Chapter 6.10
ANIMAL/PET REGULATIONS

Sections:

6.10.010    Dog noise--Permitting prohibited.

6.10.020    Dog noise caused by confinement.

6.10.030    Possession without owner’s consent.

6.10.040    Dogs running at large.

6.10.050    Dog feces removal.

6.10.060    Animals (household pets).

6.10.070    Breeding prohibited.

6.10.080    Unaltered cats.

6.10.090    Punishment.

6.10.010 Dog noise--Permitting prohibited.

No person shall permit any dog under their control to bark, howl, whine, or make other noises and unusual noises, whether within a building or enclosure, tied or otherwise confined, or while at large upon any public street, so as to annoy and become offensive to the neighborhood or persons residing immediately surrounding the habitation of the same. (Ord. 490 §2 (Exh. B)(part), 2010).

6.10.020 Dog noise caused by confinement.

No person shall tie up, lock up, or enclose, and leave unattended any dog under his control within any house, garage or similar structure by reason of which the dog barks, howls, whines or makes other loud noises and unusual noises so as to annoy and become offensive to the neighborhood or persons residing immediately surrounding the habitation of the same. (Ord. 490 §2 (Exh. B)(part), 2010).

6.10.030 Possession without owner’s consent.

No person, not the owner, and without the consent of the owner thereof, shall hold or retain in his possession any dog within the city for any period longer than twenty-four (24) hours unless such person reports the same, with the true description of the dog, to the Greenfield animal control officer or his designee. (Ord. 490 §2 (Exh. B)(part), 2010).

6.10.040 Dogs running at large.

It is unlawful for any person owning or having charge, care or control of any dog, to suffer or permit any such dog to run at large within the city. A dog shall be deemed to be running at large unless the following applies:

A.    The dog is restrained by a leash held by some person or made fast to some stationary object; or confined within a cage or other dog-tight enclosure;

B.    On the property of its owner other than roads, streets, alleys or any public sidewalk, park or other public property. (Ord. 490 §2 (Exh. B)(part), 2010: Ord. 241 §1(part), 1981. Formerly 6.08.090).

6.10.050 Dog feces removal.

No owner or person having charge, custody or control of any dog shall permit, either willfully or through failure to exercise due care to control, any such dog to defecate and then allow the feces to remain on any public sidewalk, park or other public property, or any improved private property. (Ord. 490 §2 (Exh. B)(part), 2010: Ord. 241 §1(part), 1981. Formerly 6.08.100).

6.10.060 Animals (household pets).

The keeping of household pets shall be subject to the following limitations:

A.    Number: A total of no more than four (4) weaned household pets may be kept at one site. This limitation shall not apply to fish, rodents (other than rabbits), or caged birds, provided the birds are not allowed to fly free and are maintained in accordance with all applicable health regulations.

B.    Maintenance: Household pets shall be kept in a manner that does not damage or pose hazards to people or property and that does not generate offensive dust, odors or noise. (Ord. 490 §2 (Exh. B)(part), 2010).

6.10.070 Breeding prohibited.

No persons, as principal, agent, employee or otherwise shall breed any dog, cat or other animal at any place within the city limits except if the person has a duly licensed animal breeding business that adheres to all the rules, regulations and laws of the city of Greenfield, county of Monterey, state of California and any federal statutes. Breeding shall be deemed to have occurred upon the production of a litter, whether such litter results from sexual activity, artificial insemination, or whether such sexual activity was intentional or the result of improper confinement. (Ord. 490 §2 (Exh. B)(part), 2010).

6.10.080 Unaltered cats.

No person who owns, or has custody or control of a cat over the age of four (4) months shall allow such cat to remain unaltered, unless the cat is certified by a licensed veterinarian as not being suitable for spaying or neutering due to health reasons. (Ord. 490 §2 (Exh. B)(part), 2010).

6.10.090 Punishment.

The following fines will be enforced for any violation of the above sections in any twelve (12) month time period:

A.    At the first (1st) violation, a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00).

B.    At the second (2nd) violation, a fine of two hundred dollars ($200.00).

C.    At the third (3rd) violation, a fine of three hundred dollars ($300.00).

D.    At the fourth (4th) and every subsequent violation, five hundred dollars ($500.00).

E.    Dog Bite State Law: California is one of the states that has a dog bite statute, meaning a law that repudiates in whole or part the common law’s requirement of scienter (i.e., knowledge that the animal had previously injured a person in the same manner such as a bite). California Code section 3342 provides the following:

3342(a) The owner of a dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by laws or postal requirements of the United States, or when he is on such property upon invitation, express or implied, of the owner.

(Ord. 490 §2 (Exh. B)(part), 2010).