It shall be unlawful for any person to own a dog four months old or over that is not properly licensed as required by this article.
The license fee for dogs four months old or over shall be established annually by the City Council at the time of adoption of the annual appropriation resolution. A delinquent fee to equal not less than or more than the amount of a license shall be assessed for any license that is not purchased within 30 days of the required date of licensure. No refund will be made for licenses for animals deceased or otherwise removed from the City during a period of licensure. Licenses are transferable from one person to another, provided that a fee of 1/2 of the amount of the license is paid to the City Treasurer.
The owner of a dog may obtain a dog license by making written application to the City Treasurer accompanied by the amount of the license tax and a valid certificate of vaccination against rabies. Upon receipt of proper application and certification of vaccination, the Treasurer shall issue a license receipt on which shall be recorded the name and address of the owner, the date of payment, the year for which issued and the serial number of the tag, and the Treasurer shall deliver the metal license tags or plates provided for by this article.
On or before January 1 and not later than January 31 of each year, the owner of any dog four months old or older shall purchase a dog license from the City Treasurer.
If a dog shall become four months of age or come into the possession of any City resident between January 1 and November 1 of any year, then the owner of such dog shall forthwith purchase the dog license required by this article from the City Treasurer.
If a dog shall become four months of age or come into the possession of any City resident between November 1 and December 31 of any year, the owner of such dog shall purchase a license from the City Treasurer forthwith and such license shall protect from the payment of the license tax to the end of the succeeding calendar year.
Payment of the license tax required by this article subsequent to a summons for a violation of this article shall not relieve such owner from the penalties provided for such violation.
A dog license shall consist of a license receipt and a metal tag adopted by the Council. The tag shall be stamped or otherwise permanently marked to show the sex of the dog and the calendar year for which issued, and it shall bear a serial number. License tags which have expired and remain unsold at the close of the calendar year stamped on such tags may be disposed of in any manner deemed advisable by the City Treasurer, who annually shall report to the City Manager the number of unsold dog license tags and the method of disposal of such tags.
Dog license tags shall be securely fastened to a substantial collar by the owner or custodian and worn by such dog.
Any dog not wearing a collar bearing a license tag of the proper calendar year shall prima facie be deemed to be unlicensed, and in any proceedings under this article the burden of proof of the fact that the dog has been licensed or is otherwise not required to bear a tag at the time shall be on the owner of the dog.
If any dog tag shall become lost, destroyed or stolen, the owner or custodian shall at once apply to the Treasurer for a duplicate license tag presenting the original receipt. Upon affidavit of the owner or custodian before the Treasurer that the original license tag has been lost, destroyed, or stolen, the Treasurer shall issue a duplicate license tag which the owner or custodian shall immediately affix to the collar of the dog. The Treasurer shall endorse the number of the duplicate and the date issued on the face of the original receipt. The fee for a duplicate tag shall be established annually be the City Council at the time of adoption of the annual appropriation resolution. The fee shall not be less than $1.
Dog license receipts shall be carefully preserved by the licensees and exhibited promptly on request for inspection by any animal control officer, police officer or any other officer charged with enforcing violations of this chapter.