Chapter 6.04
ANIMAL CONTROL

Sections:

6.04.010    Definitions.

6.04.020    Animal Control Program.

6.04.030    Rabies vaccinations.

6.04.040    Dog licenses.

6.04.045    Three-year licenses for dogs.

6.04.050    Wolf hybrid registration.

6.04.060    Public protection from dogs.

6.04.070    Prohibited conduct.

6.04.080    Protection of animals in motor vehicles.

6.04.090    Release from confinement.

6.04.095    Dog owner’s liability.

6.04.100    Dangerous animal permit required.

6.04.105    Declaration of vicious animals.

6.04.110    Issuance of permit for dangerous animal.

6.04.115    Hearing procedures.

6.04.120    Mandatory dangerous animal permit requirements.

6.04.130    Penalties for violation of dangerous animal permits.

6.04.140    Restriction on future ownership.

6.04.150    Inspection fee.

6.04.160    Revocation or modification of permit.

6.04.170    Animals to be impounded.

6.04.180    Notice of impounded animals.

6.04.200    Record of impounded animals.

6.04.210    Field return fee.

6.04.220    Redemption.

6.04.230    Redemption fees.

6.04.240    License fee to be paid upon redemption.

6.04.250    Epidemics.

6.04.260    Bite reporting requirements.

6.04.270    Quarantine fee.

6.04.280    Service fees.

6.04.290    Schedule of fees and charges.

6.04.300    Penalty for violation.

6.04.310    Keeping of other animals prohibited.

6.04.310A    Keeping of domestic fowl and rabbits.

6.04.320    Keeping of other animals permitted.

6.04.325    Sanitary keeping of animals.

6.04.330    Permit required.

6.04.340    Permit—Application—Issuance.

6.04.350    Permit—Fee.

6.04.360    Permit—Revocation.

6.04.370    Housing and keeping of pets—Regulations.

6.04.380    Inspection.

6.04.390    Kennels and shops—Sales records.

6.04.400    Pet shops, aviaries, hatcheries.

6.04.410    Pet shops—Notice of person to contact.

6.04.420    Selling animals on streets.

6.04.430    Aid to animals or persons in distress.

6.04.440    Herding and grazing animals.

6.04.450    Livestock—On inhabited lots.

6.04.460    Tying animals to trees.

6.04.470    Livestock—Herding and corral restrictions.

6.04.480    Livestock—Enclosure at night.

6.04.500    Animals in motor vehicles.

6.04.510    Authorized dog runs.

6.04.520    Dogs in outdoor dining areas.

6.04.010 Definitions.

A.    “Animal Control Officer” means that person designated as the Animal Control Program Manager of the Division of Animal Control Services for the County and his or her duly authorized officers or deputies, as well as the President of the County’s contract agent and his or her duly authorized officers or deputies.

B.    “Animal Control Program” means that program within the Division of Animal Control Services of the Environmental Services Agency of the County, or the County’s designated contract agent or both, which is specifically charged with regulating and enforcing laws dealing with animal control within its jurisdiction.

C.    “Animal control shelter” means the facilities provided by the County or the County’s designated contract agent for the impounding of animals.

D.    “Director of Environmental Services Agency” means that person so designated by the governing body of the County of San Mateo.

E.    “Licensing Program” means that program within the Division of Revenue Services of the Employee and Public Services Agency which is specifically charged with regulating and selling animal licenses and registrations in the County of San Mateo.

F.    “Impoundment” means the picking up and confining of an animal by the Animal Control Program.

G.    “Owner” of an animal means that person eighteen years of age or over who holds the license to the animal, or if the animal is not licensed, that person eighteen years of age or over legally entitled to possession of the animal concerned and who has primary responsibility for the care of the animal. “Owner” includes the parent of a person under the age of eighteen years, where the minor is the person entitled to possession or who has primary responsibility for the care of the animal. Any person keeping or harboring an animal for fifteen consecutive days shall be deemed to be the owner thereof, within the meaning of this chapter.

H.    “Dangerous animal” means any animal, except a trained dog assisting a peace officer engaged in law enforcement duties, which because of its disposition, behavior, training or other characteristic constitutes a danger to persons or property, or which demonstrates any or all of the following behavior:

1.    Any attack or other behavior which requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury or property damage or that results in an injury to a person or property.

2.    Any aggressive attack or other behavior that constitutes a substantial threat of bodily harm to a person or animal, where such attack, injury or behavior occurs in a place where such person or animal is conducting himself or herself peaceably and lawfully.

3.    An attack without provocation on another animal or livestock which occurs off the property of the owner of the attacking animal.

4.    Any animal that has been deemed by another governmental jurisdiction as “potentially dangerous,” “dangerous,” “vicious,” or any other similar designation.

I.    “Domestic fowl” includes chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and other birds of similar nature.

J.    “Domestic animals” means horses, ponies, mules, jacks and jennies, cows, bulls, calves, heifers, sheep, goats, swine, rabbits and other domestic or domesticated animals other than household pets.

K.    “Household pets” includes small animals, dogs, cats, parakeets, parrots, pigeons and canaries, and other kindred animals usually and ordinarily kept as household pets.

L.    “Kennel” means any enclosure, premises, building, structure, lot or area in or on which dogs or cats of at least four months of age are kept, harbored or maintained for commercial purposes.

M.    “Peaceably” and “lawfully” mean a person is upon the private property of an owner of the animal when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this State or any city or county, or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon invitation by the owner or his/her designee, express or implied.

N.    “Person” includes corporations, estates, associations, partners and trusts, as well as one or more individuals.

O.    “Small animals” includes rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs, domestic rats and mice, and other animals of a similar nature.

P.    “Vicious animal” means any animal, except a trained dog assisting a peace officer engaged in law enforcement duties, which meets any or all of the following criteria:

1.    Any animal previously designated as “dangerous” that, after investigation by an Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer, is found under conditions which constitute a violation of this chapter or applicable dangerous animal permit and which demonstrates a significant danger to the public health or safety;

2.    Any animal seized under Section 599aa of the Penal Code and/or upon the sustaining of a conviction of the owner or caretaker under subdivision (a) of Section 597.5 of the Penal Code;

3.    Any animal which inflicts severe injury on or kills a human being or another animal;

4.    Any animal which has engaged in any aggressive behavior which demonstrates that the animal represents a clear and present substantial danger to the public health or safety and that due to substantial risk to the public health or safety it is unlikely that the animal could be safely maintained under a dangerous animal permit.

Q.    “Wolf hybrid” means any offspring of domestic dogs bred to wild canids (e.g., wolves or coyotes) and their subsequent generations.

R.    “Severe injury” means any physical injury directly caused by an animal attack that consists of muscle tears, multiple punctures, broken bones or disfiguring lacerations, or which requires multiple sutures or corrective or cosmetic surgery.

S.    “At large” means a dog off the premises of its owner and not under restraint by leash or chain, or not otherwise controlled by a competent person. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.020 Animal Control Program.

A.    Responsibility. The Animal Control Program is responsible for the enforcement of this chapter, and the duties of the Director and his officers, agents, and employees shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1.    To administer an animal control shelter and keep such records as may be required by law or contract.

2.    To impound animals which are in violation of this chapter, or for the safekeeping of the animal to protect its health and welfare.

3.    To remove and dispose of the carcass of any animal found on any public highway, street, alley, or other public place. The cost of removal or disposal shall be paid by the owner of the animal, if known.

4.    To quarantine animals under the direction of the County Health Officer.

5.    To destroy and dispose of animals after due notice to the owner and pursuant to the procedures set forth herein.

6.    To sell, when appropriate, impounded animals after due notice to the owner.

7.    To enforce all provisions of this title.

B.    Scope of Authority of Humane Officers and Animal Control Officers. Humane Officers qualified and appointed pursuant to California Corporations Code 14502, who are employees of any public pound, society for prevention of cruelty to animals or humane society which has contracted with the County to provide animal control services, shall have the authority to issue notices to appear in court pursuant to Chapter 5c (commencing with Section 853.5 of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code of the State of California) for violations of State and local animal control laws. This authority is based on Section 14503 of the Corporations Code. Animal Control Officers shall have the authority provided by State law including but not limited to that described by Penal Code Section 830.9.

C.    Right to Contract for Animal Control Services. The City Council may contract for animal control services with the County or any humane society or other organization, corporation, or association upon such terms and conditions as may be agreeable. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.030 Rabies vaccinations.

Every dog owner, after his/her dog attains the age of four months of age and/or within ten working days of purchasing a license, shall procure from a licensed veterinarian an anti-rabies vaccination to be administered in the manner prescribed or approved by the State of California Department of Public Health. This vaccination shall be obtained prior to issuing a license for the dog. In addition, proof of vaccination shall be provided to the Licensing Program. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.040 Dog licenses.

A.    Requirements. An annual license fee shall be paid for every dog over the age of four months owned or harbored in this jurisdiction. Said annual license fee shall be first due when the animal reaches four months of age, or within sixty days after the dog is acquired, and due on the anniversary date of the original purchase date each year thereafter. New residents shall have sixty days in which to acquire such license. Persons renewing their license shall have thirty days following their due date before being delinquent and having to pay a late penalty. The fee for such license shall be as set forth in this chapter. The fee paid for the licensing of spayed or neutered dogs shall be less than said license fee for unaltered dogs upon presentation of the proper certification. The license fee paid by persons over the age of sixty shall be one-half of such license fee. An annual dangerous dog license fee as established by the City Council, in addition to the regular annual license fee, shall be charged to the dog’s owner. For purposes of this section any surcharge on the license fee imposed under this chapter shall not be considered part of the license fee. Any person who shall fail to pay such license fee after said fee is due, or said dog is required to be licensed, shall, in addition to paying any past due license fee or fees, also pay a penalty in accordance with this chapter. A license shall be obtained, but no license fee shall be payable for the licensing of any dog being raised, trained or used to assist handicapped persons (such as those provided by Canine Companions) including but not limited to any dog which is being trained for guide or hearing purposes by a resident of the County or used for guide or hearing purposes by a handicapped resident of the County and which has come from a guide or hearing dog training facility such as Canine Companions, or for dogs which have served as a member of the armed forces of the United States of America, or any dog used by a local law enforcement agency for the purposes of crime prevention or control. Dog licenses are not transferable between owners; however, if the dog dies and the owner acquires a new dog, the license is transferable to the new dog. The license does not have to be renewed until the original purchase or acquisition anniversary date. The fee paid for a dog license is not refundable.

B.    Exemptions. The licensing provisions in this title are not applicable to the following:

1.    Dogs used for diagnostic purposes or research, the use having been approved by the California State Department of Health Services pursuant to Section 1666 of the Health and Safety Code.

2.    Dogs used for teaching purposes in recognized educational institutions.

3.    Dogs owned by veterinarians which are licensed by the State and kept on the premises used by said veterinarians in their practice.

4.    Dogs kept by owners of pet shops for purposes of sale, for circuses, for animal exhibits, or for other enterprises for which a business license has been granted by a local government.

C.    Tags. The Licensing Program shall procure plates or tags which bear the number of the license or registration. A record shall be kept with the name of the owner or possessor together with a description of the dog or wolf hybrid for which the license or registration is issued and the number of the license or registration, and a tag shall be provided to such person upon payment for such license or registration as provided by this chapter. A finding or determination made by the Animal Control Program or the City Manager or his or her designee that a dog is dangerous as defined in this chapter shall be included in such dog’s license records.

D.    Duplicate Tags. Whenever a tag has been lost or stolen, the owner or possessor of the dog or wolf hybrid concerned may request a duplicate tag upon payment of the required fee and on making and subscribing to an affidavit of such loss and filing the same with the Licensing Program.

E.    Wearing of Tag Required. The owner of a dog or wolf hybrid for which a license or registration is required shall affix such tag to a suitable collar, which collar shall remain on the dog or wolf hybrid at all times.

F.    Alternative Identification/Implants. Animals with microchip implants or other permanent identification acceptable to Animal Control Services shall not be required to wear a tag or collar. All other licensing and registration requirements of this section shall apply to such dog or wolf hybrid.

G.    Records. The owner or operator of any kennel, animal breeding facility, pet shop, or any place or establishment where animals are sold shall keep a permanent record of the name, address, and phone number of the purchaser of any dog or wolf hybrid along with the breed, color, sex, and age of each animal sold or given away and shall forward such information to the Animal Control Services within thirty days thereafter. An Animal Control Officer shall have the right to inspect such records during normal business hours, with forty-eight hours prior notice to the owner or operator.

H.    Veterinarian Responsibilities. Every veterinarian who vaccinates or causes or directs to be vaccinated in the County any dog or wolf hybrid with anti-rabies vaccine shall certify that such animal has been vaccinated. Every veterinarian shall submit to the licensing authority a copy of the County-approved anti-rabies vaccination form, within ten days of the beginning of each month, for any dog or wolf hybrid which he/she vaccinates or directs to be vaccinated with anti-rabies during the previous month. An Animal Control Officer or Animal Licensing Officer shall have the right to inspect records of rabies vaccinations during normal business hours.

I.    Each owner or operator of any dog kennel, dog hospital or pet shop, and any person engaged in the business of breeding dogs or as a veterinarian who sells, gives away or in any manner causes the ownership or permanent possession of any dog, whether it is over three months of age or not, to be transferred to any person, shall notify in writing the Police Department of that fact within five days after the date of such sale or transfer. Such notice shall state the kind of dog, the name of the dog, if any, and the person to whom such dog has been sold or transferred. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.045 Three-year licenses for dogs.

Notwithstanding Section 6.04.040, a three-year license may be obtained for a dog (excluding wolf hybrids) by submitting to the Licensing Program adequate proof of a three-year rabies vaccination of the animal to be licensed and payment of the applicable fees as set forth in Section 6.04.290. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.050 Wolf hybrid registration.

A.    Requirements. An annual registration fee shall be paid for every wolf hybrid over the age of four months owned or harbored in unincorporated San Mateo County. Said registration fee shall be first due when the animal reaches four months of age, or within sixty days after the animal is acquired, and due on the anniversary date of the original purchase date each year thereafter. All residents shall have sixty days in which to register their wolf hybrid. Persons renewing their registration shall have thirty days following their due date before being delinquent and having to pay a late penalty. The registration fee shall be as set forth in this chapter. The registration fee for spayed or neutered wolf hybrids shall be less than said registration fee for unaltered wolf hybrids. At the time of registration, the wolf hybrid owner must show proof that the animal has been given an anti-rabies vaccination by a licensed veterinarian to be administered in the manner prescribed or approved by the State of California Department of Public Health. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.060 Public protection from dogs.

A.    Every owner or possessor of a dog shall at all times prevent such dog from biting or physically harassing any person engaged in a lawful act and from interfering with the lawful use of public or private property.

B.    Every owner or possessor of a dog shall at all times prevent such dog from causing substantial injury to another domestic animal while such domestic animal is lawfully upon public or private property. “Substantial injury” means any injury which results in veterinarian treatment or death.

C.    Every owner or possessor of a dog shall desist from commanding or provoking such dog to attack, sic or threaten a person when such person is peaceably and lawfully upon public or private property.

D.    Any person who violates any provision of subsection A, B, or C of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. A trained dog assisting a peace officer engaged in law enforcement duties is excluded from this section.

E.    Nothing in subsection A of this section shall authorize the bringing of a criminal action arising out of bites upon or physical harassment of members of the dog owner’s or possessor’s household. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.070 Prohibited conduct.

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

A.    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.

B.    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.

C.    To suffer or permit such animal to habitually bark or meow or act in such a manner as to continuously disturb the peace of any citizen or to be a public nuisance.

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

E.    Subsection A of this section shall not be applicable to cats.

F.    To cause or permit an animal to enter any place of business wherein food or meat or vegetables of any kind are kept for sale or sold for human consumption.

G.    To fail to exercise proper care or control of such animal so that the animal becomes a public nuisance by excessive, continuous or untimely barking, molesting of passersby, chasing vehicles, habitually attacking other domestic animals, trespassing upon school grounds, or trespassing upon private property in such manner as to damage property or running at large in public.

H.    To permit a dog or cat to discharge such animal’s excreta on any public or private property other than the property of the owner of any dog or cat if such owner, keeper or walker does not immediately thereafter remove and clean up such animal excreta from the public or private property. Visually disabled persons are exempt from the provisions of this subsection.

I.    The provisions of subsection A of this section shall not apply in the following cases:

1.    When a dog is accompanied by a person reasonably competent to restrain and control the dog in the following specified dog run areas:

a.    A City-designated fenced dog park.

b.    Any City-designated off-leash areas.

J.    The exceptions outlined in the provisions of subsection I of this section shall not apply to owner or possessor of dangerous dogs. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.080 Protection of animals in motor vehicles.

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 said 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 or sanitary conditions, or in such a manner as to subject the animal to extreme temperatures which adversely affect the animal’s health or safety.

C.    Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a violation of subsection 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. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.090 Release from confinement.

No person other than the owner or person authorized by the owner of the animal shall release any animal from any confinement, vehicle, leash or restraint unless such release is necessary to the immediate health and safety of the animal. This section shall not apply to peace officers or Animal Control Officers. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.095 Dog owner’s liability.

A.    Any person owning, controlling, or having care or custody of any animal shall be liable for any injury caused by such animal, and for any damage caused to any public property, or to any private property.

B.    Any person owning, controlling or having care or custody of any animal shall take such reasonable and necessary precautions as required to protect all persons from physical harm from such animal, and to protect the private property of any other person.

C.    A dog owner shall be held liable for any harm, injury, or trespass done by his or her dog when at large, off of the owner’s property, and out of the owner’s immediate control.

D.    A dog owner shall pay remuneration to any victim and any applicable fines when his or her dog kills or injures an animal, or animals, belonging to another person when at large off the owner’s property. The dog owner shall be placed on probation for the period of one year, during which time should any further violations occur, the owner shall lose custody of his or her dog to the Animal Control Program.

E.    A dog owner whose dog has been declared dangerous or vicious by the Animal Control Officer, peace officer or Hearing Officer appointed pursuant to Section 6.04.115, or by the City Manager or his or her designee, shall pay all fines imposed and fees incurred by the City, including but not limited to costs associated with boarding of the animal, attorney’s fees, and fees incurred as a result of administrative proceedings. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015)

6.04.100 Dangerous animal permit required.

A.    No person shall knowingly keep, have, maintain, sell, trade or let for hire an animal designated under the provisions of this chapter as dangerous without obtaining a dangerous animal permit from the Animal Control Officer. The animal owner shall comply with all conditions of the dangerous animal permit including but not limited to all requirements of Section 6.04.120. Any animal which is determined to be dangerous under this chapter and for which a permit has not been obtained shall be surrendered to an Animal Control Officer for appropriate disposition including humane destruction.

Animals declared dangerous because of an attack, without provocation, which requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury or that results in an injury to a person are prohibited from remaining within the City. Additionally, no such “dangerous animal” shall be transferred into the City from another jurisdiction. Violation of this requirement shall constitute a misdemeanor.

B.    If an Animal Control Officer or peace officer has investigated and determined that an animal is dangerous, the Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer shall deliver written notice of such determination to the owner of the animal. Should the animal pose a threat to the public health and safety, an Animal Control Officer may immediately impound the animal.

C.    If, after investigation by an Animal Control Officer or peace officer, that officer determines that probable cause does not exist to believe the animal is dangerous, any interested person may appeal that determination by submitting within five calendar days of the decision a written request to the Animal Control Officer or peace officer for a hearing and paying the required fee. The hearing shall be conducted according to the procedures set forth in Section 6.04.115.

D.    In determining whether or not an animal shall be declared dangerous, the Animal Control Officer, peace officer or Hearing Officer appointed pursuant to Section 6.04.115, or the City Manager or his or her designee, may consider, as a mitigating factor or factors, whether, at the time of the injury, attack or molestation, the person or animal suffering the injury, attack or molestation:

1.    Provoked, tormented, teased, abused or assaulted the animal, thereby causing or contributing to the alleged behavior;

2.    Committed a willful trespass or other tort upon the private property of the owner or caretaker of the animal;

3.    Threatened or committed an unjustified attack or assault against the owner, caretaker or person in control of the animal; or

4.    Any other mitigating factors deemed appropriate for consideration by the Animal Control Officer, peace officer or Hearing Officer.

E.    Upon receipt of written or oral notification by the Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer that an animal is dangerous as defined in this chapter, the owner shall submit an application for a dangerous animal permit to the Animal Control Officer within five calendar days. The application for a permit shall contain the name of the applicant, the applicant’s address, the applicant’s home and business phone numbers, the address and description of the proposed location of where the animal will be kept, if different from the applicant’s, a complete description and a photograph of the animal. The permit shall contain all of the requirements of Section 6.04.120 and any additional conditions or requirements deemed necessary by the Animal Control Officer or peace officer to protect the public health or safety.

F.    Should the owner of the animal wish to contest the dangerous animal designation, the owner may request a hearing to be conducted according to the procedures set forth in Section 6.04.115. The owner shall submit a written request for a dangerous animal hearing to the Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer within five calendar days of written notification by the Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer that the animal has been declared dangerous. Should the owner not submit a request for a hearing within five calendar days of notification, the hearing process shall be deemed waived by the owner, and the dangerous animal declaration will be considered final by the County Director of the Environmental Services Agency, or the City having jurisdiction. In that event, the County Director of the Environmental Services Agency or the City having jurisdiction may allow the dangerous animal permit to be issued without a hearing. Unless a dangerous animal permit is immediately obtained, the animal shall be impounded at the owner’s expense pending appropriate disposition as determined by the Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.105 Declaration of vicious animals.

A.    No person shall keep, have, maintain, sell, trade or let for hire an animal which has been designated as vicious pursuant to this chapter.

B.    If an Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer has investigated and determined that an animal is vicious, the Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer shall deliver to the owner of the animal written notice of that determination. The Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer shall immediately impound or cause to be impounded the animal and shall cause the animal to be humanely destroyed unless the owner requests a hearing under subsection C of this section.

C.    If the owner of the animal disputes the designation of an animal as a vicious animal by the Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer, (s)he may submit a written request for a hearing to the Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer within five calendar days of notification. Such hearing shall be conducted according to the procedures set forth in Section 6.04.115. Failure of the owner to request a hearing shall result in the animal being declared vicious and humanely destroyed. The vicious animal declaration will be considered final by the County Director of the Environmental Services Agency, or the city having jurisdiction.

D.    If, after investigation by an Animal Control Officer or peace officer, that officer determines that probable cause does not exist to believe that the animal is vicious, any interested person may appeal that determination by submitting within five calendar days of the decision a written request to the Animal Control Officer or peace officer for a hearing and paying the required fee.

E.    In determining whether or not an animal shall be declared vicious, the Animal Control Officer, peace officer or Hearing Officer may consider, as a mitigating factor or factors, whether at the time of the injury, attack or behavior, the person or animal suffering the injury, attack or behavior for which the animal is being determined vicious:

1.    Provoked, tormented, teased, abused or assaulted the animal, thereby causing or contributing to the alleged behavior;

2.    Committed a willful trespass or other tort upon the private property of the owner or caretaker of the animal;

3.    Threatened or committed an unjustified attack or assault against the owner, caretaker or person in control of the animal; or

4.    Any other mitigating factors deemed appropriate for consideration by the Animal Control Officer, peace officer or Hearing Officer. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.110 Issuance of permit for dangerous animal.

A.    No permit obtained under this section is transferable. If the owner’s address or the location where the animal is kept changes or the owner transfers ownership of the animal, the permit shall become null and void and an application for a new permit must be submitted to the Animal Control Officer.

B.    A permit issued under this chapter is subject to renewal and approval each year and is subject to conditions and requirements existing as of the date of renewal. The permittee shall pay an annual fee for this permit pursuant to the procedures established by the Division of Animal Control Services. If the permittee fails to file an application for renewal or pay the permit fee prior to the permit anniversary date, the permit shall automatically become void. The fee for such permit shall be as set forth in this chapter. This fee shall not be refundable.

C.    If the owner or permittee has a history of multiple violations of this chapter or of the conditions of any previously issued dangerous animal permit, the Animal Control Officer or Hearing Officer may deny the permit and impound the animal for appropriate disposition as determined by the Animal Control Officer or Hearing Officer. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.115 Hearing procedures.

A.    Hearings held under this chapter shall be conducted by a Hearing Officer or designated representative appointed by the Director of the Environmental Services Agency. Because the City contracts with the County for animal control services, it may elect to utilize the services of any San Mateo County-designated Hearing Officer to hold hearings under the City’s animal control ordinances. The hearings shall be scheduled no less than five working days and no more than fifteen working days from the receipt of the request for the hearing unless agreed upon by the involved Animal Control Officer or peace officer and the animal’s owner. A hearing may be continued if the Hearing Officer deems it necessary and proper or if the owner, or Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer, shows good cause.

B.    The hearing shall be conducted in an informal manner consistent with due process of law. Both the owner of the animal and Animal Control Officer and/or peace officer may be represented by counsel. The parties may present relevant evidence and call and cross-examine witnesses. The strict rules of evidence shall not be applicable. Any relevant evidence may be admitted if it is the sort of evidence on which responsible persons are accustomed to rely in the conduct of serious affairs. The hearing shall be tape-recorded and all documentary evidence submitted at the hearing shall be preserved. Any party may arrange for a court reporter to be present. Any party desiring the presence of a court reporter shall make all necessary arrangements and shall be responsible for payment of all costs.

C.    The Hearing Officer may exclude disorderly or disruptive persons from the hearing or make other orders as necessary to ensure the fair and orderly conduct of the hearing.

D.    The Hearing Officer may decide all issues for or against the owner of the animal should the owner fail to appear at the hearing.

E.    Within five working days of the hearing, the Hearing Officer shall render a brief written decision, which decision shall be final at the administrative level. The written decision shall be mailed to the parties by certified mail and include a declaration or proof of mailing which includes the date on which the decision was mailed to the parties.

F.    Unless the Hearing Officer for good cause otherwise determines, the owner of the animal is liable for all costs related to such hearing not to exceed three hundred and fifty dollars.

G.    The failure to conduct a hearing required by this section shall have no bearing on any criminal prosecution for a violation of any provision of this chapter.

H.    In the case of animals determined by an Animal Control Officer or peace officer to be dangerous or vicious, the Hearing Officer may decide any or all of the following:

1.    That the animal be designated “vicious” and the owner of the animal lose all rights of ownership and control of the animal and the animal shall be humanely destroyed;

2.    That the animal be designated “dangerous” and the owner must apply for and obtain a dangerous animal permit as provided by this chapter within five calendar days of receipt of the decision letter in order to maintain the animal, and the owner must comply with all mandatory dangerous animal permit rules and regulations as defined in Section 6.04.120;

3.    That the dangerous animal permit shall contain additional permit conditions to supplement the mandatory dangerous animal permit rules and regulations as defined in Section 6.04.120, including, but not limited to, the following:

a.    That the owner keep the animal muzzled at all times when the animal is off the owner’s property;

b.    That the owner prove financial responsibility by posting a bond or certificate of insurance for an amount of one million dollars per animal as determined by the Hearing Officer;

c.    That the owner provide private behavioral and obedience training to the animal at the owner’s expense and within the time set forth by the Hearing Officer following the issuance of a dangerous animal permit. Proof of participation, a report of behavioral assessment, and/or a certificate of satisfactory completion from an animal behaviorist or organization approved by the Hearing Officer shall be provided to the Animal Control Officer within seven calendar days following any required training;

d.    That the owner comply with any other permit requirement the Hearing Officer deems necessary to protect the public health or safety;

e.    That the owner reimburse the victim for the victim’s medical expenses or the victim’s animal’s veterinary expenses;

f.    Pursuant to Section 6.04.160, that the dangerous animal permit be modified as ordered by the Hearing Officer, or revoked and the animal humanely destroyed. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.120 Mandatory dangerous animal permit requirements.

Any owner of a dangerous animal shall ensure compliance with the following rules and regulations which shall be mandatory requirements for any dangerous animal permit:

A.    When the animal is off the property of its owner, the owner must ensure that the animal is muzzled and restrained with a leash not to exceed four feet in length and having a minimum tensile strength of three hundred pounds and shall be under the direct control and supervision of the owner or a person of such age, size and strength as can easily control such animal. Extraordinary care shall be taken by the owner to ensure that such restraint is sufficient to control the animal in a manner which it will not endanger other persons or animals.

B.    The owner shall maintain the animal so that it is not a threat to any mail carrier, sanitation worker, meter person, or other person who has the lawful right to enter the property.

C.    The owner shall ensure that the animal is not kept upon any unenclosed premises unless it is leashed and muzzled and controlled by a person capable of controlling such animal. The owner shall ensure that the animal is not tethered, tied or staked at any unenclosed premises. The owner shall ensure that the animal is not kept in a house or structure when the windows or doors are open or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the animal from exiting the structure.

D.    The owner shall ensure that the animal is kept in a fenced yard, kennel, run or enclosure approved by the Animal Control Officer or peace officer. The owner shall ensure that all structures used to confine the animals are locked with a key or combination lock when such animals are within the structure. The owner shall regularly inspect the fenced yard, kennel, run or enclosure to ensure that it is secure to maintain the animal.

E.    The owner shall open the premises upon which an animal is maintained at any reasonable hour for inspection by the Animal Control Officer or peace officer and said premises shall be surrendered for inspection by the owner upon the request of the Animal Control Officer or peace officer. The owner shall pay a fee for the costs incurred by the County for the inspection or reinspection of property. Such fee shall be set forth in this chapter.

F.    The owner of the dangerous animal shall post the entrances to the property where the animal is kept with legible signs conspicuous to the public warning persons of the presence of a dangerous animal. The owner of the dangerous animal shall obtain an approved sign from the Animal Control Program for a nonrefundable fee and shall surrender such sign in the event of the revocation of the permit, death of the animal, or approved relocation of the animal, or upon any other reasonable demand by an Animal Control Officer.

G.    The owner of any dangerous animal must advise all members who reside in the same household and on the same premises of the conditions established by the permit for keeping or maintaining said dangerous animal.

H.    The owner shall strictly comply with all local and State laws regarding the care, use, control and maintenance of animals.

I.    In addition to a license, the owner shall ensure that the animal shall at all times wear a separate tag issued by the Division of Animal Control Services which designates it as a dangerous animal. The owner shall ensure that the dangerous animal be microchipped and registered with the Animal Control Program for a fee specified by Section 6.04.290 within thirty calendar days from the date the permit was issued. The animal owner shall be responsible for payment of said fee which shall be utilized by the Animal Control Program to offset the cost of the chip and to maintain the registration program.

J.    The owner shall have the animal spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian, at the owner’s expense, within fifteen calendar days from the date the permit was issued. The owner shall present written proof to the Animal Control Officer that the surgery was performed. In the event an animal cannot be safely spayed or neutered due to medical reasons, the owner shall present written proof from a licensed practicing veterinarian to the Animal Control Officer that said animal cannot be spayed or neutered.

K.    The owner may not sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of such animal to another county or city without notifying Animal Control at least twenty-four hours before such sale, transfer or disposal. Animal Control will notify the proper authorities of the jurisdiction to which the dangerous animal is transferred. Should the owner of a dangerous animal wish to transfer ownership of the animal to another individual within San Mateo County, the new owner must submit to a property inspection, apply for and obtain a new dangerous animal permit, pay all requisite fees, and comply with all provisions of this chapter and the requirements of the permit.

L.    Animals declared dangerous because of an attack, without provocation, which requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury or that results in an injury to a person are prohibited from remaining within the City. Additionally, no such “dangerous animal” shall be transferred into the City from another jurisdiction. Violation of this requirement shall constitute a misdemeanor.

M.    No more than one dangerous animal may be kept at any one household.

N.    The owner shall not allow any animal designated “dangerous” as the result of aggression against human(s) to be kept on property or within a household in which a juvenile person under the age of eighteen resides.

O.    The owner of a dangerous animal must notify the Animal Control Officer of the animal’s death within twenty-four hours and shall produce the animal’s body for verification upon request. The owner of a dangerous animal must notify the Animal Control Officer immediately in the event the animal becomes lost or stolen.

P.    The owner must pay all permit and property inspection fees as described in this chapter.

Q.    The owner shall comply with all other permit conditions or requirements imposed pursuant to this chapter.

R.    The owner shall present to the Animal Control Program proof that the owner or keeper has procured liability insurance in the amount of at least one hundred thousand dollars covering any damage or injury which may be caused by the dangerous dog. Such liability insurance shall not be cancelled, unless the owner or keeper shall cease to own or keep the dog prior to the expiration of that policy. Coverage shall be evidenced by a certificate issued by the insurer. The owner shall also provide documentation from the insurer warranting that the insurer will provide the City with at least thirty days’ advance notice of cancellation. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.130 Penalties for violation of dangerous animal permits.

It shall be a misdemeanor for any owner or keeper of an animal previously designated as dangerous to violate any of the conditions of the dangerous animal permit under Section 6.04.120, punishable as provided by law. If an owner or keeper is convicted of violating this section, the court may, upon good cause, order the dangerous animal seized, declared a nuisance and humanely destroyed. Owners in violation of any of the conditions of the dangerous animal permit under Section 6.04.120 are also subject to liability outlined in Section 6.04.095.

Except as specifically stated elsewhere, any violation of the provisions of this chapter, including those provisions relating to required fees, shall be punishable as an infraction, the penalty for which shall be as follows:

A.    A fine not exceeding one hundred dollars for a first violation;

B.    A fine not exceeding two hundred dollars for a second violation of the same ordinance within one year;

C.    A fine not exceeding five hundred dollars for each additional violation of the same ordinance within one year.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter may, for good cause appearing therefor, in the discretion of the City Attorney, be prosecuted for a misdemeanor violation instead of an infraction. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.140 Restriction on future ownership.

Any person who owns, possesses, keeps, or harbors an animal declared to be vicious or a dangerous animal for which a permit has been revoked under this chapter, after opportunity for hearing and a finding of good cause, shall be subject to restrictions on his or her ownership of other animals of the same species for a period of five years after the original determination of viciousness or revocation of permit.

Any person who has been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States, of the State of California, or any other state or government, or who has been convicted of animal cruelty, who owns, purchases, receives, or has in his or her possession or under his or her custody or control a dog that poses a danger to the public’s health, safety or welfare if misused by a convicted felon is guilty of a misdemeanor, unless the person possesses a current, valid dog permit for that dog as provided in Section 6.04.120. “Misuse” by a convicted felon means use of a dog in a threatening or aggressive manner in the commission of a crime or allowing the dog to harm any person, domestic animal or pet. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.150 Inspection fee.

A fee shall be charged for the costs incurred for inspections or reinspections of property. The fee charged shall be paid by the owner or person who has custody of the animal. Such fee shall be set forth in this chapter. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.160 Revocation or modification of permit.

A.    Subject to the provision of subsection B of this section, any permit issued pursuant to this chapter may be revoked or modified by the inclusion of additional requirements or otherwise, if the Animal Control Officer has reasonable cause to believe any of the following to be true:

1.    The animal owner or any person the owner has allowed to have possession of the animal has violated any local animal ordinances, or is in violation of any zoning, health and safety or building ordinance or Penal Code section relating to the keeping, care or use of any animals;

2.    The owner or any person the owner has allowed to have possession of the animal has violated any rules, regulations or conditions of this chapter including but not limited to dangerous animal permit conditions, or any requirement imposed by the Animal Control Officer, peace officer or Hearing Officer as necessary to ensure the animal will not endanger the peace, health or safety of any person or property; or

3.    The owner has changed the location of his residence or his place of business or sells, assigns, transfers, donates, leases, or otherwise disposes of the animal for which the permit was issued.

B.    In the event that it is reasonably necessary to protect against a threat to the health or safety of the public, or of any animal, the Animal Control Officer or peace officer may impound or cause to be impounded the animal while an investigation is taking place.

C.    If, after investigation, the Animal Control Officer or peace officer concludes that it is probable that one or more of the above grounds for revocation or modification of the permit has occurred, the officer shall cause written notice thereof to be transmitted to the owner. Said notice shall specify the grounds of revocation or modification of the permit. Should the owner of the animal wish to contest the revocation or modification of the permit, (s)he may request a hearing to be held before a Hearing Officer not previously involved with the permit issuance or investigation, as designated by the Director of the Environmental Services Agency, within five calendar days of receiving the notice of intent to modify or revoke permit. Said hearing date shall be not less than five working days nor more than fifteen working days subsequent to the date the request for hearing is received. The hearing shall be conducted as set forth in Section 6.04.115. After the hearing, the Officer conducting the hearing may modify the terms of the permit or revoke the permit depending upon the owner’s ability to comply with the requirements of this chapter and to control the animal so that the health, safety and property of the public are protected.

D.    Upon written or oral notification by the Animal Control Officer, or Hearing Officer if a hearing was held, of any modifications to a dangerous animal permit, the owner shall immediately comply with such modified permit requirements.

E.    Upon written or oral notification by the Animal Control Officer, or Hearing Officer if a hearing was held, of the revocation of a permit for a dangerous animal, the owner of such animal shall within two calendar days of such notification surrender said animal to an Animal Control Officer to be humanely destroyed or provide written proof to an Animal Control Officer in the form of declaration(s) under penalty of perjury that such animal has been permanently removed from the County of San Mateo and declaring the new location or new address where the animal is to be kept. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.170 Animals to be impounded.

A.    Every animal kept or found by an Animal Control Officer or peace officer under conditions which constitute a violation of this chapter or other State or local law may be impounded or caused to be impounded by an Animal Control Officer or peace officer. The animal’s owner shall be charged with all costs incurred or fees applicable with respect to such impoundment.

B.    When the Animal Control Officer or peace officer has reasonable cause to believe that any animal is dangerous or vicious, the Animal Control Officer or peace officer may also impound or cause to be impounded the animal and keep it for such period not to exceed fifteen days in order to observe, examine and determine whether or not such animal is dangerous or vicious.

C.    Any animal subject to dangerous or vicious animal proceedings may be impounded at the discretion of the Animal Control Officer or peace officer pending notice, hearings and determinations hereunder and until any required permit is obtained.

D.    Except as otherwise provided in this chapter or State law, an impounded animal may be redeemed by the owner after payment of the required fees and charges and compliance with licensing requirements. In the event such animal is not so redeemed within the time set forth by State law, it may be disposed of in the manner determined by an Animal Control Officer. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.180 Notice of impounded animals.

Within twenty-four hours of the impoundment of any animal, the Animal Control Officer shall mail a written notice thereof to the place of business or residence of the owner of the animal if known. In the event the animal may not be redeemed as provided by Section 6.04.170(D), the owner may request a hearing under Section 6.04.115(A) through (G) or applicable State law. The Animal Control Officer shall maintain records of said impoundment pursuant to Section 6.04.200. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.200 Record of impounded animals.

The Animal Control Program shall keep a record of all animals impounded, which record shall include a description of the animal, the date of its receipt, the date and manner of disposal, the name of the person redeeming or purchasing, and the fees and charges and proceeds of sales received on account thereof, and such additional matters as may be necessary and incidental to implementing this chapter. Said records shall be kept for four years. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.210 Field return fee.

A fee shall be charged for any animal impounded by an Animal Control Officer and returned by the Officer in the field to the owner or person who has custody of the animal. The fee charged shall be paid by the owner or person who has custody of the animal. Such fee shall be set forth in this chapter. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.220 Redemption.

Except as otherwise provided by this chapter or by any other law, the owner or person entitled to the control or custody of any animal impounded may, at any time before the sale or other disposition thereof, redeem the same by paying all proper fees assessed by Animal Control Services. Animal Control Services shall issue to the owner duplicate receipts for the amount of the fee paid. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.230 Redemption fees.

Fees for animal shelter services shall be established and adopted by resolution of the City Council as set forth in this chapter. No animal shall be released to its owner or possessor unless and until such fees are paid in full. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.240 License fee to be paid upon redemption.

No impounded dog may be redeemed unless and until its license fee and applicable penalty have been paid. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.250 Epidemics.

The County Department of Health Services may determine and declare that rabies or other contagious diseases are epidemic or that other health and safety hazards exist among dogs or other animals in the jurisdiction within the County. Upon the making of such declaration, the County Health Officer shall prepare and promulgate such orders, rules, and regulations as are necessary for appropriate control of all the animals concerned within the County. Said rules and regulations of the County Health Officer may include, but are not limited to, impoundment, quarantine, vaccination, or destruction. It shall be the duty of Animal Control Officers to assist the County Health Officer in carrying out such rules and regulations. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.260 Bite reporting requirements.

It is the duty of every person having knowledge that any animal has bitten a human being to report that fact immediately to the County Department of Health Services, Animal Control Program or to the local law enforcement agency having jurisdiction. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.270 Quarantine fee.

A fee shall be charged for the costs incurred by the County for the quarantine of animals including but not limited to the investigation, inspection of property, confinement, examination and release of the animal from quarantine. The fee charged shall be paid by the owner or person who has custody of the animal. Such fee shall be in addition to the actual costs of the Health Officer or his designee in housing, feeding and otherwise caring for a quarantined animal. Such fee shall be set forth in Section 6.04.290. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.280 Service fees.

Animal Control Services fees for the redemption of impounded animals, relinquishment, adoption, disposal, abatement, rescue, veterinary treatment or other services not specified in this chapter shall be reviewed by the Director of Environmental Services Agency or his/her designee for reimbursement of costs. The Director of the Environmental Services Agency or his/her designee shall have the authority to determine the fee charged for said services. The fee charged shall be paid by the owner or person who has custody of animal(s) for which said services have been provided. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.290 Schedule of fees and charges.

Animal control fees and charges shall be established and adopted by resolution of the City Council. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.300 Penalty for violation.

Except as specifically stated elsewhere, any violation of the provisions of this chapter, including those provisions relating to required fees, shall be punishable as an infraction, the penalty for which shall be as follows:

A.    A fine not exceeding one hundred dollars for a first violation;

B.    A fine not exceeding two hundred dollars for a second violation of the same ordinance within one year;

C.    A fine not exceeding five hundred dollars for each additional violation of the same ordinance within one year.

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter may, for good cause appearing therefor, in the discretion of the City Attorney, be prosecuted for a misdemeanor violation instead of an infraction. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.310 Keeping of other animals prohibited.

It is unlawful to keep any of the following:

Any fowl, reptile or animal which normally lives in a wild habitat and is a curiosity to the local community, whether wild or domesticated at the time of its keeping. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.310A Keeping of domestic fowl and rabbits.

It is unlawful to keep or maintain or cause to be kept or maintained within the City any live domestic fowl (defined as chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, doves or squabs), or any rabbits, except under the following conditions, namely:

A.    Cannot Run at Large. Such domestic fowl or rabbits shall under no circumstances be permitted to run or be at large, upon any premises other than those of the person in the immediate possession or control of such domestic fowl or rabbits.

B.    Location of Enclosures. Such domestic fowl or rabbits must at all times be kept within the confines of a cage or coop on a property. The enclosure shall not be within thirty-five feet of any adjacent dwelling or within thirty-five feet of any street lines.

C.    Enclosure to Be Kept Clean. All yards, cages, coops, cotes, warrens or similar structures or enclosures for such domestic fowl or rabbits shall be cleaned once each week and otherwise kept in a sanitary condition and free from offensive odors.

D.    Roosters. No rooster shall be kept, enclosed, maintained or allowed within the City.

E.    Limitation upon Number of Domestic Fowl or Rabbits. It is unlawful for any person in any event to keep or maintain more than a total number of four poultry or rabbits upon any single lot, parcel or piece of land within the City.

F.    It shall be unlawful and a public nuisance to keep within the City any domestic fowl which by any sound or cry shall disturb the peace and quiet of any neighborhood so as to interfere with the reasonable and comfortable enjoyment of life and property. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1398 § 1, 2008)

6.04.320 Keeping of other animals permitted.

The following animals may be kept:

A.    Not more than two dogs and two cats of more than four months of age subject to the licensing requirements of this chapter unless a permit is obtained under Section 6.04.330;

B.    The offspring of dogs and cats of the household up to the age of six months;

C.    Other household pets which are not kept outside.

Duly licensed veterinarians and dog kennel operators are exempted from this requirement. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.325 Sanitary keeping of animals.

A.    It is unlawful for any person in the City to keep any animal in any animal quarters, kennel, animal hospital, house, apartment or yard which is not at all times kept reasonably clean and sanitary to the satisfaction of the County Health Officer.

B.    It is unlawful and shall constitute a public nuisance for any person to keep within the limits of the City any animal which unreasonably disturbs the peace and comfort of the inhabitants of the neighborhood in which such animal is kept, or interferes with any person in the reasonable and comfortable enjoyment of life or property, or creates a significant risk of injury to life or property. The person who in any instance under the authorization of this chapter is engaged in enforcing the provisions of this chapter shall utilize the citation method of enforcement provided in this chapter if that procedure is reasonably and practicably available to abate the nuisance in preference to the summary abatement procedure of enforcement provided in this chapter. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015)

6.04.330 Permit required.

It is unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or cause to be kept or maintained any household pets or other animals not otherwise permitted herein without having first obtained a permit as provided herein. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.340 Permit—Application—Issuance.

A.    Each application for a permit required under Section 6.04.330 shall be accompanied by an accurate plot plan showing the location of the proposed facilities, building drawings showing the type of any kind of enclosure proposed, and the location of surrounding buildings. Each application shall state the number, species and the kind of household pets or other animals to be contained and such other and further information as the Department shall require.

B.    The Animal Control Officer or the Police Chief or his/her designee shall inspect the premises upon which the household pet or animal is to be located and determine that the premises meet the conditions of this title, and that the issuance of a permit hereunder will not be detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.

C.    If, in the opinion of the Animal Control Officer or the Police Chief or his/her designee, it appears that the applicant will be in full conformance with this chapter and any other applicable ordinances upon payment of the required fee, a permit expiring on June 30th next succeeding the date of application shall be issued. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.350 Permit—Fee.

The permit fee shall be established and adopted by resolution of the City Council. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.360 Permit—Revocation.

Any permit granted under this chapter may be revoked or suspended in the following manner:

A notice of intention to revoke shall be mailed to the permittee specifying wherein he has failed to comply with this chapter or any other law, or with any terms or conditions specified in the permit, and requiring him to appear before the City Manager at a date and hour specified not less than five days after the mailing of such notice to the permittee, and showing cause why the permit should not be revoked or suspended. At such time and place, the permittee shall have the right to appear in person or by counsel and introduce such evidence as he may desire. A permittee dissatisfied with the decision may appeal to the City Council which shall hold a public hearing on the matter. The City Council may continue the hearing from time to time. The decision of the City Council shall be final. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.370 Housing and keeping of pets—Regulations.

A.    Any outside structure for the housing of household pets shall not exceed eight feet in height.

B.    The housing shall be located so that its nearest point is twenty feet or more distant from any dwelling, excluding that of the permittee, except as the permit may otherwise provide, for good cause shown.

C.    The housing shall not be located within ten feet of any property line, except as the permit may otherwise provide for good cause shown.

D.    The housing shall be constructed of material and in a manner satisfactory to the Health Officer so that the housing is free from infestation of rats and other harmful and/or disease-carrying rodents and insects.

E.    All such housing shall be sprayed with a standard disinfectant approved by the Health Officer or the Animal Control Officer at least three times a year; once in March, July and October, and such other times as he may require.

F.    All housing shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition and all droppings or other debris shall be removed at least twice a week, or more frequently, if found necessary.

G.    Feed bins and trays shall be provided in a manner not to attract insects, rodents or wild animals. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.380 Inspection.

The Animal Control Officer or the Police Chief or his/her designee shall inspect the premises of each dangerous animal permittee, at least once each year and at such additional times as he deems necessary. The refusal of a permittee hereunder to permit the Animal Control Officer a reasonable right of inspection of the permittee’s premises and the structure for the housing of such household pet shall be just cause for the revocation of the permit. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.390 Kennels and shops—Sales records.

The owner or operator of any kennel, animal breeding facility, pet shop, or any place or establishment where animals are sold shall keep a permanent record of the name, address and phone number of the purchaser of any dog, along with the breed, color, sex and age of each dog sold or given away, and shall forward such information to the Animal Control Program within thirty days thereafter. An Animal Control Officer shall have the right to inspect such records during normal business hours. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.400 Pet shops, aviaries, hatcheries.

This chapter shall not be construed to prohibit the display or sale of animals, birds, fish or reptiles legally for sale in licensed pet shops, kennels, aviaries or fish hatcheries. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.410 Pet shops—Notice of person to contact.

Every person maintaining a pet shop shall cause a notice, framed and enclosed under glass, containing the names, addresses and telephone numbers of persons to be notified during any hour of the day or night who will proceed immediately to the location so as to permit entry to the premises by representatives of the Poundmaster, to be posted on the premises near the entrance, such notice to be in such a position as to be legible from the sidewalk or ground level adjacent to the building. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.420 Selling animals on streets.

It is unlawful for any person to display, sell, offer for sale, barter or give away, upon any street or sidewalk of the City, as pets or novelties:

A.    Any fish, turtle, snake, lizard, chameleon or other reptile;

B.    Any bird, cat, dog, fowl, guinea pig, rodent or other animal. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.430 Aid to animals or persons in distress.

Police Officers may go to the aid of all persons or animals in distress or danger and render them such help and assistance that lie within their power. Police Officers of the City are empowered to enforce all provisions of this chapter in the absence of or in assistance to the Animal Control Officer. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.440 Herding and grazing animals.

No person shall stake out, herd or graze any animal, except cats or licensed dogs, upon any unenclosed lot or land in any manner so that the animal may be or go beyond the boundary line of such lot or land without a permit from the Police Department to do so, which permit shall be revocable at any time it shall be made to appear to the Police Department that the keeping thereof is or may become detrimental to the public health, safety or general welfare. Appeal may be made to the Police Chief of the granting or denial of any permit. The decision of the Police Chief upon an appeal shall be final and conclusive. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.450 Livestock—On inhabited lots.

No person shall stake or tie or leave staked or tied, within one hundred feet of an inhabited residence, any horse, cattle, sheep or goat in an open lot without the written consent of the occupant of such residence. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.460 Tying animals to trees.

No person shall tie any animal to any shrub or tree growing upon or along any sidewalks or streets of the City. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.470 Livestock—Herding and corral restrictions.

No sheep, cattle, horses or other stock shall be herded or corralled within the City within five hundred feet of any residence without a permit from the Police Department to do so, which permit shall be revocable at any time it shall be made to appear to the Police Department that the keeping thereof is or may become detrimental to the public health, safety or general welfare. Appeal may be made to the Police Chief of the granting or denial of any permit. The decision of the Police Chief upon an appeal shall be final and conclusive. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.480 Livestock—Enclosure at night.

All horses, cattle, sheep and goats within the City, when not in use, shall be kept inside of enclosures at night. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.500 Animals in motor vehicles.

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 in this section, “motor vehicle” means and 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 or sanitary conditions, or in such a manner as to subject the animal to extreme temperatures which adversely affect the animal’s health or safety.

C.    Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a violation of subsection 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. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.510 Authorized dog runs.

The City Council may, by resolution, authorize identified public facilities as dog runs within the City. Upon the designation of an authorized dog run, the following shall apply:

A.    The use of the identified public facility as a dog run is for the recreation and/or exercise of dogs only, which may or may not be restrained by a leash, rope or other physical restraint while the dog is within the designated dog run.

B.    During the transportation of a dog or dogs to and from designated dog runs, the dog or dogs must be restrained by leash, rope or other physical restraint which shall be continuously held by a competent person.

C.    All dogs within a designated dog run must be licensed and vaccinated pursuant to this title.

D.    Unrestrained dogs within a designated dog run must be under the supervision and control of a competent person. Dogs may not be left unattended within any designated dog run.

E.    The days and hours of operation of the public facility as a dog run, and other such limiting conditions, shall be established by resolution of the City Council and posted upon a conspicuous place within the designated dog run.

F.    In permitting a designated area to be operated as a dog run within the public facility, neither the City nor the facility owner, nor any employee, officer or agent of the City or the facility owner assumes responsibility or liability for any personal injury, injury to other animals, or property damage occasioned by a leashed or unleashed dog within the designated dog run area. The dog owner and/or custodian of the dog assumes actual liability for any such injury so occasioned.

G.    It is the responsibility of each dog owner or controller to remove, contain and properly dispose of his or her animal’s excreta, trash and litter prior to leaving the designated area.

H.    The City Council finds and declares that the creation of a dog run area may potentially cause disruption to the users of the facility by the occasional animal owner who is unwilling or unable to keep his or her dog from disrupting other facility users. The City Council further finds that appropriate officials need the ability to preserve the health, safety and welfare of the community in general and of the dog run facility users in particular by empowering such officials to remove those animal owners who are unable or unwilling to control their animals.

1.    When any Animal Control Officer, Police Officer, or other employee designated by either the City Manager or Chief of Police declares that an animal within a designated dog run is either unsupervised, or such animal owner either is unable or unwilling to control his or her animal, the Officer or employee may direct the animal owner to leash his or her animal and leave the designated dog run.

2.    No person shall remain in a designated dog run after having been directed to leave beyond an amount of time reasonably necessary to depart from the area. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015: Ord. 1365 § 1 (part), 2005)

6.04.520 Dogs in outdoor dining areas.

A.    A retail food facility may permit pet dogs in outdoor dining or patio areas if it meets the following conditions:

1.    A separate outdoor entrance is present where pet dogs enter without going through the food establishment to reach the outdoor dining area.

2.    No food preparation or storage shall be allowed in the pet area, including the dispensing or mixing of drinks and ice. Water may be poured from a vessel brought from inside the establishment.

3.    Reusable dishes and utensils shall not be stored, displayed or pre-set in the outdoor dining area.

4.    Dogs may only eat or drink from single-use disposable containers provided by the establishment. No dishes brought by customers are allowed.

5.    Food employees are prohibited from having direct contact with pet dogs while on duty. A food employee who does have that prohibited direct contact shall wash his or her hands as required by California Health and Safety Code Section 113953.3.

6.    The outdoor dining area is maintained clean. Surfaces that have been contaminated by dog excrement or other bodily fluids shall be cleaned and sanitized.

7.    The pet dog is on a leash or confined in a pet carrier and is under the control of the pet dog owner. Dogs are not allowed on chairs, benches, seats, or other fixtures.

8.    The food facility owner ensures compliance with local ordinances related to sidewalks, public nuisance, and sanitation issues, as well as all previously applicable health code requirements.

B.    Under no circumstances shall dogs that have been designated as dangerous be allowed in any outdoor dining areas. (Ord. 1482 § 1 (part), 2015)