Chapter 6.04


6.04.005    Definitions.

6.04.010    Keeping of certain animals and species prohibited.

6.04.020    Violation—Penalty.

6.04.005 Definitions.

“Farm animals” shall mean pigs, hogs, swine, sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or cattle of any kind or description or any other animals which are common or used in ranch, farm or livestock operations.

“Fowl” means any chickens, ducks, geese, or any domestic fowl, and includes any birds classified as game birds by the state of Washington.

“Household pet” means a domesticated animal, such as a dog, cat, bird, rodent (including a rabbit), fish or turtle, that is traditionally kept in a home or other structure or area accessory to a house and obscured from public view, for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes, and does not create a public nuisance. Common household pets do not include reptiles, except turtles.

“Wild animal” means any member of the animal kingdom which is not commonly domesticated, or which is not common to North America, or which irrespective of geographic origin is of a wild or predatory nature, or any animal except livestock and domesticated animals which due to its size, habits, natural propensities, instinct, handling or training presents a danger or potential danger to human beings, animals or property. (Ord. 708 § 1, 2013)

6.04.010 Keeping of certain animals and species prohibited.

A.    It is unlawful for any owner, person, firm or corporation to keep, harbor or maintain within the corporate limits of the city the following:

1.    Farm animals;

2.    Wild animals and their hybrid;

3.    Fowl;

4.    Venomous reptiles and amphibians;

5.    All reticulated pythons, Burmese pythons and snakes that may reach ten (10) feet or more in length; and

6.    All members of the alligator (Alligator), crocodile (Crocodylus) and caiman (Crocodylus) families.

B.    The provisions of this section do not apply to the following:

1.    Household pets;

2.    Any prohibited animals, fowl or reptiles which are safely and continuously contained during uninterrupted transport through the city or to a licensed veterinary facility within the city;

3.    Any animals used to assist persons with disabilities; and

4.    Any prohibited animals, fowl or reptiles that are temporarily housed at a licensed veterinary facility within the city.

(Ord. 708 § 2, 2013: Ord. 511 §§ 1, 2, 1992)

6.04.020 Violation—Penalty.

A violation of the terms of this chapter shall constitute a civil infraction with a monetary penalty not to exceed the sum of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00). For the purposes of this chapter, each day that a person is found to be in violation constitutes a separate violation. (Ord. 98-571 § 3(F), 1998: Ord. 511 § 6, 1992)