Thursday, February 9, 2012

6.20.010  Definitions.
6.20.020  Exemption from provisions.
6.20.030  Permitted number of animals.
6.20.040  Certain animals prohibited where.
6.20.050  Swine prohibited.
6.20.060  Roosters prohibited.
6.20.070  Dangerous animals prohibited.
6.20.080  Wild animals--Prohibited.
6.20.090  Wild animals--Permitted--Permit--Application.
6.20.100  Wild animals--Exemption from permit fee.
6.20.110  Riding animals prohibited where.
6.20.120  Committing nuisances prohibited where.
6.20.130  Noxious enclosures prohibited.
6.20.140  Animals at large prohibited.
6.20.150  Additional nuisances prohibited.
6.20.160  Prior existing uses.
6.20.170  Coyotes.
6.20.180  Impoundment of livestock, fowl and other animals.
6.20.010 Definitions.

A. "Large animal" means horse, cow, sheep, goat, donkey or similar animal which is normally
housed in a corral or stable.
B. "Small animal" means rabbit, hamster, guinea pig, mouse, white rat or similar animal that is
normally raised as a pet and housed in a cage or pen.
C. "Fowl" means chicken, duck, goose, turkey  or other bird normally raised for meat or egg
D. "Birds" means canary, parakeet, finch, pigeon, dove or other bird normally raised as a
household pet.
E. "Fish" means goldfish, tropical fish and other such fish customarily maintained in a household
aquarium, except piranhas.
F. "Reptiles and amphibians" means snakes, salamanders, lizards, frogs, toads, turtles and
tortoises, all nonpoisonous. (Prior code § 4.36)
G. “Wild or Exotic Animal” means any animal which occurs naturally in the State of California or cannot
be legally bought or sold in the State of California or requires special permitting by the California
Department of Fish and Game or the United States Department of Agriculture. (98-03)
6.20.020 Exemption from provisions.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to animals, fowl or birds under four months of age, or to
pet or animal shops or stores or for training or research purposes at educational institutions or
hospitals. (Prior code § 4.38)
6.20.030 Permitted number of animals.
A. The keeping of large animals shall be permitted only on a lot with a minimum net area of twenty
thousand square feet, with one animal allowed for the first twenty thousand square feet, and one for
each additional fifteen thousand square feet up to a maximum of four animals.
1.        Large animals shall be kept in a fenced corral area of at least five hundred seventy-six square
feet for each animal. The corral and stable shall be located not less than fifty feet from all neighboring

2.         An overhead cover to screen direct sunlight, wind and rain shall be provided to serve all of the
large animals which are maintained on the property; it shall be of such construction that it is waterproof
and will not be damaged by wind or rain.
3.      Any effects such as odors, dust, and flies which may be created from the keeping of such animals
shall not be detectable from adjacent properties.
4.       Animal stock shall not generate noise in a substantially continuous manner in the daytime or
nighttime to the annoyance of people within the neighborhood. Such a disturbance may be declared a
nuisance, which may be abated by the procedures provided in Chapter 6.12 of this code.
5.        The enclosure and barn areas shall be of an appropriate size and type to accommodate the type
of animal, and shall be maintained in a neat and orderly manner.
B.  Not more than three fowl (except as noted in Section 6.20.090) shall be kept or maintained on
any single-family residential property as defined  in the zoning code of the city. There shall be no
prescribed limit to the number of birds (except pigeons), fish, reptiles, amphibians or small animals
permitted on any property, provided that such animals are not used for commercial purposes. Pigeons
shall be limited to twenty-four on any single-family residential property except as may otherwise be
allowed under Section 6.20.090. (87-10; prior code § 4.37)
6.20.040 Certain animals prohibited where.
No large animals, fowl, pigeons, or doves may be maintained in any residence in the city other than in a
single-family residence. (Prior code § 4.39)
6.20.050 Swine prohibited.
Under no circumstances shall any animal of the swine family be kept or maintained on any property in
the city. (Prior code § 4.40)
6.20.060 Roosters prohibited.
The provisions of Section 6.16.030 notwithstanding, under no circumstances shall any rooster be kept
or maintained on any property in the city. (Prior code § 4.41)
6.20.070 Dangerous animals prohibited.
No person shall own or keep any animal that is dangerous or a menace to the public or an individual.
Upon a finding by the court that such animal is dangerous or a menace, it is unlawful for any person to
keep, or cause to be kept, such animal within the city.  Any license or permit pertaining to such animal
shall be revoked.  Unless such animal is removed from the city within twenty-four (24)  hours after the
court finds the animal to be dangerous or a menace, such animal shall be summarily destroyed by the
sheltermaster in accordance with State law.  (98-03; Prior code § 4.42)
6.20.080 Wild animals--Prohibited.
Except as provided in Sections 6.20.030 and 6.20.090, no species of animals defined as wild or exotic
shall be kept or maintained on any property within the city.  This section is to be construed liberally in
determining which animals fall within the prohibition. (98-03; Prior code § 4.44)

6.20.090 Wild animals--Permitted--Permit--Application.
A. The sheltermaster may issue a yearly permit for wild or exotic animals provided the owner or
custodian has all relevant permits from the California Department of Fish and Game and the United
States Department of Agriculture.  The application for permit shall have attached thereto:
1. A veterinarian certificate attesting to the health of each animal;
2. A list of the type and number of animals to be covered by the permit;
3. Purpose of keeping such animals, with particular emphasis on the knowledge of such person
about the animals and experience of such person in handling the animals in question;
4. A detailed description of the quarters in which the animal will be kept;
5. Circumstances, if any, under which the animals will be removed from quarters;
6. Name and address of applicant and other person to be placed in charge of the animals;
7. Current California Fish and Game and United States Department of Agriculture Permits.
B. After review of all information available to him, including information on the permit application,
the sheltermaster may issue a permit for the keeping of such animals.  The animals must not in the
opinion of the sheltermaster constitute a danger or nuisance to the general public. C. The permit may be issued for a period of one year upon payment of a fifty dollar ($50.00) fee.
Renewal permits need not be subject to the application procedures unless additional animals have
been added or the purpose of the animal keeping has substantially changed since the permit was last
issued. (98-03; Prior code § 4.45)
6.20.100 Wild animals--Exemption from permit fee.
Where an animal is regulated by federal or state laws which require the payment of a permit fee or
license fee, there shall be no permit fee required under the provisions of Section 6.20.090. (Prior code
§ 4.46)
6.20.110 Riding animals prohibited where.
No person shall ride or drive or cause, permit, or allow any horse or any animal to be ridden or driven
upon any sidewalk, paved portion of a street or any portion of the public right-of-way which has been
landscaped with grass, flowers, or shrubbery, or in any public park, unless specifically provided for and
so posted. This section shall not, however, prohibit a horse or other animal from being ridden or driven
along the unpaved portion or unlandscaped portion of a public right-of-way or from being led across a
street in a designated pedestrian's crosswalk; nor shall it be construed to prohibit a horse or other
animal from being ridden or driven across a public right-of-way where an equestrian trail crosses that
public right-of-way, nor from a stabling area directly to an area where riding is permitted. This section
shall have no application to parades, animal shows, and other types of exhibitions when proper permits
have been obtained from the city or on an established equestrian trail designated by the city council.
(Prior code § 4.49)
6.20.120 Committing nuisances prohibited where.
No owner or keeper or person having custody or control of any dog, cat or other animal shall allow or
permit such animal to commit a nuisance on any public property or any improved private property other
than that of the owner or keeper or person who has accepted custody or control of such animal. It shall
be the duty of all persons having control of an animal to curb it in order to carry out the intent of this
section. Nuisance as used in this section shall include, but not be limited to, urination and defecation.
(00-07; Prior code § 4.43)
6.20.130 Noxious enclosures prohibited.
It is declared to be a nuisance and it is unlawful for any person, either principal, agent or employee to
keep or permit to be kept at or upon any premises owned or occupied by him in the city any animal
enclosure in a foul, noxious, or filthy condition. (Prior code § 4.47)
6.20.140 Animals at large prohibited.
It is declared a nuisance and no person shall permit any animal, fowl, bird, reptile or amphibian to run
or fly at large or to go upon the premises of any other person without the consent of the owner of that
property. The sheltermaster may approve certain animals, fowl, or birds to be released for competitive
or sporting purposes. (98-03; Prior code § 4.48)


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