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(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:
Cruelty to Animals
Release of Vicious Animal
Harboring Non-Domestic Animal
Interfering with Animal Control Officer
Failure to Surrender
No Rabies Tag Displayed
Failure to Vaccinate
County Tax Tag Violation
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)