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LONG BEACH (CALIF.) CITY CODE & DOG LAWS

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excessive barking is a violation of the Long Beach municipal code
Please know that excessive barking is a violation of the municipal code and we can follow-up. Typically, the best way to initiate the process is to call: (562) 570-7387 and to log the complaint with Animal Control.  They will follow-up with a notice of complaint letter and give the resident 10 days to take care of the problem voluntarily.  If they do not take care of the problem, Animal Control will need you to initiate a formal complaint (written) with petition. click: link to more resources online.

DOG LAW FOR YOUR SAFETY AND PROTECTION
Long Beach Laws Concerning Canines
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IT'S THE LAW in Long Beach to license your pet. You can do so at the Long Beach Animal Care Center, 7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, California 90815, (562) 570-7387, Normal Hours of Operation, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

License Fee Schedule for 2015:

 

Long Beach/Los Alamitos/
Signal Hill

Cerritos

Seal Beach

Unaltered

$95

$20

$68 

Altered

$20

$10

$13 

Senior Unaltered

n/a

$10

$34.00 

Senior Altered

$10

$5

$6.50

Replacement Tag

$10

$10

$10

Late Penalty Fee    

$30

n/a

n/a

Cat Altered (LB only)

$10

n/a

n/a

CLICK HERE for a registration form to register your pet.

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6.08.010 - License—Required.

A. Dog license. No person responsible for any dog shall have such dog, male or female, over the age of four (4) months, within the City without at all times having upon such dog a collar or harness to which shall be securely fastened a tag as provided in this Chapter. Said tag may be issued at any time during the calendar year and may be issued for a period of twelve (12) months. The tag shall be obtained from the Director, inscribed with the letters and words "LONG BEACH" and with the serial number of the tag. The tax shall be sufficient only during the period for which the tag is issued.

1. Tag. The tag shall be securely fastened to a collar or harness as provided in this Chapter. Said tag may be issued at any time during the calendar year and may be issued for a period of twelve (12) months. The tag shall be obtained from the Director, inscribed with the letters and words "LONG BEACH" and with the serial number of the tag. The tag shall be sufficient only during the period for which the tag is issued.

2. Microchip. In place of the tag and collar described in Subsection B.1. above, a person responsible for a cat may instead ensure that the cat bears an identifiable microchip. For the purposes of this Chapter, the term "microchip" shall mean the injection of an identification chip below the skin of an animal performed by a veterinarian, registered veterinary technician or other qualified staff. The person responsible for such cat shall obtain an annual license at such times and in the manner as specified in Section 6.08.030.

(ORD-10-0017, § 1, 2010)

6.08.050 - Tag—Replacement.

In case of loss or destruction of any tag required by the provisions of this Chapter, a duplicate shall be issued by the Director upon request and upon the payment of the fee established therefore by the City Council by resolution.

(ORD-10-0017, § 1, 2010)

6.08.060 - Exemptions.

No license fee or tax shall be required for the issuance of a tag for any dogowned as a guide dog, signal dog and/or service dog, as those terms are currently defined in California Penal Code Section 365.5 or as may be amended in the future. The Director shall annually issue tags free of charge to persons responsible for having the custody and control of such dogs.

(ORD-10-0017, § 1, 2010)

6.08.070 - License—Counterfeit prohibited.

No person shall imitate or counterfeit any tag, license, receipt or registration certificate required or issued pursuant to this Chapter or use any imitation or counterfeit of any such tag, license, receipt or certificate. (ORD-10-0017, § 1, 2010)

6.08.080 - Exhibit of receipt or license required.

No person responsible for any dog or cat subject to license under this Chapter shall refuse to show upon demand to the Director, any Animal Care Services Bureau enforcement officer or inspector, or any Police Officer, the City license or the license tag for any duly registered dog or cat.


6.12.010 - Rabies report responsibility.

Whenever a person responsible for a dog or other animal observes or learns that such dog or animal shows symptoms of rabies, or acts in a manner which would lead to a reasonable suspicion that the dog or animal may have rabies, that person shall immediately notify the Health Officer, and it shall be the duty of the Health Officer, when called upon, to examine or have examined the dog or animal and to ascertain whether or not the dog or animal is afflicted with rabies, and no person responsible for such dog or animal shall fail, refuse or neglect to notify the Health Officer.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.020 - Suspected infection.

Whenever the Director, or any other person, captures a dog or any other animal suspected of having rabies, he/she shall deliver the same to the animal shelter or shall confine the same in some safe place and shall immediately report the same to the Health Officer, and it shall be the duty of the Health Officer, when called upon, to examine or cause to be examined any such dog or other animal and to ascertain whether or not any such dog or animal is afflicted with rabies.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.030 - Refusal to report prohibited.

No person responsible for any dog or other animal showing symptoms of rabies, or that acts in a manner which would lead to a reasonable suspicion that such dog or animal may have rabies, or whenever it is shown that any dog or other animal has bitten any person, shall refuse or fail to submit such dog or animal to inspection or examination by the Health Officer or his/her representative in order to ascertain whether or not such dog or animal is afflicted with rabies.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.040 - Dog or other animal bite—Report.

Any person having knowledge that any dog or other animal has bitten any person shall immediately and without delay advise the Director or the Police Department of such fact, furnishing such information as he/she may possess relative to the identity of the animal, the person responsible for the animal and the person bitten.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.050 - Dog or other animal bite—Identification of animal.

Upon receipt of a report as described in Section 6.12.040, the Director shall undertake all measures necessary to the identification of the subject dog or other animal and the person responsible for the dog or other animal and upon the identification of the dog, or other animal, or person responsible, or both, shall inform the Health Officer thereof.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.060 - Dog or other animal bite—Quarantine.

A. Upon written order of the Health Officer or his/her authorized representative so directing any person responsible for a dog or other animal having bitten any person shall cause the animal to be kept in strict quarantine in a closed, fenced yard, kennel or animal shelter for a period of ten (10) days and shall permit the Health Officer or his/her authorized representative to inspect or examine the dog or other animal at any time during the period.

B. The Health Officer shall have the power, in his/her discretion, to quarantine the animal in the animal shelter.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.070 - Dog or other animal bite—Quarantine order.

A. Upon the issuance of a written order of quarantine as described in Section 6.12.060, the person to whom such order is directed shall permit the Health Officer or his/her authorized representative to post a printed or written notice of the quarantine order upon or about the premises wherein the subject dog or other animal is confined.

B. No person shall obscure, deface, render illegible or remove the posted notice during the quarantine period.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.080 - Dog or other animal bite—Redemption from animal shelter.

Whenever any dog or other animal is quarantined in the animal shelter for inspection, examination or observation for rabies, and at the expiration of the period of quarantine, the dog or other animal is determined by the Health Officer or his/her representative to be free from said disease, then the Director shall immediately cause the person responsible for the dog or animal, if known, to be notified to redeem the dog or other animal from the animal shelter within the time and in the same manner provided for the redemption of other impounded dogs or animals. The person responsible for any animal which has been quarantined in the animal shelter shall pay to the Director the boarding fee established by the City Council by resolution for the period the animal is held under quarantine in the animal shelter. If the dog or other animal is not redeemed after the period of such quarantine within the time specified for redemption of impounded animals, then the dog or other animal shall be disposed of in the same manner provided for the disposition of other impounded dogs or animals.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.090 - Impoundment of diseased animals.

If it appears to the Health Officer or his/her representative that any dog or other animal has rabies, it shall be his/her duty to immediately quarantine thedog or other animal at the animal shelter, subject to his/her further orders, or to notify the Director to destroy such animal and dispose of its carcass.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.100 - Contact with rabid animal.

Every dog or other animal which has been bitten by a rabid dog or other rabid animal, or which has come in contact or consorted with a rabid dog or other rabid animal, or which has been harbored in the same home, apartment, kennel or part of any premises with a rabid dog or other rabid animal, shall be kept isolated and under quarantine for ninety (90) days in a veterinary hospital approved by the Health Officer, or surrendered to the Director to be destroyed.

(ORD-09-0022, § 4, 2009)

6.12.110 - Inoculation—Required.

No person responsible for any dog or cat shall permit a dog or cat four (4) months of age or older to be in the City unless such person has procured a canine anti-rabies vaccine for the dog or a feline anti-rabies vaccine for the cat from a State licensed veterinarian unless:

A. Such dog or cat is less than four (4) months of age; or

B. Such dog or cat is in a state of health that inoculation at the time would be hazardous to the life of the dog or cat, as evidenced by the written, dated and signed statement of a licensed veterinarian, and approved by the authority of the Health Officer. Such statement shall provide exemption from the requirements of this Section for a maximum period of one (1) year. The Health Officer shall not authorize the endorsement of the statement for any period of time unless the illness of the dog or cat requires it.

6.16.050 Selling animals on public place.
No person shall sell, offer or display for sale, barter, or give any live animal to any person on any public street or other public place within the city other than to a person maintaining a fixed place of business wherein such animals are sold. (Prior code § 5610.6).

6.16.060 Animal shop - Location restricted.
No person shall establish, conduct, or maintain any store or place of business in which dogs, monkeys, cats, guinea pigs, mice or rats are sold or kept for sale, or carry on the business of dealing in any of such animals within fifty feet of any residence, dwelling house, hotel, theater, or within five hundred feet of any schoolhouse or church. (Prior code § 5610.7).

6.16.062 Animal shop - Animal sales.

A. No person or animal shop shall engage in the sale, barter, giving away, or transferring of dogs, cats, or rabbits unless the person or animal shop sells, barters, gives away, or transfers:
1. A dog or cat bred and reared within the City in compliance with Section 6.16.190;
2. A dog, cat, or rabbit obtained from a publicly operated animal shelter; or
3. A dog, cat, or rabbit obtained from a private humane society or duly incorporated organization devoted to the rescue, care, and adoption of stray, abandoned, or surrendered dogs, cats, and/or rabbits.
B. Nothing in this Section shall prevent an animal shop from providing space and appropriate care for dogs, cats, and rabbits harbored by an animal shelter or duly incorporated organization devoted to the rescue, care, and adoption of stray, abandoned, or surrendered dogs, cats, and/or rabbits for the purpose of engaging in the retail sale of those
animals.
C. Certificate of source.
1. An animal shop shall post in a conspicuous place, on or within three (3) feet of each animal's kennel, cage, or enclosure, a certificate of source for each dog, cat, or rabbit offered for sale demonstrating the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained in compliance with this
Section.
2. Upon sale or transfer, the animal shop shall provide a copy of the certificate of source to the purchaser or transferee.
D. Temporary exemption.
Unless otherwise extended by the City Council, the provisions of this
Section shall not be applicable until October 1, 2015.
Section 3. The City Clerk shall certify to the passage of this ordinance by the City Council and cause it to be posted in three (3) conspicuous places in the City of Long Beach, and it shall take effect on the thirty-first (31st) day after it is approved by the Mayor.

NEW 6.16.085 Unaltered dogs and cats prohibited.
A. No person responsible for a cat over the age of four (4) months or a dog over the age of six (6) months shall allow such cat or dog to remain unaltered except as described in Subsection 6.16.085.B.
B. Exceptions to the spay or neuter requirements identified in Subsection 6.16.085.A are:
1. A dog or cat that is incapable of breeding, as determined in accordance with Subsection 6.16.085.C.
2. A dog or cat that is medically unsuited to undergo a spay or neuter procedure, as determined in accordance with Subsection 6.16.085.C.
3. A dog that is undergoing or has received appropriate training and certification by a recognized agency, if such certification is
available, and will be or is utilized or is retired from use:
a. By a law enforcement agency for law enforcement activities;
b. By a search and rescue agency for search and rescue activities;
c. As a service animal, such as a guide animal, hearing animal, assistance animal, seizure alert animal, or social/therapy animal approved by the Animal Care Services Bureau; or
d. As breeding stock for dogs described in Subsection 6.16.085.B.3 by a recognized agency or organization approved by the Director.
e. For each of the above, the owner shall provide proof to the satisfaction of the Director with each application for a new or renewal license.
4. A dog or cat harbored by a public shelter, humane society, or similar organization, whether public or private, the principal purpose of which is securing the adoption of dogs or cats, provided that such organization requires the spaying or neutering of all dogs and cats
placed for adoption by such organization.
5. A dog that is a breed approved by and registered with a national or international breed registry or association which, at a minimum, requires identification of the breed, date of birth, names of registered sire and dam, the name of the breeder and recordkeeping relating to breeding, transfer of ownership. The owner shall provide verified proof to the satisfaction of the Director with each application for a license.
6. A dog which is undergoing training to or currently is trained to compete or be used for herding of other animals, or as a livestock guardian dog, or a dog designated as breeding stock for these purposes by a recognized agency or organization approved by the Director. The owner shall provide proof to the satisfaction of the Director with each application
for a new or renewal license.
C. Qualification for exemption. For purposes of the exemptions set forth in Subsections 6.16.085.A and 6.16.085.B, a dog or cat is:
1. Incapable of breeding if a licensed veterinarian has so certified in writing.
2. Medically unsuited to undergo a spay or neuter procedure if a licensed veterinarian has certified in writing, that a spay or neuter procedure would likely cause the animal's death or substantially aggravate a physical condition of the animal. The certification shall indicate the medical basis for the exemption and whether the unsuitability is temporary or permanent. If temporary, the certificate shall indicate the period of time the unsuitability is anticipated to last. For an exemption to apply beyond that period, a new certificate must be obtained.
D. Temporary exemption.
1. Unless otherwise extended by the City Council, the provisions of this Section shall not be applicable until October 1, 2015.
2. An unaltered dog or cat that has a valid license from the Animal Care Services Bureau shall not be subject to this Section until the license lapses, or October 1, 2015, whichever occurs last.

6.16.090 Dogs prohibited on beaches or schoolgrounds.
A. Except as provided in Section 6.16.310 of this Chapter, no person responsible for a dog shall permit such dog to be upon any beach or public school ground within the City.
B. Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection A. of this Section or Section 16.16.010 of this Chapter, no person responsible for any dog(s) and/or other animal(s) shall permit such animal(s) to be on a beach bike path, beach immediately adjacent to the bike path, and/or on other beach locations within the City unless:
1. The animal is authorized to be present pursuant to a special event permit issued by the City pursuant to Chapter 5.60 of this Code which permit contains terms and conditions governing indemnification, supervision, cleanup and control relating to the presence of dogs and/or other animals at such special events; and/or
2. The animal is deemed a guide dog, signal dog and/or service dog, as those terms are currently defined in California Penal Code Section 365.5 or may be amended in the future.

6.16.100 Dog leash required.
A. No person responsible for a dog shall permit such dog to do any of the following, unless the dog is upon a secure leash not more than six feet (6') long held continuously in the hands of a responsible person capable of controlling the dog, or unless the dog is securely confined within an automobile:
1. Be in or upon any public street, sidewalk, improvement, park or other public place, or private property if the private property is open or accessible to the public; or
2. Enter upon another person's property without permission.
B. This Section shall not apply to any such person who is in possession or operating within the terms of a valid, unrevoked permit from the City for the conduct of obedience or other types of trial or show of dogs in or upon any public place.
C. This Section shall not apply to person responsible for a dog in a fenced dog exercise area in a City park, or portion of a City park, approved and designated for that purpose by the City Council.
D. A person responsible for a dog shall comply with the following regulations and limitations applied to all dog exercise areas identified in Subsection C. of this Section:
1. Designated off-leash exercise areas will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
2. As a condition of admission to such dog exercise areas, the person responsible for such dog(s) shall use a suitable container or instrument to remove dog feces and shall dispose of it in waste containers for that purpose.
3. Aggressive dogs are not permitted. Persons responsible for such dogs are legally responsible for any injury caused by their dog(s)
4. Any dog(s) which has been declared vicious under Section 6.16.250 of this Chapter, or any other state law or local ordinance, is not permitted. Persons responsible for such dogs are legally responsible for any injury caused by their dog(s).
5. All persons responsible for dogs must keep their dogs under visual and voice control at all times.
6. Dogs shall not be left unattended.
7. Dogs under four (4) months old are not permitted.
8. All dogs must have current vaccinations and licenses.
9. Female dogs in estrus (heat cycle) are not permitted.
10. Professional dog trainers may not use the dog exercise areas to conduct classes or individual instruction.
11. Professional dog handlers and walkers shall have a City business license.
12. Children shall be accompanied by an adult and shall not run, shout, scream, wave their arms, or otherwise excite or antagonize dogs.
13. Bicycles, rollerblades, roller skates, skateboards, strollers and the like, are not permitted. Wheelchairs and other aids for the disabled are permitted.
14. Spiked collars on dogs are not permitted.
15. A person responsible for a dog must have in his/her possession a leash for the dog which shall be worn by the dog at all times that the dog is not in the exercise areas.
16. A person responsible for a dog shall otherwise comply with all rules governing the parks and relevant parking regulations.
17. Use of the exercise areas by any person responsible for a dog shall constitute implied consent of that person to all regulations and shall constitute a waiver of liability to the City of Long Beach and an agreement to protect, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the City of Long Beach, its officials and employees for any injury or damage caused by a dog when the dog is not on its leash.
18. No person shall play any team sport including, but not limited to, football, baseball, soccer, rugby and volleyball within the exercise area. The use of a frisbee is permitted.
E. A person responsible for a dog may be deemed to have violated Subsection A. of this Section, when the violation was not committed in the presence of the Director or Animal Care Services Bureau enforcement officer(s) or inspector(s) if three (3) or more persons have submitted, within a one (1) year period, declarations signed, under penalty of perjury, that the violation(s) was committed in their presence.

6.16.110 Dog noise - prohibited.
No person responsible for a dog shall permit such dog to bark, howl, whine and/or make other loud and unusual noises, whether within a building or enclosure, tied, or otherwise confined, or while at large upon any public street, sidewalk, improvement, park or other public place, or private property, which disrupts the public peace or which causes discomfort or annoyance to any reasonable person of normal sensitiveness residing in the area.

6.16.120 Dog noise-Causing by confinement.
When the Director or his/her enforcement officer(s) and/or inspector(s) determine that a person responsible for a dog has violated Section 6.16.110 of this Code, such Animal Care Services Bureau personnel are authorized to:
A. Direct the person responsible for the dog to immediately terminate the actions of the dog that are causing the loud noise;
B. Issue a written notice to the person responsible that if, within a twelve (12) month period following the initial response. Animal Care Services Bureau personnel are again required to respond to the same person responsible for violating Section 6.16.110 of this Code, a criminal and/or administrative citation will be issued pursuant to Chapters 1.32and 6.16 of this Code; and
C. Issue criminal and/or administrative citations to the person responsible for recurrent violations of Section 6.16.110 of this Code within a twelve (12) month period.

6.16.130 Food business - Keeping animals prohibited.
No person shall keep any dog or other animal in any bakery, restaurant, lunch stand, or other place of business wherein food or foodstuffs are served or sold. (Prior code 5610.25).

6.16.140 Food business - Permitting animal at large prohibited.
No owner of any dog or any other animal shall permit the same to run at large in any place where food or foodstuffs are served, displayed, and offered for sale or shall permit any dog or any other animal to come in contact with any food products intended for human consumption in any such place of business where food or foodstuffs are served, displayed or offered for sale. (Prior code § 5610.26).

6.16.150 Food business - Allowing animal on premises prohibited.
No owner, operator, manager, or employee of any place of business where food or foodstuffs are served, displayed or offered for sale shall permit any dog on said premises or in such place of business. (Prior code § 5610.27).

6.16.160 Possession without owner's consent.
No person, not the owner thereof, and without the consent of the owner thereof, shall hold or retain in his possession any dog within the city for any period longer than twenty-four hours unless such person reports the same, with the true description thereof, to the director. (Prior code § 5610.28).

6.16.170 - Dog and cat hospital — Location.

No person shall erect, construct, establish or maintain any dog hospital, cat hospital, or dog and cat hospital, outside of industrial districts, as defined by the zoning provisions of this Code, as the same now is or may hereafter be.

6.16.190 Restricted dog breeding and dog and cat transfer.

A. No person, as principal, agent, employee or otherwise, shall establish or maintain any dog kennel for breeding purposes, keep any dog for breeding purposes, or breed any dog which is owned, harbored or kept within the City, without first applying to and receiving a breeding permit to do so from the Department of Health and Human Services, Animal Control Division. “Breeding” shall be deemed to have occurred upon the production of a litter, whether such litter results from sexual activity or artificial insemination, and whether such sexual activity was intentional or the result of improper confinement.

B. The application for a breeding permit shall be filed by all of the owners and/or handlers of both dogs to be bred, including persons who may reside outside of the City, and shall contain such information as is requested by the City, including without limitation the following:

1. A complete description of the nature and extent of the breeding to be conducted and for which application is made, including the breed of dogs proposed to be bred;

2. The address of the location at which breeding will occur and, if different from the breeding address, the address of the location at which the litter shall be whelped;

3. The name and address of the applicant(s); and

4. A statement by the applicant(s) stating that the applicant(s) owns each of the dogs to be bred and that there are no other owners.

5. A statement by the applicant(s) stating that at least one of the litter is intended to be offered for sale.

6. Evidence that the dogs to be bred do not have the same sire or dam.

7. Evidence that the dam to be bred is at least two years old and not older than seven years old.

8. A copy of a valid certificate of health for the dam.

9. Evidence that both dogs to be bred have Electronic Animal Identification Devices implanted.

10. Written authorization to breed and/or whelp from the owner(s) of the properties at which the dogs will be bred and/or whelped, if such owners are not the applicant(s).

11. A statement by the applicant(s) stating that the applicant(s) have reviewed and will comply with all applicable rules and regulations regarding breeding and keeping animals on private property.

12. Such other information as may be required by the director, or designee, consistent with the purposes of this Chapter, this Code, and applicable law.

C. The Chief of Police and/or director shall conduct a background check of any applicant(s) for a breeding permit. The City shall not issue a breeding permit to any applicant for whom the Chief of Police or director determines the background to be unacceptable. Breeding permits shall not be issued to applicant(s) who are under the age of eighteen, or who have violated this Section 6.16.190, Section 6.16.080, Section 6.16.110, Section 21.51.210 of this Code, or any of Sections 596 through 599 of the California Penal Code, or to owners of dogs which have been declared vicious under Section 6.16.250 or otherwise have previously bitten any person, or to owners of any breed of dog which is disproportionately responsible for dog bite complaints within the City, or to owners of any breed of dog which is disproportionately euthanized within the City. Breeding permits shall not be issued for the purposes of breeding any dog breeds that are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (or any other organization determined by the director to be a generally recognized leading national breeding organization) and shall not be issued for the purpose of mixing breeds.

D. Prior to processing the application the director shall receive the required breeding permit application fee, and such application fee shall be non-refundable. The breeding permit application fee shall be determined by the City Council by resolution. After processing the application but prior to issuing a breeding permit, the director shall receive the required breeding permit fee, and such permit fee shall be non-refundable. The breeding permit fee shall be determined by the City Council by resolution. The following dogs are exempt from both the application fee and breeding permit fee requirements but are subject to the other requirements of this Section to the extent such requirements do not conflict with state or federal law:

1. Dogs documented as having been appropriately trained and actively used by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement or rescue activities, the offspring of which are to be used for the same purposes.

2. Dogs documented as guide, signal or service dogs pursuant to the California Penal Code or the California Business and Professions Code, the offspring of which are to be used for the same purposes.

E. The breeding permit shall be valid for one year and shall not be transferable or assignable from one person or entity to another or from one household to another household, and only one breeding permit shall be issued per year per household, regardless of how many dogs or persons may reside in such household.

F. Once permitted by the City, the breeding permittee shall comply with each of the following operating restrictions:

1. Only one litter per year per dog per household may be whelped.

2. Proper shelter shall be provided for all dogs and litters. “Proper shelter” shall be defined as an enclosure with four walls, a roof and a raised floor which adequately protects from exposure to cold, heat and water, and which gives access to an enclosed yard or other open outdoor space.

3. Clean and reasonably temperate water shall be provided to all dogs at all times.

4. Nutritious food sufficient to properly nourish the dam and her litter shall be provided.

5. Dogs’ living quarters and yards shall be properly maintained at all times, including without limitation removal of feces and urine to prevent odors from entering surrounding areas.

6. Dogs shall be kept in a manner which prevents barking from disturbing occupants or users of surrounding areas.

7. Births shall be reported to the director within ten days of their occurrence.

8. No offspring shall be sold or otherwise transferred, whether for compensation or otherwise, until it has reached the age of eight weeks, has been immunized against common diseases and has been issued a certificate of health.

9. All offspring must have an Electronic Animal Identification Device implanted before the age of eight weeks.

G. No person, as principal, agent, employee or otherwise, shall sell or transfer, for compensation or otherwise, any dog or cat within the City, without first applying to and receiving a transfer permit to do so from the Department of Health and Human Services, Animal Control Division. Dog owners who have received a breeding permit under this Section shall not be required to apply for a transfer permit under this Section. One transfer permit shall be issued per litter, unless the applicant for a transfer permit operates a pet store or is a validly incorporated 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization, in which case the transfer permit shall be issued annually.

H. The application for a transfer permit shall be filed by all of the owners of the dogs or cats to be transferred, and shall contain such information as is requested by the City, including without limitation the following:

1. The name and address of the breeder(s) of the dogs or cats to be transferred or offered for transfer, or if unknown, evidence that the applicant is a validly incorporated 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization.

2. The address of the location at which the dog or cat litter was whelped, or if unknown, evidence that the applicant is a validly incorporated 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization.

3. Such other information as may be required by the director, or designee, consistent with the purposes of this Chapter, this Code, and applicable law.

I. Prior to processing the application the director shall receive the required transfer permit application fee, and such application fee shall be non-refundable. The transfer permit application fee shall be determined by the City Council by resolution. After processing the application but prior to issuing a transfer permit, the director shall receive the required transfer permit fee, and such permit fee shall be non-refundable. The transfer permit fee shall be determined by the City Council by resolution. The following dogs and/or applicant(s) are exempt from both the application fee and transfer permit fee requirements but are subject to the other requirements of this Section to the extent such requirements do not conflict with state or federal law:

1. Dogs documented as having been appropriately trained and actively used by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement or rescue activities, the offspring of which are to be used for the same purposes.

2. Dogs documented as guide, signal or service dogs pursuant to the California Penal Code or the California Business and Professions Code.

3. Validly incorporated 501(c)(3) animal rescue organizations.

J. The following provisions shall apply to the sale, adoption or other transfer of dogs and cats, whether or not a transfer permit is required under this Section:

1. Any person who offers or provides any dog or cat for sale or transfer, whether for compensation or otherwise, shall disclose to the transferee in writing information regarding the dog’s or cat’s immunization history and the license and permit requirements of the City applicable to the transferred animal.

2. No person shall sell or otherwise transfer any dog without such dog having an Electronic Animal Identification Device implanted, which such device shall identify the breeding permit number under which the dog was bred or the transfer permit number, as applicable, and a description of the transferred dog including the breed, gender, color and age.

3. No person shall sell or otherwise transfer any dog or cat without reporting the name, address and phone number of the transferee to the director within ten business days of the transfer.

4. Any advertisement to the public regarding the availability of any dog which was bred within the City for sale or transfer, whether for compensation or otherwise, shall prominently display the breeding permit number.

5. Any advertisement to the public regarding the availability of any dog or cat for sale or transfer, which was bred outside the City, whether for compensation or otherwise, shall prominently display the transfer permit number.

6. No person shall give away any dog or cat as a prize or as an inducement to enter into any contest, lottery, drawing, auction, game or competition.

7. No person shall give away any dog or cat as an inducement to enter a place of business, or to enter into a business arrangement.

8. No person shall sell, barter, exchange or offer for adoption, whether for compensation or otherwise, any dog or cat to any minor under the age of eighteen.

9. Proper shelter shall be provided for all dogs and cats to be transferred.

10. Clean and reasonably temperate water shall be provided to all dogs and cats at all times.

11. Nutritious food sufficient to properly nourish the dog or cat shall be provided.

12. Dogs’ and cats’ living quarters and yards shall be properly maintained at all times, including without limitation removal of feces and urine to prevent odors from entering surrounding areas.

13. Dogs shall be kept in a manner which prevents barking from disturbing occupants or users of surrounding areas.

14. A valid business license shall be required for all transfers made for compensation.

K. Employees of the Animal Control Division shall have the right to inspect, on more than one occasion, the property of any permittee used for breeding, whelping or holding any animals during reasonable hours and without advance notice.

L. Failure of any person to comply with all terms and conditions of the breeding permit or the transfer permit and applicable law shall be grounds for the revocation or suspension of said breeding permit or transfer permit and shall be grounds for denial of future breeding and/or transfer permits.

M. Possession of a valid breeding or transfer permit under this Chapter does not entitle the permittee to engage in an activity which is otherwise prohibited by law.

6.16.200 Defecation -- Removal required.
No person responsible for any animal shall permit such animal to defecate on any public sidewalk, street, improvement, park or other public place, or on any private property without the consent of the owner of such private property, unless such person responsible for the animal removes any such defecation to a proper trash receptacle.

B. When the Director or his/her enforcement officer(s) and/or inspector(s) determine that a person responsible for a dog has violated Subsection A. of this Section 6.16.200, such Animal Care Services Bureau personnel are authorized to:

1. Direct the person responsible for the animal to immediately remove and dispose of the defecation to a proper trash receptacle;

2. Issue a written notice to the person responsible that if, within a twelve (12) month period following the initial response. Animal Care Services Bureau personnel are again required to respond to the same person responsible for violating Subsection A. of this Section 6.16.200, a criminal and/or administrative citation will be issued pursuant to Chapters 1.32 and 6.16 of this Code; and

3. Issue criminal and/or administrative citations to the person responsible for recurrent violations of Subsection A. of this Section6.16.200 within a twelve (12) month period.

6.16.220 - Animal sale refunds.

In the event the Director determines after the sale of an animal by the Animal Care Services Bureau that the animal bites or destroys property, or that an examining veterinarian has determined that the animal is ill and there are sufficient facts and circumstances which indicate that the illness was incurred by the animal prior to the sale, the Director may authorize the refund of the purchase price, inoculation fee, licensee fee, and any other fees or charges paid by the purchaser to the Animal Care Services Bureau in connection with the sale of the animal; provided, that the purchaser of the animal files a written request for the refund with the Animal Care Services Bureau within fifteen (15) days after the date of the sale of the animal.

6.16.250 - Vicious animals—Defined.

A. "Vicious animal" is any animal which bites or attempts to bite any human or animal without provocation, or which has a disposition or propensity to attack, bite or menace any human or animal without provocation and endangers the health and safety of any person.

B. Any animal while on the premises of the person responsible for that animal which bites or attempts to bite a person or other animal that is unlawfully on such premises, or which has been provoked or teased, or which is otherwise performing its duties as a police dog, shall not be deemed to be a vicious animal.

(ORD-09-0022, § 5, 2009)

6.16.260 - Impoundment of vicious animal.

A. Any law enforcement officer or Animal Care Services Bureau enforcement officer or inspector of the City shall have the authority summarily and immediately to impound a dog or other animal where there is evidence it is vicious within the meaning of this Chapter.

B. Whenever necessary to make an inspection to enforce any of the provisions of this Chapter, such official may enter private property at all reasonable times to inspect same or to perform any duty imposed by this Chapter; provided, that if such private property is occupied, such official shall first present proper credentials and demand entry. If entry is refused, or if the owner or other person having control of such property is not present to permit entry, such official shall have recourse to every remedy provided by law to secure entry at a later time.

C. Any person responsible for such dog or other animal subject to being impounded who fails to surrender the animal to such official upon demand shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and/or be subject to administrative fines and penalties set forth in Section 6.16.210.

D. If the dog or other animal cannot be safely taken up and impounded, it may be destroyed forthwith by such law enforcement officer or Animal Care Services Bureau enforcement officer or inspector.


6.16.310 Dog exercise area on the beach.
Notwithstanding any other Ordinance or rules of the City of Long Beach, dogs may be permitted, during the below mentioned times of day, on that part of the beach of the City of Long Beach bounded between the halfway point between Granada Ave. (the eastern boundary) and the halfway point between Roycroft Ave. (the eastern boundary) from the waterline to the designated boundary markers located approximately 60 yards from the water line (the northern boundary) to be designated by appropriate posting by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. Dogs are permitted on this designated part of the beach for the purpose of exercise. The hours that dogs may be so on the beach shall be set at the discretion of the Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. Permission for dogs to be on this designated area of the beaches of the City of Long Beach may be revoked at any time by the Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine by appropriate posting at the designated area mentioned above.

With regard to said use of this designated part of the beach of the City of Long Beach:
A. The dog exercise area must be accessed from adjacent parking lot in 90-degree angle to the marked boundaries of the dog exercise area.
B. Each dog must be under the control of an adult, and only one dog per adult is permitted. The dog must be under visual and voice control by owner/guardian at all times. Dogs that do not respond to voice commands are not permitted.
C. All dogs must wear a collar with current tags.
D. All dogs must have current vaccinations and licenses.
E. As a condition of admission to such dog exercise area, the owner/guardian of such dog shall use a suitable container or instrument to remove dog feces and shall dispose of it in waste containers provided for that purpose.
F. Aggressive dogs are not permitted.
Owners are legally responsible for any injury caused by their dogs.
G. Dogs shall not be left unattended.
H. Dogs under four (4) months old are not permitted.
I. Female dogs in heat are not permitted.
J. Professional dog trainers may not use the dog exercise area to conduct classes or individual instruction.
K. Children shall be accompanied by an adult and shall not run, shout, scream, wave their arms, or otherwise excite or antagonize dogs.
L. Bicycles, roller blades, roller skates, skateboards, strollers, and the like, are not permitted. Wheelchairs and other aids for the disabled are permitted.
M. Spiked collars on dogs are not permitted.
N. The owner/guardian of a dog must have in his/her possession a leash for the dog which shall be worn by the dog at all times that the dog is ingressing/egressing the dog exercise area.
O. Dog owners/guardians shall provide drinking water for their dogs.
P. No food of any kind is permitted in the dog exercise area during the designated hours.
Q. Dog owners/guardians shall otherwise comply with all rules governing the beaches and relevant parking regulations.
R. No one shall play any team sport including but not limited to football, baseball, soccer, rugby and volleyball during the designated dog exercise hours. The use of a frisbee or a small, retrievable ball is permitted.
S. Use of the dog exercise area by the dog shall constitute implied consent of the dog's owner to all regulations and shall constitute a waiver of liability to the City of Long Beach and an agreement to protect, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the City of Long Beach, its officials and employees for any injury or damage caused by a dog when the dog is not on a leash.
T. The Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine shall have the discretion to terminate the program.

6.28.010 Protection of animals utilized by Police Department.
It is unlawful for any person to wilfully tease, taunt, torment, strike, kick, mutilate, disable, or otherwise injure, or kill, or to interfere or meddle with any dog while such animal is being utilized by the Police Department or any officer or employee thereof, in the performance of any function or duty of the Department, or of such officer or employee. (Ord. C-5731 § 1, 1981: prior code § 3530).

10.08.110 Traffic control on city-owned property.

D. No driver of any vehicle, or rider of any animal, shall drive or ride said vehicle or animal upon any beach or other area devoted to recreational use, except on the driveways or paths provided therefor, nor hitch or fasten any animal, nor park any vehicle, upon any such place other than in a place provided and established therefor.


21.51.210 Animals (household pets).
The keeping of household pets shall be subject to the following limitations:
A. Number. A total of not more than four (4) weaned household pets may be kept at one (1) site, unless any of the weaned pets are dogs bred pursuant to a permit issued under Section 6.16.190 of this code, in which case all such weaned dogs may be kept at one (1) site until such dogs have reached the age of four (4) months. This limitation shall not apply to fish, rodents (other than rabbits), or caged birds (provided the birds are not allowed to fly free and are maintained in accordance with all applicable health regulations).
B. Maintenance. Household pets shall be kept in a manner which does not damage or pose hazards to people or property and which does not generate offensive dust, odors or noise.

6.16.080 Breeding prohibited.
No person, as principal, agent, employee or otherwise, shall breed any dog, cat or other animal at any place within the City, except as provided in Section 6.16.190. “Breeding” shall be deemed to have occurred upon the production of offspring, whether such offspring result from sexual activity or artificial insemination, and whether such sexual activity was intentional or the result of improper confinement.

UPDATED 6.16.085 Unaltered dogs cats prohibited.

No person responsible for a cat over the age of four (4) months shall allow such cat to remain unaltered, unless the cat is certified by a licensed veterinarian as not being suitable for spaying or neutering due to health reasons.

Sec. 3. Section 6.16.190 of the Long Beach Municipal Code is amended to read as follows:



Carrying Animal in Motor Truck
CA Vehicle Code 23117(a) No person driving a motor vehicle shall transport any animal in the back of the vehicle in a space intended for any load on the vehicle on a highway unless the space is enclosed or has side and tail racks to a height of at least 46 inches extending vertically from the floor, the vehicle has installed means of preventing the animal from being discharged, or the animal is cross tethered to the vehicle, or is protected by a secured container or cage, in a manner which will prevent the animal from being thrown, falling, or jumping from the vehicle.


DOG BITE STATE LAW
California is one of the states that has a dog bite statute, meaning a law that repudiates in whole or part the common law's requirement of "scienter" (i.e., knowledge that the animal had previously injured a person in the same manner, such as by a bite). California Civil Code section 3342 provides as follows:

    3342.  (a) The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.  A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of this section when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner.



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