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LAR 3/7/17 <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS -2912 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF SANTA ANA AMENDING SANTA ANA MUNICIPAL <br />CODE SECTION 5 -72.1 DEFINTIONS REGARDING <br />POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AND VICIOUS DOG <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />Section 1. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana hereby finds, determines <br />and declares as follows: <br />A. On July 25, 2016, the California Legislature amended section 31603 of the <br />Food and Agriculture Code to remove dogs seized pursuant to specified animal <br />cruelty laws from the definition of a vicious dog. The amendment became <br />effective January 1, 2017. <br />B. Santa Ana Municipal Code section 5 -72.1 includes the same definition of <br />vicious dog that was contained in California Food and Agriculture Code section <br />31603. As of January 1, 2017, such provisions are no longer consistent with <br />state law. <br />C. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana wants to amend Santa Ana <br />Municipal Code section 5 -72.1 to be consistent with state law. <br />Section 2. Chapter 5, Article II, Section 5 -72.1 is hereby amended to read as <br />follows: <br />Sec. 5- 72.1 - Definitions <br />(a) Potentially dangerous dog means any of the following: <br />(1) Any dog which, when unprovoked, after two (2) separate documented bites <br />within the prior 36 -month period, engages in any behavior that requires a <br />defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury whether the person and <br />the dog are on or off the property of the owner or custodian of the dog. <br />(2) Any dog which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing any injury less <br />severe than a "severe injury." Severe injury means any physical injury to a <br />human being that results in muscle tears or disfiguring lacerations or requires <br />multiple sutures or corrective or cosmetic surgery. <br />Ordinance No. NS -2912 <br />Page 1 of 3 <br />