No person, partnership, owner or occupier of property inside the City of Republic shall permit or operate an animal exhibit or establishment more than seven (7) days per calendar year without first obtaining a permit in compliance with this Article. Permits must be renewed annually, and posted in such a location at the physical site of the establishment or exhibit that it can be clearly viewed.
Animal Control shall promulgate regulations for the issuance of permits relating to animal exhibits or establishments and shall include requirements for the humane care of all animals and for the compliance with provisions of this Article and all other applicable State and Federal laws. Animal Control may amend such regulations from time to time as deemed desirable for public health and welfare and for the protection of animals. Requirements for animal exhibits/establishments shall be provided to all applicants with the permit application packet, and such requirements will be updated annually in accordance with State and Federal regulations.
When a permit applicant has shown that he/she is in compliance with the regulations, a permit shall be issued.
The permit period shall begin January first (1st) and shall run for one (1) year. Renewal applications for permits shall be made thirty (30) days prior to, and up to sixty (60) days after January first (1st). Application to establish a new animal exhibit or establishment under the provisions of this Article may be made at any time.
If there is a change in ownership of an animal establishment or exhibit, the new owner must provide within thirty (30) days, updated information to the City of Republic, and receive an amended permit for the duration of the remaining year.
Every facility regulated by this Article shall be considered a separate enterprise/location requiring an individual permit.
All facilities shall be in compliance with Zoning, Building, Fire, Health and other current Codes as adopted by the City of Republic.
Failure to obtain a permit before opening any facility or exhibit covered in this Section shall be considered in violation, establishments and/or exhibits may be ordered to cease activity and remove all live animals from within the City of Republic until such permit is obtained.
After application is filed, Animal Control shall inspect the facility prior to issuing the permit. The City of Republic may revoke the permit if the person holding or applying for the permit refuses or fails to comply with this Article, the regulations promulgated by the City, Animal Control, or any laws governing the protection and keeping of animals.
Any person whose permit is revoked shall, within ten (10) days thereafter cease activity and remove all live animals from within the City of Republic, humanely dispose of, or make suitable arrangements for all animals owned, kept or harbored within the City limits.
It shall be a condition of the issuance of any permit that City Officials/Animal Control shall be permitted to inspect all the premises where animals are kept at any time, and shall, if permission for such inspection is refused, revoke the permit of the refusing owner.
If the applicant had withheld or falsified any information on the application, the City of Republic shall refuse to issue or renew a permit, or will revoke an existing permit.
No person who has been convicted of abuse, neglect, cruelty or abandonment of animals in any City, County or State shall be issued a permit to operate an animal establishment/exhibit within the City of Republic.
Any person having been denied a permit may not reapply for a period of thirty (30) days.