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A. No person shall own a kennel without first applying to and receiving from the Chief of Animal Control an animal license to do so, if the zoning is proper.

The application for a license shall contain the name of the applicant, his address, the address of the proposed location of the kennel if different from the applicant’s, a brief description of the housing facilities and the number and description of the dogs to be kept therein.

The fee for the issuance of a kennel license shall be due and payable by the owner on the first day of July of each year according to the fees set forth in the animal control fee resolution.

Any person failing to procure and pay for a kennel license or who fails to pay for a new kennel license prior to the expiration date of the previous license shall pay the amount as set forth in the animal control fee resolution as a penalty for such failure.

B. The Chief of Animal control shall procure and issue serial numbered license tags stamped with the name of the county. Such tags shall only be issued in the following numbers upon the application of kennel owners who have complied with the vaccination and fee provisions of this chapter.

Two tags for kennels with five to 10 dogs;

Four tags for kennels with 11 to 15 dogs;

Six tags for kennels with 16 or more dogs.

Any dog which is removed from the physical location of a kennel shall have a license tag attached to its collar at all times; additional tags can be obtained for the amount as set forth in the animal control fee resolution.

C. Upon receipt of an application for a kennel license by the Chief of Animal Control, the application shall be forwarded to the Building Inspection Section of the County Department of Public Works, the Public Health Department of the county, the Planning Department of the county, and designated employees of these departments shall ascertain whether or not the applicant’s plan is in conformity with county law governing their respective department.

If the applicant’s kennel is in conformity with the law governing said departments, departmental approval shall be indicated on the fact of the application. If the applicant’s kennel is not in conformity with the law governing said departments, the face of the application shall be marked “NOT APPROVED” and the reason for nonapproval noted thereon, along with any revisions or changes in the applicant’s kennel which, if made, would result in approval by the department in question.

Upon approval by said departments of an application for a license, the Chief of Animal Control shall make any investigation he deems proper. He shall approve an application if he finds all of the following:

1. Keeping the kennel at the location specified in the application will not violate any law or ordinance of this county or any law of the state of California.

2. Keeping and maintenance of the kennel will not endanger the peace, health, or safety of persons in the immediate vicinity, or in the county as a whole.

3. Premises and housing where the kennel is to be maintained are in a clean and sanitary condition, and any dog kept therein will not be subject to suffering, cruelty or abuse.

4. The applicant has not had a license provided for herein revoked within a year prior to the date of application.

5. Keeping and maintenance of the kennel does not constitute a public nuisance.

D. Any kennel license issued pursuant to this chapter may be revoked or suspended as herein provided if, after investigation, the Chief of Animal Control finds any of the following to be true:

1. The owner, his agent or employee has been convicted of any offense involving the violation of Cal. Penal Code § 597, or any provision of this chapter, or is in violation of the zoning, health and safety or building ordinances relating to the keeping of dogs; or

2. The owner has failed to keep and maintain the premises or housing for the kennel in a clean and sanitary condition; or

3. The owner has at the place for which the kennel license is issued failed to provide any dog with proper food, water, shelter, or attention; or

4. The owner has violated any rules, regulations, or conditions adopted by the Chief of Animal Control as necessary to insure that the kennel will not endanger the safety of any person or property. (Ord. 757, eff. 4/19/90. Formerly 8.08.450)

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