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  • Jennie-O Turkey Recalls Raw Ground Turkey Products due to Possible Salmonella Reading Contamination

    Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales,has issued a recall for approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an illness outbreak of Salmonella. There is a concern that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

    11/16/2018

  • Las Palmas area bat tests positive for rabies virus

    On October 15th, 2018, a bat found in the Las Palmas area of unincorporated Monterey County tested positive for the rabies virus. While there was exposure to an owned pet, Monterey County Animal Services investigated and determined that there was no human exposure in this case and is issuing this positive test information as a reminder to pet and livestock owners.

    10/18/2018 1:30:00 PM

  • Kitten Season Special

    Monterey County Animal Services is bursting at the seams with kittens and cats. To help find them forever homes adoption fees have been reduced to $50 which includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip) If you want two the deal is even better! Two cats for $80.

    9/28/2018

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Rooster Ordinance Exemption

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Rooster Ordinance Exemption

On December 16, 2014, Monterey County Supervisors approved a Rooster Ordinance that defines a Rooster Keeping Operation as one where 5 or more roosters are kept on any single property within the unincorporated areas of Monterey County. 

The purpose of the Rooster Ordinance is to balance the legitimate interests of agricultural businesses and agricultural educational organizations with the prevention of rooster keeping that is unsanitary, environmentally damaging, inhumane, and conducive to illegal cockfighting. No Rooster Keeping Operation can legally operate in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County without either a permit exemption or a permit.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  •  Those persons who keep less than 5 roosters are not affected by this ordinance.
  •  A rooster is a male chicken that is either 6 months or older, or has full adult plumage, or is capable of crowing.

 Permit Exemptions 

  • Poultry Operation – A poultry operation is primarily a business that raises poultry for meat or eggs. 
  • Poultry Hobbyist – A poultry hobbyist is typically a member of an organization that promotes breeding of poultry for exhibition or sale, or supports breeding as a hobby.

A complete application for an exemption from the permit requirement, based on the Poultry Operation or Poultry Hobbyist criteria above, must be submitted to the Agricultural Commissioner’s office  for approval. (Form 120 Rooster Keeping Permit Exemption Application (English), Form 120 Rooster Keeping Permit Exemption Application (Spanish))

In brief, a completed application consists of the applicant’s contact information, the number and types of fowl on the premises and a description of the purpose for which roosters are kept. The application also includes a declaration that the applicant or property owner has not been convicted of illegal cockfighting or crimes of animal cruelty and will not make any roosters available for illegal cockfighting. The applicant must supply supportive documentation such as business records, breed association memberships, show entries and results, etc., to substantiate their legitimate standing for exemption as a Poultry Operation or a Poultry Hobbyist.

An Animal Services Officer or the Agricultural Commissioner has the right to inspect any Rooster Keeping Operation at intervals as determined by the Animal Services officer, or as a result of a public complaint, or upon other notice received of possible violation of provisions of the ordinance regulating Rooster Keeping Operations.

Appeals (per Title 1.22 of the Monterey County Code) to any decision denying the exemption request are to be made to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in writing, specifying the reasons for disagreement with the decision within 10 days of written notice of denial from the Agricultural Commissioner’s office. The appeal request must be accompanied with payment of an appeal fee if required. The Board will consider the appeal at public hearing within 60 days of acceptance of the completed appeal request. 

  • Educational Purpose – The rooster keeping operation is conducted by minors and sponsored by public or private schools registered with the California Department of Education.
  •  FFA / 4-H – The rooster keeping operation is conducted by minors and is part of a National Future Farmers of America (FFA) project or a University of California 4-H Youth Development Program (4-H) project.

A complete application for an exemption from the permit requirement, based on the Educational Purpose or FFA / 4-H criteria above, must be submitted a Monterey County Animal Services officer for approval. There is no fee requirement for processing this application. (Form 110 Rooster Keeping Permit Student/FFA/4H Exemption Application (English), Form 110 Rooster Keeping Permit Student/FFA/4H Exemption Application (Spanish))

In brief, a completed application consists of the minor’s name and his/her guardian’s contact information and the location where the roosters are kept. Included in the application is a declaration that the applicant or property owner has not been convicted of illegal cockfighting or crimes of animal cruelty and will not make any roosters available for illegal cockfighting. Additionally, documentation of the relationship the minor has with the sponsoring organization must be submitted with the application such as written verification from the minor’s school that he/she is a participant in the school’s educational project pertaining to roosters, or a copy of the minor’s FFA or 4-H membership card, or similar documentation, to substantiate their legitimate standing for exemption for Educational Purposes or FFA / 4-H members. No fee for this application is required.    

An Animal Services Officer or the Agricultural Commissioner has the right to inspect any Rooster Keeping Operation at intervals as determined by the Animal Services officer, or as a result of a public complaint, or upon other notice received of possible violation of provisions of the ordinance regulating Rooster Keeping Operations.

Appeals (per Title 1.22 of the Monterey County Code) to any decision denying the exemption request are to be made to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in writing, specifying the reasons for disagreement with the decision within 10 days of written notice of denial from Monterey County Animal Services office. The appeal request must be accompanied with payment of an appeal fee if required. The Board will consider the appeal at public hearing within 60 days of acceptance of the completed appeal request.

The full text of the Rooster Ordinance and further details regarding exemptions and permit requirements can be found here (Ordinance 5249)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can also be found here (FAQ's)