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A. Registration Required; Tag: It shall be unlawful for any person to own or have in his/her possession or custody a dog which is not currently registered with the county as required by applicable law. Any person owning or having a dog in his/her possession or custody must have displayed upon the dog, or in the immediate possession of the person then in control of the dog, proof that the dog has been vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian, which must be displayed upon demand by a police officer or county animal control officer. A metal tag, commonly called a "dog tag", showing current vaccination of the dog shall create a presumption that the dog is registered with the county; however, this presumption shall not apply if the police officer or animal control officer has information that the dog is not in fact registered.
B. Impoundment And Redemption Provisions: Police officers of the village and county animal control officers are authorized to summarily seize as a public nuisance any dog for which proof of current vaccination is not displayed or in the immediate possession of the person then in custody or possession of such dog. Police officers and county animal control officers are similarly authorized to summarily seize as a public nuisance any dog for which the police officer or animal control officer has information that the dog is not registered with the county. Such officers shall not relinquish such dog until proof of current registration is supplied by the owner or custodian of such dog. A dog which is not currently registered as required by law shall not be released unless payment for such registration is made to the county. A dog which is not claimed after seven (7) business days from the date of seizure (not counting the date the dog is seized) shall become the property of the county.
C. Exemption From Registration: The requirement that a dog be registered with the county shall not apply to persons owning or possessing a dog which is temporarily in the village as an entrant in a public exhibition, contest or show sponsored by a dog club association or similar organization held in the village. However, for this exception to apply, the sponsor of the exhibition, contest or show must have given prior written notice of the public exhibition, contest or show to the village clerk and the county health department.
D. Penalties: The penalty for violation of this section shall be fifty dollars ($50.00) for a first offense, one hundred dollars ($100.00) for a second offense, and two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for third and subsequent offenses 1 . (Ord. 2008-37, 11-3-2008)
1. See also subsection 1-4A-2A6 of this code.