[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-21), 12-19-2012]
Any person owning, keeping, harboring, or having custody of any dog over six (6) months of age or any cat over six (6) months of age must have such animal vaccinated against rabies and registered as herein provided. This provision shall not apply to animals owned by a licensed facility or government operated or licensed animal shelter. This requirement will not apply to a non-resident keeping a dog or cat within the City of Byrnes Mill for no longer than thirty (30) days.
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-22), 12-19-2012]
All dogs and 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.
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-23), 12-19-2012]
It is hereby made the duty of the City Clerk to procure at the expense of the City of Byrnes Mill every year a sufficient number of metallic plates differing in size and shape from those of the previous year as specified.
The City shall prepare license forms, together with correspondingly numbered tags for distribution to animal owners, in a form they deem is best calculated to further the progress of the program provided for in this Article. Spaces shall be provided for the following information and for such other information as the City and/or Health Officer may require to be filled in by the owner detailing the following information:
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-24), 12-19-2012]
Every keeper of a dog and/or cat (an animal) within the City of Byrnes Mill shall cause the same to have a current rabies immunization and shall obtain a written certificate and metal tag to be attached to the animal's collar of such immunization from the veterinarian administering the same.
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-25), 12-19-2012]
The fee for each combined unit of corresponding vaccination-registration certificate and tag for the purpose of maintaining the system of vaccination-registration established by this Article shall be established from time to time by the City Aldermanic Board and adopted by resolution. Maintenance expenses shall include materials, notification, filing, investigation, and enforcement to increase and maintain a high level of rabies immunization in the City.
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-26), 12-19-2012]
Registration fees shall not be required for seeing-eye dogs or governmental police dogs.
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-27), 12-19-2012]
At the time of the vaccination of any animal pursuant to this Article, the person performing the vaccination shall deliver to the owner of the animal the tag obtained from the Health Department, as evidence of such inoculation. Every owner of a vaccinated animal shall attach the tag evidencing rabies vaccination and registration to the collar or harness of the vaccinated animal and such collar or harness shall be worn by the animal at all times. Any animal without a tag shall be deemed to be not vaccinated.
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-28), 12-19-2012]
No person shall divulge, distribute, disseminate, give, transfer, show, make available or allow a copy to be made of the name or address of any owner of an animal registered under this Article to or by any person other than an officer of the City, State or Federal office or department for the purpose of registration, tax collection, law enforcement, or rabies or other disease control in his respective jurisdiction; nor shall any of the persons authorized to be in possession of such names and addresses use such information for any purposes other than those allowed above, nor shall any other person make any use, relating to animals, of any such name or address that has been obtained as a direct or indirect result of the vaccination-registration program provided for in this Article; nor shall any person pose as or falsely claim to be a Health Officer's employee or an agent of the Health Officer or any other governmental agency while soliciting, or making a survey of the names or addresses of animal owners in any area in which this Article is in effect.
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-29), 12-19-2012]
Registration shall not be transferred from animal to animal, and no person shall affix a registration tag to an animal other than the animal for which the tag was issued at the time of its rabies vaccination-registration, nor shall any person affix a registration tag to an animal that has not been vaccinated against rabies, nor shall any person counterfeit, alter, obliterate, or attempt to counterfeit, alter, or obliterate any rabies registration tags.
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-30), 12-19-2012]
All dogs and cats brought into the City shall comply with rabies vaccination requirements. If such animal remains more than thirty (30) days, such animal shall be registered in accordance with the provisions of this Article. Any legally acceptable certificate of rabies vaccination, the initial and residual efficiency of which has been approved by the Health Department, shall be exchanged for a current vaccination-registration certificate and tag upon payment of any applicable fee.
[Ord. No. 800-12 §1(4-31), 12-19-2012; Ord. No. 804-13, 1-16-2013]
Persons who fail to vaccinate and register their animal as required within the time period specified in this Article shall be subjected to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or both.