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Orange County Animal Cruelty Ordinance

All animals in Orange County are required to have the following:

  • Adequate Food - Animals should be fed with foodstuff that is nutritious and suitable for the species and age group. Such foodstuff shall be provided at least every 24 hours and served in a clean receptacle, dish, or container that is free of contaminants that may be injurious to the health of the animal.
  • Adequate Water - Animals must receive constant access to a supply of clean, fresh water provided in a sanitary manner.
  • Adequate Shelter - Non-aquatic animals shall be provided shelter which will keep them dry, out of the direct path of winds and the sun, and at a temperature level that is healthful for the animal. The animal containment area shall be free of accumulated waste and debris so that the animal can walk or lie down without coming in contact with any such waste or debris, and a suitable method of draining shall be provided to eliminate rapidly excess water or moisture.
  • Aquatic animals shall have an adequate amount of clean water in which to move.