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Title 1 General Provisions
Title 2 Administration and Personnel
Title 3 Revenue and Finance
Title 5 Business Licenses and Regulations
Title 6 Animals
6.04 Definitions
6.08 Licensing for Dogs, Kennels and Pet Shops; Cat and Ferret Registration
6.12 Rabies Control
6.16 Dog Restrictions--Penalty
6.20 Impoundment
6.24 Restraining and Abandonment of Animals
6.28 Investigation, Citations and Penalties
6.32 Bear-proof Collection Bins, Containers, and Structures
Title 8 Health and Safety
Title 9 Criminal Code
Title 10 Vehicles and Traffic
Title 12 Streets and Other Public Places
Title 13 Parks
Title 14 Airports
Title 18 Town Annexation and Service Districts
Title 19 Initiative Ordinances
Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
Effective Date
Table of Ordinances
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Title 6 Animals
6.12 Rabies Control
6.12.010 Vaccination of dogs, cats, or ferrets
6.12.020 Dog, cat, or ferret bites

6.12.010 Vaccination of dogs, cats, or ferrets
The owner of any dog, cat, or ferret over the age of four months shall, within 30 days after the animal reaches the age of four months, have the animal vaccinated for rabies as required by the state department of public health. The person giving an antirabies vaccination to any dog, cat, or ferret within the county must give the owner of the animal a certificate stating the name of the owner, a description of the animal, the date of the vaccination and the type of vaccine used. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 687, 1995; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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6.12.020 Dog, cat, or ferret bites
    A.  Whenever the person responsible for any dog, cat, or ferret knows that the animal has bitten a human being, the person shall immediately inform the rabies control authority, and the victim, or the victim's parent or guardian if the victim is a minor, of the name and address of the person responsible for the animal and its location. The person responsible for the dog, cat, or ferret must immediately quarantine the animal and maintain a secure quarantine for 10 days. If the person responsible knows or should know that he is or will be unable to provide a secure quarantine, or if the dog, cat, or ferret does not have a current rabies vaccination, the person must deliver the animal to animal control for quarantine. If the victim of a dog, cat, or ferret bite or the victim's representative requests, in writing, that quarantine be at the animal control center or a veterinary clinic or hospital the animal control officer may order the quarantine.
    The animal control officer may, at the owner's request, permit quarantine in a veterinary clinic. The owner will be liable for the expenses of quarantine and veterinarian examination costs and fees at the animal control center or at a veterinary clinic. 
    B.  Whenever the animal control officer or the sheriff's department is informed that a dog, cat, or ferret has bitten a human being, and the person responsible for the animal cannot be identified or has failed to make the required notifications and to quarantine the animal, animal control must impound the animal for quarantine and if reasonably possible, to make the required notifications. 
    C.  If it is determined by a veterinarian that the dog, cat, or ferret has rabies, the animal control officer must destroy the animal. If at the end of quarantine, it appears that the dog, cat, or ferret does not have rabies, the animal may be released to the person responsible or be considered abandoned. The animal control officer may extend the quarantine upon the recommendation of the veterinarian. The animal control officer may keep the dog, cat, or ferret until all costs and fees are paid. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 687, § 3 (part), 1995; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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