Chapter 8.04


8.04.010    Definitions.

8.04.020    Animal.

8.04.030    Animal control.

8.04.040    Animal control director.

8.04.050    Animal control officer.

8.04.060    Animal shelter.

8.04.070    At large.

8.04.080    Domestic animal.

8.04.090    Feral cat.

8.04.100    Health department.

8.04.110    Health officer.

8.04.120    Impoundment.

8.04.130    Kennel, commercial.

8.04.140    Kennel, noncommercial.

8.04.150    Owner.

8.04.160    Person.

8.04.170    Quarantine.

8.04.180    Vaccination.

8.04.190    Veterinarian.

8.04.200    Wild animal.

8.04.010 Definitions.

As used in this title, the words defined in this chapter shall have the meanings prescribed in this chapter.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.020 Animal.

"Animal" means any member of the kingdom Animalia exclusive of homo sapiens.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.030 Animal control.

"Animal control" or "animal control department" means that department of the county government which is specifically charged with the regulation of, and the enforcement of laws dealing with animals, existing within the unincorporated territory of the county and the incorporated areas thereof which may, from time to time, contract with the county for such services upon terms which include, without limitation, adoption of the provisions of this title within such incorporated area(s).  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.040 Animal control director.

"Animal control director" or "director" means the person designated by the county as the person in charge of animal control in the county.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.050 Animal control officer.

"Animal control officer" means an employee of the animal control department (including animal control director, animal control supervisor, and animal control officers) that is trained and employed to carry out the duties of and enforce the provisions of this title.  (Ord. 1494 §1(part), 2000:  Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.060 Animal shelter.

"Animal shelter" means the facilities provided by the county for the impounding, relinquishment, quarantine, and adoption of animals.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.070 At large.

An animal (except a domestic cat) shall be considered "at large" if it is off the premises of its owner and not under restraint by leash, or not under the control and in the immediate presence of its owner.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.080 Domestic animal.

"Domestic animal" means dogs and cats as well as horses, donkeys, mules, burros, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, rabbits, llamas, camels, pot belly pigs, ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries, and fowl kept or raised in Amador County as farm animals or beasts of burden.  The term "livestock," as used in this title, includes all domestic animals except dogs or cats.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.090 Feral cat.

"Feral cat" means a cat without owner identification of any kind whose usual and consistent temperament is extreme fear and resistance to contact with people, and who is totally unsocialized to people.  (Ord. 1494 §1(part), 2000:  Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.100 Health department.

"Health department" means the health department of the county of Amador.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.110 Health officer.

"Health officer" means the public health officer or other person duly authorized by the public health officer or designated by the board of supervisors to act as the public health officer.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.120 Impoundment.

"Impoundment" means the taking up and confining of an animal by the animal control officer in accordance with the provisions of this title or other applicable law or regulation.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.130 Kennel, commercial.

"Commercial kennel" means any facility or parcel within or upon which five or more dogs are boarded, trained, bred, treated or otherwise kept for remuneration or within or upon which ten or more dogs are kept, regardless whether for remuneration or not.  For the purpose of applying this section, the number of dogs shall not include puppies less than six months old.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.140 Kennel, noncommercial.

"Noncommercial kennel" means any facility or parcel upon which not less than five and not more than nine dogs are kept, other than for remuneration.  For the purpose of applying this section, the number of dogs shall not include puppies less than six months old, nor shall this section or the regulatory provisions of this code dealing with noncommercial kennels apply to parcels zoned AG -- exclusive agriculture district.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.150 Owner.

"Owner" means a person who possesses, has title to or an interest in, harbors, or has custody, control, or possession of an animal, and the verb form of "to own" as used in this title includes all these shades of meaning.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.160 Person.

"Person" includes one or more individuals, as well as corporations, partnerships, associations, estates, and trusts, and in general every type of natural person or entity capable of owning or possessing property, real or personal.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.170 Quarantine.

"Quarantine" means the confinement of an animal upon the premises of the owner or elsewhere as approved by the health officer.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.180 Vaccination.

"Vaccination" means the inoculation of a dog or cat with a vaccine approved by, and in the manner approved or prescribed by, the State Department of Public Health.  (Ord. 1494 §1(part), 2000:  Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.190 Veterinarian.

"Veterinarian" means a person licensed by the state to practice veterinary medicine.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).

8.04.200 Wild animal.

"Wild animal" means and includes any of the following:

A.    The following members of the Class Mammalia:

1.    Order Carnivora, expressly excepting the domestic dog (canis familiaris) and the domestic cat (felis catus), but including, but not limited to, the family Felidae (such as ocelots, margays, tigers, jaguars, leopards, and cougars), and the family Canidae (such as wolves, dingos, coyotes, and jackals);

2.    Order Marsupialia (such as, but not limited to, kangaroos and opossums);

3.    Order Chiroptera (bats);

4.    Order Edentata (such as, but not limited to, sloths, anteaters, and armadillos);

5.    Order Proboscidea (elephants);

6.    Order Primata (including, but limited to, monkeys, chimpanzees, and gorillas); and

7.    Order Ungulata (expressly excluding any animal which would be included within the definition of "domestic animal," in Section 8.04.080), including, but not limited to, antelope, deer, and bison.

B.    The following members of the Class Reptilia:

1.    Order Ophidia (such as, but not limited to, racers, boas, water snakes, and pythons) over eight feet in length;

2.    Order Loricata (such as, but not limited to, alligators, caymans, and crocodiles) over three feet in length; and

3.    Order Sauria (excepting iguanas) over three feet in length.

C.    The following members of the Class Aves:  Order Falconiformes (such as, but not limited to, hawks, eagles, and vultures which are not kept pursuant to federal or state permit); and

D.    Any nondomestic species when kept, maintained, or harbored in such numbers or in such a manner as to constitute the likelihood of danger to the animals themselves, to human beings, or to the property of human beings.

E.    Any species of animal which is venomous to human beings whether its venom is transmitted by bite, sting, touch, or other means, except honey-producing bees.

F.    Any hybrid animal which is part wild animal and is capable of transmitting rabies, except livestock hybrids, and for which no rabies prophylaxis is recognized or authorized by the state.  (Ord. 1436 §1(part), 1997).