Chapter 6.04   Dogs
Chapter 6.05   Dangerous Animals
Chapter 6.08   Keeping of Animals
Chapter 6.09   Cats
Chapter 6.04 Dogs
   6.04.010   Registration and license--Required.
   6.04.015   Registration and license--Exemption.
   6.04.020   Registration and licenseFees.
   6.04.030   Registration--Rabies vaccination required.
   6.04.040   Registration--General provisions.
   6.04.050   Kennel license Required.
   6.04.070   Kennel license fee.
   6.04.080   Pounds and transportation facilities.
   6.04.090   Poundmaster.
   6.04.100   Impoundment--Generally.
   6.04.105   Impoundment--Fees.
   6.04.110   Surrender of animals for disposal--Generally.
   6.04.115   Surrender of animals for disposal--Fees.
   6.04.120   Dead animals.
   6.04.130   Authorized impoundment.
   6.04.140   Enforcement.
   6.04.150   Prohibited acts.
6.04.010  Registration and license--Required.
   A.   Except as provided in this chapter, every dog owner shall see that his dog or dogs are properly licensed at all times by the securing of a license for the dog or dogs from the director of finance not less than once every year. The license shall expire on the thirtieth day of June of every year following the obtaining of the license and shall be renewed thereafter before the first day of August.
   B.   Every dog owner, after his dog attains the age of four months, shall register such dog with the director of finance before July 1st of each year.
   C.   Any dog owner who becomes a resident of the incorporated area of the city subsequent to any July 1st shall register his dog within thirty days after moving into the incorporated area. 
(Ord. 680, 1999; Ord. 494 (part), 1986; Ord. 393 (part), 1982)
6.04.015  Registration and license--Exemption.
   No registration or fee shall be required for guide dogs for the blind.
(Ord. 680, 1999)
6.04.020  Registration and license--Fees.
   A.   A fee shall be charged for each dog that is registered and for each registration renewal.
   B.   The fee shall be less for each dog that is castrated, spayed or otherwise sexually altered to prevent reproduction. A certificate from a licensed veterinarian may be required before registering an altered dog.
   C.   The amount of annual license fees shall also be prorated to the nearest quarter of a year.
   D.   A penalty shall be charged and collected for each late registration or late renewal. Dog owners shall not be considered in default until the first day of August each and every year, but the license fee shall become due and owing on July 1st of each and every year.
   E.   The amount of the fees described in this section shall be established and amended by resolution of City Council.
(Ord. 680, 1999)
6.04.030  Registration--Rabies vaccination required.
   No registration tag shall be issued for a dog unless proof has been presented that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies not more than eighteen months prior to the date of the issuance of the registration.
(Ord. 413 § 1, 1982: Ord. 393 (part), 1982)
6.04.040  Registration--General provisions.
   The director of finance shall be responsible for providing applications and license tags. Dogs may be registered at the director's office at the City Hall, or at other designated places. When an owner registers his dog, he will be given a tag which must be fastened to the dog's collar. All registration fees shall be deposited with the city treasurer. Applications on dogs that are registered shall be kept on file in the director of finance's office.
(Ord. 393 (part), 1982)
6.04.050  Kennel license--Required.
   A.   Every person who owns or controls a kennel or place where more than four dogs are kept for breeding purposes, training, sale or any other purpose shall obtain a kennel license. When obtained, the license shall cover all dogs under control of the licensee. This license shall be obtained every year during the month of July or within thirty days after the kennel goes into operation.
   B.   No kennel license shall be issued until the poundmaster or his authorized representative has first issued a certificate that the kennel is operated in a sanitary and proper manner so as not to constitute a nuisance to the neighborhood. This certificate shall be presented to the director of finance with an application for the kennel license.
(Ord. 809 § 1 (part), 2014; Ord. 680, 1999; Ord. 393 (part), 1982)
6.04.070  Kennel license--fee.
   An annual fee shall be charged for every kennel license. The amount of the annual fee shall be established and modified by resolution of City Council. 
(Ord. 680, 1999; Ord. 494(part), 1986: Ord. 393(part), 1982).
6.04.080  Pounds and transportation facilities.
   The city council may construct and maintain pounds and arrange for transportation facilities or the city council may contract for either or both of these services. The city council may require a faithful performance bond. The fees for collecting, impounding and disposing of dogs or other animals may be determined by negotiation, and shall be stipulated in any contract signed by the city council. If a city agency provides these services, the city shall determine the fees. 
(Ord. 393 (part) , 1982) .
6.04.090  Poundmaster.
   The city council may appoint a poundmaster or designate an employee as poundmaster. The poundmaster shall see that the provisions of this chapter and laws of the state relating to registration and control and disposition of unlicensed dogs are enforced.
(Ord. 393 (part), 1982).
6.04.100  Impoundment--Generally.
   A.   Any dog or other animal running loose in the city shall be impounded, whether such dog or animal is licensed or unlicensed. No unlicensed dog may be claimed until the owner first registers the dog pursuant to Section 6.04.010 of this chapter. No dog shall be released to the owner unless proof of vaccination is given as more specifically set forth in Section 6.04.030, and until the fees specified in this section have been paid.
   B.   An impounded dog or other animal may be disposed of, if it is not claimed by the owner within 72 hours or whatever new minimum impound time is established by State law.
   C.   Animals may be impounded for quarantine. 
(Ord. 680, 1999; Ord. 540 (part), 1988).
6.04.105  Impoundment--Fees.
   A.   For each licensed or unlicensed dog that has been impounded, the owner shall pay to the director of finance the following fees:
      1.   An impoundment fee, which shall increase in amount with each successive occasion upon which the same animal is re-impounded after having been released.
      2.   A per-day fee for a board and care.
   B.   For livestock that is impounded, the owner shall pay to the director of finance the following fees:
      1.   An impoundment fee.
      2.   A per-day fee for board and care.
      3.   A fee for truck and trailer use.
   C.   For each animal that is impounded for quarantine, the owner shall pay to the director of finance the following fees:
      1.   A quarantine impoundment fee.
      2.   A per-day fee for board and care.
   D.   The fees described in this section shall be established and amended by resolution of City Council, with the exception of the truck and trailer use fee, which may be established by resolution or by negotiation as described in Section 6.04.080 of this chapter. 
(Ord. 680, 1999).
6.04.110  Surrender of animals for disposal--Generally.
   A.   Any person residing in the City or County may surrender any unwanted dog or cat to the Animal Control Officer for the purpose of its disposal. The Animal Control Officer shall have sole discretion as to whether an animal will be accepted for disposal and may, as he/she determines, attempt to adopt the animal to a new owner. Owners surrendering unwanted animals are required to sign an affidavit attesting to ownership of said animal or to provide other proof of ownership.
   B.   All unwanted animals must be surrendered at the Gridley Animal Shelter at a date and time convenient to the Animal Control Officer. 
(Ord. 680, 1999; Ord. 540 (part), 1988)
6.04.115  Surrender of animals for disposal--Fees.
   A.   A fee shall be collected from the unwanted animal's owner prior to acceptance by the Animal Control Officer of an unwanted animal.
   B.   The amount of the surrender fee shall vary depending upon the type and age of the animal being surrendered.
   C.   The Animal Control' Officer shall have discretion to determine which type and age category is appropriate for an animal being surrendered, for purposes of charging a surrender fee.
   D.   The amount of the fees described in this section shall be established and amended by resolution of City Council. 
(Ord. 680, 1999; Ord. 564, 1990).
6.04.120  Dead animals.
   The poundmaster shall see that dead animals are collected and disposed of. 
(Ord. 393 (part), 1982).
6.04.130  Authorized impoundment.
   It is unlawful to interfere with, oppose or resist any authorized person who is collecting or impounding dogs or other animals under the provisions of this chapter; and such authorized person may go in upon private property for the purpose of enforcing this chapter or collecting or impounding dogs or other animals. Violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 393 (part), 1982).
6.04.140  Enforcement.
   It shall be the duty of any police officer or other authorized person to enforce this chapter. Any such authorized person, other than a peace officer, shall wear a badge. In addition to the impounding of the dog or other animal, the owner of such licensed or unlicensed dog or other animal running at large may be cited to appear by citation, giving the license number of the dog, if licensed, and directing the owner to appear before a court of proper jurisdiction for violation of this chapter. 
(Ord. 393 (part) , 1982).
6.04.150  Prohibited acts.
   A.   No owner, keeper or person having custody or control of any dog or other animal shall allow or permit such dog or other animal to urinate or defecate on any public property or any improved private property other than that of the owners, keeper or person who has accepted custody or control of such dog or other animal. It shall be the duty of all persons having control of such dog or other animal to curb the dog or other animal in order to carry out the intent of this section.
   B.   No owner or keeper of a dog or other animal shall allow or permit such dog or other animal, whether licensed or unlicensed, to be or run at large within the city, in or upon any public place or premises, or in or upon any private place or premises other than those of the owner or keeper, except with the consent of the person in charge of the private place or premises, unless such dog or other animal is securely restrained by a substantial leash not to exceed six feet in length and is in charge and control of person competent to keep such dog or other animal under effective charge and control. For the purposes of this section, any dog or other animal in or upon any vehicle shall be deemed to be on the premises of the operator thereof.
   C.   It is unlawful to keep, harbor or own any dog or other animal, whether licensed or not, which by howling, yelping, barking or in any other manner disturbs or annoys any person or persons in the neighborhood where the animal is kept. The creation of such disturbance by any animal shall constitute a nuisance.
   D.   If a police officer finds an animal committing a disturbance under the terms of subsection C of this section and there is no one on the premises to silence the animal, or otherwise control it, then the police officer shall take the animal into custody and place it in the pound where the animal can be redeemed only upon paying the established pound fees. Written notice of the whereabouts of the animal shall be left attached to the front door of the premises, and a certified letter shall be mailed to the occupant of the premises forthwith notifying said occupant of the whereabouts of the animal. If the animal is not reclaimed from the pound within ten days, the poundmaster shall dispose of the animal in the usual and customary manner.
   E.   No owner or keeper or person having custody or control of any dog or other animal shall allow or permit the feces or urine waste of that animal to collect or build up in a manner which causes an offensive odor or attracts flies, or in any way constitutes a health hazard on the property of the owner, keeper or person having custody or control of such animal or the property of any other person. If the poundmaster or any police officer determines that there is a violation of this subsection, a verbal or written notice shall be issued to the individual in apparent charge of the property, ordering the violation to be corrected within twenty-four hours. If the violation is not corrected within twenty-four hours, the owners, keeper or person having custody or control of such animal and/or such premises shall be subject to punishment for violations of this section as set forth below.
   F.   Any person, firm, or corporation who violates the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of an infraction, and upon conviction thereof the person, firm or corporation shall be guilty of a separate offense for each day during any portion of which a violation of any subdivision of this section is committed, continued or permitted by such person, firm or corporation, and each separate offense shall be punishable as provided herein. 
(Ord. 415 § 1, 1982: Ord. 409 §l, 1982: Ord. 393(part), 1982; Ord. 255 §§ 2--4, 1972).