Chapter 6.16
DOG REGISTRATION AND LICENSING

Sections:

6.16.010    License—Required.

6.16.020    Vaccination—Required.

6.16.030    No licensing without vaccination—Exception.

6.16.040    Vaccination—Performance—Tag and certificate issuance.

6.16.050    Recordkeeping.

6.16.060    Tags—Issuance Wearing required.

6.16.070    Annual licensing required.

6.16.080    License—Fees.

6.16.090    Tags—Duplicates.

6.16.100    License—Exceptions.

6.16.110    License Fee exemptions.

6.16.120    Violations deemed misdemeanor.

6.16.130    Tags—Counterfeiting unlawful.

6.16.010 License—Required.

Except as provided in Section 6.16.100, it is unlawful to own, keep or control any dog unless and except if a license has been procured therefor as provided in this chapter. (Prior code § 41 15.0)

6.16.020 Vaccination—Required.

It is unlawful for any person owning, harboring or having the care, custody or possession of any dog to keep or maintain such dog in any place in the corporate limits, unless such dog has been vaccinated as provided in this chapter. This section shall have no application to dogs under the age of four months, who are fastened securely by a rope, chain or leash, or confined within the private property of the owner or person having control of the dog. (Prior code § 4 l l 5.1)

6.16.030 No licensing without vaccination—Exception.

The county department of animal regulation shall not license any dog until it has been vaccinated with canine rabies vaccine by injection or other method approved by the health officer during the time prescribed by state law, or the rules and regulations of the State Department of Public Health, unless the owner or person in possession of the same submits a certificate from a licensed veterinarian issued within the preceding sixty days, stating that, in his or her opinion, the rabies vaccination would be likely to seriously injure the dog. Any dog so excepted from rabies vaccination shall be restricted to the enclosed yard of the owner or person in possession of the same except when held upon a rope, chain or leash. Any violation thereof by the owner or person in possession of such dog is unlawful. (Prior code § 4115.2)

6.16.040 Vaccination—Performance—Tag and certificate issuance.

A. The vaccination shall be performed by a duly qualified and licensed veterinarian. The veterinarian vaccinating the dog shall issue to the owner or person in possession of the dog a rabies vaccination tag and a certificate of vaccination, which certificate shall include:

1. The type of vaccine used;

2. The date of vaccination;

3. Description of dog, including age, breed and color;

4. Serial number of rabies vaccination tag issued to dog;

5. Name and address of owner of dog:

6. Statement that the dog is male, neutered male, female or spayed female.

B. A copy of this certificate shall be sent to the county department of animal regulation. (Prior code § 41 15.3)

6.16.050 Recordkeeping.

The county department of animal regulation shall maintain a record in which it shall, upon the application of any person owning or having the custody of any dog in the city, and the payment to it of the license fee prescribed in this chapter, register the dog by entering in the record its name (if any), its sex and general description, whether it has been spayed or neutered, the name of its owner or custodian, the number of the tag issued therefor the date of expiration of the rabies vaccine, the date of issuance and the amount received for the license fee.

(Prior code § 4115.4)

6.16.060 Tags—Issuance Wearing required.

Upon exhibition of the proper evidence of vaccination and payment of the license fee, there shall be delivered to the person making such payment a metal tag with the number and year stamped or cut thereon, and the words “DOG TAG-County of San Luis Obispo,” stamped thereon, which dog tag shall be securely fastened to a collar or harness which must be worn at all times by the dog for which the tag was issued. If the dog is exempted from vaccination, the dog tag shall have a distinguishing mark as evidence of such fact. This tag, while attached to a dog’s collar or harness, shall be prima facie evidence that the dog for which the tag was issued has been licensed during the calendar year for which the tag was issued, and has been vaccinated. (Prior code § 4115.5)

6.16.070 Annual licensing required.

On January 1st of each year, all prior licensing made under the provisions of this chapter shall be cancelled and all tags theretofore issued shall become null and void and of no effect and all dogs kept or permitted to remain in the city must be again licensed. The new license fee shall become due and payable on January 1st of each year. (Prior code § 4115.6)

6.16.080 License—Fees.

The following fees shall be charged:

A. For licensing each altered dog, male or female, the county department of animal regulation shall collect and receive a fee of five dollars, and for licensing each unaltered dog, male or female, it shall collect and receive a fee of ten dollars, unless the owner or custodian of the dog chooses to place a deposit for the spaying or neutering of the dog, with the county department of animal regulation. This deposit shall be forfeited to the county department of animal regulation if the operation is not performed by the expiration date of the license issued.

B. The license fee shall be paid by March 8th of each year. After this date a late penalty shall take effect and the late license fee shall be twice the prepenalty fee.

C. Puppies must be licensed upon reaching the age of four months. A spay-neuter deposit may be placed with the county department of animal regulation, at which time the lesser fee of five dollars shall be charged.

D. Any dog brought within the city after March 15th of each year shall be registered within thirty days or these penalties shall accrue from date of entry into the city: provided, that any dog which has a valid license from any other county or city within the state shall be so registered upon a fee of one-half the established fee. (Prior code § 4115.7)

6.16.090 Tags—Duplicates.

If the tag issued for any duly registered dog is lost or accidentally destroyed during the year it is issued, the owner or custodian of such dog, upon making proof to the satisfaction of the county department of animal regulation of its loss or destruction, shall, upon payment of a fee of two dollars receive for such dog another tag; whereupon the county department of animal regulation shall enter the number of the tag so issued on the register and cancel the tag previously issued for such dog. (Prior code § 4115.8)

6.16.100 License—Exceptions.

The provisions of this chapter requiring the licensing of dogs shall not apply to:

A. Dogs under the age of four months if fastened securely by a rope, chain or leash or confined within the private property of the owner or person having control of the dog;

B. Dogs owned by or in custody or under the control of persons who are nonresidents of the city travelling through the city or temporarily sojourning therein for a period not exceeding thirty days;

C. Dogs duly licensed with the current license of an incorporated city within the county or the county:

D. Dogs brought into the city exclusively for the purpose of entering the same in any dog show or exhibition, and which are actually entered in and kept at such show or exhibition;

E. Dogs under the treatment in the custody or control of animal hospitals;

F. Dogs on sale in duly licensed pet shops, nor dogs owned, kept or controlled by any person, firm or corporation having a permit to keep and maintain a dog kennel; provided, that such dogs are kept enclosed within such pet shop or dog kennel;

G. Dogs under the ownership, custody and control of the owner of a dog kennel duly licensed under the provisions of the ordinance codified herein, or his or her duly authorized employee or agent when such dogs are removed from such kennel in the bona fide operation thereof for the purpose of exercise or training; provided, that any such dog bear an identification tag attached to its collar, which tag shall set forth the name of the licensed kennel. A dog bearing such identification tag shall be treated in all respects as any other dog in the event of its escape and subsequent impoundment. (Prior code § 4116.0)

6.16.110 License Fee exemptions.

A. All seeing-eye dogs and all dogs which have served with the Armed Forces of the United

States of America during any period of actual hostilities must be licensed and vaccinated under the provisions of this chapter, but their owners shall be exempt from the license fee imposed by this chapter providing adequate evidence can be furnished at such time the license is issued.

B. Dogs used by any governmental agency for the purpose of law enforcement must be licensed and vaccinated under the provisions of this chapter, but their owners shall be exempt from the license fee imposed by this chapter providing adequate evidence can be furnished at such time the license is issued.

C. All dogs being raised and trained specifically for the purpose to perform as a seeing-eye dog must be licensed and vaccinated under the provisions of this chapter, but their owners shall be exempt from the license fee imposed by this chapter providing adequate evidence can be furnished at such time the license is issued. (Prior code § 4116.1)

6.16.120 Violations deemed misdemeanor.

Any person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog in the city, who wilfully refuses, fails or neglects to furnish to the county department of animal regulation, the health officer, or any of their duly qualified and authorized deputies or employees, the information necessary to properly license the dog; or who shall resist, hinder or prevent the county department of animal regulation, health officer, or any of their duly authorized deputies or employees in the exercise of their duties or who fails, neglects or refuses to pay the license fee at the time and in the manner herein provided, or who violates any of the provisions of this chapter declared to be unlawful, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. (Prior code § 4117.0)

6.16.130 Tags—Counterfeiting unlawful.

No person shall imitate or counterfeit such registration tags or rabies vaccination tags. It is unlawful for any person to remove any tag from any dog not owned by him or her or not lawfully in his or her possession or under his or her control or to place on any dog any such license tag not issued as provided for in this chapter for that particular dog for the then current year or to make or to have in his or her possession or to place on a dog any counterfeit or imitation of any license tag or vaccination tag provided for. (Prior code § 4118.0)