Chapter 6.08


6.08.010    Definitions.

6.08.020    Keeping of animals within city prohibited – Exceptions and conditions.

6.08.030    Slaughtering prohibited – Butchering restricted.

6.08.010 Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, the following mean:

A. “Domestic animals” includes dogs, cats, birds and other animals raised and/or maintained in confinement, except livestock and poultry as defined herein.

B. “Livestock” means any farm animals, including horses, cattle, goats, mules, donkeys, sheep, pigs, and all other hoofed animals.

C. “Nuisance” means as follows: A nuisance is created when a domestic animal chases or bites a person, chases or bites another domestic animal, chases any motorized or nonmotorized vehicle on a public street, alley or other public right-of-way, damages property other than that of the owner or keeper, creates noxious or offensive odors, defecates upon any public place or upon premises not owned or controlled by the owner or keeper unless promptly removed by the owner or keeper, or creates an insect breeding and/or attraction site due to an accumulation of excrement.

D. “Person” means any individual, firm, partnership, corporation or other legal entity.

E. “Poultry” includes only chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, pheasants, pea fowl, guinea fowl, and wild fowl. (Ord. 87-9 § 3, 1987).

6.08.020 Keeping of animals within city prohibited – Exceptions and conditions.

A. Except as hereafter provided, it is unlawful for any person to keep or permit to be kept any wild animals, livestock, poultry or rabbits within the city limits.

B. Horses and mules owned by a trolley operator who is duly licensed as required under TMC Title 5, Business Licenses and Regulations, may be continuously kept in the city within a B2, M1 or M2 zone, as defined by the official zoning map of the city, during the period from April 1st through October 31st of each year, or such greater term as the city council shall permit, upon application made and good cause shown, on condition that the trolley operator shall maintain compliance with the rules and regulations of the State Board of Health pertaining to the keeping of animals, the disposal of dead animals, and the accumulation and disposal of manure and urine, as set forth in Chapter 248-50 WAC.

C. Nothing herein shall be deemed to restrict or prohibit the temporary and duly licensed operation of an entertainment event within the city, such as a rodeo, circus, carnival, fair, livestock show or similar event involving livestock or other animals. Nor shall a duly licensed livestock sales business be prohibited or restricted by this section.

D. It is unlawful for any person to keep any domestic animal without providing humane care and veterinary care and veterinary care when required to prevent the spread of disease or the untreated suffering of any animal.

E. It is unlawful for any person to keep a domestic animal in such manner that creates a nuisance.

F. The keeping of domestic animals otherwise prohibited by this chapter shall be permitted for those persons who were keeping such animals at the time of the effective date of Ordinance 87-9 on September 21, 1987; provided, that the number of animals kept by such person shall not be increased; and provided further, that the right to continue keeping them shall be terminated in the event said keeping is interrupted by a period of nine months or more.

G. No more than 20 head of cattle and/or 10 horses may be kept at any one time on pastures situated upon the property within the city that is known as the Rodeo Grounds, owned by the Toppenish Rodeo and Livestock Association, located along the 600 block of South Division Street in Toppenish. (Ord. 2020-06 § 1, 2020; Ord. 2005-4, 2005; Ord. 2001-12 § 1, 2001; Ord. 96-7 § 1, 1996; Ord. 95-20 § 1, 1995; Ord. 87-9 § 4, 1987).

6.08.030 Slaughtering prohibited – Butchering restricted.

A. No person or firm except a licensed commercial slaughterhouse shall slaughter or dress any animal, fowl, or fish within the city at any time; provided, that wild game, fowl and fish legally taken for sport and not to be sold, or chickens or rabbits permitted under TMC 6.08.020(D) may be dressed in an enclosed area and in such a manner so as to eliminate any and all potential for public viewing.

B. Except for licensed commercial butcher shops, lockers, or food stores, the butchering of animals or animal parts shall be conducted in an enclosed area and in such a manner so as to eliminate any and all potential for public viewing.

C. No person shall slaughter, dress or butcher as permitted by this section without disposing of all animal waste in a sanitary manner, as provided in Chapter 8.12 TMC. (Ord. 87-9 § 5, 1987).