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Sec. 10-5. Dogs and cats, licensing and regulation of.

 

(a) Required. Every person residing in the city who owns a dog or cat which is more than six months of age on January 1 of any year shall, annually, at the time and in the manner prescribed by law for the payment of personal property taxes, obtain a license for such dog or cat, upon payment of a fee set by the council pursuant to subsection (b) of this section for each neutered male or spayed female and a fee set by the council pursuant to subsection (b) of this section for each unneutered male or unspayed female.

(b) Fees. Such owners shall pay the city treasurer a fee as stated in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Issuance of license. Upon payment to the city treasurer of the required fee, the treasurer shall issue to such person a license to keep such dog or cat for one year; and such person shall, upon procuring the license, place upon the dog or cat a collar with a tag furnished to him by the city treasurer or the county clerk.

(d) Harboring certain dogs or cats prohibited. No person shall own, harbor or keep any dog or cat which:

(1) Habitually pursues any vehicle upon any public street, alley or highway.

(2) Assaults or attacks any person.

(3) Is vicious. A showing that a dog or cat has bitten, attacked or injured any person shall constitute prima facie showing that such dog or cat is vicious.

(4) Habitually barks, howls or cries to the annoyance of any two or more other persons.

(e) Number of dogs and cats limited. No more than two dogs or three cats shall be kept in any premises, except puppies and kittens not more than six months of age born to one of such dogs or cats and except in licensed kennels, veterinarian hospitals and boarding kennels. Compliance with this subsection shall be the responsibility of the owner or lessee of the premises.