Any dog residing in Town must be licensed.
Such license shall not be issued until payment of the applicable fee and presentation of a current and valid certificate subscribed by a licensed veterinarian that the dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies, and that the dog is current on its rabies vaccination. The vaccination certificate shall indicate the date of vaccination, the type used and the period of immunization.
Licenses shall be renewed at the start of every calendar year.
Dogs less than four months of age are exempt from having licenses.
Upon issuing a permit to keep any dog, the Animal Control Officer or other designated person shall issue to the owner a metallic or durable plastic tag, stamped with an identifying number and with the year of issuance, and so designed that it may be conveniently fastened to the dog's collar or harness by the owner. The tag shall not be the same color for consecutive years. This tag shall be worn by the dog at all times when the dog is off the premises of its owner. The Animal Control Officer shall maintain a record of the identifying numbers and shall make the record available to the public.
Licenses issued in accordance with this chapter are conditioned upon the requirement for humane care of the dogs and for compliance by the owner with all provisions of this chapter and other applicable state and local laws.
The Animal Control Officer may revoke any license if the person holding the license refuses or fails to comply with this or any state or local law governing cruelty to animals or the keeping of animals. When a license is revoked, the owner of the dog shall within 10 days thereafter surrender the dog to the Animal Control Officer to be put up for adoption, remove the dog from the Town jurisdiction, or humanely euthanize the dog. No part of the license fee shall be refunded. If the owner fails to surrender the dog to the Animal Control Officer, remove the dog from the Town jurisdiction or euthanize the dog being owned, kept or harbored by such person as required in this chapter, such dog may be seized by an Animal Control Officer subject to the municipal court's disposition of the dog and, thereafter, put up for adoption or humanely disposed of.
A rabies certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian showing that a dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies is required of all dog and cat owners.
Whenever it becomes necessary to safeguard the public from the dangers of hydrophobia, or rabies, the mayor, if he or she deems it necessary, may issue a proclamation ordering every person owning a dog to confine it securely on his premises and to muzzle the dog with a muzzle of sufficient strength to prevent its biting any person. Any unmuzzled dog found within the Town during the time of the proclamation shall be seized and impounded, unless noticeably infected with rabies. All dogs so noticeably infected with rabies and displaying vicious propensities shall be killed by a police officer or other authorized person finding such dog, without notice to the owner. If it is determined that an impounded dog is not infected, the dog shall be released to the owner upon payment of the impoundment fee provided for in this chapter. If unclaimed after five days, the dog shall become the property of the Town and may be adopted.
Upon conviction for violation of any of §§ 122-2C, 122-5, 122-14. 122-15, or 122-25 with respect to any dog which has been spayed or neutered, the fine shall be as follows:
In any court proceeding, it shall be presumed that the dog involved in any violation was not spayed or neutered, unless the owner or other responsible person presents evidence that the dog was spayed or neutered at the time of such violation.
In addition to any other penalty which may be imposed, any person convicted three or more times of violation of any provision of this chapter within any period of 24 consecutive months may have any permit to keep a dog revoked by the Animal Control Officer, and no new permit issued for one year thereafter.