Chapter 8.48


8.48.010    Title of Divisions 2 Provisions.

8.48.020    Provisions to Supplement State Law.

8.48.030    Definitions.

8.48.040    Director of Health Services—Powers and Duties Generally.

8.48.050    Powers of Deputies.

8.48.060    Violation of Division 2 Provisions—Penalty.

8.48.070    Severability.

8.48.010 Title of Divisions 2 Provisions.

The ordinance codified in Division 2 of this title shall be known, as the “Animal Health Ordinance” and may be cited as such. (Ord. 91-29, 8/13/91)

8.48.020 Provisions to Supplement State Law.

This Division 2 shall in all respects be construed to supplement and harmonize with the provisions of the laws of the state of California pertaining to animal industry. (Ord. 91-29, 8/13/91)

8.48.030 Definitions.

As used in this Division 2:

A.    “Accredited veterinarian” means one who has been so designated by the Director of the Animal Disease Eradication Division, Agricultural Research Service, United State Department of Agriculture.

B.    “Animals” means any horses, mules, asses, cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, poultry, birds, rabbits, dogs, cats, or any animal or animals ordinarily considered as wild animals, which are kept in captivity or under control or ownership of any person for any purpose.

C.    “Approved veterinarian” means one so designated by the California Department of Agriculture to buy, possess or use tuberculin.

D.    “Garbage” means all discarded food, animal offal, or fruit and vegetable waste resulting from the preparation of food, or any manufactured product thereof, from, but not limited to private dwellings, flats, canneries, kitchens, boarding houses, apartment houses, hotels, restaurants, or other place or institution, public or private, where garbage is produced, or the waste or cleaning from chickens or other fowl, rabbits, or other animals, or fish or other sea food, that have been prepared for, or intended to be used as food. Garbage does not include market refuse, or the hides, fat, or bones of four-footed animals, or grease, meat scraps, or other similar material being transported to a rendering plant for processing.

E.    “Immediate slaughter” means and applies to animals shipped to public stockyards and released therefrom for slaughter, and to animals shipped to the plant or premises of a firm regularly engaged in the slaughter of animals under approved inspection.

F.    “Infectious disease” means and includes any infectious, contagious or communicable disease considered by the Director of Health Services to be dangerous to the welfare of the county of Los Angeles and to the health of the animals therein, sufficient to warrant putting into effect the provisions of this Division 2 and his rules and regulations.

G.    “Institution” means any school, hospital, rest home, sanitarium, church, club, or any other establishment.

H.    “Market refuse” means waste vegetables or fruit, or the cuttings, trimmings, residue or scraps therefrom, that have resulted from the preparation of vegetables or fruit in markets or packing houses for public sale in markets, and shall not mean meat scraps, bones, or other garbage.

I.    “Modified accredited area” is an area so declared by the Director of the Animal Disease Eradication Division, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, as the result of official tuberculin tests of all cattle in said area, to have less than one-half of one percent of infection.

J.    “Packing house” means any place where meat, fruit, vegetables or fish are packed, prepared or stored.

K.    “Person” means any person, firm, company, association, or corporation, their agents or employees.

L.    “Stockyards” means and applies to any stockyard, corral or premises wherein public trading in animals is carried on, or where yarding, feeding and watering facilities are provided, and where federal, state or county inspection is maintained for the inspection of animals for infectious diseases.

M.    “Tuberculin test” means any test approved by the Animal Disease Eradication Division, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, for the detection of tuberculosis in animals. (Ord. 91-29, 8/13/91)

8.48.040 Director of Health Services—Powers and Duties Generally.

A.    The “Director of Health Services” means the Los Angeles County Director of Health Services, and is hereby designated as the Santa Clarita Director of Health Services. It shall be the duty of the Director acting in cooperation with the Chief of the Division of Animal Industry, California Department of Agriculture, to enforce all laws of the state of California and all orders and ordinances of the City of Santa Clarita pertaining to the health and sanitary surroundings of the animals in the city, and for that purpose he is empowered and authorized by and with the approval of the board of supervisors to establish, maintain and enforce such quarantine, sanitary, testing and immunizing measures or to promulgate such rules and regulations as he may deem proper and necessary.

B.    The Director shall regulate the movement of animals from stock yards, corrals and feed yards; supervise examination and testing of animals or premises for the presence of contagious, infectious or communicable diseases; provide for the ante-mortem and post-mortem inspections of animals slaughtered and meat products prepared; provide for the sanitation of plants and premises upon which animals are kept or upon which such slaughtering and preparation are conducted, enforce any and all regulations concerning the feeding of garbage, and construction and sanitation of hog ranches; provide for the identification and disposition of diseased animals, meats and meat products.

C.    The Director shall attend such meetings and conferences as may be called from time to time by the local representative of the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture or the Director of Agriculture.

D.    The Director shall investigate within the state of California any reported outbreak of contagious, infectious or communicable disease, the presence of which in the state may constitute a menace to the health of animals in the City. (Ord. 91-29, 8/13/91)

8.48.050 Powers of Deputies.

Whenever by the provisions of this Division 2 a power is granted to the Director of Health Services, or a duty imposed upon the Director of Health Services, the power may be exercised or the duty performed by a deputy of the Director of Health Services or by a person authorized pursuant to law by the Director of Health Services, unless it is expressly otherwise provided. (Ord. 91-29, 8/13/91)

8.48.060 Violation of Division 2 Provisions—Penalty.

Any person, firm, association or corporation violating any of the provisions of the ordinance codified in Division 2 of Title 8 of this code shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00, or by imprisonment in the County Jail not to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 91-29, 8/13/91)

8.48.070 Severability.

If any provision of the ordinance codified in this Division 2 or application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of said ordinance, and the application of such provisions to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected thereby. (Ord. 91-29, 8/13/91)