Cecil County, MD
 
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A. 
No person shall own, keep or harbor a dog over the age of four months within Cecil County unless it is licensed. The application for the license shall state the name and address of the owner and the name, breed, color, age and sex of the dog. A valid certificate of rabies inoculation issued by a veterinarian or antirabies clinic recognized by the Health Officer, stating the inoculation date, expiration date and the type of vaccine used, shall accompany the application for a dog license.
B. 
Dog licenses can be obtained utilizing forms developed by the County Executive from the office of the Director of Finance, the Animal Care and Control Authority, participating veterinarian offices and municipalities.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19[1]]
[1]
Editor’s Note: This bill also provided that all its provisions be effective retroactive to 7-1-2013.
C. 
The annual license fee shall be approved by resolution by the County Council as recommended by the County Executive. The license fee will be offered at a discounted price for a dog that has been spayed/neutered and/or with a registered microchip. Each dog over the age of four months shall be licensed on or before December 31 for each licensing year. Rabies vaccinations shall be required for each dog prior to issuing a license. Certification that a dog has been spayed/neutered shall be required as proof in order to obtain the reduced license fee.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
D. 
All dog licenses shall be valid for one year beginning with January 1. Application for dog licenses may be made within 60 days prior to January 1 or within 30 days following the establishment of residency within the County or within 30 days after a dog becomes four months of age, without penalty.
E. 
If there is a change in ownership of a dog, kennel, cattery or pet shop during the license year, the license shall be nontransferable.
F. 
In the event a dog has a valid license by another Maryland county which has the equivalent requirements for licensing and the owner becomes a resident of Cecil County, a license transfer fee will be charged as set forth by the Cecil County government.
G. 
The licensing requirements of this chapter shall not apply to any animal belonging to a nonresident of the County and kept within the boundaries of the County for not longer than 45 days or whose owner can show proof of a current license from his/her resident jurisdiction. All dogs and cats shall, at the time of entry into the County, be properly vaccinated against rabies and, while kept within the County, meet all other requirements of this chapter.
H. 
Dogs brought into the County for training will be exempt from licensing for no more than 45 days, but shall meet the rabies vaccination requirements of this chapter.
I. 
Assistance dogs and governmentally owned dogs are exempt from the license fee of this chapter; however, they shall obtain a dog license which shall be provided at no charge.
J. 
Maryland licensed veterinary hospitals or clinics and the Animal Care and Control Authority, as long as they do not advertise boarding facilities, as well as federally licensed research facilities, do not have to purchase a kennel license.
K. 
Violations of this § 142-30 shall result in the assessment of fines as follows:
(1) 
Any individual(s) or organization operating a kennel, cattery or pet shop without obtaining the proper license: $500 per animal found on premises.
(2) 
Failure to have a dog licensed: $80 per animal.
A. 
A commercial kennel or cattery license application shall be submitted utilizing forms developed by the County Executive, which are on file in the office of the Director of Finance and available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
B. 
For a new commercial kennel license, the applicant shall submit the completed application to the Department of Planning and Zoning. Upon approval from the Department of Planning and Zoning, the applicant shall submit the application to the Animal Care and Control Authority for further application review and to schedule a commercial kennel inspection, which shall be performed utilizing forms developed by the County Executive, which are on file in the office of the Director of Finance and available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org. An application review/inspection fee, which will be approved by resolution of the County Council, upon the recommendation of the County Executive, and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, shall be paid to the Cecil County Director of Finance before the inspection will be scheduled.
[Amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12; 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
C. 
For a new cattery license, the applicant shall submit the application to the Animal Care and Control Authority utilizing forms developed by the County Executive, which are on file in the office of the Director of Finance and available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, upon receipt of which the Animal Care and Control Authority will review the application and schedule a cattery inspection. An application review/inspection fee, which will be approved by resolution by the County Council, upon the recommendation of the County Executive, and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, shall be paid to the Cecil County Director of Finance before the inspection will be scheduled.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
D. 
Upon successful application review and completion of a commercial kennel or cattery inspection by the Cecil County Animal Care and Control Authority, the applicant shall obtain a business license.
E. 
The applicant will then submit the approved commercial kennel or cattery license application, along with the required documentation, the business license and the license fee, as set forth in forms developed by the County Executive, which are on file in the office of the Director of Finance and available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, to the Cecil County Director of Finance to obtain a commercial kennel license.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
F. 
Annual renewal is required. Ninety days prior to expiation of the commercial kennel or cattery license, the Animal Care and Control Authority shall be contacted to schedule an annual inspection. An application review/inspection fee, which will be approved by resolution of the County Council, upon the recommendation of the County Executive, and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, shall be paid to the Cecil County Director of Finance before the inspection will be scheduled. Planning and Zoning approval is required for license renewals. Upon successful application review and inspection, the applicant will submit the required documentation, the business license and payment of the license fee the Cecil County Director of Finance to obtain a commercial kennel or cattery license.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
A. 
A hobby kennel license application shall be submitted and approval annuls, utilizing forms developed by the County Executive, which are on file in the office of the Director of Finance and available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org.
B. 
The applicant shall contact the Animal Care and Control Authority for an application review and to schedule a hobby kennel inspection, which shall be performed utilizing forms developed by the County Executive, which are on file in the office of the Director of Finance and available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org. An application review/inspection fee, which will be approved by resolution by the County Council, upon the recommendation of the County Executive, and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, shall be paid to the Cecil County Director of Finance before the inspection will be scheduled.
C. 
Upon successful completion of the hobby kennel inspection, the applicant will then submit the approve hobby kennel license application, along with the required documentation and the license fee, as set forth in forms developed by the County Executive, which are on file in the Office of the Director of Finance and available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, to the Cecil County Director of Finance to obtain a hobby kennel license.
D. 
Annual renewal is required. Ninety days prior to expiation of the hobby kennel license, the Animal Care and Control Authority shall be contacted to schedule an annual inspection. An application review/inspection fee, which will be approved by resolution by the County Council upon recommendation of the County Executive and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, shall be paid to the Cecil County Director of Finance before the inspection will be scheduled. Upon successful application review and inspection, the applicant will submit the required documentation and payment of the license fee to the Cecil County Director of Finance to obtain a hobby kennel license.
A. 
A boarding kennel shall meet all existing zoning requirements. An annual boarding kennel license application shall be submitted and approved annually utilizing forms developed by the County Executive, which are on file in the office of the Director of Finance and available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
B. 
Upon initial application for a boarding kennel license, the applicant shall contact the Animal Care and Control Authority for an application review and to schedule a boarding kennel inspection. An application review/inspection fee, which will be approved by resolution by the County Council upon recommendation of the County Executive and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, shall be paid to the Animal Care and Control Authority before the inspection will be scheduled. Thereafter, an annual inspection will not be required, although an annual application review and license renewal will be required.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
C. 
The applicant shall obtain a business license.
D. 
Upon successful completion of the boarding kennel inspection and/or application review, the applicant will then submit the approved boarding kennel license application, along with the required documentation and the license fee, to the Cecil County Director of Finance to obtain a boarding kennel license.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
E. 
Annual renewal is required. For annual renewal, an application review fee, which will be approved by resolution by the County Council upon recommendation of the County Executive and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, shall be paid to the Cecil County Director of Finance before the inspection will be scheduled. Planning and Zoning approval is required for annual license renewals. Upon successful application review, the applicant will submit the required documentation, the business license and payment of the license fee to the Cecil County Director of Finance to obtain a boarding kennel license.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
A. 
A pet shop shall meet all existing zoning requirements. An annual pet shop application shall be submitted and approved annually utilizing forms developed by the County Executive, which are on file in the office of the Director of Finance and available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
B. 
The applicant shall contact the Animal Care and Control Authority for an application review and to schedule a pet shop inspection. An application review/inspection fee, which will be approved by resolution by the County Council upon recommendation of the County Executive and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, shall be paid to the Animal Care and Control Authority before the inspection will be scheduled.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
C. 
Upon successful completion of the pet shop inspection and license application approval, the applicant shall obtain a business license.
D. 
The applicant will then submit the approved pet shop license application, along with the required documentation, including appropriate state and federal licensure and the business license, to the Cecil County Director of Finance to obtain a pet shop license.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
E. 
Annual renewal is required. Ninety days prior to expiration of the pet shop license, the Animal Care and Control Authority shall be contacted to schedule an annual inspection. An application review/inspection fee, which will be approved by resolution by the County Council upon recommendation of the County Executive and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org, shall be paid to the Cecil County Director of Finance before the inspection will be scheduled. Planning and Zoning approval is required for license renewals. Upon successful application review and inspection, the applicant will submit the required documentation, the business license and payment of the license fee to the Cecil County Director of Finance to obtain a pet shop license.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
A. 
Upon complying with the provisions of § 142-30 of this chapter, there shall be issued to the dog owner a license tag.
B. 
Every dog owner is required to see that the license tag is securely fastened to the animal's collar or harness, which shall be worn by the animal at all times, unless the animal is engaged in supervised hunting or other activity where a collar might endanger the animal's life or safety.
C. 
Lost hunting dogs shall be reported lost to the Animal Care and Control Authority within 72 hours of the hunt or field trial to be exempt from wearing a collar.
D. 
In the event that a license tag issued for a dog is lost, the owner shall obtain a replacement tag upon payment of a licensing fee, which will be approved by resolution by the County Council upon recommendation of the County Executive and kept on file in the office of the Department of Finance and made available on the World Wide Web at www.ccgov.org.
[Amended 2-4-2014 by Bill No. 2013-19]
E. 
Violations of this § 142-35 shall result in the assessment of a fine of $35.