Chapter 6.08
ANIMAL REGULATIONS

Sections:

6.08.010    Cruelty to animals prohibited.

6.08.020    Animal restrictions.

6.08.025    Repealed.

6.08.030    Depositing poison prohibited.

6.08.040    Keeping diseased animals prohibited.

6.08.050    Noise from animals.

6.08.060    Odors originating from animals.

6.08.065    Animals at large.

6.08.067    Animal annoyance.

6.08.070    Leaving secured animal unattended prohibited.

6.08.080    Dead animal disposal.

6.08.090    Confinement requirements.

6.08.100    Restrictions on carrying dogs on outside of vehicles.

6.08.010 Cruelty to animals prohibited.

A. No person shall intentionally injure or kill an animal unless:

1. The act committed is done humanely in conformity with applicable federal or state law; or

2. The act is necessary to defend a human being or an animal from attack.

B. No person shall intentionally or recklessly wound, injure, torment, poison, provoke, otherwise abuse or unnecessarily overwork an animal, or procure or attempt any of such acts.

C. No person who owns, keeps or harbors an animal shall fail to provide humane animal care or abandon the animal by failing to provide humane animal care.

D. No person shall throw or deposit any poisonous substance on any exposed public or private place where it may endanger any animal.

E. No person shall intentionally abandon, harass, torture or kill an animal, or encourage an animal to fight with another animal for sport, training or entertainment.

F. A person shall not intentionally capture a domestic or domesticated animal with any type of trap that physically harms the animal, including, but not limited to, steel jaw traps, snares and spring traps, except an authorized city, state, or federal employee or agent. (Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 538 § 5, 1999; Ord. 277 § 4, 1983)

6.08.020 Animal restrictions.

A. The following animals shall be permitted to be kept, owned, harbored or be in the custody of a person:

1. In a zoned agricultural district;

2. At a fairgrounds for a fair with an annual attendance of over 50,000 people;

3. At a circus permitted by the city;

4. On a lot exceeding one acre in size, provided the animal is never closer than 25 feet from an exterior lot line; and

5. For a period not to exceed 72 hours, on the premises of a permitted slaughterhouse:

a. Pigs;

b. Cattle;

c. Horses;

d. Mules;

e. Sheep;

f. Goats;

g. Llamas;

h. Alpacas;

i. Any other animal weighing over 250 pounds.

In addition, the animals may be ridden or tended during a parade permitted by the city and in immediate preparation for the parade and immediately after the parade.

B. No more than a total of three of each type of the following animals, up to a cumulative total of six animals, may be kept, owned, or harbored or be in the custody of a person on any lot, tract, or parcel of land in the city. An adult who has the right to possession of the lot, tract, or parcel of land will be responsible for the failure to comply with this subsection.

1. Dogs over six months of age;

2. Cats over six months of age;

3. Adult rabbits;

4. Rodents;

5. Any type of nonaggressive, nonpoisonous reptile.

C. No more than a total of five domestic birds as defined in PMC 6.04.010 may be kept, owned, or harbored or be in the custody of a person on any lot, tract, or parcel of land in the city. An adult who has the right to possession of the lot, tract, or parcel of land will be responsible for the failure to comply with this subsection.

D. The restrictions set out in subsections (B) and (C) of this section do not apply if the animals are kept or harbored in an area:

1. Zoned agricultural district;

2. Fairgrounds for a fair with an annual attendance over 50,000 people;

3. A circus permitted by the city;

4. On a lot exceeding one acre in size or on contiguous lots owned by the same person, the total area of which exceeds one acre in size, provided the animal is never closer than 25 feet from an exterior lot line;

5. For a period not to exceed 72 hours on the premises of a permitted slaughterhouse.

In addition, the animals may be carefully ridden or carefully tended during a parade permitted by the city and in immediate preparation for the parade and immediately after the parade.

E. No person shall tie, stake or fasten any animal within the traveled portion of any street, alley or public place, or in a manner that the animal has access to the traveled portion of any street, alley or public place.

F. No person shall keep or harbor any exotic animal in the city, except that such animal may be kept or harbored in an area constituting the fairgrounds for a fair with annual attendance over 50,000 people or at a circus duly permitted by the city. (Ord. 11-020 § 3, 2012; Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 538 § 6, 1999; Ord. 277 § 4, 1983)

6.08.025 Dogs/cats allowed.

Repealed by Ord. 631. (Ord. 432 § 4, 1991)

6.08.030 Depositing poison prohibited.

No person shall throw or deposit any poisonous substance on any exposed public or private place where it may endanger any animal. (Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 277 § 4, 1983)

6.08.040 Keeping diseased animals prohibited.

No person shall keep, own or harbor animals affected with a contagious or pestilential disease. (Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 277 § 4, 1983)

6.08.050 Noise from animals.

A. It is unlawful for any person to permit any animal which the person owns, keeps or harbors, or of which the person is the custodian, to cause annoyance to any person by barking, howling or making other sounds common to its species. For the purpose of this subsection, “annoyance” shall be defined as an actual interference with the sleep, work, or reasonable right to peace or privacy of one or more persons resulting from the animal’s repeated or continued noise.

B. In addition to the prohibitions set out in subsection (A) of this section, it is unlawful for any person to permit any animal which the person owns, keeps or harbors, or of which the person is the custodian, to repeatedly or continuously bark, howl or make other sounds common to its species that can be heard from off the person’s premises between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 538 § 7, 1999; Ord. 277 § 4, 1983)

6.08.060 Odors originating from animals.

No person shall allow the premises on which the person keeps, harbors, owns, or is the custodian of an animal to be the source of offensive or objectionable odors originating from the animal which odors are not confined to the premises. The prohibited odors include, but are not limited to, odors originating directly from the animal as well as odors originating from animal urine or excrement. (Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 538 § 8, 1999; Ord. 277 § 4, 1983)

6.08.065 Animals at large.

A. It is unlawful for an animal to be at large.

B. It is unlawful for a person who owns, keeps, or harbors an animal to fail to keep the animal under restraint as described in PMC 6.04.010 at all times. (Ord. 07-014 § 3, 2007; Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 538 § 9, 1999; Ord. 298 § 4, 1984)

6.08.067 Animal annoyance.

A. A person owning or responsible for an animal shall not permit the animal to defecate on any public property or right-of-way or on any private property other than property owned or leased by the person owning or responsible for the animal;

B. It is a specific defense to a charge of violating this section that the person charged immediately removed the excrement and properly disposed of it in a sanitary manner;

C. It is a specific defense to a charge of violating this section that the dog involved is a certified working dog trained to assist disabled individuals and that the person charged has a disability which prevents the individual from removing the excrement and properly disposing of it in a sanitary manner;

D. An owner or custodian of an animal shall not permit it to upset garbage on public or private property. (Ord. 07-014 § 4, 2007)

6.08.070 Leaving secured animal unattended prohibited.

Except as provided by the city camper park regulations, no person shall tie, stake or secure any animal and leave it unattended on public property, including public buildings, streets, parks and parking areas. (Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 277 § 4, 1983)

6.08.080 Dead animal disposal.

Bodies of dead animals shall be transported, buried or otherwise disposed of in accordance with regulations promulgated by the city manager. (Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 277 § 4, 1983)

6.08.090 Confinement requirements.

A. The owner, keeper, harborer, and custodian of a vicious animal shall confine it within a building or secure enclosure and shall not remove the animal from the building or secure enclosure unless the animal is leashed and securely muzzled.

B. Every female dog or cat in season shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure, or in a veterinary hospital or boarding kennel, in a manner that the female dog or cat cannot come in contact with another animal except for planned breeding purposes.

C. No wild animal may be kept within the city limits; provided, however, wild animals may be kept for exhibition purposes by circuses, zoos and educational institutions in accordance with regulations established by the city manager.

D. The board may order the humane disposal of any vicious animal found at large. (Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 277 § 4, 1983)

6.08.100 Restrictions on carrying dogs on outside of vehicles.

It is unlawful for any person to carry or transport any dog on the running board, fenders, hood, cargo bed, or other outside part of any vehicle, unless the dog is restrained or confined by a leash, harness, cage, enclosure, or other restrictive device designed, installed, maintained and employed in a manner adequate:

A. To protect the dog from falling or being thrown from the vehicle; and

B. To permit the safe operation of the vehicle; and

C. When the vehicle is in a parking lot open to the public or is parked on a street or road, to prevent the dog’s head from approaching within one foot of the tailgate, side rail, or other outside part of the vehicle. (Ord. 631 § 5, 2004; Ord. 538 § 10, 1999)