Shelbyville, Tennessee

  • Owners must pay an annual fee of $50 for each dog or cat over 6 months of age who is not spayed or neutered.

3-205. Prohibited acts. The following acts are prohibited in the City of Shelbyville:

(9) Registration of animals. All residents owning, keeping, or harboring any dog or cat over six (6) months of age or any other animal which must be vaccinated for rabies, shall pay to the City a yearly registration fee of fifty dollar ($50) for each un-spayed or unaltered dog or cat owned, kept, or harbored.

(a) Upon receipt of the registration fee required by section (9) and the exhibition of an unexpired certificate of rabies vaccination, the City Manager shall issue a registration certificate to the owner of the animal, giving the owner’s name, date issued, amount paid, description, name, age and sex of the animal, the registration microchip issued number, the date the animal was vaccinated, and the type of vaccine used.

(b) The registration certificate is valid for a maximum period of twelve (12) months.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping or harboring an animal within the City to fail to register such animal as required by this section. If they are not registered they will be subjected to a fifty dollar ($50) fine for every 30 days until the ordinance is complied with and if the ordinance is complied with within the first 30 days the fine is to be waived.

(d) Animals within the City limits for thirty (30) days or less are not required to be registered.

(e) Persons newly residing within the City limits have thirty (30) days in which to comply with this section.

(f) All spayed and neutered dogs and cats must have a tattoo indicating alterations. All previously spayed or neutered animals will need to provide documentation if requested.

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