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(A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, all dogs and cats reclaimed or adopted from the animal shelter shall be microchipped prior to leaving the shelter.
(B) The Shelter Manager may waive the requirements of division (A) of this section upon a determination that compliance therewith presents a danger to the animal or any person. If such waiver is granted, the person taking possession of the animal shall sign a written promise to have the animal microchipped by a licensed veterinarian, and to file a certificate with the Shelter Manager within seven calendar days following the release of the animal from the shelter. The certificate required by this division must be issued by the veterinarian performing the procedure, and shall contain the name, address, and telephone number of the veterinarian, a description of the animal, the microchip number, and the date of the procedure. A person who willfully violates a written promise to provide proof of microchipping under this division commits an offense.
(C) All microchips required by this section will be inserted between the shoulder blades, and registered with a pet recovery service that participates in the American Animal Hospital Association Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool.
(D) Not later than the thirtieth day after the date on which the change takes effect, the owner of a microchipped animal shall notify the microchip registry of any change in the owner’s information recorded in the registry. A person seeking to reclaim an impounded animal shall correct any errors or omissions in the animal’s microchip registry prior to taking possession of the animal.
(E) If the Animal Services Division performs the microchip procedure, the cost of the microchip as noted in the city’s current fee schedule will be added to the impoundment fees. The microchip fees are not refundable and may be used only for the dog or cat for which it was issued.
(Ord. 2016-10, passed 5-10-16)