[Adopted 6-10-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-07]
As used in this article, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings, unless the context otherwise requires:
- ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATION
- Any not-for-profit organization which has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code whose mission and practice is, in whole or significant part, the rescue and placement of animals into permanent homes; and which does not breed animals. "Animal rescue organization" does not include any entity which: 1) is located on the same premises as a person, as defined under MCLA § 287.331(q), that breeds dogs, cats, rabbits, or ferrets; 2) has any personnel in common with such a person, including, but not limited to, any employee, manager, or board member; 3) obtains any dogs, cats, rabbits, or ferrets from such a person; or 4) facilitates the sale of dogs, cats, rabbits, or ferrets that were obtained from such a person.
- A member of the species of domestic cat, Felis catus.
- A member of the species of domestic dog, Canis familiaris.
- A member of the species of domestic ferret, Mustela putorius furo.
- OFFER FOR SALE
- To sell, exchange for consideration, advertise for the sale of, barter, auction, give away, or otherwise dispose of a dog, cat, rabbit, or ferret.
- A member of the species of domestic rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus.
- RETAIL PET STORE
- A commercial establishment where animals are sold, exchanged, bartered or offered for sale as pet animals to the general public at retail, and shall not include any "breeder," as defined under MCLA § 287.891(5).
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for a retail pet store to sell or offer for sale a dog, cat, rabbit, or ferret. A retail pet store may provide space to an animal control shelter, as defined in MCLA § 287.331(f), or an animal rescue organization, as defined in this article, to offer to the public dogs, cats, rabbits, or ferrets, provided that the retail pet store shall not have any ownership interest in the animals offered and shall not receive any fee for providing space or for the adoption of any of the animals.
A person who violates this article is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $500, or both, in the discretion of the court.