Any person operating a commercial animal establishment shall keep and maintain the animals, and all structures, pens, or yards, tanks, ponds or other holding areas in which the animals are kept, in such a manner as to prevent a nuisance or health hazard to humans and to avoid injury and illness to the animals so held. The following standards shall be met:

(a)   Sanitation. All holding areas must be properly sanitized to keep the animals enclosed therein free of diseases. Floors, walls and ceilings shall be kept clean and in good repair. All surfaces exposed to animal contact must be impervious to moisture. Standing water shall not be permitted. The proprietor shall prominently and publicly post and shall follow a schedule for cleaning and maintaining cages and other animal holding areas. Bedding materials shall be stored and adequately protected against infestation and contamination which would render the bedding wet or unclean.

(b)   Temperature. The premises shall be provided with safe heating apparatus capable of sufficiently heating the animal housing facilities when necessary to protect the animals from cold and to provide for their general health and comfort.

(c)   Ventilation. Animal housing shall be adequately ventilated to provide for the health and comfort of animals at all times. Ventilation shall be deemed adequate only if auxiliary ventilation such as exhaust fans, vents or air conditioning is provided. Animals shall be provided with fresh air and the animal housing facility shall be ventilated to minimize drafts, odors and moisture condensation.

(d)   Lighting. The premises shall have adequate natural or artificial light so as to permit the activity for which the premises are to be used to be carried on safely. Such lighting shall provide uniformly distributed illumination of sufficient intensity to permit effective inspection and cleaning of the premises. Cages, pens, yards or other structures or holding areas shall be so placed or constructed so as to protect the animals from excessive illumination.

(e)   Food. All animals shall be provided with a constant supply of wholesome food and water or, in lieu of this, the proprietor shall prominently and publicly post and shall follow a schedule for adequate and regular feeding and watering of the animals. Food supplies shall be stored and adequately protected against infestation and contamination which would render the food unfit for consumption. Refrigeration adequate to prevent spoilage shall be provided for perishable foods and, when necessary, for medication.

(f)   Isolation for Diseased Animals. Any animal that is infected or diseased with an infectious agent shall be immediately isolated to prevent the spread of disease to any other healthy animals, and it shall be treated immediately to prevent further deterioration or euthanized, and if the owner or keeper fails or refuses to provide for such, the animal control officer may remove each animal to the designated facility for disposition.

(g)   Adequate Space. All animals shall be provided with adequate living space for that species as prescribed by the animal control officer and as otherwise provided by law.

(h)   Waste Removal. Animal and food wastes, debris, water and dead animals must be collected and removed on a regular and frequent basis to minimize odors, contamination and disease risks.

(Ord. 969, Sec. 1)

All commercial animal establishment businesses shall be subject to and must permit inspection by the animal control officers of the city, law enforcement officers and other city officials. Such inspections will include, but not be limited to cages, pens, yards or other structures or holding areas used to immediately restrict animals to a limited amount of space, waste disposal methods, food and bedding, vermin control, heating and ventilation and isolation facilities.

(Ord. 969, Sec. 2)

Failure to comply with the requirements of this article shall subject the proprietor to a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000. Each day shall be considered a separate offense.

(Ord. 969, Sec. 3)