Alice Texas Chicken Ordinance

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    Alice Texas Chicken Ordinance

    Are Chickens Allowed in this locationYes
    Max Chickens Allowed6; coops or enclosures must be at least 100' from any dwelling; More than six must be kept 500' from any dwelling; Nuisance Ordinances apply
    Roosters AllowedYes
    Permit RequiredNo
    Coop RestrictionsYes; sanitation ordinance applies; droppings must be picked up daily
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    Additional InformationSec. 10-4. Facilities. Any person desiring to keep livestock, fowl or pets shall have facilities for keeping such livestock, fowl and pets in quarters meeting the standards set by the health officer and by this chapter. (Code 1986, § 4-19) Sec. 10-6. Health officer may prohibit keeping. Whenever any premises where any livestock, fowl or pets are kept are in an unsanitary condition or the facilities are not in keeping with the provisions of this article or any other regulations in this chapter or of any health ordinance or law are not observed, the health officer may by written notice to the person responsible for the condition of the premises or the keeping of the livestock, fowl or pet, order the abatement of the conditions which are not in accordance with this chapter or conditions which constitute a nuisance. (Code 1986, § 4-21) Sec. 10-7. Keeping near property of another. The keeping on any premises in the city of any fowl, or any livestock, or any pets exceeding six in the aggregate is prohibited, unless the pens, stalls or other facilities for keeping such fowl, livestock or pets shall be so located that the livestock, fowl or pets cannot come within 100 feet of any dwelling or business building owned, used or maintained by other than the keeper. (Code 1986, § 4-22) Sec. 10-8. Maximum number. The keeping upon any premises in the city of a combined total of more than 14 livestock, fowl or pets is forbidden unless the pen, stall or other facility used shall prevent them from coming within 500 feet of the exterior limits of any building used for human habitation or used for the business of any person other than the keeper, unless the keeper is within one or more exceptions in section 10-2. (Code 1986, § 4-23) Sec. 10-9. Sanitation standards--Humane animal care and keeping. Every person keeping any livestock, fowl or pet as authorized in this chapter shall comply with the sanitation standards established by this section and the health officer for such livestock, fowl or pet. (1) Humane animal care and keeping. No person may violate the following provisions for humane animal care and keeping: a. No owner may fail to provide the owner\'s animal with sufficient and wholesome food, water, and necessary shelter and protection from the weather, all within reach of the animal; b. No owner may fail to provide the owner\'s animal with humane care and treatment and with veterinary care when needed to prevent or alleviate suffering; c. No person may beat, cruelly treat, torment, overload, seriously overwork, or otherwise abuse an animal, or cause, instigate, or permit one animal to fight with another animal or person; d. No person may abandon or neglect an animal; e. No person, other than a licensed veterinarian, may crop a dog\'s ears, dock a dog\'s tail, or remove a dog\'s dew claws; f. No person may sell an animal to, buy an animal from, or barter or exchange for an animal with, any commercial animal establishment that does not have a valid commercial permit nor may a person sell, buy, donate, or barter or exchange for, an animal upon commercial property without possessing a valid commercial permit. g. No person may sell, offer for sale, or donate any animal to another person, or barter or exchange with any other person for an animal, upon any public property within the city. Public property includes, but is not limited to, streets, alleys, sidewalks, parking lots, and rights-of-way and easements; h. No person may sell or deliver live chickens, ducklings, goslings, or rabbits to any other person within the period of 30 days prior to Easter Sunday and on Easter Sunday. Hatcheries and commercial animal establishments that buy and sell animals intended for agricultural use or to be raised for commercial purposes are excluded from the prohibitions contained in this subsection; i. No person may give away or offer to give away any live animal, except for goldfish, as a prize for or as an inducement to enter any contest, game, or other competition, or as an inducement to enter a place of amusement, or offer any animal as an incentive to enter into any business agreement whereby the offer was for the purpose of attracting trade; j. No person may sell, offer for sale, barter, or display any living chickens, rabbits, ducks, or any other fowl or animal which has been dyed, colored, or otherwise treated so as to impart to it an artificial color; k. No person may expose any poisonous substance, whether mixed with food or not, so that the same is likely to be eaten by any animal, provided that it is not a violation of this chapter for a person to expose on a person\'s own property common rat poison having a blood-thinning agent or other agent approved by the department of public health, mixed only with vegetable substances and intended for consumption by rats or mice only; l. No person may allow an enclosure used to confine animals to be maintained in an unsanitary condition at times any time; m. No person may tether, hitch, or stake out any animal, or permit an animal to be tethered, hitched, or staked out so that the animal can go upon or stretch any rope, chain, strap, or other restraint device by which the animal is tethered, hitched, or staked out into any sidewalk, alley, or street; n. No person may tether, tie, or fasten any animal to any lamppost, lightpole, utility pole, awning post, tree, fence, hydrant, or shrubbery belonging to another person without the consent of the owner of the object to which the animal is tethered, tied, or fastened; o. No person may sell, offer for sale, barter, donate, or display turtles with a carapace length of less than four inches or viable turtle eggs. An educational or research institution is exempt from the display prohibition contained in this subsection if the turtles or turtle eggs are displayed for educational or research purposes; p. No person may tether an animal in such a manner that allows the animal to become entangled; q. No person shall impound, confine or cause to be impounded or confined in any place, any animal, domestic or wild, and fail to supply such animal during confinement with a sufficient quality and quantity of food and water; nor shall any person poison, torture, torment, deprive of necessary sustenance, mutilate, overdrive, overload, drive when overloaded, beat, maim or kill any animal, domestic or wild, by any means which shall cause unjustified pain, distress or suffering, whether intentionally or negligently. (2) Sanitation of premises. All structures, pens, coops or yards wherein animals, domestic or wild, are confined shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times, devoid of vermin and free from offensive odors. The chief of police, his designee, or health officer may at any time, inspect or cause to be inspected any structure or premises, and issue any such order as may be necessary to enforce the provisions of this section, and any other relevant or pertinent rule, regulation the city, or any health provisions of this Code. Sec. 10-10. Running at large; enclosures. Every keeper of any livestock, fowl or pets shall confine the livestock, fowl or pets in an enclosure sufficient to prevent their running at large. Such enclosure shall be maintained in a clean and sanitar y condition at all times. An approved insecticide shall be used as often as necessary to maintain sanitary conditions. (Code 1986, § 4-25) Sec. 10-12. Disposition of litter and droppings. Every keeper of any livestock, fowl or pet shall cause the litter and droppings therefrom to be collected daily in a container or receptacle of such type that, when closed, it is ratproof and flytight and, after each collection, shall cause such container or receptacle to be kept closed. At least once each week, each such keeper shall cause all litter and droppings to be collected and disposed of in such a way as not to permit fly breeding. Every person keeping an animal within the city limits shall pick up and properly dispose of any solid excrement from the animal, whether the animal is on public or private property. (Code 1986, § 4-27; Ord. No. 1838, § 5, 3-28-2007) Sec. 10-13. Storage of feed. All feed provided for livestock or fowl or pets shall be stored and kept in a ratproof, flytight building, box, container or receptacle. (Code 1986, § 4-28) Sec. 10-14. Inspection of premises. Premises whereon livestock or fowl or pets are kept or maintained shall be subject to inspection by the chief of police, his designee, or health officer at any reasonable hour of the day. (Code 1986, § 4-29; Ord. No. 1838, § 3, 3-28-2007) Sec. 10-15. Sale or display of artificially colored animals. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, barter or display any living chicks, baby rabbits, ducklings or any other baby fowl or animals which have been dyed, colored or otherwise treated so as to impart to them an artificial color. (Code 1986, § 4-30)
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