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Aliso Viejo Dog Cat Ordinance

Aliso Viejo Dog Cat Ordinance

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ORDINANCENO.2012-142ANORDINANCEOFTHECITYCOUNCILOFTHECITYOFALISOVIEJO,CAUFORNI.AAMENDINGCHAPTER6.02OFTHEALISOVIEJOMUNICIPALCODETOPROHIBITTHERETAILSALEOFDOGSANDCATSINCOMMERCIALESTABLISHMENTSTHECITYCOUNCILOFTHECITYOFALISOVIEJODOESHEREBYORDAINASFOLLOWS:SECTION1.Shorttitle.ThisOrdinanceshallbeknownastheAnimalWelfareOrdinance.SECTION2.Purpose.ThisOrdinanceisintendedtoratifyandmemorializetheCity'scommitmenttothehumanetreatmentofanimalswithintheCity.SECTION3.Findingsanddeclarations.TheCityCouncilfindsanddeclares:A.TheCityofAlisoViejoisrecognizedasahumaneandanimalfriendlycity,Itisknownforsupportingprogramsthatprovideextendedcaretohard-to-adoptanimals,animalswithmedicalchallenges,anda"thirdchance"forhighlyadoptableanimalsrescuedfromothersheltersinwhichthelikelihoodofeuthanasiawasimminent,8.AlthoughtheStateofCaliforniaisaleaderinregulatinganimalwelfare,theCityofAlisoViejosetsforitselfahigherstandardtopreventthepossibilityofabuse,neglectandcrueltytowardsanimals.C.Whilenotallretailstoresthatselldogsandcatsengageinpracticesthatcouldbeconsideredinhumane,thecurrentstateofthisindustryisinconsistentwiththeCity'sgoaltobeacommunitythatcaresaboutanimalwelfare.D.AprohibitionontheretailsaleofdogsandcatswillfosteramorehumaneenvironmentintheCity.SECTION4.Section6.02.010oftheAlisoViejoMunicipalCodeisherebyamendedtoaddthefollowingdefinitions,tobeinsertedinSection6.02.010inalphabeticalorder,toreadasfollows:"Animaldealer"meansanypersonwho,forcompensationorprofit,buysforresaleanyanimals,whetheraliveordead,forresearch,experimentation,testingorexhibitionorforuseaspets."Adoptionfee"meansanycompensationormonetaryexchangeforthepurposeoftakingownershiporcustodyofananimal.
 
"Animalexhibition"meansanypropertywhereoneormoreanimalsareexposedtopublicviewforentertainment,instructionoradvertisementforwhichpublicadmissionischarged.Activitiesconductedprimarilyforinstructionorentertainmentoftheparticipantsforwhichnopublicadmissionischargedareexcluded.Animalexhibitionsinclude,butarenotlimitedto,carnivals,tentsshowsorshowsintheopenair,orinahallorbuildingnotspecificallyconstructedfortheatricalpurposes,whereincarnivals,circuses,dogorponyshows,dramatic,musicalortheatricalperformancesaregiventoaudiencesnotexceeding2,500persons."Animalmenagerie"meansaplacewherewildand/orexoticanimalsarekeptormaintainedforanycommercialpurposes."Circus"meansacommercialvarietyshowfeaturinganimalactsforpublicentertainment."Commercialanimalestablishment"meansanycommercialbreeder,kennel,commercialaviary,petshop,groomingparlor(includingmobilegroomingfacilities),commercialstable,ridingacademy,ponyride,guard(sentry)dogservice,commercialanimalrescueshop,zoo,animalmenagerie,animalexhibition,petshow,miscellaneousanimalreptileestablishment,oranimaldealerwhooperatesforprofitornotthatprovidessuchservicesintheCity."Commercialanimalrescueshop"meansacommercialanimalestablishmentthatoffersdogsand/orcatsinexchangeforanon-profitadoptionfee,andsuchdogsand/orcatsaremadeavailabletotheestablishmentbynon-profithumanesocieties,animalshelters,bonafideanimalrescueorganizations,ortheCityofMissionViejoAnimalCareCenter."Commercialaviary"meansanypersonmaintaining,forprofit,anestablishmentwherebirdsofanyspeciesarekeptforthepurposeofbreeding,buying,selling,grooming,boardingorexhibitingsuchbirds;orengagedinthetrainingofbirds."Commercialbreeder"meansanowner/lessor/breederofdogsandcatswhoislicensedtobreedanimalsforresale,individuallyorinlitterlots,whetheranyoftheseanimalsarealsokeptforpersonaluse."Zoo"meansaplacewherewildorexoticanimalsarekeptonexhibitforpublicshow,entertainmentorenjoyment.SECTION5.Section
6.02.110
oftheAlisoViejoMunicipalCodeisherebyamendedinitsentiretytoreadasfollows:
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"6.02.110Animalcarerequirements.Everypersonwithinthe
city
whoownsanyanimalorwhoowns,conducts,managesoroperatesanycommercialanimalestablishmentshallcomplywitheachofthefollowingconditions:A.Housingfacilitiesforanimalsshallbestructurallysoundandshallbemaintainedingoodrepair,toprotecttheanimalsfrominjury,tocontaintheanimals,andtorestricttheentranceofotheranimals.8.Allanimalsshallbesuppliedwithsufficientgoodandwholesomefoodandwaterasoftenasthefeedinghabitsoftherespectiveanimalsrequire.C.Allanimalsandallbuildingsorenclosureswhereanimalsarehousedormaintainedshallbemaintainedinacleanandsanltarycondition.D.Noanimalsshallbewithoutattentionmorethan12consecutivehours.Wheneverananimalisleftunattendedatacommercialanimalestablishment,thetelephonenumberofthedepartmentofanimalservices,orthename,addressandtelephonenumberoftheresponsibleperson,shallbepostedinaconspicuousplaceatthefrontoftheproperty.E.Everyreasonableprecautionshallbeusedtoensurethatanimalsarenotteased,abused.mistreated,annoyed,tormentedorinanymannermadetosufferbyanypersonormeans.F.Noconditionshallbemaintainedorpermittedthatisorcouldbeinjurioustotheanimals.G.Buildingsandenclosureswhereanimalsarehousedormaintainedshallbesoconstructedandmaintainedastopreventescapeofanimals.Allreasonableprecautionsshallbetakentoprotectthepublicfromtheanimalsandtheanimalsfromthepublic.H.Everycommercialanimalestablishmentshallisolatesickanimalssufficientlysoasnottoendangerthehealthofotheranimals.Sickanimalsshallatalltimesbeisolatedfromtheotheranimals.
I.
Everybuildingorenclosurewhereinanimalsaremaintainedshallbeconstructedofmaterialeasilycleanedandshallbekeptinasanitarycondition.Thebuildingshallbeproperlyventilatedtopreventdraftsandtoremoveodors.Heatingandcoolingshall
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