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TB 4.3.2018 <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS -2943 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF <br />SANTA ANA AMENDING SECTION 10-152 TO THE SANTA <br />ANA MUNICIPAL CODE RELATED TO POLICE CANINES <br />TO EXPAND THE DEFINITION OF THE CODE TO POLICE <br />ANIMALS <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 April 5, 1982, the City Council approved Ordinance No. NS -1625 adding <br />Section 10-152 to Chapter 10 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code for the purpose <br />of regulating willful or malicious acts against police canines in the performance <br />of any duty or function with the Santa Ana Police Department, <br />B. The City's Police Department currently utilizes six (6) police K -9's and one (1) <br />bloodhound. Each day, there are two (2) K-9 units deployed citywide to assist <br />the Police Department and outside agencies, upon request. <br />C. In addition to the police canines serving the City, the City's Police Department <br />will celebrate the 30th year anniversary of its Mounted Enforcement Unit in <br />2018. The Mounted Enforcement Unit is comprised of a stable of 8-10 horses <br />with access to another 30 horses from the Orange County Regional team to <br />assist with special events, protests and crowd control. The Unit patrols Santa <br />Ana parks, shopping areas, and the Downtown District. The horse teams <br />provide active enforcement assisting with quality of life issues; preventing <br />physical altercations and criminal activity, and dealing with crowd control as <br />their strongest asset. The horses are able to go where officers cannot drive and <br />their calm majestic demeanor allows crowds to be dispersed quickly. <br />D. In 2017, the Unit was deployed on 169 assignments. Each shift lasts up to <br />eight (8) hours with two (2) horses for each deployment that equate to <br />approximately 2700 hours of active service. <br />E. In their service to the City, police personnel have witnessed acts against police <br />service horses including the following: bottles thrown at them; individuals <br />purposely kicking their legs; taunting, screaming, striking the horse on its hind <br />quarters or similar actions in an attempt to spook the horse; extinguishing a <br />burning cigarette on the horse; and punching a police horse in the face causing <br />the horse to try and escape only to slip and fall onto the sidewalk. While these <br />events are not a daily occurrence, a frightened or hurt animal can cause injury <br />Ordinance No. NS -2943 <br />Page 1 of 3 <br />