- Owners of fertile animals are required to pay a $100 permit fee and calls for a $200 fine if owners don’t have an animal spayed or neutered within 30 days of receiving a citation.
- It is illegal to have a fertile animal older than 6 months without purchasing a permit.
- Animal adoption in public places is prohibited unless the group conducting the adoption has a nonprofit status and unless the animals are spayed or neutered.
Sec. 3-5 (b) Spaying and neutering requirements. Any person owning, keeping, harboring, or having custody of any dog or cat 6 months of age or older is required to spay or neuter said animal unless said person holds an unaltered animal permit issued by the license-collecting agent of the City, or any successor agency authorized by law to issue said permit, except:
(1) Persons who own, keep, harbor, or have custody of registered service dogs or working police dogs;
(2) Individuals who are non-residents of the City and reside temporarily therein for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days within a 12-month period;
(3) Animal shelters and veterinary hospitals; and
(4) Persons who own, keep, harbor or have custody of a dog or cat and who are in possession of a certification signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that the animal is unfit to be spayed or neutered because the procedure would endanger the life of the animal.
Sec. 3-5 (c) Obtaining an unaltered permit. Applicants must apply for unaltered permits with the license-collecting agent of the City. The lifetime fee for an unaltered animal permit shall be $100.00.
Changes to the Animal Control Ordinance Prior to May 17, 2005:
City Council will have to decide between adopting a differential licensing or fertile animal permit scheme:
A. Differential licensing fees for fertile and unfertile dogs, Sec. 3-5 Annual Registration for Dogs
- Annual registration for spayed/neutered dogs will be less than that for fertile dogs.
- Owner must provide proof of sterilization when initially registering a dog.
- The Fees and Charges Committee will set the annual fertile and unfertile license fees.
B. The Fertile Animal Permit
- The owner of a fertile animal will have to pay the City a one-time $100.00 permit fee to keep a fertile animal within the City.
- The City will only enforce this section if the Animal Control Officer is investigating another violation of the ordinance.
- If the owner if found to have a fertile animal without a permit, the fine is $200.00
- If the owner gets the animal spayed or neutered within 30 days of the issuance of the fine, the City will waive the fine.