[Adopted 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 1184-94]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any member of the domestic feline species, whether male, female or altered, and which has attained the age of seven months and which is owned or harbored in the Township of Hamilton.
No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any cat over seven months of age within the Township of Hamilton unless such cat is vaccinated and licensed. All cats shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the latest Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines and Recommendations for Immunization, published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians. A certificate of vaccination shall be issued to the owner of each cat vaccinated.
Any person who shall own, keep, harbor or maintain a cat of licensing age shall annually apply for and procure from the Township Clerk, or other official designated by the governing body thereof to license cats in the Township of Hamilton, a license and official registration tag for such cat. No license or registration tag shall be issued unless the owner thereof provides evidence that the cat has been inoculated with a rabies vaccine as set forth herein.
[Amended 6-20-2016 by Ord. No. 1823-2016]
A license shall be issued after a payment of an annual fee of $5 for each cat, which license shall be obtained by January 31 of each year. Persons who fail to obtain a license as required prior to April 30 of each year will be subject to a delinquent fee of $3 for each cat.
Proof of licensing shall be produced by any person owning, keeping, maintaining or harboring a cat upon the request of any health official, police officer, animal control officer or other authorized person.
Violation of any of the terms or provisions of this article shall be punishable in the Township of Hamilton Municipal Court as follows:
Conviction of first offense: a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $100.
Conviction of second offense: a fine of not less than $75 nor more than $150.
Conviction of third offense or subsequent offenses: a fine of not less than $150 nor more than $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for such term not exceeding 90 days, or both, as the sentencing Judge may impose.