Article 3. Animal Control And Licensing Requirements
A. Except as hereinafter provided, article 3 of chapter V, animals and fowls, of the Los Angeles municipal code, as amended and in effect on July 1, 2015, is hereby adopted by reference as the animal control ordinance of the city of Beverly Hills and may be cited as such.
A copy of article 3 of chapter V, animals and fowls, of the Los Angeles municipal code, as amended and in effect on July 1, 2015, has been deposited in the office of the city clerk of the city of Beverly Hills and shall at all times be maintained by the city clerk for use and examination by the public.
B. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection A of this section, whenever any of the following words and phrases are used in the animal control ordinance, except for sections 53.18.5, 53.34.2, 53.34.3, and 53.34.4 of the Los Angeles municipal code as adopted by reference, such name or term shall be defined as follows:
BOARD OF ANIMAL SERVICES COMMISSION: Shall mean and include the Beverly Hills hearing officer.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES OR CITY: The city of Beverly Hills, except where the city of Los Angeles is the correct notation due to the circumstances.
DEPARTMENT (Or Any Similar Term): Shall mean and include the code enforcement division of the Beverly Hills building and safety department.
GENERAL MANAGER (Or Any Similar Term): Shall mean and include the director of community development, or his designee, of the city of Beverly Hills.
Whenever the animal control ordinance refers to a "person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any animal", or whenever the animal control ordinance refers to an "owner", that person or owner shall mean "guardian" for the purposes of the animal control ordinance, referring to any person who cares for a domestic pet. (Ord. 15-O-2688, eff. 9-18-2015)
A. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 5-2-301 of this chapter, the animal control ordinance is amended by deleting sections 53.08, 53.15.1, 53.38, 53.39, 53.42(c), 53.42(d), 53.43, 53.47, 53.49, 53.55, 53.59, 53.60, 53.63, 53.64, 53.68, and 53.69.
B. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 5-2-301 of this chapter, the following text from section 53.50(f) is hereby deleted:
"The fees imposed herein for a pet show or a dog show shall be waived in the event that such show is held in a public park".
C. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 5-2-301 of this chapter, the following text from section 53.73 is hereby deleted:
"The ordinance will become operative six months after its effective date, and expire on June 30, 2016, unless extended by ordinance".
D. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 5-2-301 of this chapter, the animal control ordinance is amended by amending sections 53.00 (amending the definitions of "cat kennel" and "dog kennel"), 53.06, 53.06.2, 53.15.2(c), 53.18.5 (amending the first 2 sentences only), 53.27, 53.33, 53.42(e), 53.50(a), and 53.66 to read as follows:
53.00 Cat Kennel.
"Cat kennel" shall mean any dwelling unit, structure, or premises, whereon or wherein six (6) or more cats over the age of four (4) months are kept, harbored, or maintained for any purpose, other than in a pet store for sale to the public or for care or treatment in an animal hospital.
53.00 Dog Kennel.
"Dog kennel" shall mean any lot, building, structure, or premises whereon or wherein four (4) or more dogs over the age of four (4) months are kept, harbored or maintained for any purposes other than in a pet shop for sale to the public or for care or treatment in an animal hospital.
53.06 Animals At Large.
No person owning or having possession, charge, custody or control of any animal, except cats which are not in heat or season, shall cause, permit or allow the animal to stray, run, or in any manner to be at large in or upon any public street, sidewalk or park.
53.06.2 Restraint Of Dogs.
Every person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any dog shall keep such dog exclusively upon his own premises provided, however, that such dog may be off such premises if it be under the control of a competent person and restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length.
53.15.2(c) Breeding Permit.
(1) No person shall cause or allow any dog or cat owned, harbored or kept within the city of Beverly Hills to breed.
(2) Any commercial establishment selling dogs and cats shall prominently display the name and address of the breeder(s) of such dogs and cats and any other information required by the general manager.
(3) Any commercial establishment which sells or otherwise transfers a dog or cat, whether for compensation or otherwise, shall provide to the new animal owners city application(s) for a license and permit as well as written information regarding the license and permit requirements of the city applicable to such animal.
53.18.5 Hearing Procedures And License Revocations.
This section shall govern procedures for the revocation of dog licenses and related matters. For purposes of this section the term "dog" includes the plural and the term "owner" means the owner or person having charge, care or custody of a dog.
53.27 Transfer Of Ownership; Notice Required.
Each owner or operator of any dog hospital or pet shop or as a veterinarian who sells, gives away or in any manner causes the ownership or permanent possession of any dog, whether over four (4) months or age or not, to be transferred to any person, shall notify in writing the department of that fact within five (5) days after the date of such sale or transfer. Such notice shall state the kind of dog, the name of such dog, if any, and the person to whom such dog has been sold or transferred.
53.33 Vicious Animals - Private Premises.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep within the city a vicious dog, nor shall any person, owning or having custody or control of any dog, or any other animal known by such person to be vicious or dangerous, shall permit it to run at large, or permit it to run loose on or within the premises of such person in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of any person lawfully entering such premises.
53.42(e) Animals, Sale Of - As Novelties - On Streets.
(e) This section shall not be construed to prohibit the display or sale of rabbits, natural chicks, ducklings or other fowl, in proper faculties by stores engaged in the business of selling the same, to be raised for food purposes.
53.50(a) Permit Required.
No person, without first obtaining a permit therefor in writing from the department, shall keep, conduct or operate within the city any pet shop, animal grooming parlor, pony ring or pony ride, circus, pet show, cat show or animal acts or exhibitions.
53.66 Guard Dogs.
(a) No person shall keep, use or maintain any guard dog or sentry dog within city limits.
(b) For the purposes of this section, "guard dog" means any dog kept, used or maintained on any commercial or industrial premises or any dog used to guard, protect, patrol or defend any property or person.
(c) For the purposes of this section, "sentry dog" means any dog trained to guard, protect, patrol or defend any premises, area or yard, or any dog trained as a sentry or to protect, defend or guard any person or property or any dog which is schutzhund or any similar classification.
(Ord. 15-O-2688, eff. 9-18-2015)
A. Unless a different penalty is provided for in this chapter, violation of any provision of the animal control ordinance shall be punishable as provided for in title 1, chapter 3, article 1 of this code.
B. Any person violating any of the following sections of the animal control ordinance is guilty of a misdemeanor that is punishable as provided for in title 1, chapter 3, article 1 of this code:
(Ord. 15-O-2688, eff. 9-18-2015)