Chapter 6.08


6.08.010    License requirement – Pet licenses required.

6.08.020    Applicability.

6.08.025    Mandatory spaying and neutering.

6.08.026    Violation – Unaltered pet.

6.08.030    Pet licenses – Fees.

6.08.031    Repealed.

6.08.040    Fees – Delinquency – Fine.

6.08.050    Fees – Deposition.

6.08.060    Checks.

6.08.010 License requirement – Pet licenses required.

All dogs and cats eight weeks and over which are harbored, kept or maintained in the city shall be licensed and registered annually; provided, however, that dogs kept in kennels need not be licensed annually while kept at such kennel and while such kennel is duly licensed as provided in Chapter 6.12 BMC. (Ord. 2061 § 2, 2011; Ord. 1511 § 2, 1993; Ord. 1279 § 2, 1987; Ord. 1168 § 2, 1985; Ord. 666 § 5.1.1, 1966).

6.08.020 Applicability.

The provisions of this section shall not apply to dogs used by a law enforcement agency for police work, nor to dogs or cats in the custody of a veterinarian or animal shelter or animal rescuer, or whose owners are nonresidents temporarily within the city for a period not exceeding 30 days. (Ord. 1511 § 3, 1993; Ord. 1279 § 3, 1987; Ord. 1168 § 2, 1985).

6.08.025 Mandatory spaying and neutering.

A.    No person shall own or harbor any cat or dog over the age of six months that has not been spayed or neutered unless:

1.    The person holds an unaltered animal license for the animal pursuant to BMC 6.08.030;

B.    Guide dog puppies in training and police service dogs are exempted from the provisions of this section.

C.    Any dog or cat over the age of six months adopted from an animal shelter shall be spayed or neutered before transfer to the owner. (Ord. 2061 § 3, 2011; Ord. 1511 § 4, 1993).

6.08.026 Violation – Unaltered pet.

It is a violation of this section to sell or give away unaltered dogs and cats in any public places or to auction off or raffle unaltered dogs and cats as prizes or gifts. (Ord. 1511 § 5, 1993).

6.08.030 Pet licenses – Fees.

Pet licenses shall be issued by the animal control authority and may be issued by veterinarians, pet shops, catteries, and kennels and other approved locations upon application and the payment of a license fee made payable to the city according to the schedule provided by the resolution of the city council. They shall be subject to the following:

A.    Pet licenses for unaltered dogs and cats will be valid for a term of one year from the date of issuance, expiring on the last day of the twelfth month. There is no proration of any license fees. Renewal licenses will retain the original expiration period whether renewed prior to, on, or after their respective renewal month.

B.    Juvenile licenses may be obtained for pets from four weeks to six months of age.

C.    City residents 65 years of age or older may purchase a special permanent license for the lifetime of cats or dogs which are neutered or spayed and for which they are the registered owners when said animals are maintained at said owner’s registered address. The special permanent animal license fee shall be established by resolution of the city council. Such residents shall not be required to annually purchase a new license for the lifetime of such licensed animals; provided, that no person shall be granted more than three permanent animal licenses for any combination of three cats and dogs for which they are the registered owner.

D.    No proration of a license fee for a portion of the calendar year shall be made. The effective date for such license fees shall be January 1st of each year. The annual license fee shall become due and payable one year from the last day of the month of issuance.

E.    Applications for a pet license shall be on forms provided by the animal control authority.

F.    License tags shall be securely affixed to a substantial collar, harness or other means, which shall be worn by dogs and cats at all times. As an alternative to a license tag, a dog or cat may be identified as licensed by being tattooed on its right ear or on its inside right thigh or groin with a license number approved or issued by the animal control section.

G.    The animal control authority is authorized to collect a fee as established by resolution of the city council for a lost or stolen license tag replacement.

H.    When a person with a visual or hearing impairment or a physical disability requests that no fee be charged to license his/her guide service dog, no fee shall be charged.

I.    Repealed by Ord. 2061.

J.    It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to sell or transfer ownership of any pet without a pet license. The animal control authority shall be notified of the name, address, and telephone number of the new owner by the person who sells or transfers the pet. (Ord. 2061 § 4, 2011; Ord. 1511 § 6, 1993; Ord. 1335 § 1, 1989; Ord. 1306 § 15, 1988; Ord. 1279 § 4, 1987; Ord. 1209 § 1, 1986; Ord. 1168 § 2, 1985).

6.08.031 Spay/neuter vouchers.

Repealed by Ord. 6021. (Ord. 1511 § 7, 1993).

6.08.040 Fees – Delinquency – Fine.

A.    In addition to paying the appropriate license fee, a late penalty shall be charged on all applications received more than 30 days after the due date. Such penalty shall be established by resolution of the city. It shall be a rebuttable presumption that any animal is in violation of this chapter unless one of the conditions in subsection B below are met.

B.    No late penalty shall be charged on new license applications if:

1.    The owner submits proof of purchase or acquisition of the animal within the preceding 30 days; or

2.    The owner has moved into the city within the preceding 30 days; or

3.    The animal is currently, or has been within the preceding 30 days, under the age which requires a license; or

4.    The owner purchases the license(s) voluntarily, prior to in person or field contact by animal control personnel; or

5.    The owner submits other proof deemed acceptable by the animal control authority. (Ord. 1511 § 8, 1993; Ord. 1306 § 16, 1988; Ord. 1279 § 6, 1987; Ord. 1209 § 2, 1986; Ord. 1168 § 2, 1985).

6.08.050 Fees – Deposition.

All fees and fines collected under this chapter shall be deposited in the city current expense fund and shall be distributed according to the provisions established by the animal control authority. (Ord. 1511 § 11, 1993; Ord. 1168 § 2, 1985).

6.08.060 Checks.

It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to knowingly issue a check for which funds are insufficient or to stop payment on any check written in payment of fees contained in this chapter. Any license(s) or penalties paid for with such checks are, in the case of the license, invalid, and, in the case of the penalty, still outstanding. Costs incurred by the city in collecting checks of this nature shall be considered a cost of abatement and are personal obligations of the animal owner. (Ord. 1511 § 11, 1993; Ord. 840 § 2, 1977; Ord. 666 § 7A, 1966).