The purpose of the Canine Licensing Program is to provide informational data that will help Jessamine County Animai Care and Control personnel to have the ability to identify stray dogs, control over population of unwanted dogs and insure the safe return of pets to their owners. This is done by the creation of a computerized data base with detailed information of owners, age, breed, marking, sex, and electronic ID of their pets. The key component of this program is the insertion of a microchip for identification of dogs found running at large that may have been picked up by JCACC officers or turned into the shelter by private individuals. It is not intended in any way to violate the constitutional rights of the owner. An owner is free at the time of initial licensing to request that the chip not be included. Upon payment of the license fee, renewal fee, or transfer fee if the owner chooses to not have their animal implanted with a microchip the owner shall be issued a receipt of registration and a serial numbered license tag for each canine, The license tag shall be affixed to the canine’s collar and worn by the canine at all times.
(A) Effective July 1, 2015 the owners of all canines four months of age or older or those who harbor or maintain canines in the unincorporated or incorporated areas of Jessamine County shall have each and every canine licensed with the Jessamine County Animal Care and Control in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(B) The initial license fees and renewal fees for each canine shall be as set forth in division (D) of this section. The license fee period shall begin from date of purchase. Each license shall expire at the end of calendar month in which the license was purchased of the following year. Each license must be renewed each year unless lifetime license is purchased as outlined in division (D) of this section. Failure to license, or to renew a license, will result in a penalty that is outlined in § 90.99. At the time of licensing and registration, the owner shall provide his or her name, address, driver’s license number or Kentucky Identification Card and telephone number, as well as the name, breed, color and sex of each canine to be licensed. Upon payment of the license fee, the owner shall be issued a receipt of registration and a serial numbered microchip that shall be implanted in each canine or serial numbered tag that shall be affixed to the canines collar at all times. Owners that request their canine to not be implanted with a microchip shall be required to affix the issued serial numbered tag to the collar of the canine at all times.
(C) A canine that has previously been implanted with a microchip prior to the adoption of this chapter it shall be subject to the license fees as set forth in division (D) of this section. There shall be no fee for canines that are current on licensing and have transferred ownership.
(D) Canine license fee schedule.
|1. Lifetime license: to qualify for this license your canine must have a microchip and be altered. Registration good for the life of the canine. Must provide proof from a licensed veterinarian that surgical alteration has been performed.
|2. Altered canine license: to qualify canine must be altered. Maybe microchip or collar tag. Registration renewable every year. Must provide proof from a licensed veterinarian that surgical alteration has been performed.
|3. Un-altered canine license: may be microchip or collar tag. Registration renewable every year.
|4. Altered multi canine license: owners of 4 or more altered canines. May be microchip or collar tag. Registration renewable every year. Must provide proof from a licensed veterinarian that surgical alteration has been performed.
|5. Un-altered multi canine license: owners of 4 or more un-altered canines. May be microchip or collar tag. Registration renewable every year.
|6. Not for profit humane societies or animal rescue groups:
(E) All registrations require compliance with the Jessamine County Code of Ordinances § 90.11 Rabies Vaccinations. Proof of rabies vaccination shall be required prior to being licensed. If proof cannot be provided the owner may purchase a voucher from Jessamine County Animal Care and Control.
(F) Failure to register a dog and to obtain the license set forth herein within 30 days of acquiring or possessing the animal, or failure to renew by end of calendar month of purchase each year thereafter shall result in a fine as provided in § 90.99.
(G) Owners of canines four months of age or older or those who harbor or maintain canines in the unincorporated or incorporated areas of Jessamine County may purchase their license at the Jessamine County Animal Shelter or at participating veterinarian offices. Veterinarians that participate in the sales of licenses shall be required to gather necessary information and forward to Jessamine County Animal Care and Control within seven days of issue. Participating veterinarians that issue a license that requires a microchip may at their discretion use microchips provided by Jessamine County Animal Care and Control or a microchip of their choice. Participating veterinarians shall receive a portion of the sales of microchips sold at their facility as outlined in division (D) of this section.
(Ord. passed 6-16-2015) Penalty, see § 90.99