610.05  LICENSES.
   (a)   Dog Licenses.
      (1)   License Required. No person shall own a dog that is more than four months of age in the City unless such dog is licensed and at all times wearing a collar with a metal tag attached as provided in this section.
      (2)   Application for License. Each person who owns a dog that is four months of age or older shall, on or before January 1 of each year, apply to the City Clerk for a license, which license shall fully describe the dog and give the name and address of the applicant.
      (3)   Vaccination for Rabies.  No license shall be issued for any dog unless a certificate of vaccination for rabies, signed by a licensed veterinarian, certifying that the dog to be licensed has been immunized, is presented, and such certificate shall not be dated more than one year prior to the date of application for the license. However, if the certificate sets forth that such dog was vaccinated with modified live rabies virus of chick embryo origin, such certificate shall not be dated more than two years prior to the date of the application for the license. The Clerk shall note upon the license the fact of vaccination and the date thereof.
      (4)   License Fees.  The applicant shall pay to the City Clerk fees as set forth in Section 210.11(l) of the Administration Code for the license required by this section. If the application is made after February 28 of any year, the higher fee shall be paid. A person owning a pup shall have four months after the birth of such pup in which to make application for such license at the lower fee.
         (a)   A person importing a dog into the City shall have ten days within which to make an application for the license at the lower fee.
         (b)   A person who, upon application for a license, presents certification from a licensed veterinarian that the dog sought to be licensed has been neutered shall be entitled to pay the reduced license fee as provided in Section 210.11(l) of the Administration Code.
         (c)   A person who, upon application for a dog license, exhibits reasonable proof that such dog sought to be licensed is a leader dog for a blind person shall be exempt from payment of the license fee.
      (5)   Issuance of License and Tag.  Upon payment of the license fee as aforesaid, the City Clerk shall deliver to the licensee a license and metal tag. Such metal tag shall bear the name of the City, the license number and the calendar year, and shall be attached to a dog collar of durable material, furnished by the owner, to be worn by the dog licensed, at all times.
      (6)   Lost Tags.  If any dog tag is lost, it shall be replaced by the City Clerk, upon application by the owner of the dog, upon production of the license and a sworn statement of the facts regarding the loss of such tag, and the payment of the fee for the same as set forth in Section 210.11(l) of the Administration Code.
      (7)   Transferability of Licenses and Tags.  No license or license tag for one dog shall be transferable to another. No person, other than the owner, shall remove a license tag from the dog for which it is issued. However, whenever the ownership of any dog is permanently transferred, notice shall be given to the City Clerk and payment of the fee for the same as set forth in Section 210.11(l) of the Administration Code shall be made to the City Clerk to cover the cost of making such transfer.
      (8)   Expiration of Licenses.  All dog licenses issued under this chapter shall expire on January 1 of each year.
(Ord. 24.  Passed 1-17-67.)
      (9)   Number of Dogs.  No person shall own more than two dogs at any one premises.
(Ord. 1988-11.  Passed 6-7-88; Ord. 2005-24.  Passed 5-17-05.)
   (b)   Cat Licenses.
      (1)   License Required. No person shall own a cat that is more than four months of age in the City unless such animal is licensed and at all times wearing a collar with a metal tag attached as provided in this section.
      (2)   Application for License. Each person who owns a cat that is four months of age or older shall, on or before February 28, 2009 and on or before January 1 of each year thereafter, apply to the City Clerk for a license, which license shall fully describe the cat and give the name and address of the applicant.
      (3)   Vaccination for Rabies.  No license shall be issued for any cat unless a certificate of vaccination for rabies, signed by a licensed veterinarian, certifying that the cat to be licensed has been immunized, is presented, and such certificate shall not be dated more than one year prior to the date of application for the license. However, if the certificate sets forth that such cat was vaccinated with modified live rabies virus of chick embryo origin, such certificate shall not be dated more than two years prior to the date of the application for the license. The Clerk shall note upon the license the fact of vaccination and the date thereof.
      (4)   License Fees.  The applicant shall pay to the City Clerk fees as set forth in Section 210.11(l) of the Administration Code for the license required by this section. If the application is made after February 28 of any year, the higher fee shall be paid. A person owning a kitten shall have four months after the birth of such kitten in which to make application for such license at the lower fee.
         (a)   A person importing a cat into the City shall have ten days within which to make an application for the license at the lower fee.
         (b)   A person who, upon application for a license, presents certification from a licensed veterinarian that the cat sought to be licensed has been neutered shall be entitled to pay the reduced license fee as provided in Section 210.11(l) of the Administration Code.
      (5)   Issuance of License and Tag.  Upon payment of the license fee as aforesaid, the City Clerk shall deliver to the licensee a license and metal tag. Such metal tag shall bear the name of the City, the license number and the calendar year, and shall be attached to a cat collar of durable material, furnished by the owner, to be worn by the cat licensed, at all times.
      (6)   Lost Tags.  If any cat tag is lost, it shall be replaced by the City Clerk, upon application by the owner of the cat, upon production of the license and a sworn statement of the facts regarding the loss of such tag, and the payment of the fee for the same as set forth in Section 210.11(l) of the Administration Code.
      (7)   Transferability of Licenses and Tags.  No license or license tag for one cat shall be transferable to another. No person, other than the owner, shall remove a license tag from the cat for which it is issued. However, whenever the ownership of any cat is permanently transferred, notice shall be given to the City Clerk and payment of the fee for the same as set forth in Section 210.11(l) of the Administration Code shall be made to the City Clerk to cover the cost of making such transfer.
      (8)   Expiration of Licenses.  All cat licenses issued under this chapter shall expire on January 1 of each year.
      (9)   Number of Cats.  No person shall own more than two cats at any one premises, except as follows:
         A.   An owner of more than two cats, who registers all cats on or before February 28, 2009, shall be permitted to keep such cats until the death of the cats.
            1.   The exception herein shall lapse upon the death of each cat and may not be extended or transferred to additional cats.
            2.   The exception herein only applies to owners that register cats and maintain licenses in accordance with this section and comply with all conditions set forth in this section.
(Ord. 2008-09.  Passed 11-18-08.)