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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
6.08 Licensing for Dogs, Kennels and Pet Shops; Cat and Ferret Registration
6.08.010 License--Required for dogs
6.08.012 Approval of temporary boarding of welfare dogs
6.08.015 Voluntary cat and ferret registration
6.08.020 License--Required for kennels, pet services, and pet shops
6.08.030 License fee
6.08.040 License--Issuance procedure
6.08.070 Denial or revocation of kennel, pet service, or pet shop license

6.08.010 License--Required for dogs
    A.  Every person keeping, harboring, having possession, charge, custody or control of any dog within the county, shall within thirty days after bringing the dog into the county or within thirty days after the dog attains the age of four months, obtain and keep a current dog license issued by the county. A dog license is valid for either one, two or three years. No license shall be issued until the applicant has presented a certificate from a licensed veterinarian that the dog has been inoculated against rabies or until applicant pays a fee for a rabies vaccination and agrees to have the dog vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian. The term of the license must not exceed the expiration date of the rabies vaccination by more than thirty days. The current license tag must be displayed on a collar worn around the dog's neck. 
    B.  A dog license may be renewed at any time prior to the date of expiration. The date of expiration of the renewed license is either one, two, or three years after the date on which the prior license would have expired. 
    C.  The animal control officer or the county clerk is authorized to collect the license fee and must issue a metallic tag for each dog licensed. The tag must be stamped Douglas County and the number corresponding with the number on the license application. 
    D.  Dog tags are not transferable from one dog to another and no refunds may be made on any dog license fee because of the death of the dog or the owner's leaving the county before the expiration of the license period. 
    E.  A dog license is delinquent when it is not renewed within thirty days after its expiration date. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 687, 1995; Ord. 434, 1985)
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6.08.012 Approval of temporary boarding of welfare dogs
    A.  Animal control may approve the temporary boarding of welfare dogs by persons that meet the space, confinement, cleanliness, and animal health requirements of animal control. 
    B.  Animal control will inspect the premises where the welfare dog is to be kept before the placement and may make random inspections to verify compliance. 
    C.  All welfare dogs that are temporarily boarded must have a current rabies vaccination, an identification tag, and should be spayed or neutered unless a veterinarian advises against it due to a health or medical condition. A welfare dog may be boarded for up to 90 days. Animal control may grant an extension based on the needs of the animal or the shelter. (Ord. 1170, 2006)
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6.08.015 Voluntary cat and ferret registration
A license tag may be obtained for cats or ferrets providing the owner pay the fee set by resolution of the board and shows proof of a current rabies vaccination for the period the tag is in effect. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 687, 1995)
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6.08.020 License--Required for kennels, pet services, and pet shops

          A. The owner of any dog kennel, dog fancier or breeder kennel, dog rescue kennel, pet service, or pet shop in the county must obtain and keep a current license for each kennel, pet service, or pet shop. The license, unless surrendered or revoked, is valid for one year from the date of issue.
          B. An unexpired license may be renewed by submitting an application and fee 30 days before the date of expiration. After approval by animal control the date of issuance of the license which is renewed, is the date the license would have expired.
          C. A kennel, pet service, or pet shop license is not transferable to a new owner.
          D. A kennel, pet service, or pet shop which contains more dogs than it was licensed for is considered an unlicensed kennel and this constitutes grounds for revoking the license to operate the kennel.
          E. The animal control officer must review the application for a kennel, pet service, or pet shop license or its renewal, inspect the kennel, pet service, or pet shop, and then either grant or deny the license.  If the decision is for denial, the reasons for the denial must be stated.  Issuance or denial of a license or its renewal is subject to appeal to the board of commissioners.
          F. All dog kennels, pet services, and pet stores must meet the following requirements to be licensed:
                   1. Indoor or outdoor enclosures (cages, kennels, or runs) must be provided for each animal housed.  These enclosures must be constructed of an impervious material.  Floors must be made of metal, fiberglass, concrete, or completely covered with a non-permeable surface and must be designed for rapid drainage of surface water.  All enclosures must be kept clean and dry and outdoor kennels must provide animals protection from the rain, snow, wind, and sun.  Enclosures housing animals must be cleaned daily with a disinfectant, cleanser, or chlorine bleach.  Enclosures, except those in an animal shelter, cannot be stacked.  Enclosures must be constructed as to prevent the animals inside from biting or otherwise harming another animal or person outside of the enclosure.
                   2. Cleaning materials sufficient to clean the entire facility must be present at time of inspection.  Cleaning supplies must be stored separately from food supplies.
                   3. Building temperatures must be maintained at a comfortable level with adequate ventilation by windows, doors, vents, fans, or HVAC system.  Building temperatures must remain cool during a period for which the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory.  Outdoor kennels must have shade and a place to stay warm when temperatures are below 50 degrees or protect animals when the National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning.
                   4. Each animal must have sufficient space to stand up, lie down, and turn around in a natural position without touching the sides or top of the enclosure.
                   5. All animals must be fed palatable food, free from contamination, in an amount and with a nutritional value to meet the normal daily requirements for the condition and size of the animal.
                   6. All animals must have fresh water available at all times.
                   7. Any animal over the age of four months must have proof of a current rabies vaccination.
                   8. Veterinary care must be provided, if needed, to maintain good health and general welfare and to prevent suffering by animals.  All costs for veterinary care must be paid for by the kennel operator to be reimbursed by the animal owner unless the care is necessary because of the action or inaction of the kennel operator.
                   9. All animal bites involving any dog housed on the premises must be reported immediately to animal control pursuant to section 6.12.020.
                   10. A kennel must meet the zoning criteria required by title 20 and its location be approved by the planning department before applying to animal control for a license.
                   11. Every dog kennel will be inspected to determine if the requirements for the license have been met before a license is issued.  Additionally, every dog kennel will be inspected annually during the license renewal process and will be subject to unannounced random inspections throughout the duration of the license to ensure compliance with the provisions with this title.  If requested by animal control during inspections, the kennel owner or operator must produce proof of current rabies vaccinations for each dog over the age of four months old.  
          G. A dog fancier or breeder kennel must, in addition subsection F, meet the following requirements to be licensed:
                   1. A dog fancier or breeder kennel must meet the zoning criteria required in title 20 and be approved by the planning department before applying to animal control for a license.
                   2. Puppies may be housed in the same enclosure as their mother.
                   3. All dogs over the age of four months must have a current license pursuant to subsection 6.08.010.
                   4. A dog fancier or breeder kennel may not have more than six dogs over the age of six months for parcels one to five net acres and eight dogs over the age of six months for parcels five net acres or more, including dogs kept as pets, at that location.  No more than three dogs of mixed breed or of a breed different than the purebred breeding dogs may be kept as pets, or counted in the total number of dogs allowed at that location.  All dogs kept as pets must have an identification micro-chip permanently implanted or a permanent tattoo with unique numbers, letters or a combination of numbers and letters to distinguish the pet dogs from the breeding dogs.  The micro-chip registration number or a description of the tattoo must be provided to animal control and listed on the dog license information of each pet.  Breeding dogs may also have micro-chip implants or tattoos.  If so, the registration number or tattoo description must also be provided to animal control and listed on the dog license information for those dogs.  All dogs kept as purebred breeding dogs must have documentation of pedigree from a recognized and accredited dog kennel club.
                    5.  Puppies, or dogs may not be sold
                             a. Unless the puppy or dog has had
                                      i. a registered microchip subcutaneously inserted into the puppy, kitten, dog or cat; and
                                      ii. all the required vaccinations for rabies which are appropriate based upon the age of the puppy or dog; or
                             b. without providing a written sales contract to the purchaser
                   6.  Breeders shall not breed a femal dog
                             a. before she is 18 months old; or
                             b. more than once a year.           
          H. A dog rescue kennel must, in addition to subsection F, meet the following requirements to be licensed.
                   1. A dog rescue kennel must meet the criteria of a releasing agency as defined in NRS 574.620.
                   2. All rescue dogs brought into Douglas County from outside of the state of Nevada must have a current welfare certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian and issued not more than thirty days before the date the dog arrives in Nevada and a current rabies vaccination certificate.  Certificate requirements are pursuant to NRS 571.210 and the Nevada Administrative Code 571.080.
                   3. All dogs over the age of four months must have a current license pursuant to section 6.08.010. 
                   4. A dog rescue kennel may not have more than six dogs over the age of four months for parcels one to five net acres and eight dogs over the age of four months for parcels five net acres or more, including dogs kept as pets at that location.  No more than three dogs housed t a dog rescue kennel may be kept as pets at that location or counted in the total number of dogs allowed at that location.  All dogs kept as pets must have an identification micro-chip permanently implanted or a permanent tattoo with unique numbers, letters or a combination of numbers and letters to distinguish the pet dogs from the rescue dogs.  The micro-chip registration number or a description of the tattoo must be provided to animal control and listed on the dog license registration number or tattoo description must also be provided to animal control and listed on the dog license information for those dogs.
                   5. Every dog rescue kennel must maintain a log book containing information about each rescue dog received by the kennel and currently housed at the kennel and each dog that has left the kennel and that indicates: 
                             a. The date and time each dog arrives at the kennel.
                             b. The gender, age, breed and a brief physical description of each dog and whether the dog has been sterilized or is intact.
                             c. The expiration date of the rabies vaccination of each dog.
                            d. The date of issue of each dog’s wellness certificate and the name of the issuing veterinarian, if applicable.
                             e. The origin of each dog.  
                             f. The disposition of each dog, i.e., adopted, released to another releasing agency, euthanized, etc.
                             g. The location where each dog is sent to.
                   This information must be given to animal control, either in person, by telephone, or by a facsimile transmittal within 3 working days of the kennel receiving possession of a rescue dog in Douglas County.  Additionally, the log maintained at the kennel must be produced for review by animal control if requested at any time to ensure compliance with this and all applicable subsections of this title.
          I. A pet shop must, in addition to subsection F, meet the following requirements to be licensed:
                    1. Adequate enclosures (cages, kennels, aquariums, terrariums, etc.) must be provided for all animals housed in the shop.  Animals include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, arachnids and any other creatures traditionally sold as pets.  These enclosures must be made of sufficiently strong materials and constructed so that the confined animals cannot exit or escape from the enclosures.  Outdoor enclosures, if used, must be designed for rapid drainage of surface water.  All enclosures must be cleaned and excreta removed from primary enclosures at least once daily to prevent contamination and to reduce to a minimum odors and the risk of disease.  Outdoor enclosures must provide animals protection from the rain, snow, wind and sun.
                   2. All animal bites involving any dog, cat or ferret must be reported immediately to animal control pursuant to section 6.12.020.
                   3. Every pet shop will be inspected prior to a license being issued to determine if the requirements for the license have been met. Additionally, every pet shop will be inspected annually during the license renewal process and will be subject to unannounced random inspections throughout the duration of the license to ensure compliance with the provisions with this code. During initial and subsequent annual and random inspections the pet shop owner, operator or manager must produce proof of current rabies vaccinations for each dog, cat or ferret over the age of four months old if requested by animal control.
          J.  A pet service must, in addition to subsection F, meet the following requirements to be licensed:
                   1. Adequate enclosures (cages, kennels, etc) must be provided for all animals housed during hours of operation. No animals may be boarded overnight. These enclosures must be made of sufficiently strong materials and constructed so that the confined animals cannot exit or escape from the enclosures. Outdoor enclosures, if used, must be designed for rapid drainage of surface water. All enclosures must be cleaned daily and before placing another animal in the enclosure to prevent contamination and to reduce to a minimum odors and the risk of disease. Outdoor enclosures must provide animals protection from the rain, snow, wind and sun.
                   2. All animal bites involving any dog, cat or ferret must be reported immediately to animal control pursuant to section 6.12.020.
                   3. The location of every pet service will be inspected prior to a pet service license being issued to determine if the requirements for the license have been met.  Additionally, every pet service will be inspected annually during the license renewal process and will be subject to unannounced random inspections throughout the duration of the license to ensure compliance with the provisions with this title.   (Ord. 1340, 2011; Ord. 1170, 2006; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 687, 1995)  

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6.08.030 License fee
    A.  The fee for issuance of a dog license or its renewal is set by resolution of the board. 
    B.  Working dogs and service dogs are exempt from the fee requirement. 
    C.  The fee for issuance of a license for a dog kennel, dog fancier or breeder kennel, dog rescue kennel, pet service, or pet shop or its renewal is set by resolution of the board. (Ord. 1170, 2006; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 687, 1995; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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6.08.040 License--Issuance procedure
    A.  All applications for dog, kennel, pet service, and pet shop licenses or their renewal must be on the forms furnished by the animal control officer or the county clerk. 
    B.  On receipt of a completed application for a dog license, with the fee and a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that the dog is currently vaccinated against rabies for the period of the license, the animal control officer or the county clerk must issue the applicant a dog license and a metal tag. 
    C.  On receipt of a completed application for a kennel, pet service, or pet shop license with the fee and a written promise to maintain proof of a current rabies vaccination for all kennel or pet shop dogs over four months of age, and an inspection approving a kennel by animal control the animal control officer may issue a kennel, pet service, or pet shop license. 
    D.  The animal control officer or the county clerk shall retain a copy of the application and the license in his files. The dog license tags shall be metallic and be stamped with "Douglas County" and the number of the tag. The animal control officer is authorized and directed to obtain a sufficient number of serially numbered license tags, blank applications and license forms to carry out the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434, 1995)
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6.08.070 Denial or revocation of kennel, pet service, or pet shop license
    A.  Grounds for denial of a dog kennel, dog fancier or breeder kennel, dog rescue kennel, pet service, or pet shop license or its renewal: 
        1.  Fraudulent practices or misrepresentation in the operation of any previous kennel or pet shop in the county or elsewhere; 
        2.  Concealment or misrepresentation in the application for a kennel or pet shop license or its renewal; 
        3.  Suspension or revocation of a kennel or pet shop license in the county or elsewhere; 
        4.  One or more previous violations of any regulation designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare in any jurisdiction, including but not limited to, health and sanitation regulations and building and fire codes; 
        5.  Conviction of any criminal offense involving cruelty to animals. 
        6.  Failure to meet requirements for kennels.
    B.  Grounds for revocation of a dog kennel, dog fancier or breeder kennel, dog rescue kennel, pet service, or pet shop license: 
        1.  Fraudulent practices or misrepresentation in the application for a kennel or pet shop license or its renewal; 
        2.  Concealment or misrepresentation in the application for a new or renewed kennel or pet shop license; 
        3.  One or more violations of any county, state or federal regulation designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare, including but not limited to health and sanitation regulations and building and fire codes; 
        4.  Any violation by the licensee, his agents or employees of this title;     
        5.  One or more incidents of cruelty to animals committed by the licensee or his agents or employees.
    C.  Procedure for denial. 
        1.  A decision by animal control after a public hearing to deny a kennel, pet service, or pet shop license application upon any of the above grounds is final. An applicant aggrieved by the decision may file a written appeal within 10 days of the decision for an appeal to the board of county commissioners. 
        2.  An applicant whose application for a new or renewed kennel, pet service, or pet shop license has been denied may reapply for a license after a year has elapsed from the date of denial. An earlier reapplication may be made if accompanied by satisfactory evidence that the grounds or ground for the denial of the application no longer exists.
    D.  Procedure for revocation. 
        1.  Animal control on its own motion, or upon complaint of any person, may institute proceedings to revoke a kennel, pet service, or pet shop license by serving written notice on the licensee with the time, date, place, and reason for the hearing. 
        2.  The licensee will be given an opportunity to be heard and present evidence, by witnesses or otherwise. 
        3.  If the licensee fails to appear at the place and time designated for the hearing, animal control may order the license revoked. 
        4.  On revocation of license, the kennel, pet service, or pet shop must shut within 5 days. Animal control may impound or relocate the dogs if necessary. 
        5.  The decision to revoke a kennel, pet service, or pet shop license may be appealed to the board by the licensee if a written appeal is filed with the clerk within 10 days of the decision. (Ord. 1170, 2006; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 687, §2, 1995.)
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