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(A) No person, partnership or corporation shall operate a kennel or pet shop without first obtaining a permit in compliance with this section.
(B) The licensing authority shall issue regulations for permits and shall include requirements for humane care of all animals and for compliance with the provisions of this chapter and other applicable laws. The licensing authority may amend the regulations from time to time as deemed desirable for public health and welfare and for the protection of animals.
(C) When a permit applicant has shown that he or she is willing and able to comply with the regulations issued by the licensing authority, a permit shall be issued upon payment of the applicable fee.
(D) The permit period shall begin with the fiscal year and shall run for one year. Renewal applications for permits shall be made 30 days prior to the start of the fiscal year. Application for a permit to establish a new animal establishment under the provisions of this chapter may be made at any time.
(E) If there is a change in ownership of an animal establishment, the new owner must submit an application for a new permit 15 days prior to the transfer of property.
(F) No person shall train any dog to be used as a guard or sentry dog without possessing a valid license. This section shall not apply to the city/county government or any of its agencies. The application for a guard or sentry dog training license shall state the name and address of the owner and trainer, location of the facility, and the maximum number of dogs to be housed at the training facility.
(G) Annual permits shall be issued upon payment of the applicable fee:
Kennel authorized to house fewer than ten dogs or cats
Kennel authorized to house ten or more but fewer than fifty dogs or cats
Kennel authorized to house fifty or more dogs or cats
Guard-dog training center
(H) Every facility regulated by this chapter shall be considered a separate enterprise requiring an individual permit.
(I) No fee may be required of any veterinary hospital, animal shelter or government-operated zoological park.
(J) Failure to obtain a permit before opening any facility covered in this section shall result in a fine of $200.
(K) Any person who has a change in the category under which a permit was issued shall be subject to reclassification and readjustment of the permit fees.
(Ord. 483A, passed 3-23-1993; Ord. 483D, passed 8-27-1996) Penalty, see § 91.999