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(A) The keeping of livestock on any property within the City of Mansfield must comply with the regulations of the Zoning Ordinance.
(1) Permits will only be issued by the Animal Care and Control Department for livestock that are kept in conformance with the zoning regulations and the regulations in this chapter.
(2) The provisions of the Zoning Ordinance related to livestock shall be enforced by the Code Compliance Department.
(B) It shall be unlawful and illegal for any person owning or having control over any livestock to knowingly allow the same to be at-large unattended on any public property, or on the property of another without the consent of such other person.
(C) It shall be unlawful and illegal for any person owning or having control over any livestock to keep said livestock, regardless of whether livestock are kept for personal use or for commercial purposes, unless a livestock permit has been obtained from the Animal Control Manager.
(D) In order to obtain a livestock permit, an owner of livestock shall complete an application and be required to pay a one-time permit fee established by City Council to register his/her property and to describe the type and number of livestock thereon.
(E) Any person obtaining a livestock permit will be issued a permit sign and will be required to post and maintain prominently said sign at the main entrance to the property where the livestock is kept.
(F) All livestock permits will be required to be renewed on an annual basis (12 months from date of issuance). Livestock owners will not be required to pay a permit renewal fee. The Animal Control Manager shall send a form annually to each registered owner, at the designated (last known) mailing or email address, seeking updated registration information for permit renewal.
(G) Livestock permits may be denied or revoked for any of the following reasons:
(1) Health or safety issues.
(2) Animal cruelty or neglect as defined in Tex. Penal Code § 42.09.
(3) More than three violations of livestock at-large within a permit year.
(4) Failure to obtain a livestock permit within ten business days of placing livestock on property within the city.
(5) Failure to maintain or post the issued permit sign.
(H) If a livestock permit is denied or revoked, the applicant or permit holder will have 30 calendar days from the date of denial or revocation to remove any and all livestock from the city limits or said livestock may be impounded by the Animal Control Manager. Failure to renew a permit, in accordance with this chapter, shall presumptively be considered a revocation.
(I) A person denied or having a permit revoked may appeal the denial or revocation as set out in § 90.20.
(Ord. OR-1787-10, passed 10-11-10; Am. Ord. OR-1805-11, passed 6-27-11; Am. Ord. OR-2143-19, passed 8-26-19)