ORDINANCE NO. 870
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF
MEADE, KANSAS, RELATING TO DOGS AND CATS; REQUIRING ANNUAL
REGISTRATION AND THE PAYMENT OF CERTAIN LICENSES AND FEES THEREFORE;
ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO THE KEEPING OF THE SAME;
PROVIDING FOR THE VIOLATION THEREOF; AND REPEALING ORDINANCE NO.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF MEADE, KANSAS:
SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS.
For the purposes of this
ordinance, the following words and phrases shall mean:
(a) Abandon includes the leaving
of an animal by its owner or other person responsible for its care
or custody without making effective provisions for its proper care.
(b) Animals means all dogs and cats.
(c) Animal Shelter means the facility or facilities operated by the
city or its authorized agents for the purpose of impounding or
caring for animals under the authority of this ordinance or state
(d) At-large means to be outside of a fence or other enclosure which
restrains the animals to a particular premise or not under the
control, by leash or lead, of the owner or other authorized person
capable of restraining the animal. Animals tethered to a stationary
object within range of public thoroughfares are deemed to be
(e) Bite means any actual or suspected abrasion, scratch, puncture,
tear, bruise, or piercing of the skin, caused by any animal, which
is actually or suspected to being contaminated or inoculated with
the saliva from the animal, directly or indirectly, regardless of
the health of the animal causing such bite.
(f) Cat means any member of the species felis catus , regardless of
(g) Dangerous or Vicious Animal means any animal deemed to be
dangerous or vicious per Section 13.
(h) Dog means any member of the species canis familiaris, regardless
(i) Harbor means any person who shall allow any animals to
habitually remain or lodge or to be fed within his or her home,
store, yard, enclosure or place of business or any other premises
where he or she resides or controls.
(j) Humane Live Animal Trap means any cage trap that upon activation
encloses an animal without placing any physical restraint upon any
part of the body of such animal.
(k) Humanely Euthanize means the proper injection of a substance
that quickly and painlessly terminates the life of any animal, or
any other method approved by the American Veterinary Medical
Association or the American Humane Society.
(l) Immediate Control means the regulation and supervision by a
competent person so that an animal is unable to run or get loose at
(m) Kennel means any establishment, commercial or otherwise,
maintained for breeding, rearing, grooming, boarding, or otherwise
harboring in an enclosure in one location only, more than 6 dogs.
(n) Neutered or Spayed means any male or female cat or dog that has
been permanently rendered sterile and incapable of producing or
giving birth to young.
(o) Own means and includes own, keep, harbor, shelter, manage,
possess, or have a part interest in any animal. If a minor owns any
such animal subject to the provisions of this Ordinance, the head of
the household of which such minor is a member shall be deemed to own
such animal for the purposes of this Ordinance.
(p) Owner means the person who owns, or his or her employee, agent,
or other competent person into whose charge an animal has been
placed by the actual owner as described in subsection (o) above.
(q) Vaccination means an injection of a vaccine, approved by the
State Board of Public Health and administered by a licensed
veterinarian for the purpose of immunizing an animal against rabies.
(r) Veterinarian means a doctor of veterinary medicine licensed by
the State of Kansas.
SECTION 2. ANIMAL CONTROL
OFFICER; LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER HAS FINAL AUTHORITY; DUTY TO
IMPOUND; CITATION ALTERNATIVE.
(a) There is hereby created the
position of animal control officer for the city and such officer
shall be charged with the enforcement of this Ordinance. The City of
Meade Police Department shall have such powers and authority as
allowed by law in the enforcement of this Ordinance. All animal
control officers shall be subject to the supervision and direction
of the City Administrator.
(b) It shall be the duty of the
animal control officer to notify the City of Meade Police Department
of any suspected violation of Section(s) 7, 9, 10, 13, and 14 of
this Ordinance. Upon notification of a suspected violation, the law
enforcement officer shall consult with the animal control officer,
interview the witnesses, if any, and make a record of the incident.
If a dispute arises between the animal control officer and the law
enforcement officer regarding the disposition of the incident, the
law enforcement officer has final decision making authority. Nothing
in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit notification to
the City of Meade Police Department for any suspected violation of
any section of this Ordinance.
(c) Except as provided in subsection (d), it shall be the duty of
the animal control officer to take up and impound all animals found
in the city in violation of the provisions of this Ordinance.
(d) As an alternative to the provisions of subsection (c) of this
section, any law enforcement officer may issue a citation to the
owner, harborer or keeper of an animal in violation of this
Ordinance, and the person receiving the citation shall appear in the
municipal court of the city.
(e) Upon request by an inhabitant of the city to have an animal
owned by said inhabitant removed from the inhabitant’s premises, or
premises under the inhabitant’s control, it shall be the duty of the
animal control officer to take up, remove, and impound if necessary
such animal, provided, however, all costs of the city incidental
thereto shall be the responsibility of the inhabitant of the city
requesting such service.
SECTION 3. CAPTURE/DESTRUCTION.
When deemed necessary by law
enforcement officers or the animal control officer for the health,
safety and welfare of the residents of the city, such officers
and/or their agents may:
(a) Place a humane trap on public
or a requesting resident’s property for the purpose of capturing any
animal defined in this Ordinance as creating a nuisance in the city.
(b) Use a tranquilizer gun, humane traps, or other suitable devices
to subdue and capture any animal that is deemed by the animal
control officer, in his or her discretion, to be of a danger to
itself or to the public health and safety.
(c) Use firearms or other suitable weapons to destroy any rabid
animal, any vicious animal as defined in Section 13, or any animal
creating a nuisance as defined in Section 10, where such animal is
impossible or impractical to catch, capture or tranquilize.
SECTION 4. SAME, RIGHT OF ENTRY; UNLAWFUL INTERFERENCE.
(a) The animal control officer or any law enforcement officer shall
have the right of entry upon any private unenclosed lots or lands
for the purpose of enforcing this Ordinance or collecting any animal
whose presence thereupon is a violation of this Ordinance.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with the animal
control officer or any law enforcement officer, in the exercise of
his or her duties.
SECTION 5. MUNICIPAL POUND
A municipal pound shall be
established to carry out the provisions of this Ordinance. Such a
pound may be operated by a contractor and all services required
herein may be provided by a contractor. When so contracted the pound
shall have the following services and facilities as a minimum:
(a) Adequate pickup and impounding
of all stray and ownerless dogs and cats otherwise in violation of
the provisions of the Ordinance.
(b) Group holding facilities for stray, ownerless and unvaccinated
dogs and cats impounded for violation of the provisions of this
(c) Individual isolation facilities for sick, biting, rabid and
suspected rabid dogs and cats.
(d) Facilities for the humane destruction of dogs and cats.
SECTION 6. BREAKING POUND.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any
unauthorized person to open, unlock, break open or attempt to break
open the pound, or to take or let out any animal place therein, or
take or attempt to take from an authorized officer of this city any
animal taken up by him or her under the provisions of this
Ordinance, or in any manner interfere with or hinder any authorized
officer or employee of this city in catching, taking up, or
impounding any animal.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, other than those
duly authorized, to care for, feed, attempt to feed, or interfere in
any way with the care of impounded animals.
SECTION 7. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
It shall be unlawful for any
(a) Willfully or maliciously kill,
maim, disfigure, torture; beat with a stick, chain, club or other
object; mutilate, poison, burn or scald with any substance; or
otherwise abuse any animal, except that reasonable force may be
employed to drive off vicious animals.
(b) Have, keep or harbor any animal which is infected with any
dangerous or incurable and/or painfully crippling disease or
condition except as provided in Section 2 (c).
(c) Promote, stage, hold, manage, or in any way conduct any game,
exhibition, contest or fight in which one or more animals are
engaged for the purpose of injuring, killing, maiming, or destroying
themselves or any other animal.
(d) Neglect or refuse to supply such animal with necessary and
adequate care, food, drink, air, light, space, shelter or protection
from the elements as necessary for the health and well being of such
(e) Abandon or leave any animal in any place without making
provisions for its proper care.
(f) These provisions shall not apply to the exceptions sanctioned
under Section 8.
In addition to any other penalties provided therein, the municipal
court judge may order a person convicted of violation under this
section to turn the animal involved over to a designated humane
society. All such animals taken by the designated agency may be
placed with another or more suitable person or destroyed humanely as
soon thereafter as is conveniently possible.
SECTION 8. SAME; EXCEPTION.
The provisions of Section 7 shall
not apply to:
(a) Normal or accepted veterinary
or veterinary hospital practices or treatment of animals under
active veterinary care.
(b) Bona fide experiments carried on by commonly recognized research
(c) The humane killing of an animal which is diseased or disabled
beyond recovery for any useful purpose, or the humane killing of
animals for population control, by the owner thereof or by an
authorized agent such as a licensed veterinarian, at the request of
(d) The humane killing on an animal by the animal control officer, a
public health officer or law enforcement officer in the performance
of his or her official duty.
(e) The humane killing of an unclaimed animal after three full
business days following the receipt of such animal at a municipal
pound or an incorporated humane society shelter by the owner,
operator or authorized agents of such establishments.
SECTION 9. ANIMAL TRAPS.
It shall be unlawful for any
person to use, place, set out, or deploy any animal trap
aboveground, which makes use of a spring gun, spring jaws, clamping
devices, cutting or stabbing mechanism or any other devices that
will damage or severely injure and animal when caught or trapped by
the device or trap; except that nothing herein contained shall
prohibit the use of animal traps that are so designed to trap and
hold animals without injuring them.
SECTION 10. NUISANCE; ANIMAL ACTIVITIES PROHIBITED
It shall be unlawful for the owner
of any animal to keep or maintain such animal in the city so as to
constitute a nuisance. For the purpose of this section, nuisance is
defined as any animal which:
(a) Molests or interferes with
persons in the public right-of-way.
(b) Attacks or injures persons, or other domestic animals.
(c) Damages public or private property other than that of its owner
or harborer by its activities or with its excrement.
(d) Scatters refuse that is bagged or otherwise contained.
(e) Causes any condition which threatens or endangers that health or
well-being of persons or other animals.
(f) The keeping, or harboring of any
animal which by loud, frequent and habitual barking, howling,
yelping or mewing shall disturb the peace of any neighborhood is
hereby prohibited. It shall be the duty of any person harboring or
keeping such loud or noisy animal or animals to abate the condition,
and if he or she fails to do so, the city may abate it by taking up,
impounding and/or disposing of the animal at the expense of the
If a summons or sworn complaint is
issued charging violation of this provision, a subpoena shall also
be issued to the complainant to testify to the nuisance under oath.
SECTION 11. ANIMAL CONFINES;
(a) It shall be unlawful for any
person to keep or maintain any animal in any yard, structure or area
that is not clean, dry and sanitary, free from debris and offensive
odors that annoy any neighbor, and devoid of rodents and vermin.
(b) Excrement shall be removed at least once each week from any
animal shelter, kennel or yard area where animals are kept, or more
often if necessary to prevent or control odors, fly breeding, or
rodent infestation. If excrement is stored on the premises by any
animal owner, it shall be stored in adequate containers with
fly-tight lids, and all such stored or accumulated wastes shall be
disposed of at least once a week.
(c) All animal shelters, and kennels shall be so located that
adequate drainage if obtained, normal drying occurs, and standing
water is not present.
(d) All animal shelters and board fences confining animals shall be
maintained in good repair.
(e) All premises on which animals are kept shall be subject to
inspection by the animal control officer, duly authorized law
enforcement officer, or public health official. If the officer or
official determines from such inspection that the premises are not
being maintained in a clean and sanitary manner, he or she shall
notify the owner of the animals in writing to correct the sanitation
deficiencies within 24 hours after notice is served on the owner.
Any animal kept under any condition which could endanger the public
or animal health or create a health nuisance may be impounded.
Animals shall be released after fees are paid and cause for
impoundment has been corrected.
SECTION 12. DEATH OF ANIMALS.
All dead animals shall be disposed
of by the owner or keepers within 24 hours of the animals death, by
burial, incineration in a facility approved by the animal control
officer, or by other lawful means approved by the animal control
officer. No dead animal shall be dumped on any public or private
SECTION 13. VICIOUS ANIMALS.
(a) Prohibited: It shall be
unlawful for any person to keep, possess or harbor a vicious animal
within the city. Impoundment of animals whose owners have been cited
for violation of this section shall be at the discretion of the
animal control officer, or law enforcement officer. If the animal
presents a clear and present danger to the public health or safety,
it shall be the duty of the animal control officer, or law
enforcement officer, or their agent to impound such animal.
(b) Defined: For purposes of the Ordinance a vicious animal shall
(1) any animal with a known
propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause
injury or to otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or
(2) Any animal which attacks a human being or domestic animal
(3) Any animal owned or harbored primarily or in part for the
purpose of fighting or any animal trained for fighting.
(4) Any animal which is urged by its owner or harborer to attack, or
whose owner or harborer threatens to provoke such animal to attack,
any law enforcement officer while such officer is engaged in the
performance of official duty.
(c) Complaint: Whenever a sworn
complaint is filed in the municipal court against the owner of an
animal alleging that such animal is vicious and in violation of this
section, the municipal judge shall hold a hearing to determine
whether or not the animal is vicious within the meaning of this
section and thereby in violation of this section. The owner of the
animal will be notified in writing of the time and place of the
hearing at least one week prior to the hearing. In making a
determination, the municipal judge shall consider the following:
(1) The seriousness of the attack
(2) Past history of attacks or bites.
(3) Likelihood of attacks or bites in the future.
(4) The condition and circumstances under which the animal is kept
(5) Other factors which may reasonably relate to the determination
of whether or not the animal is vicious.
The municipal judge shall order the impoundment, the muzzling in
accordance with subsection (d) and /or the confinement of the animal
accused of being in violation of this section in a manner and
location that will insure that it is no threat to persons or other
animals pending the outcome of the hearing. If such impoundment,
muzzling or otherwise safe confinement is not possible or if prior
court orders to restrain such animal have gone unheeded, the
municipal judge may order the animal immediately destroyed.
(d) Vicious Dogs to be Muzzled: It
shall be the duty of every owner, keeper or harborer of any dog in
the city, which dog is vicious or has been known to bite, chase, or
run after any person or animal in the streets, alleys, or any public
place in the city, to keep the same muzzled with a good and
sufficient wire or leather muzzle, securely fastened so as to wholly
prevent such dog from biting any animal or person until such time as
a determination has been made by the court as to whether the dog is
vicious or not. Any person owning, keeping or harboring any dog
within the city limits contrary to this section shall be guilty of a
violation of this Ordinance.
(e) Immediate Destruction: Nothing in this Ordinance shall be
construed to prevent the animal control officer or any law
enforcement officer from taking whatever action is reasonably
necessary to protect himself or herself or members of the public
from injury or danger, including immediate destruction of any
vicious animal without notice to the owner.
(f) Release of: If a sworn complaint has been filed in the municipal
court against the owner of an impounded animal for a charge under
this section, the animal shall not be released except on the order
of the municipal judge, who may also direct the owner to pay all
impounding fees in addition to any penalties for violation of this
Ordinance. The municipal judge may, upon making a finding that an
animal is vicious or that it represents a clear and present danger
to the citizens or to other animals in the community, order the
animal to be destroyed in a humane manner by the animal shelter.
Surrender of an animal by the owner thereof to the animal control
officer, or law enforcement officer, does not relieve or render the
owner immune from the decision of the court, not to the fees, fines,
or any costs which may result from a violation of this section.
SECTION 14. RUNNING AT LARGE.
shall be unlawful for any person to allow any animal under his or
her control to be or to run at large within the city. Any animal
found at large may be impounded as provided in Section 15.
(b) The owner of any dog or cat impounded for running at large
required by Section 15 shall, for the first offense, pay a fine of
$25.00 plus the board bill. For a second offense within a one year
period, the owner or harborer of any dog or cat impounded for
running at large required by Section 24, shall pay a fine of $50.00
plus the board bill, and for a third and all subsequent offenses
within a one year period, the owner or harborer shall pay a fine of
$100.00 plus a board bill.
SECTION 15. IMPOUNDMENT; FEE; NOTICE; RECORD.
(a) The animal control officer or
law enforcement officer shall impound any animal found at large in
the city of constituting a nuisance or otherwise in violation of
this Ordinance in a suitable pound or enclosure provided or
contracted for by the city. The impounding officer shall make
diligent inquiry as to the owner of the animal and shall notify the
owner thereof of such impoundment as soon as reasonably possible.
(b) The city shall be entitled to receive from such owner an
impoundment fee of $25.00, plus a daily care fee in the amount of
$5.00, the cost of a city tag if the owner has not applied for one,
and plus any additional costs incidental to or associated with
maintaining the dog or cat while impounded.
(c) In case the identity of the owner of the impounded animal cannot
be ascertained, the animal control officer or police officer shall,
upon taking any such animal into custody and impounding the same,
make a record thereof, with a description of the animal and the date
and place taken into custody and the place of impounding, and shall
thereupon immediately post a public notice with a photograph of the
animal at the City Building located at 132 S. Fowler in the City of
Meade, Kansas, stating that the animal, describing the same with the
date and place of taking, has been taken up, and that unless the
charges of impounding the same, together with any license fees due
and unpaid, are paid within three business days from the date of the
notice, that the animal will be disposed of as provided in this
(d) The animal control officer shall keep a record of all dogs and
cats impounded, containing at a minimum the following information:
color, sex, approximate weight, approximate height, identifying
marks, registration number (if any), the date of impoundment, and
the name of the individual authorized in this Ordinance who
impounded such animal. Furthermore, the animal control officer shall
each month submit a report to the City administrator showing the
number of dogs and cats impounded, the number of dogs and cats
disposed of, the number of dogs and cats returned to their owners,
the number of dogs and cats remaining impounded, and the fees
collected pursuant to this Ordinance for such monthly period. Any
fees collected by the animal control officer shall upon receipt
immediately by delivered to the City Clerk for credit to the general
(e) any dog or cat impounded may not be released without a current
(f) Impoundment hereunder shall not preclude any court from imposing
and executing any fine which might otherwise be levied under this
Ordinance for violation of any of the provisions thereof; nor shall
impoundment be a defense in any prosecution commenced hereunder.
(g) The redemption of any dog or cat impounded for a violation of
any provision of this Ordinance shall be prima facie evidence of the
violation of such provision by the person redeeming the dog or cat.
(h) No dog or cat impounded under this Section shall be disposed of
until after expiration of a minimum of three full business days of
custody during which the public has clear access to inspect and
recover the dog or cat through time periods ordinarily accepted as
usual business hours. During such time of custody, the animal
control officer shall attempt to notify the owner or custodian is
known or reasonably ascertainable. Such dog or cat may at any time
be released to the legal owner, moved to a veterinary hospital for
treatment or observation, released in any manner, if such dog or cat
was a gift to the animal shelter or euthanized by a licensed
veterinarian if it appears to the veterinarian that the dog or cat
is diseased or disabled beyond recovery. If within three full
business days the owner does not appear to claim the dog or cat,
then the dog or cat may be sold, euthanized, or otherwise disposed
SECTION 16. REDEMPTION OF
At any time before the sale or
destruction of any animal impounded under the provisions of the
Ordinance, except for animals impounded under Section 13 (vicious)
and 17 (rabid), the owner thereof may redeem the animal by paying
the animal control officer or any person in charge, the impounding
fee and all costs incurred as a result of such impoundment.
SECTION 17. IMPOUNDMENT OF RABIES SUSPECTS.
(a) The animal control officer,
any law enforcement officer, or local health officer may take up,
upon private or public property, any animal which has bitten or
scratched a person or other animal and impound the animal in the
city pound, securely penned and separated from other animals, or in
a veterinary hospital or animal care facility for a period of not
more than 30 days during which time the local health officer, or
other designee of the city, shall determine whether or not such
animal is suffering from a disease and, if not, the local health
officer, or other designee of the city, shall authorize the release
of the animal upon payment by the owner of the boarding fee
therefore, the health officer, or other designee of the city, may
authorize the keeping of any such animal on the owner’s premises if
the owner produces a rabies vaccination certificate showing that the
animal has valid rabies vaccination protection. Impoundment costs
shall be borne by the owner. If in the opinion of the local health
officer, or other designee of the city, symptoms develop justifying
a microscopic examination, then the animal shall be killed and
examination made by the state board of health.
(b) In lieu of the provisions of subsection (a), the owner of any
such animal may, at his or her own expense, take such animal to any
duly qualified and licensed veterinarian for observation. Such
veterinarian shall report his or her findings in writing to the
local health officer. If in the opinion of such veterinarian a
microscopic examination is justified, then the animal shall be
killed and examination made by the state board of health.
(c) Any animal desired for observation by the local health officer
under this section shall be delivered to the animal control officer
or any law enforcement officer upon demand and shall not be
withheld, hidden or harbored. Any person violating this provision
shall be guilty of a violation of this Ordinance. Upon refusal of
any person to so deliver such animal, the municipal judge shall
cause a warrant to be issued for the arrest of such person, which
warrant shall also provide for the surrender of the animal and shall
be lawful authority for the apprehending and forcible taking of such
SECTION 18. ANIMALS BITTEN BY
Whenever an animal is bitten by
another rabid animal, or an animal later proved to have been rabid,
it shall be the duty of the owner of the animal that is bitten, to
report that fact to the local health officer or any law enforcement
officer. It shall also be the duty of the owner of the bitten animal
to either destroy or have his or her bitten animal destroyed unless:
(a) The animal which was bitten
had been vaccinated against rabies at least three weeks before being
bitten and has a current vaccination.
(b) If the bitten animal has a current vaccination, it shall be
confined for 90 days.
(c) The bitten animal shall be released from confinement only upon
written order from the local health officer, or other designee of
the city, who declares the animal to be free of rabies.
(d) If the animal is found to have contracted rabies during
confinement, it shall be properly disposed of.
SECTION 19. VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS
Any person who as the operator of
a motor vehicle strikes any animal shall stop at once and shall
immediately report such injury or death to the owner of such animal,
or in the event that the owner cannot be ascertained, and located,
the operator shall at once report the accident to the animal control
officer or any law enforcement officer.
SECTION 20. EMERGENCY; PROCLAMATION.
The Mayor of the City of Meade,
Kansas is hereby authorized whenever in his or her opinion the
danger to the public safety from rabid animals is made imminent to
issue a proclamation ordering all persons owning any animal in the
city to confine the animal in a good and sufficient enclosure from
which the animal cannot escape, or fasten such animal by means of a
chain on the premises where the owner may reside, for such time as
may be specified in such proclamation. Any animal not confined
during such time may be disposed of wherever found by any police
officer, or the animal control officer of the city. The owner of
such animal shall be prosecuted for such violation thereof.
SECTION 21. KENNEL LICENSES.
(a) No person or household shall
own or harbor more than 6 dogs of six months of age or older or more
than one litter of pups, or more than 6 cats of more than six months
of age or more than one litter of kittens, or more than a total of 6
dogs and cats more than six months of age in any combination, or
engage in the commercial business of breeding, buying, selling,
trading, training, or boarding cats or dogs or both cats and dogs,
without having obtained a kennel license from the City Clerk.
(b) Kennel licenses must be renewed annually. No kennel license
shall be issued until an inspection certificate has been issued by
the animal control officer certifying approval of the kennel and
compliance with the applicable laws of the city and the State of
Kansas, and a certificate of the zoning code enforcement officer has
been issued certifying that the applicant for the kennel license is
not violating the zoning laws of the city. If the city clerk has not
received any protest against the kennel, the city clerk may issue a
renewal of an existing kennel license at the same location without
any report from the animal control officer and zoning code
enforcement officer. If the animal control officer or the zoning
code enforcement officer finds that the holder of any kennel license
is violating any zoning law, or any other law of the State of
Kansas, or of the city, or is maintaining the facility in a manner
detrimental to the health, safety or peace of mind of any person
residing in the immediate vicinity, he or she shall report such fact
to the city clerk, and the license shall not be renewed except after
a public hearing before the governing body.
(c) The animal control officer, the zoning enforcement officer, or
any law enforcement officer shall have the right to inspect any
premises licensed under this section at any reasonable time and
nothing shall prevent the entry onto private property for the
purpose of inspection. The application for a kennel shall constitute
consent to such entry and inspection.
(d) The governing body may suspend or revoke a kennel license if,
pursuant to the public hearing, it finds the following:
(1) The kennel is maintained in
violation of any applicable law of the State of Kansas, or of the
(2) The kennel is maintained so as to be a public nuisance.
(3) The kennel is maintained so as to be detrimental to the health,
safety or peace of mind of persons residing in the immediate
(e) The annual kennel license fee
shall be $25.00. Payment of such license fee is in addition to, and
not in lieu of, the dog license fees otherwise required under this
(f) This section shall not apply to and will not be construed to
require a kennel license for a licensed veterinarian to operate an
SECTION 22. REGISTRATION AND
VACCINATION REQUIRED; FEE.
(a) Every owner of any dog or cat
over six months of age shall annually register with the city clerk
his or her name and address, sex, description of each dog or cat
owned and kept within the city. It shall be unlawful for the owner
of any newly acquired dog or cat or any dog or cat brought into the
city to fail to register such animal within 30 days from acquisition
or bringing the dog or cat into the city. It shall be unlawful for
the owner of any such previously registered dog or cat to fail to
maintain current registration of such dog or cat.
(b) Upon registration, the owner shall present a current, complete
certificate of immunization against rabies. No registration shall
follow without evidence of this document, and it shall be unlawful
for the owner of any dog or cat over six months of age to fail to
maintain effective rabies immunization of such dog or cat.
(c) The owner or harborer of any dog or cat shall, at the time of
registering such dog or cat, present to the city clerk a certificate
from an accredited veterinarian showing that a male dog or cat has
been neutered or a female dog or cat has been spayed, if the dog or
cat has been neutered or spayed.
(d) The city clerk shall collect an annual registration fee of $4.00
for each dog or cat.
(e) The registration year shall be from January 1st through December
31st of each year.
SECTION 23. DOG AND/OR CAT
It shall be the duty of the city
clerk or designated agent, upon a showing of current rabies
immunization and receipt of the registration fee hereinbefore
required, to keep in a book suitable for the registration of dogs
and cats, the time of the registration, the name of the owner or
keeper, the number of the registration and the amount paid
therefore, and shall deliver to the owner or keeper of the dog or
cat a certificate in writing, stating that the person has registered
the dog or cat and the number by which the dog or cat is registered,
and shall also deliver to the owner or keeper of the dog or cat a
tag with the registration number and the registration year thereon,
which shall be, by the owner or keeper, attached to the collar to be
used on the dog or cat so registered. When any tag has become lost
during a registration period, the owner of the dog or cat may
request a duplicate tag for the remainder of the registration
period. When so requested, the city clerk shall, upon presentation
of the registration certificate, issue a duplicate of such tag upon
the payment of $2.00 fee. It shall be unlawful for any person to
take off or remove the city registration tag from any dog or cat
belonging to another, or remove the strap or collar on which the
same is fastened.
SECTION 24. SAME; COUNTERFEIT TAG.
It shall be unlawful for any
person to place on any dog or cat a tag issued for any other dog or
cat or to make or use any false, forged or counterfeited tag or
SECTION 25. EVIDENCE OF VACCINATION.
It shall be unlawful for the owner
of any dog or cat kept within the city to fail to display a current
certificate of immunization against rabies issued by an accredited
veterinarian evidencing the vaccination of such dog or cat within
two years, when requested by the animal control officer or any law
SECTION 26. VISITING DOGS OR CATS.
The provisions of this Ordinance
with respect to registration shall not apply to any dog or cat owned
by any person visiting or temporarily remaining within the city for
less than 30 days. However, such dogs or cats shall be kept under
restraint by the owner thereof at all times.
SECTION 27. DISPOSITION OF
UNCLAIMED DOGS OR CATS.
(a) If any dog or cat is not
redeemed by its owner or harborer within the time allowed for
redemption as specified in Section 15 thereof, the animal control
officer, any authorized law enforcement officer, any authorized
veterinarian or any duly authorized pound personnel may destroy such
dog or cat, or sell the same for the costs of the impoundment and
keeping, plus any registration fee due for the current year.
(b) No dog or cat may be transferred to the permanent custody of a
prospective owner unless:
(1) Such dog or cat has been
surgically spayed or neutered before the physical transfer of the
dog or cat occurs; or
(2) The prospective owner signs an agreement to have the dog or cat
spayed or neutered and deposits with the city not less than the
lowest nor more than the highest cost of spaying or neutering in the
community as determined by the city. Any funds deposited pursuant to
such an agreement shall be refunded to such person upon presentation
of a written statement signed by a licensed veterinarian that the
dog or cat has been spayed or neutered. If such person does not
reclaim the deposit within six months after receiving custody of the
dog or cat, the city shall keep the deposit and may reclaim the
unspayed or unneutered dog or cat.
(c) Nothing in this section shall
be construed to require sterilization of a dog or cat which is being
held by the city and which may be claimed by its rightful owner
within the holding periods established in this Ordinance.
SECTION 28. CONFINEMENT OF DOGS
OR CATS IN HEAT.
Any unspayed female dog or cat in
the stage of estrus (heat) shall be confined during such period of
time in a house, building or secure enclosure, and the area of
enclosure shall be constructed so that no other dog(s) or cat(s) may
gain voluntary access to the confined animal except for purposes of
planned breeding. Any animal that is in the state of estrus (heat)
and that is not properly confined, or any such animal that is
creating a neighborhood nuisance, shall be removed to a boarding
kennel, to a veterinary hospital or to the animal shelter. All
expenses incurred as a result of the confinement shall be paid by
the owner. The owner of animals removed to the animal shelter shall
be charged at the rate established from time to time by the animal
shelter for routine confinement.
SECTION 29. PENALTIES.
Whenever in this ordinance any act
is prohibited or is declared to be unlawful or the performance of
any act is required or the failure to do any act is declared to be
unlawful, the violation of any provision of this ordinance shall be
punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or
by imprisonment for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days, or by
both fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court. Each day
any violation of this ordinance continues shall constitute a
SECTION 30. All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances in conflict
with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed.
SECTION 32. This Ordinance shall take effect and be in force
from and after its summary of passage, approval, and publication in
the Meade County News.
On March 23rd 2015, the City of Meade, Kansas, passed
Ordinance No. 868. The ordinance
relating to dog and cat registration, regulations and violations.
A complete copy of the ordinance is available at
or in the office of the city clerk, 132 S Fowler, free of charge.
This summary is certified by the city attorney to be legal, accurate
Richard Knott, Mayor
Tiffany Neel, City Clerk
I, Tiffany Neel, City
Clerk of the City of Meade, KS, hereby verify and state that the
foregoing is a true and correct original ordinance; that the record
of final passage is found on page ___, volume “ “ of the journal;
that it was published in the Meade County News, the official paper
on ___________ ___, 20__.