§ 90.99  PENALTY.
   (A)   The violation of any provision of this chapter shall be a misdemeanor, and any person convicted of such violation shall be punishable as provided in G.S. § 14-4.
   (B)   Each day’s violation of this chapter is a separate offense. Payment of a fine imposed in criminal proceedings pursuant to this section does not relieve a person of his liability for taxes or fees imposed under this chapter.
   (C)   The civil penalties for violation of this chapter are as follows:
 
Offense
Fine
Cruelty to Animals
$100.00
Release of Vicious Animal
$100.00
Harboring Non-Domestic Animal
$100.00
Interfering with Animal Control Officer
$100.00
Failure to Surrender
$100.00
Nuisance
$100.00
No Rabies Tag Displayed
$50.00
Failure to Vaccinate
$50.00
County Tax Tag Violation
$50.00
 
The penalty shall be paid within 72 hours from and after issuance of the notice by the prescribed manner.
   (D)   In addition to the penalty prescribed in division (C) above, a $1 per day penalty shall be imposed in all those cases in which the above penalty has not been paid within the authorized 72-hour period.
   (E)   Should it become necessary to institute a civil action to collect any penalty hereunder, then the violation shall also be subject to an additional penalty of $25.
   (F)   All penalties paid to the Animal Control Department or as may be recovered in a civil action in the nature of debt as herein provided shall be paid into the General Fund of Ashe County to the Finance Officer.
(Ord. passed 9-20-95; Am. Ord. passed 11-1-99)