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(a) Whenever it is established that any dog or other animal has bitten any person or shows signs of being infected by rabies it shall be the duty and responsibility of the owner or keeper of such dog, within twenty-four hours following the biting incident, to take and remove such dog to a qualified veterinarian for examination and subsequently, on the tenth day following the biting incident, to permit re-examination of such dog by the veterinarian. The owner or keeper shall then submit to the Chief of Police, within twenty- four hours following the last examination, a written report signed by the examining veterinarian setting forth therein the dates of examinations of such dog and the results thereof. In the event that the dog dies prior to the tenth-day examination, as hereinbefore provided, the owner or keeper of the dog shall immediately contact the Chief of Police who shall arrange for the removal of the dog to the County Board of Health for examination. Under no circumstances shall the owner or keeper of the dog purposefully destroy the dog prior to compliance with the requirements of this section. No owner or keeper of such dog shall fail or refuse to remove and take such dog for examinations, or fail to comply with the submission of the report as required herein, or fail to notify the Chief of Police immediately upon the death of the dog, or purposely destroy such dog prior to compliance with the requirements of this section.
(Ord. 26-72. Passed 7-10-72.)
(b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor for a first offense; for each subsequent offense such person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.