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6.06.012 Private kennel -- Breeding/non-breeding requirements for obtaining license.
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The licensing authority may issue a license for a private kennel (breeding or non-breeding) upon application by the owner and only if the licensing authority is satisfied that all the following requirements are met:

(1) All open run areas shall be completely surrounded by fencing according to the size, type and characteristic of the breed set back at least 30 feet from all property lines. For purposes of this section "open run area" means that area, within the property lines of the premises on which the private kennel is to be maintained, where dogs are sheltered and maintained. If there is no open run area set aside for sheltering or maintaining the dogs within the property lines of the premises, the 30-foot setback does not apply. If the premises does not contain an open run area, its property line must be completely surrounded by fencing according to the size, type and characteristic of the breed. Kennel applicants located on a corner lot must also meet fencing requirements identified in SCC 30.23.100;

(2) No commercial signs or other display advertising the private kennel are permitted on the property except for the signs advertising the sale of the allowable offspring set forth in this section and as prescribed in SCC 30.28.050(1)(f);

(3) The licensing authority may require additional setbacks, fencing, screening or soundproofing as necessary to insure the compatibility of the private kennel with the surrounding neighborhood. In determining such compatibility, the licensing authority may consider the following:

(a) Statements regarding approval/disapproval of surrounding neighbors relative to operation and maintenance of a private kennel by the applicant at the address listed on the private kennel application;

(b) Past history of animal control complaints relating to dogs owned or kept by the applicant at the address listed on the private kennel application;

(c) Facility specifications/dimensions in which the dogs are to be maintained; and

(d) Size, type and characteristics of breed of dogs to be kept at proposed private kennel;

(4) Food and water shall be provided in sufficient amounts to ensure normal growth in puppies and maintenance of normal body weight in adults;

(5) Food and water receptacles shall be accessible to all dogs and shall be located so as to prevent contamination by dirt and excreta;

(6) Adequate shelter shall be provided to protect the animal from excessive heat or cold, sunlight, rain, snow, wind and other elements. The determination of adequacy of shelter is made by the licensing authority and is based on the size of the animal;

(7) Private kennels-breeding shall provide written instructions and educational material on care, feeding, and responsible pet ownership, as well as licensing forms, to each dog purchaser. (Added by Ord. 97-020 § 6, May 7, 1997, Eff date July 1, 1997; Amended by Ord. 02-081, Dec. 4, 2002, Eff date Dec. 19, 2002; Amended by Ord. 02-098, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003).

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