8-8 Regulations for keeping within City.

(a)    The maintaining or keeping of all animals within the City shall be allowed as stated above only so long as they do not cause, create or contribute to or become a health nuisance due to noise, the presence of flies, mosquitoes, insects, vermin, rodent harborage, odors, dust, ponded water, accumulation of manure, garbage, refuse or other obnoxious or putrescible material, or for any other like reason. Manure and droppings shall be removed from pens, stables, yards, cages, and other enclosures at least twice weekly and shall be removed from the premises at least twice each week. For the purposes of this provision "premises" means the lot or parcel of ground upon which the pen, stable, yard, cage or other enclosure is located.

(b)    No swine shall be kept within the City limits, except purebred miniature Vietnamese potbelly pigs and other similar purebred miniature pigs. Miniature pigs shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five pounds. No more than three miniature pigs shall be allowed per household. This ordinance shall not apply to or affect any prosecutions filed prior to the effective date of this ordinance.

(c)    Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the keeping of all animals within the City shall be subject to all pertinent regulations of the State of Arizona and the Maricopa County Board of Health.

(d)    No person owning, keeping, possessing, harboring or maintaining any animal, as defined in section 8-1, shall allow such animal to run at large.

(e)    The premises upon which fowl, rodents, cattle, horses, sheep or goats are kept shall always be sanitary and subject to inspection and regulation by the City Health Officer.

(f)    Keeping of bees.

(1)    It shall be unlawful for any person to keep bees on any lot or parcel of land consisting of less than six thousand square feet in area without first having obtained written permission, subject to the provisions of section 8-9, consenting to the keeping of bees on such lot or parcel from all of the lawful occupants and the lawful owners of adjoining lots or parcels of land, as defined in section 8-1, which are located in the immediate vicinity of the property whereon the bees are kept.

(2)    It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain more than one hive or colony of bees for each one thousand seven hundred square feet of area within any lot or parcel of land upon which bees are kept or maintained.

(3)    No hive or colony of bees shall be kept or maintained within five feet of any boundary line of the lot or parcel upon which the bees are kept.

(4)    Any person keeping or maintaining bees within the City shall provide a constant and easily accessible supply of water of sufficient quantity to meet the needs of all bees being maintained.

(Code 1962, § 8-9; Ord. No. G-1063, § 1; Ord. No. G-1367, § 1; Ord. No. G-1482, § 1; Ord. No. G-3399, § 1; Ord. No. G-5558, § 1, adopted 10-20-2010, eff. 11-19-2010)