City of Harrisburg, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 11-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 3-503.1 Cat license required.

A. 
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain a cat over the age of three months unless the owner obtains a license from the Chief of Police or an authorized agent.
B. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to cats whose owners are within the City for 60 days or less or to cats brought in this City for the purpose of participating in a cat show or similar event.
C. 
The license shall be effective from January 1 to December 31 of each year.

§ 3-503.2 Licensing information.

The owner shall state at the time the application is made for a cat license the name, address, and telephone number of such owner and the name, breed, color, and sex of each cat for which a license is required.

§ 3-503.3 License fee; exceptions.

A. 
Before a license is issued, fees shall be paid to the City Treasurer according to the following fee schedule:
(1) 
Five Dollars for unspayed female or unneutered male cats.
(2) 
Three Dollars for spayed female or neutered male cats or those that are certified by a veterinarian to be incapable of breeding or being bred or those less than six months of age.
B. 
All catteries will be required to have the owner purchase and place a license on every cat purchased or placed therefrom consistent with this chapter.
C. 
The Chief of Police or an authorized agent will provide licenses, effective for the remainder of the license year, to nonprofit shelters located within the City limits to be distributed free of charge to cats placed with City residents.

§ 3-503.4 Tag and collar required.

A. 
Upon payment of the license fee, there shall be issued to the owner a tag for each cat licensed. The tag shall be changed every year and shall have stamped thereon the year for which it was issued. Every owner shall be required to provide each cat which ventures upon the public street, sidewalk or other public places with a collar to which such license tag shall be affixed. The tag number preceded by the letters "HBG" and the license year written clearly and legibly upon the collar shall be regarded as an acceptable substitute for the presence of the tag upon the collar.
B. 
License tags or numbers shall not be transferable from one cat to another because of the death of a cat or the owner leaving the City before the expiration of the license.
C. 
Tags that are lost or stolen may be reissued for the same cat upon payment of a fee of $1.

§ 3-503.5 License issuance and revocation.

A. 
The Chief of Police may revoke any permit or license if the person holding the permit or license refuses or fails to comply with this chapter, any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, or any law governing the protection and keeping of animals.
B. 
Any person whose permit or license is revoked shall, within 10 days thereafter, humanely dispose of or remove all animals owned, kept or harbored by such person, and no part of the permit or license fee shall be refunded.
C. 
It shall be a condition of the issuance of any permit or license that the Chief of Police or a designated representative shall be permitted, unless prohibited by state law, to inspect all animals and the premises where animals are kept at any time.
D. 
If the applicant has withheld or falsified any information on the application, the Chief of Police may refuse to issue a license or may revoke the same.
E. 
No person who has been convicted of cruelty to animals or similar offense(s) shall be issued a permit or license to operate any commercial animal establishment or animal clinic or hospital.
F. 
Any person having been denied a cat license may not reapply for a period of one year.

§ 3-503.99 Penalty.

Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the general code penalty, § 1-301.99 of these Codified Ordinances.