Dog Licenses & Animal Control Ordinances

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It shall be unlawful for any resident to own, harbor, keep or possess a domestic animal within the corporate limits of the city without first procuring a license as provided by this chapter; provided, however, that the provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any person visiting in the city for a period of not exceeding 30 days and owning or possessing a domestic animal currently licensed and bearing a license issued by another municipality or another licensing authority.
  • The owner of, or person having any domestic animal in charge shall make application to the Clerk and provide the information as may be required which shall include the type of animal, the sex, the coloring and the name of the domestic animal.
  • If the domestic animal is a spayed female, a statement of a licensed veterinarian verifying that fact must accompany the application.
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  • It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police or other officer authorized by the Mayor and Council to cause to be captured and impounded in the city pound or some other appropriate place all domestic animals found running at large within the city.
  • Upon the capture and impounding of any domestic animal, it shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to notify the owner thereof, if the owner can be ascertained, which notice shall advise of the fact of the capture and the date of impounding and the amount of license tax due and penalty due thereon; and that, in case the tax and penalty are not paid within five days after service of the notice; the domestic animal impounded shall be disposed of as provided in this chapter.
  • In case the owner cannot be ascertained, a notice containing a description of the domestic animal taken, the date of impounding and the amount of license tax and penalty due thereon shall be posted in the office of the City Clerk, which notice shall advise all whom it may concern that in case the tax due upon the animal and the penalty due are not paid within five days from the date of posting of the notice, the domestic animal will be disposed of as provided in this chapter.
Animal
Spayed/Nuetered
Dog  $15.00 $10.00
Cat $15.00 $10.00
Applications for domestic animal licenses must be accompanied by fees which shall be established by resolution of the City Council.
  • All domestic animal licenses shall be issued beginning January 1 and expiring December 31. Upon receipt of an application and payment of the required fees, the Clerk shall issue a receipt designating the owner’s name, the number of the license to be issued and the amount paid. 
    • At the same time the Clerk shall issue a metal tag bearing the number corresponding to the number on the receipt and the tag shall be known as the license.
  • No domestic animal shall be licensed as provided in this section unless the owner or applicant therefore shall first provide satisfactory proof from the office of a veterinary surgeon, who is licensed and practicing in this state, to the effect that the domestic animal has been vaccinated for rabies and that the vaccine is regarded by the veterinary surgeon to be effective throughout the full licensing period sought by the applicant.
Proof of Rabies Vaccination
No domestic animal shall be licensed as provided in this section unless the owner or applicant therefore shall first provide satisfactory proof from the office of a veterinary surgeon, who is licensed and practicing in this state, to the effect that the domestic animal has been vaccinated for rabies and that the vaccine is regarded by the veterinary surgeon to be effective throughout the full licensing period sought by the applicant.

Offense Fee
1st Offense $50.00
2nd Offense $100.00
3rd Offense $250.00
  • In case payment is made of the license, tax and penalty, the owner of the domestic animal taken and impounded under this chapter, shall be entitled to delivery of the domestic animal.
  • In case it is shown that a license tax for the current year has, in fact, been paid upon any domestic animal, though it has no tags; the domestic animal upon proof of the fact shall be delivered to its owner; provided, the owner secures a tag for the domestic animal and affixes the tag to a collar worn by the domestic animal.
  • The owner of any domestic animal so impounded shall also be required to pay an impound fee as set by Council resolution.