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(A) Annual license required.
(1) All dogs and cats over six months of age kept, harbored or maintained by their owner in the city shall be licensed by the owner. OWNER means, in addition to its ordinary meaning, any person who keeps or harbors an animal.
(2) Such license shall be issued and recorded by the Police Department or designee and affixed to each animal by its owner to a substantial collar and, during the term of the license, shall be at all times kept on the animal for which the license is issued.
(3) License fees shall be as established in division (B) below. Application for licenses on the form provided by the city may be made after December 1, and at any time for an animal which has come into the possession or ownership of the applicant, or which has reached the age of six months. Licenses are valid from January 1 through December 31 of a calendar year. Failure to purchase a license by April 1 of any given year shall result in an additional fee being charged for late license purchase. The late fee shall be set by City Council resolution.
(4) The provisions of this division (A) shall not be intended to apply to dogs and cats whose owners are non-residents temporarily within the city, kennel dogs or cats, or show dogs or cats brought into the city for the purpose of participating in any dog or cat show; provided, such dogs and cats are kept restrained by the owner at all times.
(2011 Code, § 13.0313)
(B) License fees. Annual license fees for dogs and cats shall be set by City Council resolution. Upon the filing of an affidavit that the license tag has been lost or destroyed, the owner may obtain another tag upon the payment of a fee to the city as set by City Council resolution.
(2011 Code, § 13.0314)
(C) Immunization. All dogs and cats six months or older, and all dogs and cats who are between the ages of four and six months at the time they are licensed, shall be vaccinated against rabies. Before issuance of a license, the owner shall furnish a veterinarian’s certificate showing that the dog or cat for which the license is sought has been vaccinated, and that the vaccination does not expire within six months from the effective date of the license. It shall be a violation of this chapter for any dog or cat to not be vaccinated against rabies. A tag showing evidence or proper vaccination shall be worn by every dog and cat meeting the criteria established in this section.
(D) Maximum number allowed. No owner may have more than four dogs over six months of age.
(2011 Code, § 13.0317) (Ord. 2258, passed 9-21-2015; Ord. 2317, passed 1-3-2018)
Penalty, see § 90.99