Page County, VA
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Page 10-14-2003. (This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 34, Animals, adopted 2-11-1980 as Ch. 4 of the 1980 Code of the County of Page, as amended, except for § 34-12. See now § 34-45.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
STATUTORY REFERENCES
Animals running at large — See Code of Virginia, § 18.2-121.1.
Disposal of dead animals — See Code of Virginia, § 18.2-510.

§ 34-1 Definitions.

§ 34-2 Care of animals by owner; penalty.

§ 34-3 Transporting animals; penalty.

§ 34-4 Sale of unweaned or certain immature animals prohibited; vaccinations required for dogs and cats; penalty.

§ 34-5 Failure of dealer or pet shop to provide adequate care; penalty.

§ 34-6 Misrepresentation of animal's condition; penalties.

§ 34-7 Abandonment of animal; penalty.

§ 34-8 Exceptions regarding veterinarians.

§ 34-9 Animals left unclaimed with veterinarian or boarding establishment after public notice; lien; sale.

§ 34-10 Injured or sick animal; action by veterinarian.

§ 34-11 Disposal of animals by means of decompression chamber prohibited.

§ 34-12 Pet dealer's animal history certificate required; contents; maintenance.

§ 34-13 Inclusion of false or misleading statements in certificate prohibited.

§ 34-14 Consumer remedies for receipt of diseased animal upon certification by veterinarian.

§ 34-15 Written notice of consumer remedies required to be supplied by pet dealers.

§ 34-16 Failure of pet dealer to effect registration; remedies; veterinary certification; finding of intestinal parasites; illness subsequent to sale.

§ 34-17 Remedies cumulative.

§ 34-18 Boarding establishments and groomers; veterinary care requirements; consumer notification; penalty.

§ 34-19 Written notice of consumer remedies required to be supplied by boarding establishments; penalty.

§ 34-20 Permit fee required for pet shop or dealer.

§ 34-21 Spaying and neutering required; repossession.

§ 34-22 Dogs to be licensed; cats to be vaccinated; diseased dogs or cats straying from premises.

§ 34-23 License fees; kennel license requirements.

§ 34-24 When license tax payable.

§ 34-25 Failure of dog to wear tags.

§ 34-26 Dog license; tag.

§ 34-27 Duplicate license tags; fees.

§ 34-28 Displaying receipts; dogs to wear tags; exceptions.

§ 34-29 Dogs running at large prohibited; penalty.

§ 34-30 Control of dangerous or vicious dogs.

§ 34-31 Fund disposition.

§ 34-32 Sale of animals procured from animal shelters; penalty.

§ 34-33 Notification by individuals finding companion animals; penalty.

§ 34-34 Evidence showing inoculation for rabies prerequisite to obtaining dog license.

§ 34-35 Rabies inoculation of dogs and domesticated cats; availability of certificate.

§ 34-36 Rabid animals.

§ 34-37 Payment of license tax subsequent to summons.

§ 34-38 Dogs killing, injuring or chasing livestock or poultry.

§ 34-39 Dog killing other domestic animals other than livestock or poultry.

§ 34-40 Compensation for livestock and poultry killed by dogs.

§ 34-41 Capturing, confining and euthanizing companion animals by animal control officers; approval of drugs used.

§ 34-42 Disposal of dead companion animals; penalty.

§ 34-43 Burial or cremation of animals or fowls which have died; penalty; exceptions.

§ 34-44 Cruelty to animals; penalty.

§ 34-45 Lot boundaries to constitute fences.

§ 34-46 Presumption of ownership.

§ 34-47 Violations and penalties.

§ 34-48 Incorporation of statutory provisions.

§ 34-49 Enforcement.

§ 34-50 Killing of coyotes.

§ 34-51 Bounties for coyotes.

§ 34-52 Penalties for false claims.

§ 34-1 Definitions.

The terms used in this chapter shall have the meanings as prescribed in the Virginia Comprehensive Animal Laws set forth in Section 3.1-796.66 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended.

§ 34-2 Care of animals by owner; penalty.

A. 
Owner requirements; applicability.
(1) 
Each owner shall provide for each of his companion animals:
(a) 
Adequate feed;
(b) 
Adequate water;
(c) 
Adequate shelter that is properly cleaned;
(d) 
Adequate space in the primary enclosure for the particular type of animal depending upon its age, size, species, and weight;
(e) 
Adequate exercise;
(f) 
Adequate care, treatment, and transportation; and
(g) 
Veterinary care when needed or to prevent suffering or disease transmission.
(2) 
The provisions of this section shall also apply to every pound, animal shelter, or other releasing agency, and every foster care provider, dealer, pet shop, exhibitor, kennel, groomer, and boarding establishment. This section shall not require that animals used as food for other animals be euthanized.
B. 
Game and wildlife species shall be cared for in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries by January 1, 1994.
C. 
Violation of this section is a Class 4 misdemeanor.

§ 34-3 Transporting animals; penalty.

A. 
No owner, railroad or other common carrier when transporting any animal shall allow that animal to be confined in any type of conveyance more than 24 consecutive hours without being exercised, properly rested, fed and watered as necessary for that particular type and species of animal. A reasonable extension of this time shall be permitted when an accident, storm or other act of God causes a delay. Adequate space in the primary enclosure within any type of conveyance shall be provided each animal depending upon the particular type and species of animal. No person shall import into the commonwealth, nor export from the commonwealth, for the purpose of sale or offering for sale any dog or cat under the age of eight weeks without its dam.
B. 
Violation of this section shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

§ 34-4 Sale of unweaned or certain immature animals prohibited; vaccinations required for dogs and cats; penalty.

A. 
No person shall sell, raffle, or offer for sale as pets or novelties, or offer or give as a prize, premium, or advertising device any living chicks, ducklings, or other fowl under two months old in quantities of less than six or any unweaned mammalian companion animal or any dog under the age of seven weeks without its dam, or any cat under the age of seven weeks without its queen. Dealers may offer immature fowl, unweaned mammalian companion animals, dogs or cats under the age of seven weeks for sale as pets or novelties with the requirement that prospective owners take possession of the animals only after fowl have reached two months of age, mammalian companion animals have been weaned, and dogs and cats are at least seven weeks of age. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the sale, gift, or transfer of an unweaned animal (i) as food for other animals, (ii) with the lactating dam or queen or a lactating surrogate dam or queen that has accepted the animal, (iii) due to a concern for the health or safety of the unweaned animal, or (iv) to animal control, an animal shelter, or a veterinarian.
[Amended 9-16-2008]
B. 
Dealers shall provide all dogs and cats with current vaccinations against contagious and infectious diseases, as recommended in writing and considered appropriate for the animal's age and breed by a licensed veterinarian, or pursuant to written recommendations provided by the manufacturer of such vaccines at least five days before any new owner takes possession of the animal. For dogs, the vaccinations required by this subsection shall include at a minimum canine distemper, adenovirus type II parainfluenza, and parvovirus. For cats, the vaccinations required by this subsection shall include at a minimum rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Dealers shall provide the new owner with the dog's or cat's immunization history.
C. 
A violation of this section is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor.

§ 34-5 Failure of dealer or pet shop to provide adequate care; penalty.

Any dealer or pet shop that fails to adequately house, feed, water, exercise or care for animals in his or its possession or custody as provided for under this chapter shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. Such animals shall be subject to seizure and impoundment, and upon conviction of such person, the animals may be sold, euthanized, or disposed of as provided by § 3.1-796.96 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, for licensed, tagged, or tattooed animals. Such failure shall also constitute grounds for revocation of a permit or certificate of registration after public hearing. Any funds that result from such sale shall be used first to pay the costs of the County for the impoundment and disposition of the animals, and any funds remaining shall be paid to the owner, if known. If the owner is not found, the remaining funds shall be paid into the Literary Fund.

§ 34-6 Misrepresentation of animal's condition; penalties.

A. 
No person shall misrepresent the physical condition of any animal at the animal's sale, trade, delivery, or other method of transfer. For the purpose of this section, misrepresentation shall include selling, trading, delivering or otherwise transferring an animal to another person with the knowledge that the animal has an infection, communicable disease, parasitic infestation, abnormality or other physical defect that is not made known to the person receiving the animal. However, sale of an agricultural animal that has external or internal parasites that are not made known to the person receiving the animal shall not be a violation of this section unless the animal is clinically ill or debilitated due to such parasites at the time of sale, trade, delivery or transfer of the animal.
B. 
Violation of this section shall be punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor.

§ 34-7 Abandonment of animal; penalty.

A. 
No person shall abandon or dump any animal.
B. 
Violation of this section is a Class 3 misdemeanor.
C. 
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the release of an animal by its owner to a pound, animal shelter, or other releasing agency.

§ 34-8 Exceptions regarding veterinarians.

[Amended 9-16-2008]
Pursuant to § 3.2-6506 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, §§ 34-2 through 34-7 and 34-12 through 34-19 and any other provisions provided by the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, shall not apply to:
A. 
A place or establishment which is operated under the immediate supervision of a duly licensed veterinarian as a hospital or boarding establishment where animals are harbored, boarded and cared for incident to the treatment, prevention, or alleviation of disease processes during the routine practice of the profession of veterinary medicine; or
B. 
Animals boarded under the immediate supervision of a duly licensed veterinarian.

§ 34-9 Animals left unclaimed with veterinarian or boarding establishment after public notice; lien; sale.

Any animal not claimed by its owner from a licensed veterinarian or boarding establishment within 14 days after a letter of notice has been sent to the owner by the veterinarian or boarding establishment may be sold by the veterinarian or boarding establishment. The animal may be sold at public or private sale for fair compensation to a person capable of providing care consistent with this chapter. Any expense incurred by the veterinarian or boarding establishment becomes a lien on the animal and the proceeds of the sale shall first discharge this lien. Any balance of the proceeds shall be paid to the owner. If the owner cannot be found within the next ensuing 30 days, the balance shall be paid to the state treasury. If no purchaser is found, the animal may be offered for adoption or euthanized.

§ 34-10 Injured or sick animal; action by veterinarian.

A. 
If a licensed veterinarian is called or by his own action comes upon an animal that is sick or injured and the owner of such animal cannot be immediately located, then the licensed veterinarian, in his professional judgment, may treat, hospitalize or euthanize the animal without the permission of the owner. The veterinarian shall make such reports and keep such records of such sick or injured animals as may be prescribed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine, including the information required under Subsection B of § 3.1-796.105 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended.
B. 
In no event shall a licensed veterinarian who has acted in good faith and properly exercised professional judgment regarding an animal be subject to liability for his actions in acting in accordance with Subsection A or reporting cases of suspected cruelty to animals.

§ 34-11 Disposal of animals by means of decompression chamber prohibited.

No animal shall be euthanized by means of a high altitude decompression chamber.

§ 34-12 Pet dealer's animal history certificate required; contents; maintenance.

A. 
It shall be a violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act [§ 59.1-196 et seq. of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended] for any pet dealer to sell a dog or cat within the commonwealth stating, promising or representing that the animal is registered or capable of being registered with any animal pedigree registry organization, without providing the consumer with a pet dealer's animal history certificate at the time the consumer takes possession of the dog or cat. The pet dealer's animal history certificate shall be signed by the pet dealer, his agent or employee, and shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The animal's breed, sex, age, color, and birth date;
(2) 
The name and address of the person from whom the pet dealer purchased the animal;
(3) 
The breeder's name and address;
(4) 
The name and registration number of the animal's sire and dam;
(5) 
If the animal has been so examined, the date on which the animal has been examined by a licensed veterinarian, the name and address of such veterinarian, and a brief statement of any findings made; and
(6) 
A statement of all vaccinations administered to the animal, including the identity and quantity of the vaccine, and the name and address of the person or licensed veterinarian administering or supervising the vaccinations.
B. 
The information contained in the pet dealer's animal history certificate required herein shall be informative only, and the pet dealer shall not be responsible in any manner for the accuracy of such information unless he knows or has reason to know that such information is erroneous.
C. 
A copy of the pet dealer's animal history certificate signed by the consumer shall be maintained by the dealer for a period of one year following the date of sale.

§ 34-13 Inclusion of false or misleading statements in certificate prohibited.

It shall be a violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act [§ 59.1-196 et seq. of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended] for a pet dealer to include in the pet dealer's animal history certificate provided for in § 34-12 any false or misleading statement regarding the information to be contained therein.

§ 34-14 Consumer remedies for receipt of diseased animal upon certification by veterinarian.

A. 
If, at any time within 10 days following receipt of an animal described as being registered or capable of being registered with any animal pedigree organization and subject to this chapter, a licensed veterinarian certifies such animal to be unfit for purchase due to illness, a congenital defect deleterious to the health of the animal or the presence of symptoms of a contagious or infectious disease, the pet dealer shall afford the consumer the right to choose one of the following options:
(1) 
The right to return the animal and receive a refund of the purchase price including sales tax; or
(2) 
The right to return the animal and to receive an exchange animal of equivalent value from the dealer, subject to the choice of the consumer.
B. 
The refund or reimbursement required by this section shall be made by the pet dealer not later than 10 business days following receipt of a signed veterinary certification as hereinafter provided.

§ 34-15 Written notice of consumer remedies required to be supplied by pet dealers.

A pet dealer shall give the notice hereinafter set forth in writing to a consumer prior to the delivery of a dog or cat. Such notice shall be embodied in either a written contract, the pet dealer's animal history certificate or a separate document and shall state in ten-point boldface type the following:
  "NOTICE
  The sale of certain dogs and cats described as being registered or capable of being registered with any animal pedigree organization is subject to the provisions of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act [§ 59.1-196 et seq. of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended]. In the event that a licensed veterinarian certifies your animal to be unfit for purchase within ten days following receipt of your animal, you may choose: (i) to return your animal and receive a refund of the purchase price, or (ii) to return the animal and receive an exchange animal of your choice of equivalent value.
  In order to exercise these rights you must present a written veterinary certification that the animal is unfit to the pet dealer within three business days after receiving such certification.
  If the pet dealer has promised to register your animal or to provide the papers necessary therefor and fails to do so within 120 days following the date of contract, you are entitled to return the animal and receive a refund of the purchase price or to retain the animal and receive a refund of an amount not to exceed fifty percent of the purchase price."

§ 34-16 Failure of pet dealer to effect registration; remedies; veterinary certification; finding of intestinal parasites; illness subsequent to sale.

A. 
It shall be a violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act [§ 59.1-196 et seq. of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended] for a pet dealer to state, promise, or represent that a dog or cat is registered or capable of being registered with any animal pedigree registry organization if the pet dealer shall then fail to either effect such registration or provide the consumer with the documents necessary therefor within 120 days following the date of sale of such animal. In the event that a pet dealer fails to effect registration or to provide the necessary documents therefor within 120 days following the date of sale, the consumer shall be entitled to choose one of the following options:
(1) 
To return the animal and to receive a refund of the purchase price plus sales tax; or
(2) 
To retain the animal and to receive a refund of an amount not to exceed 50% of the purchase price and sales tax.
B. 
The veterinary certification and statement required herein shall be presented to the pet dealer not later than three business days following receipt thereof by the consumer and shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The name of the owner;
(2) 
The date or dates of the examination;
(3) 
The breed, color, sex, and age of the animal;
(4) 
A description of the veterinarian's findings;
(5) 
A statement that the veterinarian certifies the animal to be unfit for purchase; and
(6) 
The name and address of the certifying veterinarian and the date of the certification.
C. 
A veterinary finding of intestinal parasites shall not be grounds for declaring the animal unfit for purchase unless the animal is clinically ill due to such condition. An animal may not be found unfit for purchase on account of an injury sustained or illness contracted subsequent to the consumer taking possession thereof.

§ 34-17 Remedies cumulative.

The remedies provided for pursuant to this chapter are cumulative and not exclusive and shall be in addition to any other remedy provided for by law.

§ 34-18 Boarding establishments and groomers; veterinary care requirements; consumer notification; penalty.

A. 
When an animal is boarded at a boarding establishment, or under the care, custody or subject to the actions of a groomer, the boarding establishment or groomer shall be responsible for providing the animal care requirements for each animal as specified in § 34-2.
B. 
If an animal becomes ill or injured while in the custody of the boarding establishment or groomer, the boarding establishment or groomer shall provide the animal with emergency veterinary treatment for the illness or injury. The consumer shall bear the reasonable and necessary costs of emergency veterinary treatment for any illness or injury occurring while the animal is in the custody of the boarding establishment or groomer. The boarding establishment or groomer shall pay for veterinary treatment of any injury that the animal sustains while at the establishment or under the care or custody of a groomer if the injury resulted from the establishment's or groomer's failure, whether accidental or intentional, to provide the care required by § 34-2, or if the injury is a result of the actions of the boarding establishment or groomer; however, boarding establishments and groomers shall not be required to bear the cost of veterinary treatment for injuries resulting from the animal's self-mutilation.
C. 
If an animal is seized from a boarding establishment or groomer because of the establishment's or groomer's failure to provide adequate food, water, shelter, exercise, and care as defined in § 34-1 and required by § 34-2 or because of any other violation of this chapter, the animal shall be returned to the rightful owner as soon as possible or, if the owner refuses to reclaim the animal, be impounded and disposition made pursuant to § 3.1-796.115 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended.
D. 
Violation of this section by a boarding establishment or groomer is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

§ 34-19 Written notice of consumer remedies required to be supplied by boarding establishments; penalty.

A. 
A boarding establishment shall give the notice hereinafter set forth in writing to a consumer prior to the consumer's delivery of the animal to the boarding establishment. Such notice shall be embodied in a written document and shall state in ten-point bold-faced type the following:
"NOTICE
The boarding of animals is subject to Article 3.1 (§ 3.1-796.83:1 et seq.) of Chapter 27.4 of Title 3.1 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended. If your animal becomes ill or injured while in the custody of the boarding establishment, the boarding establishment shall provide the animal with emergency veterinary treatment for the illness or injury.
The consumer shall bear the reasonable and necessary costs of emergency veterinary treatment for any illness or injury occurring while the animal is in the custody of the boarding establishment. The boarding establishment shall bear the expenses of veterinary treatment for any injury the animal sustains while at the boarding establishment if the injury resulted from the establishment's failure, whether accidental or intentional, to provide the care required by § 34-2; however, boarding establishments shall not be required to bear the cost of veterinary treatment for injuries resulting from the animal's self-mutilation."
B. 
In addition, the boarding establishment shall display the following notice, in ten-point boldfaced type, on a sign placed in a conspicuous location and manner at the boarding establishment's intake area:
"PUBLIC NOTICE
The boarding of animals by a boarding establishment is subject to Article. 3.1 (§ 3.1-796.83:1 et seq.) of Chapter 27.4 of Title 3.1 of the Code of Virginia. You have specific remedies when boarding animals in this or any other boarding establishment in Virginia. A copy is available immediately upon request and is to be presented to you at the time of intake in the form of a written document. If you have a complaint, you may contact your local law enforcement officer or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Richmond, Virginia."
C. 
Failure to display or provide the consumer with the written notice as required by this section is punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor.

§ 34-20 Permit fee required for pet shop or dealer.

A. 
Any person, corporation, or other entity operating a pet shop or operating as a dealer in companion animals shall be required to obtain a permit prior to such operation. A fee of $50 shall be paid to the County prior to the issuance of such permit. The revenues derived therefrom shall be used for the administration and enforcement of this chapter. The Animal Control Officer, under the supervision and authority of the Zoning Administrator, shall have authority to issue such permit; however, such permit may be denied or revoked for fraudulent practices or inhumane treatment of the animals dealt with by the permittee.
B. 
Records shall be kept by the permittees as are required by the Animal Control Officer.
C. 
The penalty for violation of this section shall be a Class 3 misdemeanor.

§ 34-21 Spaying and neutering required; repossession.

A. 
As an express condition of adopting a dog or cat from the animal shelter, the person so adopting the dog or cat shall be required to have the dog or eat spayed or neutered and pay all costs connected with the spaying or neutering within 30 days from the date of adoption, if such dog or cat is six months of age or older at the time of adoption. Any person adopting a dog or cat from the animal shelter prior to the dog or cat being six months of age shall have the dog or cat spayed or neutered and pay all costs connected with the spaying or neutering within 30 days from the date the dog or cat becomes six months of age, and if the person so adopting the dog or cat fails to have the dog or cat spayed or neutered as herein required, the Animal Control Warden shall have the authority to immediately take the dog or cat into his possession for impoundment, and, in addition, the person so adopting the dog or cat shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.
[Amended 3-15-2005]
B. 
An impounded dog may be repossessed by his owner for a fee of $3 for the first day of impoundment and $1 for each additional day upon proof that the dog is licensed and inoculated or vaccinated for rabies. If the owner fails to repossess his dog, it can be adopted by paying the impoundment fee and all costs for inoculation and vaccination prior to the adoption and release of the dog.

§ 34-22 Dogs to be licensed; cats to be vaccinated; diseased dogs or cats straying from premises.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person other than a releasing agency that has registered as such annually with local animal control to own a dog four months old or older in this County unless such dog is licensed, as required by the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 9-16-2008]
B. 
Any person owning a cat four months old or older within this County shall have such cat currently vaccinated for rabies.
C. 
"Currently vaccinated" shall mean, for the purpose of this chapter, vaccinated or inoculated with a rabies vaccine or serum by a licensed veterinarian or a licensed veterinary technician who is under the immediate and direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian on the premises.
D. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or cat with a contagious or infectious disease to permit such dog or cat to stray from his premises if such disease is known to the owner.
E. 
Violation of this provision constitutes a Class 4 misdemeanor.

§ 34-23 License fees; kennel license requirements.

A. 
The fees for license tags as prescribed in this chapter shall be as follows:
(1) 
Single dogs:
Term
(Years)
Regular
Spayed or Neutered
1
$6
$3
2
$10
$5
3
$14
$7
(2) 
For kennels of five or more dogs, not to exceed 20 dogs: $40.
(3) 
Duplicate tags for any single dog: $1.
(4) 
There shall be no refund allowed for the license fee paid herein in the event of the death or transfer of ownership of the dog prior to the expiration of the license term.
(5) 
No license shall be issued for any dog for a term in excess of the period of the effective rabies inoculation.
B. 
No license tax shall be levied on any dog that is trained and serves as a guide dog for a blind person, that is trained and serves as a hearing dog for a deaf or hearing impaired person or that is trained and serves as a service dog for a mobility-impaired person. As used in this section, "hearing dog" means a dog trained to alert its owner by touch to sounds of danger and sounds to which the owner should respond and "service dog" means a dog trained to accompany its owner for the purpose of carrying items, retrieving objects, pulling a wheelchair or other such activities or service or support.
C. 
A kennel license may be issued pursuant to the terms of this section to a resident of the County of Page, Virginia, who is 18 year of age or older and who is the owner of the dogs, excepting person boarding dogs, and who owns and occupies the premises for which the kennel license is applied for a confined establishment for the purpose of breeding, hunting, training, renting, buying, boarding, selling, or showing five or more canines but not more than 20 canines. Not more than one kennel license shall be issued to any person and not more than one kennel shall exist on any parcel of real estate owned by that person. Upon submitting the application for the issuance of a kennel license, the owner shall provide to the office of the County's Treasurer a written plan or drawing certifying the location, size, and dimension of the proposed kennel and, in addition thereto, shall provide proof of ownership of the property on which the kennel will be located and proof of the ownership of the canines which are intended to occupy that kennel. Prior to issuance of the license, the Animal Control Officer of the County shall conduct an inspection of the proposed premises to determine the suitability of the premises for the care and welfare of the canines and to determine if the kennel is designed to ensure that dogs shall not stray or escape beyond the limits of the enclosure. Any license granted hereunder shall only provide for location of a kennel within the boundaries of the County of Page, Virginia, and not within any incorporated town with the County of Page, Virginia. There shall be no authority to transfer the location of the kennel for which a license has been granted hereunder without prior application for issuance of a new license to establish a new kennel location. Any person violating the provisions of this section or if any applicant for the issuance of a kennel license hereunder shall give false or misleading information to the office of the County's Treasurer in requesting the issuance of a kennel license, upon conviction thereof, such person or applicant shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor, and in addition thereto, any license issued hereunder based on such false or misleading information shall be declared void.

§ 34-24 When license tax payable.

A. 
On January 1 and not later than January 31 of each year, the owner of any dog four months old or older shall pay a license tax as prescribed in this chapter.
B. 
If a dog becomes four months of age or comes into the possession of any person between January 1 and November 1 of any year, the license tax for the current calendar year shall be paid by the owner.
C. 
If a dog becomes four months of age or comes into the possession of any person between October 31 and December 31 of any year, the license tax for the succeeding calendar year shall be paid by the owner, and this license shall be valid from the date the license is purchased.

§ 34-25 Failure of dog to wear tags.

[Amended 9-16-2008]
Any dog not wearing a collar bearing a valid license tag of the proper calendar year shall prima facie be deemed to be unlicensed, and in any proceedings under this chapter, the burden of proof of the fact that such dog has been licensed, or is otherwise not required to bear a tag at the time, shall be on the owner of the dog.

§ 34-26 Dog license; tag.

A dog license shall consist of a license receipt and a metal tag. The tag shall be stamped or otherwise permanently marked to show the jurisdiction issuing the license and the calendar year for which issued and bear a serial number. The tag may be stamped or otherwise marked to show the sex of the dog or cat.

§ 34-27 Duplicate license tags; fees.

[Amended 9-16-2008]
If a dog license tag is lost, destroyed or stolen, the owner or custodian shall at once apply to the Treasurer or his agent who issued the original license for a duplicate license tag, presenting the original license receipt. Upon affidavit of the owner or custodian before the Treasurer or his agent that the original license tag has been lost, destroyed or stolen, he shall issue a duplicate license tag which the owner or custodian shall immediately affix to the collar of the dog. The Treasurer or his agent shall endorse the number of the duplicate and the date issued on the face of the original license receipt. The fee for a duplicate tag for any dog shall be $1.

§ 34-28 Displaying receipts; dogs to wear tags; exceptions.

A. 
Dog license receipts shall be carefully preserved by the licensees and exhibited promptly on request for inspection by any animal control officer or other officer.
B. 
Dog license tags shall be securely fastened to a substantial collar by the owner or custodian and worn by such dog. It shall be unlawful for the owner to permit any licensed dog four months old or older to run or roam at large at any time without a license tag.
C. 
The owner of the dog may remove the collar and license tag required by this section when:
(1) 
The dog is engaged in lawful hunting;
(2) 
The dog is competing in a dog show;
(3) 
The dog has a skin condition which would be exacerbated by the wearing of a collar;
(4) 
The dog is confined; or
(5) 
The dog is under the immediate control of its owner.

§ 34-29 Dogs running at large prohibited; penalty.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow a dog belonging to him or in his custody to run at large at any time during any month of the year within the whole of the boundaries of the County. For the purpose of this section, a dog shall be deemed to run at large while roaming, running or self-hunting off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner's or custodian's immediate control.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow a dog or cat belonging to him or in his custody which has not been inoculated or vaccinated against rabies to run at large at any time during any month of the year within the whole of the boundaries of the County. For the purpose of this section, a dog or cat shall be deemed to run at large while roaming, running or self-hunting off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner's or custodian's immediate control.
[Added 9-16-2008[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsections B and C as Subsections C and D, respectively.
C. 
No dog shall go upon any public street, alley, square, or any other public property, or go upon the private property of another person, without that property owner's permission, unless accompanied and held in leash by a responsible person.
D. 
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.

§ 34-30 Control of dangerous or vicious dogs.

A. 
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
[Amended 9-16-2008]
DANGEROUS DOG
A canine or canine crossbreed that has bitten, attacked, or inflicted injury on a person or companion animal that is a dog or cat, or killed a companion animal that is a dog or cat. However, when a dog attacks or bites a companion animal that is a dog or cat, the attacking or biting dog shall not be deemed dangerous (i) if no serious physical injury as determined by a licensed veterinarian has occurred to the dog or cat as a result of the attack or bite, (ii) if both animals are owned by the same person, (iii) if such attack occurs on the property of the attacking or biting dog's owner or custodian, or (iv) for other good cause as determined by the court. No dog shall be found to be a dangerous dog as a result of biting, attacking, or inflicting injury on a dog or cat while engaged with an owner or custodian as part of lawful hunting or participating in an organized, lawful dog handling event.
VICIOUS DOG
A canine or canine crossbreed that has (i) killed a person; (ii) inflicted serious injury to a person, including multiple bites, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health, or serious impairment of a bodily function; or (iii) continued to exhibit the behavior that resulted in a previous finding by a court or, on or before July 1, 2006, by an animal control officer as authorized by local ordinance, that it is a dangerous dog, provided that its owner has been given notice of that finding.
B. 
Any law enforcement officer or animal control officer who has reason to believe that a canine or canine crossbreed within his jurisdiction is a dangerous or vicious dog shall apply to a magistrate of the jurisdiction for the issuance of a summons requiring the owner or custodian, if known, to appear before a general district court at a specified time. The summons shall advise the owner of the nature of the proceeding and the matters at issue. If a law enforcement officer successfully makes an application for the issuance of a summons, he shall contact the local animal control officer and inform him of the location of the dog and the relevant facts pertaining to his belief that the dog is dangerous or vicious. The animal control officer shall confine the animal until such time as evidence shall be heard and a verdict rendered. If the animal control officer determines that the owner or custodian can confine the animal in a manner that protects the public safety, he may permit the owner or custodian to confine the animal until such time as evidence shall be heard and a verdict rendered. The court, through its contempt powers, may compel the owner, custodian or harborer of the animal to produce the animal. If, after hearing the evidence, the court finds that the animal is a dangerous dog, the court shall order the animal's owner to comply with the provisions of the chapter. If, after hearing the evidence, the court finds that the animal is a vicious dog, the court shall order the animal euthanized in accordance with the provisions of § 34-41. The procedure for appeal and trial shall be the same as provided by law for misdemeanors. Trial by jury shall be as provided in Article 4 (§ 19.2-260 et seq.) of Chapter 15 of Title 19.2 of the Code of Virginia. The County shall be required to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
[Amended 9-16-2008]
C. 
No canine or canine crossbreed shall be found to be a dangerous dog or vicious dog solely because it is a particular breed. No animal shall be found to be a dangerous dog or vicious dog if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who was committing, at the time, a crime upon the premises occupied by the animal's owner or custodian, committing, at the time, a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the animal's owner or custodian, or provoking, tormenting, or physically abusing the animal, or can be shown to have repeatedly provoked, tormented, abused, or assaulted the animal at other times. No police dog that was engaged in the performance of its duties as such at the time of the acts complained of shall be found to be a dangerous dog or a vicious dog. No animal which, at the time of the acts complained of, was responding to pain or injury, or was protecting itself, its kennel, its offspring, or its owner or owner's property, shall be found to be a dangerous dog or a vicious dog.
D. 
The owner of any animal found to be a dangerous dog shall, within 10 days of such finding, obtain a dangerous dog registration certificate from the animal control officer for a fee of $50. The animal control officer shall also provide the owner with a uniformly designed tag that identifies the animal as a dangerous dog. The owner shall affix the tag to the animal's collar and ensure that the animal wears the collar and tag at all times. All certificates obtained pursuant to this subsection shall be renewed annually for the same fee and in the same manner as the initial certificate was obtained. The animal control officer shall provide a copy of the dangerous dog registration certificate and verification of compliance to the State Veterinarian.
[Amended 9-16-2008]
E. 
All dangerous dog registration certificates or renewals thereof required to be obtained under this section shall only be issued to persons 18 years of age or older who present satisfactory evidence of the animal's current rabies vaccination, if applicable, and that the animal is and will be confined in a proper enclosure or is and will be confined inside the owner's residence or is and will be muzzled and confined in the owner's fenced-in yard until the proper enclosure is constructed. In addition, owners who apply for certificates or renewals thereof under this section shall not be issued a certificate or renewal thereof unless they present satisfactory evidence that their residence is and will continue to be posted with clearly visible signs warning both minors and adults of the presence of a dangerous dog on the property and the animal has been permanently identified by means of a tattoo on the inside thigh or by electronic implantation. All certificates or renewals thereof required to be obtained under this section shall only be issued to persons who present satisfactory evidence that the owner has liability insurance coverage, to the value of at least $100,000, that covers animal bites. The owner may obtain and maintain a bond in surety, in lieu of liability insurance, to the value of at least $100,000.
[Amended 9-16-2008]
F. 
While on the property of its owner, an animal found to be a dangerous dog shall be confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked structure of sufficient height and design to prevent its escape or direct contact with or entry by minors, adults, or other animals. The structure shall be designed to provide the animal with shelter from the elements of nature. When off its owner's property, an animal found to be a dangerous dog shall be kept on a leash and muzzled in such a manner as not to cause injury to the animal or interfere with the animal's vision or respiration, but so as to prevent it from biting a person or another animal.
G. 
If the owner of an animal found to be a dangerous dog is a minor, the custodial parent or legal guardian shall be responsible for complying with all requirements of this section. The owner of any dog found to be dangerous shall register the animal with the Commonwealth of Virginia Dangerous Dog Registry, as established under § 3.2-6542 of the Code of Virginia, within 45 days of such a finding by a court of competent jurisdiction. The owner shall also cause the local animal control officer to be promptly notified of:
[Amended 9-16-2008]
(1) 
The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all owners;
(2) 
All of the means necessary to locate the owner and the dog at any time;
(3) 
Any complaints or incidents of attack by the dog upon any person or cat or dog;
(4) 
Any claims made or lawsuits brought as a result of any attack;
(5) 
Tattoo or chip identification information or both;
(6) 
Proof of insurance or surety bond; and
(7) 
The death of the dog.
H. 
After an animal has been found to be a dangerous dog, the animal's owner shall immediately, upon learning of same, cause the local animal control authority to be notified if the animal (i) is loose or unconfined; or (ii) bites a person or attacks another animal; or (iii) is sold, given away, or dies. Any owner of a dangerous dog who relocates to a new address shall, within 10 days of relocating, provide written notice to the appropriate local animal control authority for the old address from which the animal has moved and the new address to which the animal has been moved.
[Amended 9-16-2008]
I. 
Any owner or custodian of a canine or canine crossbreed or other animal is guilty of a:
[Added 9-16-2008[1]]
(1) 
Class 2 misdemeanor if the canine or canine crossbreed previously declared a dangerous dog pursuant to this section, when such declaration arose out of a separate and distinct incident, attacks and injures or kills a cat or dog that is a companion animal belonging to another person; or
(2) 
Class 1 misdemeanor if the canine or canine crossbreed previously declared a dangerous dog pursuant to this section, when such declaration arose out of a separate and distinct incident, bites a human being or attacks a human being causing bodily injury.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsections I, J and K as Subsections J, K and L, respectively.
J. 
The owner of any animal that has been found to be a dangerous dog who willfully fails to comply with the requirements of the chapter shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
K. 
All fees collected pursuant to this section, less the costs incurred by the animal control authority in producing and distributing the certificates and tags required by the chapter, shall be paid into a special dedicated fund in the treasury of the County for the purpose of paying the expenses of any training course required under § 3.1-796.104:1 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended.
L. 
[2]All certificates or renewals thereof required to be obtained under this section shall only be issued to persons 18 years of age or older who present satisfactory evidence that the animal has been neutered or spayed.
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection L, regarding required liability insurance coverage, was repealed 9-16-2008. See now Subsection E above.
M. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection B, the animal control officer may determine, after investigation, whether a dog is a dangerous dog. If the animal control officer determines that a dog is a dangerous dog, he may order the animal's owner to comply with the provisions of the chapter. If the animal's owner disagrees with the animal control officer's determination, he may appeal the determination to the general district court for a trial on the merits.

§ 34-31 Fund disposition.

A. 
All funds collected pursuant to the provisions of this chapter shall be used for the following purposes:
(1) 
Defraying the costs of local animal control, including the salary and expenses of the animal control officer and necessary staff and the care and maintenance of a pound.
(2) 
Payments for treatment of any person bitten by a rabid animal.
(3) 
Maintenance of a rabies control program.
(4) 
Payments for compensation as provided in § 34-40.
(5) 
Efforts to promote sterilization of cats and dogs.
B. 
Any part or all of the surplus remaining in such account on December 31 of any year may be transferred by the Board of Supervisors into the general fund of Page County.

§ 34-32 Sale of animals procured from animal shelters; penalty.

A. 
No person who acquires an animal from the local animal shelter shall sell such animal within a period of six months from the time the animal is acquired from the shelter.
B. 
Violation of this section shall constitute a Class 3 misdemeanor.

§ 34-33 Notification by individuals finding companion animals; penalty.

A. 
Any individual who finds a companion animal and provides care or safekeeping, or retains a companion animal in such a manner as to control its activities shall, within 48 hours:
(1) 
Make a reasonable attempt to notify the owner of the companion animal, if the owner can be ascertained from any tag, license, collar, tattoo, or other form of identification or markings, or if the owner of the animal is otherwise known to the individual; and
(2) 
Notify the pound that serves the locality where the companion animal was found and provide to the pound contact information including at least a name and a contact telephone number, a description of the animal including information from any tag, license, collar, tattoo, or other identification or markings, and the location where the companion animal was found.
B. 
If an individual finds a companion animal and provides care or safekeeping, or retains a companion animal in such a manner as to control its activities, the individual shall comply with the provisions of § 34-2.
C. 
Any individual who violates this section shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $50 per companion animal.

§ 34-34 Evidence showing inoculation for rabies prerequisite to obtaining dog license.

No license tag shall be issued for any dog, unless there is presented to the Treasurer of the County or his authorized agent, at the time the application for license is made, evidence satisfactory to him showing that such dog has been inoculated or vaccinated against rabies by a currently licensed veterinarian or currently licensed veterinary technician who was under the immediate and direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian on the premises.

§ 34-35 Rabies inoculation of dogs and domesticated cats; availability of certificate.

The owner or custodian of all dogs and domesticated cats four months of age and older shall have them currently vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician who is under the immediate and direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian on the premises. The supervising veterinarian on the premises shall provide the owner of the dog or the custodian of the domesticated cat with a certificate of vaccination. The owner of the dog or the custodian of the domesticated cat shall furnish within a reasonable period of time, upon the request of an animal control officer, humane investigator, law enforcement officer, State Veterinarian's representative, or official of the Department of Health, the certificate of vaccination for such dog or cat. The vaccine used shall be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture for use in that species.

§ 34-36 Rabid animals.

A. 
When there is sufficient reason to believe that a rabid animal is at large, the governing body of the County shall have the power to pass an emergency ordinance that shall become effective immediately upon passage, requiring owners of all dogs and cats therein to keep the same confined on their premises unless leashed under restraint of the owner in such a manner that persons or animals will not be subject to the danger of being bitten by the rabid animal. Any such emergency ordinance enacted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be operative for a period not to exceed 30 days unless renewed by the governing body of the County.
B. 
Dogs or cats showing active signs of rabies or suspected of having rabies shall be confined under competent observation for such a time as may be necessary to determine a diagnosis. If confinement is impossible or impracticable, such dog or cat shall be euthanized by one of the methods approved by the State Veterinarian as provided in Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, § 3.2-6546.
[Added 9-16-2008]

§ 34-37 Payment of license tax subsequent to summons.

Payment of the license tax subsequent to a summons to appear before a court for failure to pay the license tax within the time required shall not operate to relieve such owner from the penalties provided.

§ 34-38 Dogs killing, injuring or chasing livestock or poultry.

A. 
It shall be the duty of any animal control officer or other officer who may find a dog in the act of killing or injuring livestock or poultry to kill such dog forthwith whether such dog bears a tag or not. Any person finding a dog committing any of the depredations mentioned in this section shall have the right to kill such dog on sight as shall any owner of livestock or his agent finding a dog chasing livestock on land utilized by the livestock when the circumstances show that such chasing is harmful to the livestock. Any court shall have the power to order the animal control officer or other officer to kill any dog known to be a confirmed livestock or poultry killer, and any dog killing poultry for the third time shall be considered a confirmed poultry killer. The court, through its contempt powers, may compel the owner, custodian, or harborer of the dog to produce the dog.
B. 
Any animal control officer who has reason to believe that any dog is killing livestock or poultry shall be empowered to seize such dog solely for the purpose of examining such dog in order to determine whether it committed any of the depredations mentioned herein. Any animal control officer or other person who has reason to believe that any dog is killing livestock, or committing any of the depredations mentioned in this section, shall apply to a magistrate of the County, city or town wherein such dog may be, who shall issue a warrant requiring the owner or custodian, if known, to appear before a general district court at a time and place named therein, at which time evidence shall be heard. If it shall appear that the dog is a livestock killer, or has committed any of the depredations mentioned in this section, the district court shall order that the dog be killed immediately by the animal control officer or other officer designated by the court or removed to another state which does not border on the commonwealth and prohibited from returning to the commonwealth. Any dog ordered removed from the commonwealth which is later found in the commonwealth shall be ordered by a court to be killed immediately.

§ 34-39 Dog killing other domestic animals other than livestock or poultry.

Any animal control officer who has reason to believe that any dog is killing other dogs or domestic animals other than livestock or poultry shall apply to a magistrate of the County of Page for the issuance of a warrant requiring the owner or custodian, if known, to appear before the Page County General District Court at a specified time. The animal control officer or owner shall confine the dog until such time as evidence shall be heard and a verdict rendered. If it appears from the evidence that the dog has habitually killed other dogs or domestic animals, the court may order the dog killed in accordance with the provisions of § 34-41.

§ 34-40 Compensation for livestock and poultry killed by dogs.

Any person who has any livestock or poultry killed or injured by any dog not his own shall be entitled to receive as compensation the fair market value of such livestock or poultry not to exceed $400 per animal or $10 per fowl, provided that:
A. 
The claimant has furnished evidence within 60 days of discovery of the quantity and value of the dead or injured livestock and the reasons the claimant believes that death or injury was caused by a dog;
B. 
The animal control officer or other officer shall have been notified of the incident within 72 hours of its discovery; and
C. 
The claimant first has exhausted his legal remedies against the owner, if known, of the dog doing the damage for which compensation under this section is sought. Exhaustion shall mean a judgment against the owner of the dog upon which an execution has been returned unsatisfied.

§ 34-41 Capturing, confining and euthanizing companion animals by animal control officers; approval of drugs used.

A. 
It shall be the duty of the animal control officer or any other officer to capture and confine any companion animal of unknown ownership found running at large on which the license fee has not been paid. Following the expiration of the holding period prescribed in § 3.1-796.96 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, the animal control officer or other officer may deliver such companion animal to any person in his jurisdiction who will pay the required license fee on such companion animal. Prior to disposition by euthanasia or otherwise, all the provisions of § 3.1-796.96 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, shall have been complied with. For all companion animals not otherwise disposed of as provided for in this chapter, it shall be the duty of the animal control officer or any other officer to euthanize such companion animals. Any person, animal control officer, or other officer euthanizing a companion animal under this chapter shall cremate, bury, or sanitarily dispose of the same.
B. 
All drugs and drug administering equipment used by animal control officers or other officers to capture companion animals pursuant to this chapter shall have been approved by the State Veterinarian.

§ 34-42 Disposal of dead companion animals; penalty.

A. 
The owner of any companion animal which has died from disease or other cause shall forthwith cremate, bury, or sanitarily dispose of the same. If, after notice, any owner fails to do so, the animal control officer or other officer shall bury or cremate the companion animal, and he may recover on behalf of the County from the owner his cost for this service.
B. 
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.

§ 34-43 Burial or cremation of animals or fowls which have died; penalty; exceptions.

A. 
When the owner of any animal or grown fowl, other than a companion animal, which has died knows of such death, such owner shall forthwith have its body cremated or buried, and, if he fails to do so, any judge of a general district court, after notice to the owner if he can be ascertained, shall cause any such dead animal or fowl to be cremated or buried by an officer or other person designated for the purpose. Such officer of other person shall be entitled to recover of the owner of every such animal so cremated or buried the actual cost of the cremation or burial, not to exceed $75, and of the owner of every such fowl so cremated or buried the actual cost of the cremation or burial, not to exceed $5, to be recovered in the same manner as officers' fees are recovered, free from all exemptions in favor or such owner.
B. 
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.
C. 
Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require the burial or cremation of the whole or portions of any animal or fowl which is to be used for food or in any commercial manner.

§ 34-44 Cruelty to animals; penalty.

A. 
Any person who does the following shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor:
(1) 
Overrides, overdrives, overloads, tortures, ill-treats, abandons, willfully inflicts inhumane injury or pain not connected with bona fide scientific or medical experimentation, or cruelly or unnecessarily beats, maims, mutilates, or kills any animal, whether belonging to himself or another;
(2) 
Deprives any animal of necessary food, drink, shelter or emergency veterinary treatment;
(3) 
Sores any equine for any purpose or administers drugs or medications to alter or mask such soring for the purpose of sale, show, or exhibition of any kind, unless such administration of drugs or medications is within the context of a veterinary client-patient relationship and solely for therapeutic purposes;
(4) 
Willfully sets on foot, instigates, engages in, or in any way furthers any act of cruelty to any animal;
(5) 
Carries or causes to be carried in or upon any vehicle, vessel or otherwise any animal in a cruel, brutal, or inhumane manner, so as to produce torture or unnecessary suffering; or
(6) 
Causes any of the above things, or being the owner of such animal, permits such acts to be done by another.
B. 
[1]Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the dehorning of cattle.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B, regarding certain violations constituting Class 6 felonies, was repealed 9-16-2008, which ordinance also redesignated former Subsections C through F as Subsections B through E, respectively.
C. 
This section shall not prohibit authorized wildlife management activities or hunting, fishing or trapping as regulated under other titles of the Code of Virginia, including, but not limited to Title 29.1 or to farming activities as provided under this title or regulations promulgated thereto.
D. 
In addition to the penalties provided in Subsection A, the court may, in its discretion, require any person convicted of a violation of Subsection A to attend an anger management or other appropriate treatment program or obtain psychiatric or psychological counseling. The court may impose the costs of such a program or counseling upon the person convicted.
E. 
It is unlawful for any person to kill a domestic dog or cat for the purpose of obtaining the hide, fur or pelt of the dog or cat. A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor.
[Amended 9-16-2008[2]]
[2]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Subsection G, regarding cruelty to animals that constitutes a Class 6 felony, which immediately followed this subsection, and redesignated former Subsection H as Subsection F.
F. 
Any person convicted of violating this section may be prohibited by the court from possession or ownership of companion animals.

§ 34-45 Lot boundaries to constitute fences. [1]

Pursuant to Article 5, Chapter 18, Title 55 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, the boundary line of each lot or tract of land in Page County is declared to be a lawful fence as to any or all of the animal mentioned in § 55-306 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, and it shall be unlawful for the owner or manager of such animals or type of animals to permit the same to run at large beyond the limits of his or her own lands.
[1]
Editor's Note: This section was formerly § 34-12 of former Ch. 34, Animals, adopted 2-11-1980 as Ch. 4 of the 1980 Code of the County of Page, as amended. Said § 34-12 was specifically saved from repeal the ordinance adopted 10-14-2003, which ordinance adopted this chapter.

§ 34-46 Presumption of ownership.

Any person who allows a dog or cat to remain on or about his premises for a period in excess of seven days and there is sufficient evidence presented by the Animal Control Officer that such person is providing care for such dog or cat shall be deemed the owner thereof.

§ 34-47 Violations and penalties.

Unless otherwise specified herein, a person violating a provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class 4 Misdemeanor.

§ 34-48 Incorporation of statutory provisions.

All provisions of Title 31, Chapter 27.4, of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, providing for the comprehensive control of animals, not specifically inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, are hereby adopted and made a part of this chapter.

§ 34-49 Enforcement.

For the purposes of enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, whenever the term "Animal Control Officer" is used, it shall also include any other law enforcement officer.

§ 34-50 Killing of coyotes.

[Added 5-18-2004[1]]
It shall be lawful for any person to kill coyotes within the boundaries of Page County at any time, provided that such person kills such coyotes on his own property, on property on which he is the lawful tenant in possession, or on property on which such person has the written permission of the owner or the lawful tenant in possession of the property to kill such coyote.
[1]
Editor's Note: The effective date of this ordinance, which added §§ 34-50 through 34-52 of this chapter of the Code, is 7-1-2004.

§ 34-51 Bounties for coyotes.

[Added 5-18-2004]
A. 
Provided there are still unexpended and unappropriated funds available in any given annual County budget for such purpose, there shall be a bounty in the amount of $50 paid to any person who meets the criteria set forth in this section who applies for such payment to the Board of Supervisors for each coyote killed within the boundaries of Page County; provided, however, prior to being entitled to such payment, such person shall furnish reasonable proof satisfactory to the Animal Control Officer and to the Board of Supervisors that:
(1) 
The animal for which the bounty is being claimed is a coyote; and
(2) 
Such coyote was killed within 72 hours before the application was made for the bounty;
(3) 
Such coyote was killed in Page County; and
(4) 
Based on a sworn statement on a form furnished by the Animal Control Officer and signed by the applicant and the owner or tenant in possession of the property on which the coyote was killed, such coyote was killed either:
(a) 
On the applicant's own property;
(b) 
On property which the applicant is the lawful tenant in possession; or
(c) 
On property in which such person has:
[1] 
The written permission of the owner or lawful tenant in possession to kill such coyote; and
[2] 
Written acknowledgment of the owner or lawful tenant in possession that such coyote was killed on such owner's or tenant in possession's property.
B. 
The Animal Control Officer shall certify in writing his finding as to being satisfied with such proof to the Board of Supervisors prior to its action on the application for payment of the bounty.
C. 
The Animal Control Officer shall keep a written record of all applications made for a bounty, such record to include:
(1) 
The name, address, and telephone number of the applicant.
(2) 
The type of animal, including a physical description thereof, which was killed, and the date and time killed.
(3) 
The name and address of the owner of the land on which the coyote was killed for which application for a bounty was made.
(4) 
A picture of the coyote killed for which application for a bounty was made.
D. 
The total dollar amount of bounties to be paid under this chapter shall not exceed the sum of $2,000 within a given fiscal year; provided, however, that such limit may be increased in a given year by duly adopted resolution of the Board of Supervisors of Page County.

§ 34-52 Penalties for false claims.

[Added 5-18-2004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to present a false claim or receive payment of a bounty on a false claim under this chapter. Violation of this section shall constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a fine or not more than $2,500 and confinement in jail for a period not to exceed 12 months, either or both.