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1. The owner or person having charge of any dog or cat over sixteen (16) weeks of age within the City shall be required to have them vaccinated for rabies and to keep such vaccinations current.
2. Waiver of the rabies vaccination requirement shall only be obtained by providing a written statement from a licensed veterinarian stating the medical reason for waiver.
B. Animals Afflicted With Rabies: It shall be unlawful for a person, other than a veterinarian or the humane shelter, to own, keep or harbor any animal afflicted with rabies.
C. Disposition Of Afflicted Animal: The Chief of Police, his designee, the Humane Shelter Director or the owner shall secure disposition of any animal afflicted with rabies.
D. Surrender For Confinement: It shall be the duty of every owner of an animal showing symptoms of rabies, or which has bitten any person causing an abrasion of the skin, to surrender the animal for confinement and isolation at the humane shelter or to a licensed veterinarian for a period not to exceed fifteen (15) days. If such animal shall be determined free of rabies, it shall be returned to the owner upon payment of the regular fee for keeping such animal impounded. If such fee is not paid, the animal shall be subject to disposal as provided in this chapter. At the discretion of either the Chief of Police, the Humane Shelter Director or the Health Department, the quarantine of an animal may be upon the premises of the animal owner, or the person in charge of such animal, if the animal is securely confined, kept from contact with other animals and is submitted to a veterinarian for examination at the owner's expense to determine whether the animal is rabid.
E. Contagious Diseased Animals At Large: It shall be unlawful for any person to permit or allow any animal with a contagious or infectious disease to run at large upon the public streets, or to be within and upon any public transportation facility, or any other public building or place within the City, or to expose such animal in any public building or place, whereby the health, safety and well being of the public, or any member or members thereof, may be affected; nor shall such animal be shipped or removed from the premises of the owner of such animal, except under the supervision of the Humane Shelter Director. (1952 Code § 6-07-22)