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A. Dog Licensing:
1. Time For Obtaining License; Effective Date:
a. It is unlawful for any person to keep, harbor, or maintain any dog three (3) or more months old unless such dog has been registered and licensed in the manner herein provided. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or maintain more than three (3) dogs over the age of three (3) months at a residence, unless that person qualifies and maintains a kennel license. (Ord. 2009-2, 10-22-2009)
b. The fee due and payable pursuant to this chapter shall be due January 1 and shall be delinquent after February 1 of each year. A penalty of fifteen percent (15%) shall be added to delinquent payments. (1979 Code § 13-242E)
c. The owner of any newly acquired dog of licensing age or of any dog which attains licensing age after January 1 of any year shall make an application for registration and license within thirty (30) days after such acquisition or dogs attain the above stated age; provided, that the license fee shall be one-half (1/2) of that required for new applications received after July 1 of any year. (1979 Code § 13-242F)
2. Application; Expiration: Application for registration and licensing shall be made to the animal control officer or such other person as the city council may authorize to receive such applications. The owner shall state at the time application is made for such license, his name and address and the sex, breed, and color of each dog owned or kept by him. The license fee shall cover the calendar year in which the license was issued, expiring on December 31 of the year of issuance, regardless of the date when issued. (1979 Code §§ 13-242B, 13-242H)
B. License Fees 1 : No dog license shall be issued by the city unless the fee required herein is paid. Until otherwise changed by resolution of the city council, the following fees shall be charged:
Through January 31
After January 31
(1979 Code § 13-242D; amd. 1998 Code)
C. Issuance: A dog license shall be issued by the animal control officer or such other person as the city council may authorize. (1979 Code § 13-242C)
D. License Tag:
1. Issuance: Upon payment of the license fee, the city recorder shall issue to the owner a license certificate and a metallic tag for each dog so licensed. The tag shall be changed every year and shall have stamped thereon the year for which it was issued and the number corresponding with the number on the certificate. Every dog owner, except those operating a kennel, shall provide each dog with a collar to which the license tag shall be affixed, and shall see that the collar and tag are constantly worn. It shall be unlawful to deprive a registered dog of its collar and/or tag.
2. Duplicate Tag: In case a dog tag is lost or destroyed, a duplicate will be issued by the city recorder upon presentation of a receipt showing the payment of the license fee for the current year and the payment of two dollars fifty cents ($2.50) for such duplicate.
3. Tag Not Transferable: Dog tags shall not be transferable from one dog to another, and no refunds shall be made on any dog license fee because of death of the dog, or the owner leaving the city before expiration of the license period. (1979 Code § 13-243)
E. Licensing Or Fee Exemptions:
1. Temporary Residents: The provisions of this section shall not be intended to apply to dogs whose owners are nonresidents temporarily within the city, nor to dogs brought to the city for the purpose of participating in any dog show nor to commercial kennels. (1979 Code § 13-242I)
2. Guide Dogs: Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as seeing eye dogs shall be licensed and registered as other dogs hereinabove provided; except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee therefor. (1979 Code § 13-242J)
1. See subsection 5-1-12D of this chapter for unlicensed dog fine.