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Except as provided in PMC 6.05.270, no person may keep, harbor or permit to be kept any dog over seven months of age unless it is licensed.

(1) Licenses will be issued by the City for either a one- or three-year period. Citizens may opt to license for only one year, even if the animal has a three-year rabies vaccination. To qualify for the three-year license, rabies vaccination should be administered less than 60 days prior to the issuance of the new license. The license fee must be paid within 30 days after the expiration of the current license. Each license is valid for one or three years based on the expiration date of the current license. No refund shall be made of any dog license fee for any reason.

(2) Before a license is issued for any dog, the owner must prove, by a certificate of vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian, that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies at the time of licensing; provided, however, the Animal Control Officer may issue a temporary 10-day license contingent upon the owner’s securing a veterinarian’s certificate of vaccination required under this chapter prior to the expiration of the temporary license; and further providing, that all license fees, including late fees, have been paid. If a certificate is not presented within 10 days, it shall be another separate violation of this chapter for each day over 10 days that proof is not presented.

(3) A veterinarian’s certificate is necessary to prove that a dog has been neutered or spayed.

(4) Newly acquired dogs over the age of seven months must be vaccinated and licensed within 30 days of acquisition.

(5) Fees for licenses will be established by the City Council from time to time and must be paid before the license is issued.

(6) No license is required of nonresidents staying temporarily within the City for not more than 30 days. Licenses must be obtained within 30 days of the owner’s establishing residence within the City.

(7) All dogs must be licensed before reaching seven months of age. [Ord. 4359, 2017; Ord. 3385 § 4, 1999; Ord. 3326 § 1, 1998; Code 1970 § 8.02.190.]