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SEC. 7-5.5.   REQUIREMENTS FOR OWNERSHIP OF A DANGEROUS DOG; NONCOMPLIANCE HEARING.
   (a)   In addition to complying with the requirements of Subchapter D, Chapter 822 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, as amended, a person shall, not later than the 15th day after learning that he is the owner of a dangerous dog:
      (1)   have an unsterilized dangerous dog spayed or neutered;
      (2)   register the dangerous dog with the director and pay to the director a dangerous dog registration fee of $250;
      (3)   restrain the dangerous dog at all times on a leash in the immediate control of a person or in a secure enclosure;
      (4)   when taken outside the enclosure, securely muzzle the dangerous dog in a manner that will not cause injury to the dog nor interfere with its vision or respiration.  The muzzle must prevent the dangerous dog from biting any person or animal;
      (5)   obtain liability insurance coverage or show financial responsibility in the amount of at least $100,000 to cover damages resulting from an attack by the dangerous dog causing bodily injury to a person and provide proof of the required liability insurance coverage or financial responsibility to the director;
      (6)   place and maintain on the dangerous dog a collar or harness with a current dangerous dog registration tag securely attached to it;
      (7)   have the dangerous dog injected with a microchip implant and registered with a national registry for dogs; and
      (8)   post a legible sign at the entrance to the enclosure in which the dangerous dog is confined stating "BEWARE DANGEROUS DOG."  The aforementioned sign must be purchased from Dallas Animal Services.
   (b)   The owner of a dangerous dog shall renew registration of the dangerous dog with the director annually and pay an annual dangerous dog registration fee to the director of $50.
   (c)   The owner of a dangerous dog who does not comply with Subsection (a) shall deliver the dog to the director not later than the 15th day after learning that the animal is dangerous.
   (d)   Upon receipt of a sworn, written complaint by any person that the owner of a previously determined dangerous dog has failed to comply with Subsection (a) of this section, the municipal court shall conduct a hearing to determine whether the owner is in compliance with Subsection (a).  The hearing must be conducted within 30 days after receipt of the complaint, but, if the dog is already impounded, not later than 10 days after the date on which the dog was seized or delivered.  The municipal court shall provide by mail, written notice of the date, time, and location of the hearing to the dog owner and to the complainant.  Any interested party may present evidence at the hearing.
   (e)   At the conclusion of the hearing, the municipal court shall:
      (1)   find that the owner of a dangerous dog is in compliance with Subsection (a) of this section and, if the dog is impounded, order the director to waive any impoundment fees incurred and release the dog to its owner; or
      (2)   find that the owner of a dangerous dog is not in compliance with Subsection (a) of this section and order the director to seize and impound the dog (if the dog is not already impounded) and to:
         (A)   humanely destroy the dog if the director determines that the owner has not complied with Subsection (a) of this section by the 11th day after the date the municipal court issues an order under this subsection or the dog is seized and impounded, whichever occurs later, or release the dog to the owner if the director determines that the owner has complied with Subsection (a) before the 11th day;
         (B)   humanely destroy the dog if:
            (i)   the director determines that the owner has not complied with Subsection (a) of this section by the 11th day after the date the municipal court issues an order under this subsection or the dog is seized and impounded, whichever occurs later;
            (ii)   the owner of the dog cannot be located before the 11th day after the date the municipal court issues an order under this subsection or the dog is seized and impounded, whichever occurs later; or
            (iii)   the dog was previously determined dangerous was at large.
   (f)   Prior to transferring ownership, either inside or outside the city limits, the owner shall notify the director in writing of his intention. In addition to written notification if ownership of the dangerous dog is being transferred to a person who resides within the city limits, the new owner must provide proof to the director of complying with Subsection (a) before the dangerous dog can be moved from the previous owner's custody.  A person commits an offense if he transfers ownership without complying with the requirements of this subsection.
   (g)   The owner of the dangerous dog is responsible for all costs of seizure, acceptance, and impoundment, and all costs must be paid before the dog will be released to the owner.  (Ord. Nos. 26024; 27250; 30901; 31332, eff. 10/1/19)