Chapter 6.20


6.20.010    Unlawful treatment.

6.20.020    Abandonment prohibited.

6.20.030    Penalty for violation – Exception.

Prior legislation: Ords. 231, 408 and 467.

6.20.010 Unlawful treatment.

It is unlawful for any person to:

A. Molest, provoke or mistreat any animal;

B. Knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence fail to provide the animal with necessary shelter, rest, sanitation, ventilation, space or medical attention and the animal suffers unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain as a result of the failure, or to overdrive, overload, overwork or work when disabled, or cause or procure an animal to be overridden, overloaded, overworked. [Ord. 45-13 § 1 (Att. A), 2013; Ord. 22-05 § 5, 2005; Ord. 6-87 § 1, 1987].

6.20.020 Abandonment prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to abandon any animal by dropping off or leaving such an animal on the street, road or highway or in any other public place, or on the property of another. Any person who feeds and cares for any apparently abandoned or feral animal of which they do not have ownership will be considered to have accepted responsibility for said animal and must comply with provisions of this title. [Ord. 45-13 § 1 (Att. A), 2013; Ord. 6-87 § 1, 1987].

6.20.030 Penalty for violation – Exception.

The violation of any provision of this chapter shall be a gross misdemeanor; provided, however, that nothing in this chapter shall apply to the killing of any animal in a humane manner and for a lawful purpose by a police officer, humane society official or employee, animal control person or employee, licensed veterinarian, the owner of such animal, or a person authorized by the owner of the animal to destroy such animal. Every person convicted of a violation of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of not more that $5,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 365 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. [Ord. 45-13 § 1 (Att. A), 2013; Ord. 22-05 § 6, 2005; Ord. 6-87 § 1, 1987].