10.30.040 A. Animal services is authorized and empowered to impound and/or abate (destroy) any vicious animal as a public nuisance independently of any criminal prosecution or the results thereof by any means reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public including, but not limited to, the imposition upon the owner of specific, reasonable restrictions and conditions for the maintenance of the animal. In carrying out an abatement, animal services shall follow procedures established in applicable ordinances and policies. Restrictions and/or conditions resulting from abatement proceedings may include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Requiring the owner of the animal or owner of the premises on which the animal is kept to obtain and maintain liability insurance in the amount of one million ($1,000,000.00) dollars by an insurance company domiciled and licensed by the state of California and to furnish a certificate or proof of insurance by which animal services shall be notified at least thirty calendar days prior to cancellation or non renewal;

2. Requirements as to the size, construction and design of structured enclosure for the animal;

3. Location of the animal’s residence including prior notice of plans to move the animal to another location or to a location outside of the cities for which the ordinance codified in this title is written and obtaining approval from animal services to do so after proper notification of animal regulation in the new jurisdiction;

4. Requirements as to type and method of restraints for the animal; including but not limited to leashes, muzzles and confinement in a kennel or other facility;

5. Photo identification, and a permanent marking or microchip on the animal for purposes of identification;

6. A requirement to obtain a vicious animal registration and requiring a tattoo or microchip noting the declaration and registration with animal services;

7. Maintain updated owner information at all times with the specific microchip vendor;

8. A requirement to alter the animal;

9. Requirements as to notification to animal services within one working day if the animal is at large or has committed an attack on any person or animal;

10. Requirements for the posting in a conspicuous place of a sign having letters at least two inches in width and two inches in height and reading “Beware of vicious dog” or “Beware of vicious _________,” as may be appropriate;

11. Requirements to allow inspection of the animal and its enclosure by animal services or any other law enforcement agency without warrant, and to produce upon demand, proof of compliance with such requirements of this section, as may be applicable; and

12. Obtaining written permission from the landlord/owner to keep the animal on certain specified premises in the event that the owner of the vicious animal is not the legal owner of the real property where the animal is being kept.

B. Any person who violates any of the conditions imposed by the administrative hearing officer pursuant to this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, if charged. (Ord. 625 § 1, 2006)