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Large Domestic Animals

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Chapter 10.20 Large Domestic Animals

Sec. 10.20.010 Purpose.

In enacting this Chapter, it is the intent of the Board of Supervisors to insure reasonable control of large domestic animals by their owners and to protect life and property. This Title gives any peace officer the power to insure that negligent management practices are prevented. Except as otherwise provided by this Title, Chapter 9 of the Food and Agricultural Code commencing with Sec. 1630 1 et. seq. shall govern this Chapter.

It is not the intent of this ordinance to resolve property line disputes between owners of adjacent properties, as there are adequate civil remedies at law.

For purposes of this Chapter, .Large Domestic Animal. is defined as those animals that live in or about the habitation of people such as to contribute to the support of a family or wealth of a community, and includes, but it not limited to, any bovine, caprine, equine, ovine, or suine animal except those animals commonly kept as household pets, such as, but not limited to, dogs, cats, ducks, geese, chickens, or domesticated exotic fowl.

Sec. 10.20.010A Prohibitions.

No owner of any large domestic animal shall permit or suffer the animal to do any of the following:

  1. Run estray;
  2. Trespass upon public property or upon private property without the consent of the owner of the property.

Sec. 10.20.010B Owner to Provide Care.

The owner of any large animal shall provide proper and adequate food, water, shelter, care and attention for such animal. No owner of such animal shall suffer or allow it to be left in a filthy, diseased or neglected condition, or fail to provide such adequate fencing as will prevent it to run estray.

Upon receiving a complaint of animal neglect, the Sheriff or the Department of Animal Care and Control shall investigate to determine if a violation exists and/or if the animals in question need to be impounded.

Sec. 10.20.020 Authority to Impound.

Any Peace Officer or Animal Care and Control Officer in the County of Mendocino may summarily seize and impound any large domestic animal found in any condition prohibited by this Chapter. Such animal shall be impounded at such appropriate place as may be approved by the Sheriff Office or the Department of Animal Care and Control.

This Section is not intended to require the Department of Animal Care and Control to impound estray large domestic animals.

Sec. 10.20.030 Due Process Rights.

An owner of an animal which has been seized is entitled to a post-seizure hearing to challenge the animal.s impoundment. These due process rights are contained in Chapter 10.24 of this Title.

Sec. 10.20.040 Natural Calamities . Relief from Fees.

Upon the recommendation of the Sheriff or Animal Care and Control Director and the approval of the Board of Supervisors, the fees and penalties provided for by this Chapter may be waived when large domestic animals have been impounded because of civic disorganization, disruption, or other conditions of devastation within the County, due to fire, flood, earthquake, storm, other natural calamity, or vandalism.

Sec. 10.20.050 Absence of Liability.

No liability shall be incurred by the County of Mendocino or its agents for the disposition of any animal made pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter.

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