BY COUNCILOR NESS:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That Section 6-11 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, be amended to read as follows:
Article II. Registration and Licensing of Animals.
Sec. 6-11. Registration and Llicense--required.
No person within the city shall own or possess any dog or cat over eight weeks of age without registering and obtaining a license therefor, and having complied with the provisions set forth in this Article.
Section 2. That Section 6-12 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 6-12. Fees.
(a) Any person owning or possessing a dog or cat shall pay a yearly registration and license fee for each such dog or cat. The city council may, from time to time, by resolution, set such registration and license fees. All Each such fees shall be set by the council with the recommendation of the animal humane board;
(b) No registration and license shall be required for dogs or cats brought into the city for the purpose of participating in any shows. Any properly identified service dog which aids persons who are totally or partially blind or deaf or have physical or sensory disabilities shall be issued a dog registration and license at no charge upon providing proof of certification of training as a service dog;
(c) Distribution of income. The animal registration and license fees, as set out in sections 6-11 and 6-12, shall be deposited in a separate animal control shelter fund, which shall be created and maintained by the finance department as part of the city fund structure set out in the Charter. The fund shall be used only for the following purposes, and in the following order:
(1) The reasonable cost of administering the collection of the registration and licensing fees;
(2) Direct support of an animal control shelter through:
(A) Purchase of supplies;
(B) Payment of utility costs;
(C) Payment of maintenance costs;
(D) Payment of capital improvement costs;
(E) Purchase of lands or buildings;
(F) Creation of a fund for use to satisfy future needs of an animal control shelter operation.
The fund shall be administered by the city in the same manner as other city funds.
Section 3. That Section 6-13 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, shall be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 6-13. Registration and Llicense application.
(a) Before the first day of January of each year, it shall be the duty of the city clerk to send to all dog or cat owners who hold a valid registration and license a notice that registrations and licenses required herein are due on January first following and informing such persons of the penalties for failure to procure such license. Dog and cat registrations and licenses shall be issued on a yearly basis. Each license shall be in effect beginning on the first day of January and expiring on the last day of December of that calendar year. All dog and cat registrations and licenses issued after the first day of January and before the last day of December shall expire on the last day of December of that same calendar year. Registration and Llicense fees for new residents owning or harboring a cat or dog are due and payable when such owner begins residency in Duluth;
(b) When application is made for a registration and license on a spayed female, or a neutered male, said application shall require the owner to supply the name, age, breed, sex, color and markings, and present a statement from a qualified veterinarian to the effect that the operation was performed and giving the date thereof;
(c) Owners or persons claiming an impounded and unlicensed cat or dog shall complete a registration and license application and purchase a cat or dog license from the Duluth animal shelter prior to the release of the animal;
(d) When the owner has been convicted of a violation of Section 6-93(b) (dangerous dog) or M.S.A. 609.226 and/or M.S.A. 609.205(4), relative to the dog sought to be registered and licensed, the application shall require proof of public liability insurance in the minimum of $300,000 and proof of microchip identification as required in Section 6-99 of this Chapter.
Section 4. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This ordinance creates a special fund whereby animal registration fees will be used to fund maintenance, supply and capital costs of operating an animal control shelter.