Chapter 6.28
DOMESTIC ANIMALS AND POULTRY

Sections:

6.28.010    Definitions.

6.28.020    Animals and poultry running at large—Prohibited—Exceptions.

6.28.030    Animals and poultry running at large Impoundment—Redemption.

6.28.040    Disposition of impounded animals and poultry.

6.28.050    Unsanitary conditions prohibited.

6.28.060    Keeping of animals—Limitations and regulations.

6.28.070    Bees prohibited—Exception.

6.28.080    Breeding prohibited in city.

6.28.010 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:

A. “Animals” means and includes horses, ponies, mules, jacks, jennies, cows, bulls, calves, heifers, sheep, goats, swine, rabbits and all other domestic or domesticated animals other than household pets.

B. “Household pets” means and includes cats, dogs, canaries, parrots and other kindred animals and birds usually and ordinarily kept as household pets.

C. “Poultry” means and includes pigeons, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens and all other domestic or domesticated fowl other than household pets. (Prior code § 4120)

6.28.020 Animals and poultry running at large—Prohibited—Exceptions.

No person shall allow or permit animals or poultry, other then household pets, to run at large upon any public street or place, or to trespass upon the property of another. This provision shall not be construed as permitting the running at large of any household pets who are restricted by the provisions of any other ordinances of this city or by any law applicable thereto. (Prior code § 4120.1)

6.28.030 Animals and poultry running at large Impoundment—Redemption.

All animals and poultry if found running at large upon any public road, highway, street, alley, square, park, school ground or other public place, or in or upon any lot, premises or property of another shall be impounded by the poundmaster and provided with proper care and attention, food and water. The poundmaster shall keep all animals and poultry for a period of three days unless the same is sooner reclaimed or redeemed by the owner or person having control thereof. Such redemption by the owner or person having control thereof, shall be made by signing an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, declaring ownership or by exhibiting proof of ownership to the satisfaction of the poundmaster and by paying to the poundmaster any charges imposed thereon in accordance with a schedule to be approved by the council. Upon such redemption being made, the poundmaster shall release such animals and poultry; provided, however, that in all cases any charges provided for keeping such animals and poultry must be paid. (Prior code § 4120.3)

6.28.040 Disposition of impounded animals and poultry.

At any time after the expiration of the period of three days, the poundmaster may, without further notice, and without advertising in any manner, sell, give away, or dispose of in a humane manner, any animals or poultry not reclaimed or redeemed as set out in Section 6.28.030. Provided, however, the poundmaster may not sell, give away, or transfer title to any animals or poultry for any of the purposes as set forth in Section 6.12.080. (Prior code § 4120.4)

6.28.050 Unsanitary conditions prohibited.

No person shall keep upon any premises, any animals, poultry or household pets in a foul, offensive, obnoxious, filthy or unsanitary condition. (Prior code § 4120.2)

6.28.060 Keeping of animals—Limitations and regulations.

A. Poultry and Rabbits.

1. No person shall keep upon any premises in the city any poultry or rabbits:

a. Within fifty feet of any dwelling; or

b. If more than five in all of any such rabbits or poultry are kept, within seventy-five feet of any dwelling.

2. No person shall keep upon any premises in the city more than twenty-five such rabbits or poultry, except by special permit of the council first had and obtained, or keep any rooster of crowing age within one hundred feet of any dwelling. This provision limiting the maximum number of rabbits or poultry shall not be retroactive or effective as to rabbit or poultry ranches or processing plants actually in operation on the effective date of the ordinance codified herein.

3. The owners or persons in charge of such rabbits or poultry kept in the city shall provide suitable houses or cotes with board or cement floors in each and every house and cote, and the houses, cotes or pens shall at all times be kept clean.

B. Swine, Hogs and Pigs. No person shall keep upon any premises in the city any swine, hog or pig, whatsoever.

C. Other Animals.

1. No person shall keep upon any premises in the city any other animals as defined in Section 6.28.010:

a. On any lot containing less than twenty thousand square feet; or

b. In any corral, barn or other enclosure which would permit the animals within seventy-five feet of any dwelling;

c. If staked within one hundred feet of any dwelling.

2. No person shall tie, stake or pasture, or permit the tying, staking or pasturing, of any animal upon any private property in the city without consent of the owner or occupant of such property in such a way as to permit any such animal to trespass upon any street or public place or upon any such private property. No person shall permit any such animal to be or remain during the nighttime secured by a stake or secured in any manner other than by enclosing such animal in a pen, corral or barn sufficient and adequate to restrain such animal. All such animals shall be provided with adequate food, water and shelter or protection from the weather.

3. All fences or enclosures used for the purposes set forth in this subsection must be of such material and maintained in such manner as humane for the safety and protection of such animals.

The provisions of this section shall not be deemed to apply to any public educational institution. (Prior code § 4120.5)

6.28.070 Bees prohibited—Exception.

No person, firm or corporation shall keep bees within the corporate limits; provided, that nothing herein contained shall be deemed to apply to keeping of bees for the purpose of study and observation in a hive or box, which is situated and kept within a school building. (Prior code § 4 120.6)

6.28.080 Breeding prohibited in city.

No owner of, and every person in possession or in charge of, any animal shall breed or permit the breeding of such animal within the city. (Prior code § 4120.7)