Chapter 6.16
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6.16.010: DOG AND CAT LICENSING:
6.16.015: REGULATION OF DOGS AND CATS/LIMITATIONS:
6.16.020: LICENSE TAG:
6.16.030: LICENSING; EXEMPTIONS:
6.16.040: REVOCATION OF LICENSE:
6.16.050: FEMALE ANIMAL IN HEAT:
6.16.060: KEEPING ANIMALS AT CAMPGROUNDS AND TRAVEL TRAILER PARKS:
6.16.070: SALE OF DOGS, CATS, AND RABBITS AT COMMERCIAL ANIMAL ESTABLISHMENTS:

6.16.010: DOG AND CAT LICENSING:linklink


A. License Required: All dogs and cats over the age of four (4) months must be licensed each year to a person eighteen (18) years of age or older, except as otherwise provided herein.


B. Time Limits: Any person owning, possessing or harboring any dog or cat shall obtain a license for that animal within thirty (30) days after the animal reaches the age of four (4) months or within ten (10) days of the acquisition of the animal, whichever date is sooner.


C. License Applications: License applications must be submitted annually to the City, utilizing a standard form which requests name, address and telephone number of the applicant; breed, sex, color and age of the animal; and rabies information. The application shall be accompanied by the prescribed license fee and by a current rabies vaccination certificate. Rabies vaccinations shall be given by a licensed veterinarian as often as is required to maintain the animal in a current rabies vaccination status.


D. License Fees:

Dog or cat   $5.00  
Senior citizen owners (over 60)   4.00  
Late fee   $10.00 in addition to regular fee  
Nuisance animal fee   $100.00 plus proof of liability insurance  

1. The nuisance animal license fee shall be imposed in addition to any other fee imposed by this chapter and shall be paid within thirty (30) days from the date of conviction involving a violation of section 6.12.070 of this title. This fee requirement will expire one year after issuance if the animal is shown to have not committed another violation of section 6.12.070 of this title.

2. Within thirty (30) days after date of conviction of possessing a nuisance animal, the owner shall provide to the City proof of liability insurance in an amount of not less than twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) to cover injuries which may be inflicted by a nuisance animal.

3. Failure to pay the nuisance fee or provide proof of liability insurance shall be grounds for impoundment of the nuisance animal until such fee is paid and proof of insurance is provided. The owner of the animal shall be responsible for the payment of all fees incurred as a result of the impoundment.


E. Expiration: The license shall expire one year from the date of issue. (Ord. 17-15)

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6.16.015: REGULATION OF DOGS AND CATS/LIMITATIONS:linklink


A. The total number of dogs and cats that may be owned, harbored, licensed and maintained by any person at any one property or residence of the City shall not exceed two (2) dogs and two (2) cats, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.


B. In accordance with State law, a person shall be allowed to keep a police service canine, a retired police service canine, or both in addition to the limits set forth in subsection A of this section. (Ord. 17-15)

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6.16.020: LICENSE TAG:linklink


A. Upon payment of the license fee, the City shall issue to the owner a certificate and a tag for each animal licensed. The tag shall have stamped thereon the license number corresponding with the tag number on the certificate. The owner shall attach the tag to the collar or harness for the animal and see that the collar and tag are constantly worn. Failure to attach the tag as provided shall be a violation of this chapter, except that animals which are kept for exhibition purposes are exempt from wearing the collar and tag during exhibition.


B. License tags are not transferable. Refund of a license fee is not allowed for any reason whatsoever. Replacements for lost or destroyed tags shall be issued upon payment of a five dollar ($5.00) replacement fee to the City.


C. No person, other than a licensed veterinarian or a City designee who removes such for medical and other reasons, may remove or cause the removal of the collar, harness or tag from any licensed animal without the consent of the owner or keeper thereof. (Ord. 17-15)

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6.16.030: LICENSING; EXEMPTIONS:linklink


A. The provisions of sections 6.16.010, 6.16.015 and 6.16.020 of this chapter shall not apply to:

1. Licensed dogs whose owners are nonresidents temporarily within the jurisdiction for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days. Licensed dogs whose owners remain within the jurisdiction longer than thirty (30) days may transfer to the local license upon payment of a five dollar ($5.00) fee and proof of current rabies vaccinations; and

2. Individual dogs within a properly licensed dog kennel or other such establishment when such dogs are held for resale.


B. There is no limit on the number of licensed cats and dogs which may be kept on property upon which a legal nonconforming agricultural use exists, except that this exception shall not be construed to allow animals to be kept in such numbers or under such conditions as to create a nuisance, or to endanger the health and safety of those animals or that of any person or persons. This exception does not relieve the owner of the property from the obligation to license all cats and dogs as required by this title.


C. The fee provisions of section 6.16.010 of this chapter shall not apply to:

1. Seeing-eye dogs properly trained to assist blind persons if such dogs are actually being used by blind persons to assist those persons to move from place to place;

2. Hearing dogs properly trained to assist deaf persons if such dogs are actually used by deaf persons to assist those persons to respond to sounds;

3. Dogs especially trained to assist officials of government agencies in the performance of their duties and which are owned by such agencies.


D. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed so as to exempt any animal from having a current rabies vaccination. (Ord. 17-15)

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6.16.040: REVOCATION OF LICENSE:linklink

If the owner of an animal is found to be in violation of this chapter on two (2) or more different occasions during any twelve (12) month period, the City may seek an order as provided in title 5, chapter 5.04 of this Code or a court order pursuant to section 6.08.130 of this title, revoking that animal's license and directing the City or its designee to impound the animal. An animal impounded pursuant to such an order shall be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of this title for impounded animals except that the animal owner subject to the order of revocation shall not be allowed to redeem the animal under any circumstances. (Ord. 17-15)
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6.16.050: FEMALE ANIMAL IN HEAT:linklink

Except for a planned breeding, the owner or person having charge, care, custody or control of any female animal in estrus shall, in addition to prohibiting the animal from running at large, constantly confine the animal in a building or other secure enclosure so as to prevent it from attracting or coming into contact with other animals and from otherwise creating a nuisance. (Ord. 04-39 § 2)
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6.16.060: KEEPING ANIMALS AT CAMPGROUNDS AND TRAVEL TRAILER PARKS:linklink


A. The City finds that animals kept or controlled by patrons of commercial campgrounds, travel trailer parks, carnivals and similar outdoor events open to the general public, present a special hazard to other patrons and guests using those facilities even if the animal is otherwise restrained by leash or tether.


B. No person staying as a renter, guest or invitee at any camping space or pad at any campground or travel trailer park, or other place or event described in subsection A of this section, which is located in the City, may have charge, care, custody or control of any animal at such place unless that animal is totally enclosed within a solid structure, such as a portable kennel, run, cage or similar enclosure or in a motor vehicle which is adequately ventilated or is on a leash or tether physically controlled by that person. The fact that the animal in question is otherwise tethered or not violating any other provisions of this title at the time in question shall not be a defense to a charge of violating this subsection.


C. Any animal being kept at any campground, travel trailer park, or other place described in subsection A of this section, in violation of this section may be impounded by any police officer or a City designee at any time a violation occurs without prior notice to the person having charge, care, custody or control of the animal. (Ord. 17-15)

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6.16.070: SALE OF DOGS, CATS, AND RABBITS AT COMMERCIAL ANIMAL ESTABLISHMENTS:linklink


A. Purpose: The purpose of this section is to protect the citizens of the City who may purchase dogs, cats, or rabbits from a pet shop, retail business, or other commercial establishment, by reducing the emotional and financial burdens on consumers who unwittingly buy mill-bred pets, and to reduce the costs to the City of sheltering and euthanizing unwanted problem pets.


B. Definitions: For the purposes of this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:

CERTIFICATE OF SOURCE: Means any document from the source animal shelter, animal control agency, humane society, or non-profit rescue organization declaring the source of the dog, cat, or rabbit on the premises of the pet shop, retail business, or other commercial animal establishment.

NON-PROFIT ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATION: Means any non-profit organization that has tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, whose mission and practice is, in whole or in significant part, the rescue and placement of dogs, cats, or rabbits.


C. Source Of Animals: It is unlawful to display, offer for sale, deliver, barter, auction, give away, transfer, or sell any live dog, cat, or rabbit in any pet shop, retail business, or other commercial establishment located in Murray City, unless the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a City or County animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society, or a non-profit animal rescue organization.


D. Certificate Of Source: All pet shops, retail businesses, or other commercial animal establishments selling dogs, cats, or rabbits shall maintain a certificate of source for each of the animals and make it available upon request to animal control officers, law enforcement, Code Enforcement Officers, or any other City employee charged with enforcing the provisions of this section.


E. Exemptions: This section shall not apply to the display, offer for sale, delivery, bartering, auction, giving away, transfer, or sale of dogs, cats, or rabbits from the premises on which they were bred and reared.


F. Maintaining Animals For Adoption: Nothing in this section shall prevent the owner, operator, or employees of a pet shop, retail business, or other commercial establishment located in the City from providing space and appropriate care for animals owned by a City animal shelter or animal control agency, humane society, or non-profit animal rescue organization and maintaining those animals at the pet shop, retail business, or other commercial animal establishment for the purpose of public adoption.


G. Violation: A violation of this section shall be a Class C misdemeanor. Each dog, cat, or rabbit sold or offered for sale in violation of this section shall constitute a separate offense. (Ord. 18-23)

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