Chapter 9.12


9.12.010    Prohibitions.

9.12.020    Vehicular transportation of animals.

9.12.030    Canine feces.

9.12.040    Police dogs.

9.12.010 Prohibitions.

No owner or possessor of any animal shall cause or permit it to do any of the following:

(1)    To be upon any public street, sidewalk, park, school ground, any public property, or upon any unenclosed premises in this jurisdiction unless the animal is properly licensed, if such licensing is necessary hereunder, and under the control of the owner by being saddled, harnessed, haltered, or leashed by a substantial chain, lead rope, or leash, which chain, lead rope, or leash shall be continuously held by some competent person capable of controlling such animal;

(2)    To trespass upon any private property without the consent of the owner thereof, and to knowingly permit the animal to remain upon the property or to habitually continue to trespass thereon;

(3)    To suffer or permit such animal to habitually bark or meow or act in such a manner as to continually disturb the peace of any citizen or to be a public nuisance;

(4)    To be without proper and adequate food, water, shelter, care, and attention as described to in Section 597f of the Penal Code;

(5)    Subsection (1) of this section shall not be applicable to cats.

(6)    Subsection (1) of this section prohibiting off-leash dogs in public parks shall not apply to dogs that are off-leash within designated enclosed off-leash dog areas established by resolution of the city council. The city shall post appropriate signs and notices designating off-leash dog areas and indicating the rules and regulations applicable to such designated enclosed off-leash dog areas. Failure to comply with the posted rules and regulations shall constitute a violation of this section. (Ord. 933 § 1, 2005; Ord. 758 § 1 (part), 1987).

9.12.020 Vehicular transportation of animals.

(a)    No person, other than an individual actually working a dog or other animal for ranching purposes, shall transport or carry on any public highway or public roadway, any dog or other animal in a motor vehicle unless the dog or other animal is safely enclosed within the vehicle or protected by a cap or container, cage, cross-tether, or other device to prevent the animal from falling from, being thrown from, or jumping from the motor vehicle. As used herein "motor vehicle" includes, without limitation, automobile, pickup truck and trailer.

(b)    No person shall leave a dog or other animal in any unattended motor vehicle without adequate ventilation, sanitary conditions, or in such a manner as to subject the animal to extreme temperatures which adversely effect the animal’s health or safety.

(c)    A violation of subsections (a) or (b) of this section shall be an infraction. Any animal control officer or law enforcement officer who witnesses such a violation shall have the right to impound the animal if, in his opinion, the animal’s health or safety is, or will be, thereby endangered. (Ord. 758 § 1 (part), 1987).

9.12.030 Canine feces.

(a)    No owner or possessor of any dog shall cause or permit it to defecate upon public property of the city unless the owner or the person having control or custody of the dog immediately removes the feces and properly disposes of it. No owner or possessor of any dog shall cause or permit it to defecate upon the private property of another person without the consent of the occupant or owner of that property.

(b)    No person shall walk a dog upon public property or upon the private property of another without carrying, at all times, a suitable container or other suitable instrument for the removal and disposal of canine feces. Visually disabled persons who use Seeing-Eye dogs are exempt from this section. (Ord. 758 § 1 (part), 1987).

9.12.040 Police dogs.

Except for licensing requirements, the provisions of Section 9.12.010(1) and (2) and of Section 9.12.030 shall not be applicable to any dog trained or being trained to assist in law enforcement duties and which is under the custody of a peace officer engaged in the performance of official duties. (Ord. 765 § 1, 1988).


Prior ordinance history: Ords. 638, 690 and 714.