If your pet has been picked up by the Seaside Animal Control Officer, please call 899-6744 as soon as possible.
Your pet will be taken to the SPACA within 24 hours of pickup if no contact is made with you. The SPCA phone number is 373-2631, press "0" for the operator.
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Animal Control Duties:
- Enforce ordinances regarding animals in the City of Seaside
- Pick up strays and injured animals
- Enforce state and local quarantines regarding animal bites
- Investigate any reports of animal cruelty or mistreatment
- Educate and inform the public about animal laws in the City of Seaside
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Barking dog next door?
- Contact the neighbor and attempt to resolve the situation through peaceful discussion.
- If no success, contact Animal Control Officer Ramsay at 899-6744 and she will contact the neighbor/dog owner directly.
- A citation can be issued if the problem persists. Call non-emergency dispatch at 394-6811 and request an officer. A citation will be presented you for your signature ( SSMC 6.04.160 A ), and then served to the pet's owner.
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CITY OF SEASIDE ORDINANCES
LEASH LAW: 6.04.120 - Dogs or other animals running at large—Impoundment.
It shall be the duty of the chief of police of the city, and such deputies as he/she may appoint for such purpose, or the agency designated to do so by a joint powers agreement entered into by the city under authority of the California Government Code, to seize and impound all dogs and other animals, whether licensed or unlicensed, found running at large within the meaning of Section 6.04.110.
BARKING OR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: 6.04.160 - Animals—Creating disturbing noises or unsanitary conditions—Destroying property.
A. It is unlawful to keep or harbor any dog, cat, or other animal or fowl, which by reason of its barking, howling, yelping or other noise, or which by reason of unsanitary conditions in connection with its keeping, habitually disturbs the peace of any person, is declared to be contrary to the public health, safety and welfare and to be a public nuisance. The nuisance may be abated by appropriate proceedings in any court of competent jurisdiction in the manner provided by law.
B. It is unlawful for any person owning or having charge, care, control, or custody of any dog, cat, or other animal or fowl, to permit such animal to trespass on private or public property so as to damage or destroy any property or any thing of value.
LICENSES: 6.04.010 - Dogs—License and tag required.
Every person owning, having charge, care, control or custody over any dog shall, after such dog attains the age of four months, annually secure from the city treasurer a license and tag for such dog as provided in this chapter. The tag shall be affixed to a collar or harness in conspicuous fashion, and shall remain so affixed for the entire term of such tag.
ABANDONED ANIMALS: 6.04.150 - Abandonment of dogs or other animals unlawful.
It is unlawful for any person to wilfully abandon any dog or other animal within the city. Violation of this section shall be an infraction, punishable as provided in Section 1.16.030.
DOG BITE INFORMATION: 6.04.140 - Quarantine of biting dogs or other animals.
A. Whenever it is shown that any dog or other animal has bitten any person, or whenever any dog or other animal shows symptoms of rabies, or acts in such a manner as to lead any animal control officer, peace officer, or veterinarian to believe that such dog or other animal may have rabies, the owner or person having charge, care, control, or custody of such dog or other animal, shall, upon order of such animal control officer, peace officer, or veterinarian, quarantine such dog or animal and keep it confined and securely tied for a period of ten days. Any animal control officer, peace officer, or veterinarian shall have the authority to make inspection or examination of such dog or other animal at any time during such period and, if not satisfied that this section has been fully complied with, may immediately impound the animal.
B. In lieu of the method of confinement set out in subsection A of this section, the owner or person having charge, care, control or custody of such dog or other animal may have the same confined in an establishment controlled and supervised by a veterinarian licensed under the laws of the state for a period of not less than five days, after which time such dog or other animal may be released from such establishment upon the certification of the veterinarian controlling or supervising such establishment that such dog or other animal displays no symptoms whatsoever of rabies, and upon vaccination and licensing under the provisions of this chapter.
VICIOUS ANIMALS: 6.04.170 - Vicious dogs.
A. Any dog which has on one or more occasions bitten or otherwise injured any person other than his owner or a trespasser upon private property where such dog is kept, or any dog which has otherwise demonstrated on one or more occasion vicious, dangerous and/or fierce propensities such as, but not necessarily limited to, unprovoked threatening or molesting any person or causing substantial damage or injury to any public or private property, is declared a vicious dog. It is unlawful to keep, harbor or maintain a vicious dog.
B. Such vicious dog may be impounded, or may be ordered humanely destroyed, at the discretion of the chief of police.
C. Any animal control officer or peace officer of the city may, pursuant to lawful authority, enter upon private premises in order to seize any vicious dog. Any vicious dog, whether running at large or not, which cannot safely be taken up and impounded, may be killed by a peace officer.
D. No dog impounded under the provisions of this section shall be destroyed or otherwise disposed of until and after written notice is given by the city to the owner of such dog, if known, or to the person having charge, care, control, or custody over such dog, as provided in this section. Such notice shall contain a description of the dog impounded, including the sex and breed thereof and the date the dog was impounded, and the circumstances of such impoundment. The notice required by this section may be served in the manner provided for the serving of notice set out in Section 6.04.130
E. The keeping, harboring or maintaining of any vicious dog is declared to be contrary to the public health, welfare and safety, and to be a public nuisance. In addition to the foregoing methods of abatement of such nuisance, the same may be abated by appropriate proceedings in any court of competent jurisdiction.
F. Violation of subsection A of this section shall be a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment not to exceed six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
G. Any animal destroyed pursuant to this section shall immediately be taken, by the officer, to a licensed veterinarian or to the Monterey County S.P.C.A. for a rabies determination pursuant to state law.
CURBING ANIMALS: 6.04.180 - Curbing dogs.
It is unlawful for any owner or person having charge, care, custody or control over any dog to permit, suffer, or allow such dog to defecate or urinate upon any public sidewalk or upon any improved private property, except that of the owner or person having charge, care, custody or control over such dog. It shall be the duty of the owner or person having charge, care, custody or control over a dog to curb such dog in order to carry out the intent of this section.