Skip to code content (skip section selection)
A. Fee: A charge of fifteen dollars ($15.00) per year for every male or female dog more than six (6) months of age is hereby levied upon the owner of any such dog kept or harbored within the City. The fee for tag and registration will be waived when proof of documentation of spaying or neutering is presented from veterinarian.
B. Temporary Stay: The fee levied in this section shall not apply to a dog only temporarily brought and kept within the City, nor to a dog brought within the City to participate in a dog show, nor to a "seeing eye" dog when such dog is actually being used by a blind person to aid him in going from place to place, nor to dogs being kept in kennels or pet shops for sale.
C. Payment Due Date: The owner shall pay the fee to the City for every calendar year at the following times:
1. Before April 1 of each calendar year; or
2. If the dog is acquired or brought in the City after April 1, or becomes six (6) months of age after April 1, within thirty (30) days after acquiring or bringing the dog into the City or its becoming six (6) months of age. The fee for part of the year shall be prorated based on the number of days left in the year, but in no instance shall the fee be less than one-half (1/2) of the annual rate.
D. Immunization: Before the City accepts any money offered in payment of the fee for a dog or issues a license for it, the person offering the fee shall present to the City the certificate of a veterinarian or other person legally authorized to immunize dogs or cats, showing that the dog or cat has been immunized against rabies during the calendar year, that is, since the preceding December 31.
E. Registration: The owner of the dog shall, at the time of paying the fee, register the dog by giving the City the name and address of the owner, the name, breed, color and sex of the dog, and such other reasonable information as the City may request.
F. License: The City thereupon shall deliver an original receipt to the owner and also an appropriate tag to him for the dog. Such tag shall constitute a license for the dog.
G. Certificate Of Registration For Certain Dogs Required (Dangerous):
1. It is unlawful for an owner to have a dangerous dog in the City without a certificate of registration issued under this section. This section shall not apply to dogs used by law enforcement officials for police work.
2. The animal control authority of the City in which an owner has a dangerous dog shall issue a certificate of registration to the owner of such animal if the owner presents to the animal control unit sufficient evidence of:
a. A proper enclosure to confine a dangerous dog and the posting of the premises with a clearly visible warning sign that there is a dangerous dog on the property. In addition, the owners shall conspicuously display a sign with a warning symbol that informs children of the presence of a dangerous dog; and
b. A policy of liability insurance, such as homeowners' insurance, or surety bond, issued by an insurer qualified under title 36 of the Oklahoma Statutes in the amount of not less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00), insuring the owner for any personal injuries inflicted by the dangerous dog.
3. There shall be an annual fee of ten dollars ($10.00) in additional licensing fees to register dangerous dogs.
H. Muzzle And Restraint Of Certain Dogs Required:
1. It is unlawful for an owner of a dangerous dog to permit the dog to be outside the proper enclosure unless the dog is muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain or leash and under physical restraining of a responsible person over sixteen (16) years of age. The muzzle shall be made in a manner that will not cause injury to the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration but shall prevent it from biting any person or animal.
2. Dogs shall not be declared dangerous if the threat, injury, or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner of the dog, or was tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog or has, in the past, been observed or reported to have tormented, abused, or assaulted the dog or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.
I. Confiscation Of Dangerous Dog: Any dangerous dog shall be immediately confiscated by an animal control authority if:
1. The dog is not validly registered as required;
2. The owner does not secure the liability insurance coverage or surety bond required;
3. The dog is not maintained in the proper enclosure; and
4. The dog is outside of the dwelling of the owner, or outside the proper enclosure and not under physical restraint of the responsible person. In addition, the owners shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by the imposition of a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00). Any such fine, at the discretion of the court, may be offset by payments made by the dog owner to any victim of an attack by the dog. However, insurance payments may not be considered as an offset. (Ord. 12-11-2, 11-5-2012)
4-122: TAG TO BE PLACED ON DOG COLLAR; LOST TAGS:
A. The owner shall cause the tag received from the City to be affixed to the collar of the dog upon which the fee has been paid so that the tag can easily be seen by officers of the City. The owner shall see that the tag is so worn by the dog at all times.
B. In case the tag is lost before the end of the year for which it was issued, the owner may secure another for the dog by applying to the City, presenting to the City the original receipt, and paying to the City a fee of five dollars ($5.00). (Ord. 12-11-2, 11-5-2012)
4-123: TAGS; COUNTERFEITING; PLACING ON OTHER DOGS:
No person shall counterfeit, or attempt to counterfeit, any tag issued for a dog as provided in this chapter, or take from any dog a tag legally placed upon it, or place such tag upon a dog or cat for which the tag was not specifically issued. (Ord. 12-11-2, 11-5-2012)
4-124: DANGEROUS ANIMALS MAY BE KILLED:
Any person may kill an animal in self-defense or in defense of another when the animal, without undue provocation, bites him or the other, or attacks, or attempts to bite or attack, him or the other in such manner that an ordinarily prudent person would be led to believe that the person toward whom the efforts of the animal are directed is about to be bitten or otherwise physically harmed. The animal must be at large. (Ord. 12-11-2, 11-5-2012)