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    Sec. 7-125. Primary Enclosure.


    Sec. 7-125. Primary enclosure.
    (a) A primary enclosure shall be provided for each animal; and two (2) or more animals of the same species may be housed together if the enclosure meets the criteria set forth herein for that animal.
    (b) Primary enclosures shall be structurally sound and maintained in good repair to protect animals. They shall be constructed and maintained so as to enable the animals to remain dry and clean when appropriate for the species. Walls and floors shall be impervious to urine and other moisture.
    (c) The floors of the primary enclosure shall be constructed so as to protect the animals’ feet and legs from injury. Primary enclosure for animals, except cats, may have wire or gird flooring, provided that the gauge of the wire or grid material is of adequate size to support the animal and to prevent sagging under the weight of the animal and provided that the mesh openings are of a suitable size for the age and species of the animal. Wire or grid flooring for animals (quadrupeds), except cats, shall have mesh openings of such size as to prevent the animals’ feet from passing through the openings. Cages for dogs with wire flooring shall have at least twenty-five (25) percent of the floor area covered with solid, impervious material. Primary enclosures for cats shall have solid floors.
    (d) Each primary enclosure shall be constructed and maintained so as to provide sufficient space to allow each animal to turn about freely and to easily stand, sit or lie in a comfortable position. The minimum height of an enclosure for a dog shall be the height of the dog at the top of the head plus six (6) inches, and the minimum length of the dog from the tip of the nose to base of the tail plus at least six (6) inches. Containing a dog by means of tying or chaining shall not be permitted, except that dog may be restrained when grooming if the chain is placed or attached to a well-fitted collar.
    (e) A primary enclosure for a cat shall have a liner pan, made from nonabsorbent material, or disposable pans containing sufficient clean litter to contain the excreta. Primary enclosures housing more than one (1) cat shall provide an elevated solid resting surface or surfaces, which shall be of adequate size to comfortably hold the occupants.
    (f) All cages and enclosures used for holding birds shall be of metal or nonabsorbent construction, readily cleanable, and elevated at a distance of not less than twelve (12) inches from the floor; except that full flight cages may be less than twelve (12) inches from the floor, if the cage or enclosure is located so it is not subject to drafts or sudden changes in ambient temperature. Excreta shall be removed from the cages daily and disinfected at least weekly. Each bird cage shall contain an adequate number of perches for every bird confined therein; except that perches will not be required in cages housing species of ground-dwelling birds, or other species where the use of perches would be detrimental to the birds’ well-being.
    (g) Housing facilities and primary enclosures for fish, reptiles, amphibians, small rodents and insects shall be kept clean so as to reduce disease hazards and odors. Housing facilities and primary enclosures for all other animals, including, but not limited to, dogs and cats, shall be cleaned a minimum of once each twelve (12) hour period and more frequently as may be necessary to reduce disease hazards, odors and discomfort of the animals.
    (h) Primary enclosures for dogs and cats shall be sanitized at intervals not to exceed forty-eight (48) hours or as often as necessary to prevent contamination of animals contained therein, or spread of disease. Sanitizing shall be by washing the surfaces with a detergent solution followed by the application of a safe and effective disinfectant.
    (i) For purposes of health and sanitation, fish tanks or aquariums shall be equipped with an efficient filtration system. The water temperature in a fish tank or aquarium shall be maintained at a constant level appropriate for the fish contained therein, except that certain species of pond-swelling fish may be kept in fish bowls which do not have filtration systems, provided that the water is changed with such frequency that it does not become deleterious to the well-being of the fish. Each fish tank containing warm-water fish shall be maintained at a temperature appropriate for the species.
    (j) Cages or tanks in which turtles of the amphibious type are confined must contain an amount of water sufficient for each turtle to drink and moisten itself. The floor area of tanks in which turtles are confined must contain a dry area sufficient for each turtle therein; except that certain species of turtle, such as marine species, which normally would not require a dry area for their well-being will not be required to have a dry area provided for them. (Ord. No. O-01-171, 9-18-01)
    Last updated date: 10/23/2006 4:15:21 PM