§ 6.34.160. Care of horses—Enforcement

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  • A. Holders and operators using horses shall ensure that humane care is given to horses at all times and that appropriate and sufficient food and fresh, potable drinking water are available for each horse and that, while working, each horse is permitted to eat at reasonable intervals and have access to drinking water as necessary. At a minimum, horses shall be permitted to drink at least once an hour or more frequently, if needed, in temperatures above ninety degrees Fahrenheit. Holders and drivers shall further ensure that horses be given a minimum ten-minute rest period between fares. Horses shall be provided shade during all rest periods and other times that they are not working.

    B. Holders and operators shall not allow a horse to be worked on a public highway, path or street during conditions which are determined by inspectors or officers with power to enforce this chapter and veterinarians employed with or contracted by the city or the director of the department of public health or his designee to pose a threat to the health, safety or well-being of the horse, passengers, or general public. If such conditions develop while a horse is being worked, however, said horse shall be returned, without delay, to its stable by the most direct route, and, if the threat posed is an immediate one, then the return of the horse to its stable shall be by horse trailer.

    C. Holders and operators shall ensure that horses are not at work for more than eight hours in any continuous twenty-four hour period.

    D. Holders and operators shall ensure that horses are treated for internal parasites every four months under the direction of a veterinarian and receive from a veterinarian, the following vaccinations at the specified intervals:

    1. Venezuelan, Western, Eastern Encephalomyelitis—yearly;

    2. Tetanus toxoid—yearly;

    3. Equine Influenza—twice yearly; and

    4. Rabies—yearly.

    E. Holders and operators shall ensure that horses are kept clean, especially those areas in contact with the harness or other tack. Additionally, horses must receive appropriate and necessary hoof trimming and shoe resetting every six to eight weeks. The holder or owner must maintain records of all trimming and shoeing, which shall be made available to the chief of police or to the director of the department of public health or his designee upon request.

    F. A holder shall, at his own expense, have each horse examined by a veterinarian before the horse is put in service and before the renewal of an annual license. The veterinarian shall certify that the horse is in a sound and fit condition to perform the task of drawing a carnage and is properly shod so as to provide adequate protection to a horse which will travel on paved roads.

    G. The following shall deem a horse unfit for use:

    1. Lameness of any kind;

    2. Open sores or wounds caused or likely to be irritated by the bearing surfaces of harness, bridle or girths;

    3. Signs of emaciation, dehydration or exhaustion; and

    4. Loose or broken shoes or no shoes.

    H. A holder or operator commits an offense if he allows the continued use of a horse which is unfit for use as defined in subsection G of this section.

    I. All stables where a horse used in a nonmotorized vehicle for hire service is kept must comply with the requirements of Title 7 of this code. Upon request at any reasonable time and after giving written notice to the holder, the holder shall make the stable available for inspection by the chief of police, an inspector or employee of the police department (taxi detail section), any officer of the police department and any veterinarian or animal control officer employed with or contracted by the city or the director of the department of public health or his designee. If the inspection reveals a lack of humane care, unsafe or unsanitary conditions which may affect the health of the horse or a violation of Title 7, the chief of police or the director of the department of public health or his designee, may order the holder to remove the horse from the stable and seek other appropriate shelter for the horse, until all problems or violations have been corrected, or they may order that the horse be allowed to remain while corrective action is taken within twenty-four hours. Failure to bring the stable into compliance as ordered is prohibited and shall be cause for the suspension or revocation of the operating license of the holder by the chief of police.

(Ord. 16811 §§ 3 (part), 4 (part), 2007; Ord. 10490 § 7 (part), 1991)