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A. Any person being the owner or entitled to the possession of any animal of the species of horse, mule, ass, cattle, sheep, goat, domesticated fowl and exotic animals (except domesticated fowl maintained in a residence), including but not limited to, duck, chicken, goose, turkey or peafowl or swine of any kind, shall be permitted to keep the same within the limits of the city except as the same is now or may be hereafter forbidden by ordinance, by securely confining the same in a stable or other building; or an enclosure surrounded by a secure, well-built fence of sufficient height and strength to confine such animal therein; or the same may be securely staked out in a vacant lot in such manner that it cannot get upon any street, alley, or other public place within the city; provided, that the same is so confined or staked out as to effectively prevent it getting within 50 feet of any dwelling or other building in which persons work or are accustomed to be, or near enough to the property of another to do any damage thereto or commit any nuisance thereupon; and provided further, that any such animal shall be considered as running at large when it breaks away from its fastenings or is herded or permitted to feed upon any of the streets, alleys or other public places of the city.

B. Hives or colonies of bees shall be kept in a manner in which they are inaccessible to the general public and so that bee movements to and from the hive do not interfere with the ordinary movements of persons on adjacent properties or the public right-of-way. No person shall locate a beehive within 25 feet of any property line except:

1. When the hive is situated eight feet or more above the grade immediately adjacent to the subject lot; or

2. When the hive is situated less than eight feet above the grade immediately adjacent to the subject lot and behind a solid fence or hedge at least six feet in height running parallel to any property line and extending at least 20 feet beyond the hive in both directions.

All colonies must be registered with the Director of the Department of Agriculture of the state of Washington as provided in RCW 15.60.021. The terms “hive,” “colony,” “colonies of bees” and “bees” as used in this section shall have the meanings set forth in RCW 15.60.005.

C. All stables and other buildings and all enclosures and premises upon which any such animals are kept and confined shall be kept in a clean, healthful, and sanitary condition by the person owning, possessing, or using any such premises for said purposes; and no persons owning, possessing, or using any such premises shall permit any nuisance to be formed or to accumulate thereon.

D. It is the duty of the animal control authority to inspect all premises whereon any such animals are confined or kept, and to enforce the regulation of this chapter. If any such premises are not kept in the manner provided in this chapter, such officer or officers shall at once notify the persons owning, possession, or using the premises for such purpose to place the same in a safe, secure, clean, healthful, and sanitary condition, and such person shall forthwith comply with such order.

E. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of an infraction and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not to exceed $250.00. [Ord. 2021-10-042 § 1; Ord. 10468 § 2, 1993].