Sec. 7-110. Permit to operate required.
(a) Beginning January 1, 2002, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate a pet shop or act as a dealer in companion animals in the city who does not possess a valid permit issued by the animal warden. Only a person who complies with the requirements of this article shall be entitled to receive or retain such permit. The fee for a permit shall not be prorated, and the permit shall not be transferable. Such a permit shall be posted in a conspicuous space on the premises.
(b) Any person operating a pet shop or operating as a dealer in companion animals, shall obtain the necessary permit from the animal warden no later than January 31 of each year. Such permit will be renewable each January 31 thereafter subject to the approval of the animal warden. The cost for each permit will be fifty ($50.00) dollars per year.
(c) Any person obtaining a permit pursuant to this section will be required to maintain records as specified by the city on the application form. The animal warden will be allowed to inspect any facility at which the permittee is maintaining animals without prior notice to the permittee.
(d) Applications and renewals for permits issued pursuant to this section may be denied by the animal warden if the applicant or permittee has demonstrated fraudulent practices, inhumane treatment of animals, or violation of local, state or federal laws applicable to animals.
(e) Any person operating a pet shop or as a dealer in companion animal who continues operation after suspension or revocation of their permit shall be guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor for each day of operation after revocation. (Ord. No. O-01-171, 9-18-01)
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