Chapter 6.10


Article I. Animal Limitations

6.10.010    Dogs and cats.

6.10.020    Small animals.

6.10.030    Livestock.

6.10.040    Chickens, rabbits, pigeons, doves.

6.10.050    Requirements.

Article II. Care and Keep of Animals

6.10.060    Proper and adequate care requirement.

6.10.070    Shelter and shelter maintenance requirements.

6.10.080    Water and food requirement.

6.10.090    Veterinary treatment requirement.

6.10.100    Transportation requirement.

6.10.110    Dog confinement requirement.

6.10.120    Fenced premises requirement.

Article I. Animal Limitations

6.10.010 Dogs and cats.

On real property zoned residential, a pet owner may keep up to two dogs, four cats, or a combination of such animals not to exceed two dogs and three cats, unless a permit is obtained under Chapter 6.40. City of Fremont pet license(s) are issued on the basis that pet owners are aware of the city’s animal limitations. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.020 Small animals.

On real property zoned residential, a pet owner may keep six small animals, unless a permit is issued under Chapter 6.40. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.030 Livestock.

On real property zoned residential, a pet owner may not keep any livestock or roosters. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.040 Chickens, rabbits, pigeons, doves.

On real property zoned residential with an area of more than 6,000 square feet, a pet owner may keep up to six chickens, rabbits, pigeons, and doves, unless a permit is issued under Chapter 6.40. A maximum of two species of those animals allowed under this section may be kept on one lot. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.050 Requirements.

(a)    When animals are born that increase the number beyond what is allowed, those offspring shall be removed no later than four weeks after weaning.

(b)    Structures, fences or enclosures for the keeping of such animals shall be subject to the rules and regulations established by the animal services manager. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

Article II. Care and Keep of Animals

6.10.060 Proper and adequate care requirement.

It is unlawful for any person to keep, use, or maintain any animal without proper and adequate care. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.070 Shelter and shelter maintenance requirements.

(a)    Any animal maintained outdoors must have adequate shade or shelter such that the animal can protect itself from the rays of the sun when the ambient temperature is likely to cause overheating or discomfort, and the animal can remain dry during rain.

(b)    The shelter for any animal must be:

(1)    Accessible to the animal at all times;

(2)    Constructed with at least five sides, including a roof and floor;

(3)    Of adequate size inside and outside the shelter to allow the animal to stand up, sit, turn around freely or lie down in a normal position;

(4)    The animal shall be able to defecate and urinate away from the shelter; and

(5)    Supplied with clean and dry bedding material or other means of protection from the weather elements. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.080 Water and food requirement.

(a)    The animal must have access to clean potable water at all times.

(b)    Water containers must be clean and emptied and refilled with fresh water every 24 hours. The container must be designed to prevent spillage or tipping.

(c)    The animal must be provided with food that is wholesome and nutritious specific to the animal’s needs, age, medical condition, nursing, etc. Feeding containers must be accessible to the animal and kept in a location to minimize contamination. Spoiled or uneaten food should be immediately disposed of in a sanitary manner. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.090 Veterinary treatment requirement.

The animal must receive veterinary treatment from a veterinarian licensed by the state of California when such treatment is necessary to alleviate the animal’s suffering or prevent the transmission of disease. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.100 Transportation requirement.

The animal must be handled, moved, or shipped in a manner to ensure the health and safety of the animal and the public. If the animal is moved in an open bed vehicle, then Cal. Veh. Code § 23117 shall apply. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.110 Dog confinement requirement.

(a)    No dog may be tethered, fastened, chained, tied, or restrained to a shelter, tree, fence or any other stationary object, except in accordance with Cal. Penal Code § 597t, as may be amended.

(b)    If a dog is confined in compliance with subsection (a) of this section, the dog owner and person with a right to control the dog may:

(1)    Attach a dog to a running line, pulley or trolley system, except no dog may be tethered to any of the above systems by means of a choke or pinch collar.

(2)    Tether, fasten, chain, tie or otherwise restrain a dog no longer than is necessary for the person to complete a temporary task that requires the dog to be restrained for a reasonable period.

(3)    Tether, fasten, chain or tie a dog while actively engaged in conduct that is directly related to the business of shepherding or herding cattle or livestock, if the restraint is reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)

6.10.120 Fenced premises requirement.

If a fence is the primary means of confining the animal, the fence must be maintained in a manner to prevent the animal from running at large. (Ord. 16-2018 § 1, 6-5-18.)