§ 14-31. License required.  


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  • (a)

    An owner of a dog or cat over four months of age must obtain a license for such dog or cat from the City of Palestine.

    (b)

    The application for a dog or cat license and payment of the applicable license fee shall be made to the animal shelter. The application shall include:

    (1)

    The name, telephone number and address of the applicant;

    (2)

    A description of the animal; including name, breed, color, gender, and age;

    (3)

    A notation of whether the animal is a guard dog; and

    (4)

    A currently-valid rabies certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian showing that said dog or cat has been vaccinated within the preceding 12 months.

    (c)

    The license fee shall be at an amount set by action of the city council.

    (d)

    Service dogs which are professionally and specifically trained to assist disabled owners shall be exempt from the license fee.

    (e)

    If not revoked, the license will be effective for a period of one year from the date of vaccination for rabies.

    (f)

    Upon acceptance of the license application, the animal control officer shall issue the owner a metal license tag stamped with an identifying number for the dog or cat and a license certificate which identifies the animal by age, gender, breed, color, name, and which shows the name of the owner and the dates of issuance and expiration of the license. Each licensed animal must wear a current license tag at all times attached to a properly-fitted collar or harness.

    (g)

    In the event a license tag or license certificate is lost, the owner may obtain a duplicate tag or certificate after paying the applicable fee.

    (h)

    An owner of a dog or cat that moves into the City of Palestine shall comply with this requirement within 30 days of arrival in the city.

    (i)

    Animal licenses are not transferable and may not be used for any animal other than the animal for which such license or tag was originally issued.

(Ord. No. O-50-10, § I, 9-27-2009; Ord. No. O-2-11, § I, 1-24-2011)