- Spaying and neutering is mandatory for cats and dogs over the age of 6 months.
- Certain animals can be exempted with a breeder’s permit.
§ 90.18 ANIMALS IN HEAT/STERILIZATION OF DOGS AND CATS.
Every female dog or cat in heat shall be confined in an appropriate, secure building or enclosure so as to prevent conception except during instances of planned breeding. Each dog and cat over the age of six months which is kept in the city shall have been sterilized and rendered incapable of reproducing by a licensed veterinarian unless a veterinarian has certification in writing that it would not be in the animal’s best medical interest. It shall be unlawful for a person to own a dog or cat not in compliance with this section and for which, the owner does not have a current and valid intact breeders permit. A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine not less than $100. A veterinarian who sterilizes a dog or cat shall complete a certificate in triplicate containing the owner name, address and phone number, date of sterilization, description of the animal, the name of the veterinarian’s facility and the veterinarian’s signature. One copy shall be provided to the owner, one copy to the veterinarian and one copy to the township assessor or trustee or its designee. For the purpose of compliance with this section, each owner of a dog or cat which is kept in the city shall cause the sterilization certificate to be readily available for inspection by an officer authorized to impound animals and to produce the same upon request by that officer.
(Ord. 13-03-91, passed 5-28-91; Am. Ord. 78-12-04, passed 12-28-04) Penalty, see § 90.99