At the March 6 City Council Meeting, the City Council approved a City Ordinance modifying Title 6 (Animals) of the Yorba Linda Municipal Code. This updated ordinance, intended to govern responsible pet ownership in Yorba Linda, conforms with the pet standards set forth by Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) and ensures uniformity with the County’s Animal Control Codes.
A summary of the modifications include:
- Improves the Vicious Dog Program by providing for the use of independent hearing officers; adding the ability to ban owners of the vicious dogs from owning dogs for up to three years; clarifying "provocation" and other terms for identifying aggressive dogs; and removing "potentially dangerous dog" designations following a specified time period of non-incidence. The ordinance also implements recent state law changes eliminating automatic designation for animals seized from convicted violators of fighting dog statutes;
- Expands the Barking Dog Program to include nuisances from animals other than dogs; and
- Clarifies language relating to animal permits, kennel permits, and mobile grooming licenses to provide clearer direction to citizens as to the applicability of the permit, particularly with respect to animal rescues.
Chapter 6.36 (Bird Sanctuary) and Chapter 6.40 (Nighttime Horseback Riding) were not modified, as they are both unique ordinances for the City of Yorba Linda. For more information on animal control services, please visit the Animal Services section of the City’s website.