CHAPTER II. ANIMAL CONTROL AND REGULATIONCHAPTER II. ANIMAL CONTROL AND REGULATION\ARTICLE 1. DOGS

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, association, corporation, or custodian (hereafter referred to as owner) to keep or harbor within the city limits of Satanta, Kansas, any dog over the age of 3 months, without causing such dog to be licensed, and paying the license tax, as hereinafter provided.

(Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)

(a)   There is hereby levied an annual tax upon the owner of any dog within the city limits as follows:

(1)   For each male or spayed female dog: $6.00

(2)   For each female dog not spayed: $8.00

(b)   Each owner keeping a dog over the age of 3 months shall pay the tax imposed by this article to the City Clerk of the City of Satanta, Kansas, on or before the first day of January of each year, or within ten (10) days after acquiring ownership or possession of any dog subject to licensing hereunder, or within ten (10) days after establishing residence within the city of Satanta, Kansas. The full amount of the annual license tax shall be required regardless of the time of year such application is made. All licenses shall expire on December 31 of each year.

(c)   All owners of dogs shall furnish the City Clerk of the time of application for a dog license, a certificate from a licensed veterinarian showing said dog to have been immunized against rabies and that such immunization will remain effective for the entire year for which the dog is to be licensed and taxed.

(Code 1963, 2-202; Ord. 231; Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)

Upon proof of Rabies vaccination by a licensed veterinarian, and upon payment of the tax herein imposed, the City Clerk shall issue a receipt to the owner and shall supply the owner with a dog tag. It shall be the duty of the owner to cause the tag to be affixed to the collar of the dog for which the tag has been paid and issued, and in a manner that said tag may be easily seen and observed by city officials. In case of a lost tag, the City Clerk, upon application and satisfactory proof of prior registration and loss, and upon payment of the sum of $1.00 shall issue a replacement tag.

(Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)

The City Clerk shall keep a book in which shall be entered the name and address of the owner paying tax on dogs, the name of each dog, it’s sex, and if female, whether spayed or not.

(Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)

An unlicensed dog, whether in control and possession by the owner or custodian or whether running at large may be impounded. Any dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, which is off the owner’s property without a leash, (or violating section 2-107) in the City of Satanta, Kansas, may be impounded. The City Law Enforcement Agency shall have the authority to impound dogs. All dogs taken into custody and impounded by the City of Satanta for a violation of this article shall be held for a period of up to, but not more than, 72 hours. Dogs impounded shall be released to the owner upon verification of ownership, upon verification of Rabies vaccination, upon purchase of license if said dog is unlicensed, and upon paying a $35.00 fee to the City Clerk. Any dog not claimed and redeemed, as provided herein, within 72 hours from the impoundment, shall be humanely destroyed. For the second violation of this article and any violation thereafter, the same dog is impounded, the fee for release of said dog shall be $50.00, which is an impoundment fee and separate and apart from the penalty section of this article.

(Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)

The City of Satanta, Kansas, shall maintain a Municipal dog pound that shall provide a clean, safe and secure place of impoundment for all animals seized and impounded under the authority of this article or the order of the City Health Officer or any other agency having authority over the impoundment of animals. It shall be unlawful for persons to trespass upon or within the area designated as the Municipal dog pound; to release any animal held therein; or to in any way impede or interfere with the enforcement of the ordinance or with the impoundment or custody of any animal confined in said pound.

(Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)

It shall be unlawful for any person owning, harboring, keeping, or having the permanent or temporary custody or possession of any dog, to cause or allow such dog to:

(a)   Be off the owner’s or custodian’s real property or personal property without being on a leash.

(b)   Commit any damage or nuisance upon the property of any other person or the city; and

(c)   Disturb the peace and quiet of any persons.

(Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)

Nothing in this article shall be construed as preventing or prohibiting the City from impounding any animal suffering, or believed to be suffering, from a dangerous disease, or one that endangers the lives of persons. Such animals may be seized and impounded upon the order or at the discretion of the City Health Officer, or the governing body of the City of Satanta or any other Law Enforcement Agency.

(Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)

Any person having custody of, possession of, or who is keeping or harboring a dog within the corporate limits of the City of Satanta, Kansas, for three consecutive days, or more, shall be deemed the owner of the dog required to license the dog.

(Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)

Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon proper charge and conviction thereof, be fined a sum not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) and not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or shall be imprisoned for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both such fine and imprisonment. The penalties herein are exclusive of and may be imposed in addition to any feed paid by the owner of an impounded dog to the City of Satanta to release said dog.

(Ord. 275; Ord. 307; Ord. 345; Code 2017)