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All licenses issued under the provisions of this Chapter, unless otherwise specifically provided, shall terminate on December 31 following the date of issuance; provided, however, that any license issued under the provisions of this Chapter may, under certain circumstances, be terminated, suspended or revoked by the Council.
A. The Council may, in its discretion, suspend or revoke for cause any license issued under the provisions of this Chapter. The grounds for suspension or revocation shall, among others, include the following:
1. The licensee has filed a petition in bankruptcy.
2. An individual licensee, one of the partners in a partnership licensee, or one of the officers in a corporation licensee, or any individual in active management of the licensed business is convicted of violating any of the provisions of this Chapter.
3. The licensee has been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States or under the laws of one of the several states.
4. The licensee has made any false statement in his application for a license.
5. The licensee has violated one or more of the regulations created pursuant to Section 2-10-3 of this Chapter.
B. The grounds enumerated in subsection A of this Section shall not be deemed to be exclusive and any license issued under the provisions of this Chapter may be suspended or revoked by the Council for any other reason deemed by the Council to be sufficient in order to promote and protect the health, safety, and humane treatment of animals in the care of the licensees. When any license is suspended or revoked by the Council pursuant to the provisions of this Section, or when the licensee voluntarily ceases business, no portion of the license fee previously paid shall be returned to the licensee or to anyone claiming under or through him.
C. No license issued under the provisions of this Chapter shall be suspended or revoked for cause by the Council without a public hearing. In the event that the Council intends to consider the suspension or revocation of any license for cause, it shall direct the City Clerk to notify the licensee of its intention to consider the same. The notice shall specify the time and place of the suspension or revocation hearing and shall be served upon the licensee or his managing agent in the same manner as provided by law for the service of a summons in a civil action. No suspension or revocation hearing shall be held before the expiration of fifteen (15) days after the date of the service of the notice upon the licensee.
If, upon such hearing, it appears to the Council that sufficient cause exists for the suspension or revocation of a license issued pursuant to the provisions of this Chapter, the Council shall make its order suspending or revoking the said license. (Ord. 97-15, 8-18-1997)