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Chapter 10.12
KEEPING, CARE AND CONTROL OF ANIMALS*

Sections:

10.12.010    Applicability of provisions.

10.12.020    Animals at large prohibited--Exception.

10.12.030    Animals at large prohibited--Boundaries of public streets and places defined.

10.12.040    Rabbits, domestic fowl, etc.--Enclosure requirements.

10.12.050    Rabbits, domestic fowl, etc.--Dyeing or coloring prohibited.

10.12.060    Rabbits, domestic fowl, etc.--Sanitary maintenance of coops or enclosures required.

10.12.070    Female goats--Number permitted.

10.12.080    Sheep and male goats--Herding prohibited.

10.12.090    Hog-keeping restrictions--Exception.

10.12.100    Horses or mules--Requirements for control in public places.

10.12.110    Hitching animals prohibited where.

10.12.120    Cattle-keeping restrictions.

10.12.130    Cows--Registration required.

10.12.140    Stallions, bulls, etc.--Staking and enclosure requirements.

10.12.150    Stallions, bulls, etc.--Keeping with mares, cows, etc. prohibited when.

10.12.160    Stables, barns, etc.--Distance required from schools, churches or dwellings.

10.12.170    Stables, barns, etc.--Cleaning requirements.

10.12.180    Stables, barns, etc.--Drainage and sewer connection requirements.

10.12.190    Sand traps required when.

10.12.200    Keeping animals off owner’s premises--Consent required.

10.12.210    Staking out animals--Distance required from certain buildings.

10.12.220    Staking out animals--During inclement weather prohibited.

10.12.230    Vicious or dangerous animals declared public nuisance when--Abatement procedures authorized.

10.12.240    Violation--Penalty.

* For animal-keeping regulations in zoning districts, see Title 23 of this code, Zoning.

10.12.010 Applicability of provisions.

This chapter shall apply to the owner or owners, possessor or possessors, their agents or servants, and to all persons having the custody or control of the animals herein mentioned. (Ord. 557-NS § 21, 1918)

10.12.020 Animals at large prohibited--Exception.

It is unlawful for any person to herd, picket, tether, leave, pasture or to allow to run at large any ox, bull, cow, horse, stallion, colt, jack, mule, calf, sheep, goat, hog, duck, goose, chicken or pigeon upon or in any of the public streets, avenues, alleys, lanes, courts, places, squares or other public grounds in the City; provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to a horse or any other animal hitched or fastened as provided in Section 10.12.100 hereof, or to any cow, calf or goat fastened to a secure rope, chain or line and led by a person capable of controlling such animal. (Ord. 4373-NS (part), 1968: Ord. 557-NS § 1, 1918)

10.12.030 Animals at large prohibited--Boundaries of public streets and places defined.

The boundaries of the public streets and places mentioned in Section 10.12.020, within the meaning of this chapter, shall be the property lines on the sides thereof, and the sidewalks along said streets, and all public places, parks and playgrounds are subject to the provisions and within the meaning of this chapter. (Ord. 557-NS § 2, 1918)

10.12.040 Rabbits, domestic fowl, etc.--Enclosure requirements.

It is unlawful for any person to keep on any premises owned, occupied or controlled by him in the City any rabbits, guinea pigs, or any chickens, ducks, pigeons, geese, turkeys or other domestic fowl, unless such fowls or animals are kept in an enclosure, no part of which is within twenty-five feet of any dwelling house occupied by human beings; provided, however, that the dwelling house referred to above does not mean the house in which the person resides who keeps the fowls or animals; provided that any of said fowls or animals may be kept temporarily for purpose of sale at any shop or place of business where the same are bought, sold or dealt in. (Ord. 2533-NS (part), 1942: Ord. 557-NS § 7, 1918)

10.12.050 Rabbits, domestic fowl, etc.--Dyeing or coloring prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to dye or color any rabbit, baby chick, duckling or other fowl, or to display, sell, offer for sale, barter or give away any dyed or colored rabbit, baby chick, duckling or other fowl. (Ord. 3806-NS (part), 1961: Ord. 557-NS § 7.1, 1918)

10.12.060 Rabbits, domestic fowl, etc.--Sanitary maintenance of coops or enclosures required.

All coops and enclosures in which any fowls or animals referred to in Section 10.12.040 are kept, must be maintained in a sanitary manner, and be regularly cleaned, in order to prevent any accumulation of manure or offal. (Ord. 2533-NS (part), 1961: Ord. 557-NS § 8, 1918)

10.12.070 Female goats--Number permitted.

It is unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or association to keep or permit to be kept more than two female goats over one year old within the City except in Zones VI and VII, as set out under the zoning ordinance of the City. (Ord. 906-NS (part), 1923: Ord. 557-NS § 5A, 1918)

10.12.080 Sheep and male goats--Herding prohibited.

The herding or keeping of sheep or male goats in any number or in any manner within the limits of the City is declared to be unlawful and is prohibited. (Ord. 593-NS (part), 1918: Ord. 557-NS § 5, 1918)

10.12.090 Hog-keeping restrictions--Exception.

It is unlawful, except as otherwise herein provided, for any person, firm or corporation to keep any live hog or hogs, except hogs kept for scientific experimental purposes, at any place within one thousand feet from any dwelling house in the City occupied by human beings. The City Council may authorize, for the purpose of scientific experimentation, the keeping of live hogs in the City within any proper building or place subject to such terms, conditions and regulations as the council may impose. (Ord. 1863-NS (part), 1934: Ord. 557-NS § 6, 1918)

10.12.100 Horses or mules--Requirements for control in public places.

It is unlawful for any person who has any horse or mule under his control or in his charge in the City to allow any such horse or mule to be, or to remain standing, upon any of the streets, avenues, alleys or public grounds of the City unless such animal is under the personal control of some person of a suitable age, or unless such animal is securely hitched or fastened to a post or pole, or by weight of not less than seven pounds, or by a rope or other line attached to a ring in the sidewalk, and not in violation of Section 10.12.110; provided, however, any such animal may be securely checked by rein or line attached by a ring to a hook firmly fastened to the seat of the vehicle drawn by such animal, and by having at the same time a good and sufficient brake attached to such vehicle and firmly set. (Ord. 557-NS § 3, 1918)

10.12.110 Hitching animals prohibited where.

It is unlawful for any person to hitch or tie any animal to a fire hydrant, electrolier standard, shade or ornamental tree, or the stake, case or box about such tree, in the City. (Ord. 557-NS § 4, 1918)

10.12.120 Cattle-keeping restrictions.

No person, firm or corporation or association may keep or permit to be kept more than two cows, or two calves, or two steers in the City except in those districts which are designated as industrial use districts by the zoning ordinances of the City, which said districts are now designated as districts of Class VI and VII under the zoning ordinance and amendments thereto. It is the intent of this section to prohibit the keeping of more than a total number of two of all the animals herein designated.

There shall be an area of at least one-quarter of an acre of enclosed or unenclosed land for each cow, calf or steer kept or permitted to be kept within the City; provided, that all such animals kept upon any unenclosed land shall be securely staked. (Ord. 1385-NS (part), 1928: Ord. 906-NS (part), 1923: Ord. 557-NS § 14, 1918)

10.12.130 Cows--Registration required.

Every person, firm or corporation owning or keeping a cow or cows in the City shall register the cow or cows so owned or kept in the Office of the Board of Health. (Ord. 557-NS § 16, 1918)

10.12.140 Stallions, bulls, etc.--Staking and enclosure requirements.

It is unlawful for any person or persons to stake out or cause to be staked out upon any open, vacant unenclosed lot or field within the limits of the City any stallion, bull or jackass, or allow or permit any stallion, bull or jackass to run at large in any lot or field in the City, unless the same be enclosed by a good and substantial fence of sufficient height, strength and durability to prevent such stallion, bull or jackass from escaping therefrom into and upon the public streets of the City, or into or upon any lot, open, vacant or enclosed. (Ord. 557-NS § 9, 1918)

10.12.150 Stallions, bulls, etc.--Keeping with mares, cows, etc. prohibited when.

It is unlawful for any person within the limits of the City to allow any stallion, bull or jackass to be kept in the same enclosure with a mare, cow or jenny, except in an enclosure sufficient to obstruct the view of all persons outside such enclosure. (Ord. 557-NS § 10, 1918)

10.12.160 Stables, barns, etc.--Distance required from schools, churches or dwellings.

No person, firm, corporation or association shall erect, establish or maintain in the City any stable, barn, shed, corral or any stall in which any cow, horse, mule or goat is kept or stabled, within any distance less than fifty feet from any schoolhouse or church or from any dwelling house. (Ord. 906-NS (part), 1923: Ord. 557-NS § 17, 1918)

10.12.170 Stables, barns, etc.--Cleaning requirements.

A.    All stables, sheds, barns, stalls, corrals or stable yards in which any horse, mule or cow is kept shall be thoroughly cleaned out at the following intervals of time: Where stables, barns, sheds, stalls, corrals or stable yards exist, they shall be cleaned out at least every day.

B.    The manure, offal, soiled straw or other refuse matter from all stables, barns, sheds, stalls, corrals, or stable yards shall be placed immediately upon removal from such stable, barn, shed, stall, corral or stable yard in closely covered metal or metal-lined receptacles and kept covered until destroyed or removed from the premises. The contents of such receptacles shall be removed therefrom and disposed of at least twice a week. (Ord. 557-NS § 20, 1918)

10.12.180 Stables, barns, etc.--Drainage and sewer connection requirements.

Where the lot or parcel of land upon which any stable, barn, shed or other building is maintained in which there is kept more than one horse, mule or other animal fronts on any street in which is constructed a sewer the following requirements shall be complied with:

The drainage from all single and box stalls where a horse, mule or cow is kept or housed, must in all cases be connected to the street sewer. The floor of all said stalls must be made impervious to water, and the drainage from said stalls must be conducted to the sewer either in tile or cement gutters of a radius of not less than two inches. The said gutters shall discharge into a three-inch or four-inch trap before entering the main sewer. The trap must be protected in all cases by a strainer and be easy of access for cleaning purposes. (Ord. 557-NS § 18, 1918)

10.12.190 Sand traps required when.

The drain from the carriage wash must be connected with a sand trap before connecting with the main sewer. The sand trap must be constructed so that the sand and dirt will stay on one side and be prevented from going into the sewer; the sand trap must be placed so that it will be easy of access for cleaning purposes. (Ord. 557-NS § 19, 1918)

10.12.200 Keeping animals off owner’s premises--Consent required.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to keep or permit to be kept any animal or animals, or fowls, upon the land or premises of any other person without the written consent of the owner thereof, or to permit any animal or animals, or fowls, to enter upon or be upon the land or premises of any other person, without the written consent of the owner of such land or premises. (Ord. 593-NS (part), 1918: Ord. 557-NS § 12, 1918)

10.12.210 Staking out animals--Distance required from certain buildings.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to stake out or tie, or to cause to be staked out or tied, any horse, mule, ox, cow, calf or goat upon any piece of land so that such animal may come within fifty feet of any public or private building, or any dwelling house or other abode other than the dwelling house or abode of the owner of such animal. (Ord. 557-NS § 11, 1918)

10.12.220 Staking out animals--During inclement weather prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to stake out, or to cause or allow to be staked out, any animal or animals during inclement weather. (Ord. 557-NS § 13, 1918)

10.12.230 Vicious or dangerous animals declared public nuisance when--Abatement procedures authorized.

A.    It is unlawful for any person to keep or allow to be kept in the City any vicious or dangerous animal. Any such vicious or dangerous animal shall be impounded and may be forthwith humanely destroyed; provided, however, that the City Council may, by resolution, grant a temporary permit for the keeping of vicious or dangerous animals for exhibition or experimental purposes under such conditions as may be imposed by said resolution.

B.    Any police officer or other authorized employee of the City may enter upon private premises in order to seize any such vicious or dangerous animal, and any such vicious or dangerous animal, whether running at large or not, which cannot be safely taken up and impounded may be slain by such police officer or such other authorized employee of the City.

C.    The keeping, harboring or maintaining of any vicious or dangerous animal is declared to be contrary to public health, welfare and safety and to be a public nuisance and, in addition to the foregoing methods of abatement of such nuisance, the same may be abated by appropriate proceedings in any court of competent jurisdiction. (Ord. 4373-NS (part), 1968: Ord. 557-NS § 16.1, 1918)

10.12.240 Violation--Penalty.

Any person violating any provision or failing to comply with any of the requirements of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of an infraction as set forth in Chapter 1.20 of this code. (Ord. 5591-NS § 1 (part), 1984: Ord. 557-NS § 22, 1918)