties.

The penalties for violations of any provision of this part are as follows:

A. First violation. A first violation shall be an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. If the owner or custodian fails to correct the underlying cause of the violation within 30 days after being notified of the violation, it shall be deemed a second violation.

B. Second violation. A violation within a year of a first violation shall be deemed a second violation. A second violation is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed six months or by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each subsequent violation within one year shall be considered an additional misdemeanor.

10.28.020    Initial license – Application required.

Every person desiring a license to operate an animal facility or to keep a wild animal under Section 10.28.060, shall file an application with the department upon a form to be provided by the department, and at such time pay the required fee and any applicable penalty as set forth in Section 10.90.010.II. A person who possessed or owned a wild animal or who operated an animal facility without the required license, shall pay the penalty set forth in Section 10.90.010.II.C.4, in addition to the license fee. When a person applies for licenses for different purposes for animals at the same premises at the same time, the cost of the licenses shall be reduced by the amount set forth in Section 10.90.010.II.A.1.k.

10.37.150    Compliance with conditions and consequences of violation of conditions.

A. The hearing officer or judicial officer who heard the petition to determine if a dog is dangerous or vicious may schedule follow-up hearing dates to ensure compliance with all conditions imposed.

B. Consequences that may result from the failure of an owner or custodian of a dog released after a hearing pursuant to Section 10.37.110 or Section 10.37.120 to comply with any of the conditions imposed under Section 10.37.130 or Section 10.37.140 include, but are not limited to the following:

1. The failure to comply with any condition is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000.00 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment;

2. A violation of any part of an administrative decision or court order may be the subject of a civil action for injunctive relief to enjoin the person who violated the decision or order. The filing and prosecution of an action for injunctive relief shall not limit the authority of the County to take any other action permitted by law;

3. A violation of an administrative decision or court order following a determination that a dog is potentially dangerous, may result in the filing of an action to determine if the dog is vicious under Section 10.37.030C.

10.37.180    Infraction/misdemeanor penalty for dog bites.

In addition to the conditions and restrictions imposed on the ownership of potentially dangerous and vicious dogs set forth in this chapter, an owner or custodian of a dog who permits, allows or causes a dog to run, stray or be uncontrolled or at large upon a public street, sidewalk, park or other public property, or in or upon the private property of another person, is guilty of a public offense punishable as an infraction or misdemeanor if such dog bites, attacks or causes injury to any person or to a domestic animal.

10.04.200    Breeding license, restrictions and requirements.

F. Non-compliance – penalties.

The penalties for violations of any provision of this Section 10.40.200 are as follows:

1. First violation. A first violation shall be an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250). If the owner or custodian fails to correct the underlying cause of the violation within thirty (30) days after being notified of the violation, it shall be deemed a second violation.

2. Second violation. A violation within a year of a first violation shall be deemed a second violation. A second violation is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed six (6) months or by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both. Each subsequent violation within one (1) year shall be considered an additional misdemeanor.

10.48.060    Violation of Division 2 provisions – Penalty.

Any person, firm, association or corporation violating any of the provisions of the ordinance codified in Division 2 of Title 10 of this code shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

10.72.040    Violation – Penalty.

Any person, firm or corporation who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

10.76.050    Violation deemed misdemeanor.

Every person violating any provision of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor.

10.80.020    Violation – Penalty.

Violation of any provision of this chapter is a misdemeanor.

10.84.030    Violation – Penalty.

A violation of any provision of this chapter shall be an infraction.

10.86.020    Violation – Penalty.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.

10.90.010 II.A.2

Penalty for operation of an animal facility without license. A penalty equivalent to the cost of the license will be added to the license fee if a facility operates without a license.

(Ord. 1731 § 2, 2011; Ord. 1728 § 2, 2011; Ord. 1722 § 2 (part), 2010: Ord. 1662 § 2, 2004; Ord. 1610 § 3, 2001; Ord. 1515 § 1 (part), 1997)

6.02.040 Cats – No license required.

Notwithstanding any provision of Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code, there is no requirement to license a cat in the City of Gardena. The licensing of cats is strictly voluntary. (Ord. 1610 § 5, 2001)

6.02.050 Dogs – Public parks.

Section 10.32.010 of Title 10 of the Los Angeles County Code is amended by adding an additional sentence to read as follows:

Nothing herein allows dogs or other animals on park premises in violation of section 11.04.260.

(Ord. 1515 § 1 (part), 1997)

6.02.060 Kennel fees.

Deleted. (Ord. 1662 § 3, 2004; Ord. 1629 § 4, 2003; Ord. 1540 § 1, 1998)