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A. Any person owning a dog or cat which has permanent teeth or which is more than six months of age shall procure a license for each such animal each year. Such license shall be procured within thirty days after the date an animal of six months of age or with permanent teeth is brought by the owner into the city, or within thirty days after any dog or cat reaches six months of age or has permanent teeth; thereafter each such animal shall be licensed annually on that date. The animal licenses shall include information as to sex, breed, and name and address of the owner; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to nonresident animals kept within the city in excess of thirty days, duly licensed by the jurisdiction which the owner resides in, if such animals are kept at all times under restraint by the owner.

B. A dog or cat license fee as established by the city council by periodic resolution shall be charged for each animal. This fee is due and payable on application for an animal license. Any dog used by a blind person is exempt from the license fee while so owned and used, but is not exempt from being licensed or from any required rabies inoculation.

C. Any kennel which possesses and controls, owns, boards, keeps or has custody of dogs or cats with permanent teeth or which are more than six months of age shall pay an annual license fee as established by the city council by periodic resolution. Such fee shall be in lieu of all individual animal license fees imposed on such animals owned, kept or boarded at such kennel. Those portions of this section pertaining to the licensing of individual dogs and cats shall not apply to dogs and cats with permanent teeth or which are more than six months of age which are the personal property of another person and duly licensed by the jurisdiction wherein such person resides, but are boarded or otherwise similarly kept by such kennel or pet shop within the city.

D. It shall be the duty of the owner of any dog or cat with permanent teeth or which is more than six months of age kept in the city to have that animal inoculated against rabies with a modified live virus type vaccine and no license shall be issued for any animal unless the applicant exhibits a certificate of such inoculation by a veterinarian, or in the case of animals owned by a kennel or pet shop, a statement of such inoculation signed and sworn to by the owner of that kennel or pet shop. Certificate of inoculation or sworn statement must demonstrate that such vaccination is valid for immunity against rabies for the entire period for which the license is issued. However, if a veterinarian certifies to some physical condition of a dog or cat that would prevent such inoculation for any period, no inoculation shall be required for the dog or cat, and the license may be issued for that animal.

E. Any owner failing to procure or pay for a license as required by this chapter in any year shall pay a delinquent penalty for such failure in the sum as regulated on the fee schedule for each animal provided. In the case of a kennel or pet shop, the owner of either of which is subject to subsection (C) of this section, the failure of procuring a valid license as required by that section shall subject the pet shop or kennel to a delinquent license penalty of a fee as regulated on the fee schedule for each month of delinquency. In every case, such penalties shall be in addition to the regular license fee and shall be paid at the time of the issuance of the license or licenses.

F. If a license tag is lost, an owner may secure a duplicate license tag, or in the case of a kennel or pet shop, a license certificate from the animal control authority on satisfactory proof of loss and payment for the sum as regulated on the fee schedule.

G. Upon issuance of a license, the animal control authority shall issue to the owner a metallic or durable plastic license tag prepared with holes in the top of such tag and stamped with an identifying number, the name “city of Monroe, Washington” and year of issuance of the license. Such tag shall be securely fastened to the animal’s collar or harness by the owner, and shall be worn at all times when the animal is not on the premises of the owner. The animal control officer shall maintain a record of the identifying numbers which shall be available to the public at all reasonable times.

H. Licenses from other jurisdictions shall be valid in the city until June 1st, the next licensing period, if such license required inoculation against rabies until that date.

I. An owner of a dangerous dog shall obtain a certificate of registration from the animal control authority for each such dog so classified. To obtain a certificate of registration, the following conditions shall apply:

1. A proper enclosure to confine a dangerous dog and the posting of the premises with a clearly visible warning sign that there is a dangerous dog on the property. In addition, the owner shall conspicuously display a sign with a warning symbol that informs children of the presence of a dangerous dog;

2. Proof that the dangerous dog has been permanently identified through the implantation of a microchip by a licensed veterinarian or licensed animal shelter, including the identifying number of the microchip; and

3. Either (a) a surety bond issued by a surety insurer qualified under Chapter 48.28 RCW in a form acceptable to the animal control authority in the sum of at least two hundred fifty thousand dollars, payable to any person injured by the dangerous dog; or (b) a policy of liability insurance, such as homeowner’s insurance, issued by an insurer qualified under RCW Title 48 in the amount of at least two hundred fifty thousand dollars, insuring the owner for any personal injuries inflicted by the dangerous dog.

J. An owner of a cat shall obtain the appropriate license for the cat:

1. A cat having outdoor access or allowed to roam unattended is required to be spayed or neutered.

2. A cat that remains indoors or is on a tether or restrained by other means (for example, invisible fencing) while outside the owner’s dwelling may remain unaltered.

3. The owner is required to display the cat license tag, indicating if the cat is altered or unaltered. (Ord. 020/2014 § 2; Ord. 011/2012 § 1; Ord. 012/2011 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 1274, 2002; Ord. 981, 1991)