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Animal Licenses

Amended Effective April 1, 2013

The City Clerk's Office is responsible for issuing Animal Licenses to owner's of any dog or cat residing in the City of Trenton. You will need to show proof of rabies vaccination from your veterinarian. The fee is $12.00 per animal. The tag will be valid until December 31, 2014. Staring January 1, 2015, the licenses will be valid for a calendar year (January to December). For more information please call 734-675-8600.

ARTICLE IV DOGS

Sec. 14-111. - License.
(a) Required. It shall be unlawful for any person to own, maintain, keep or harbor any dog within the city without first obtaining a license therefor.
(b) Application. Application for a dog license shall be made to the city clerk and shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the dog, and the name and address of the applicant and the last known previous owner. The application shall be accompanied by a certificate of a licensed veterinarian showing that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies.
(c) Fee. The fee for license required by this section shall be as established by the city council. If the license is required to be obtained or renewed by the first Monday in July and is not obtained by the second Monday in September, the fee shall be as established by the city council, in the absence of good cause shown.
(d) Issuance of license and tag; design of tag. The city clerk shall issue to each applicant for a dog license, a license, together with a tag of copper or brass, which tag shall contain the number of the license duly stamped or engraved thereon, the year when issued, and the date of expiration, together with the words "Trenton, Michigan, Dog License."
(e) Expiration. All licenses issued under this section shall expire on the first Monday of July following the issuance of the license.
(Code 1974, §§ 6-23 -- 6-26, 6-27(a) -- (c))
Sec. 14-112. - "Harboring" or "keeping" defined.
Any person allowing any dog habitually to remain and be lodged or fed within his house, store, building, enclosure or premises shall be considered as harboring or keeping the dog within the meaning of this article.

Sec. 14-113. - Liability of owner; evidence of negligence.
Every owner and every person possessing or harboring a dog in the city shall be liable for damages for any and all injuries to persons or property that may be caused by such dog on any public highway or other public place, to be determined and collected in appropriate legal proceedings therefor, in which proceedings any failure or refusal by such owner to comply with the requirements of this article shall constitute prima facie evidence.
(Code 1974, § 6-30)
Sec. 14-114. - Running at large.
No person owning, possessing or harboring any dog shall permit the dog to run at large. A dog shall be deemed to be running at large under the provisions of this section when it is not under leash, securely tied or securely confined within an enclosure. Violations of this section are a municipal civil infraction.
(Code 1974, §§ 2-306(a)(3), 6-31)
Sec. 14-115. - Noisy dogs.
No person shall harbor or keep any dog which, by loud, frequent or habitual barking, yelping or howling, shall cause annoyance to the neighborhood and people passing on the streets. Violations of this section are a municipal civil infraction.
(Code 1974, §§ 2-306(a)(4), 6-32)
Cross reference -- Noise control, § 38-161 et seq.
Sec. 14-116. - Keeping vicious dogs, biting dogs, or dogs bitten by rabid animal.
No person shall harbor or keep a vicious dog or a dog that has been bitten by any animal known to have been afflicted with rabies or which shall have bitten any person.
(Code 1974, § 6-33)
Sec. 14-117. - Procedure when dog has bitten person or is suspected of being rabid.
Every person owning, keeping or harboring any dog that has been attacked or bitten by any other dog or animal known to be afflicted with or having symptoms of rabies, or which has bitten any person, or which has or is suspected to have contracted rabies, shall immediately notify the chief of police or his designee, and upon the demand of such officer shall immediately produce and surrender such dog for observation at the dog pound for a period of ten days; however, in the discretion of such officers, such dog may be quarantined for a like period of time on the premises of the owner or person who is keeping or harboring such dog. If at the end of such ten-day period such dog has not developed rabies, it shall be released from the dog pound or the quarantine. If the dog has developed rabies within such period of time, it shall be destroyed.
(Code 1974, § 6-34)
Sec. 14-118. - Dogs impounded second time for biting to be destroyed.
Whenever a dog is brought to the pound or is quarantined a second time for having bitten a person, such dog shall be destroyed, after having been held a sufficient time to meet the requirements of the chief of police for investigation.
(Code 1974, § 6-35)
Sec. 14-119. - Allowing quarantined dog to be off of quarantine premises.
It shall be unlawful for any person to suffer or allow any dog that has been quarantined to be on the streets of the city or away from the quarantined premises.
(Code 1974, § 6-36)

ARTICLE V CATS
Sec. 14-141. - Registration.
(a) Required. No later than the first Monday of July in any year, any person residing in the city owning or possessing a cat shall register the cat with the office of the city clerk.
(b) Proof of rabies inoculation. The city clerk shall not accept the registration of any cat unless the owner or owner's agent shall present a certificate to the effect that the animal has been inoculated against rabies.
(c) Fee. The fee for registration of a cat pursuant to this section shall be as established by the council.
(d) Issuance of tag. The city clerk shall, upon presentation of a proper certificate of inoculation and upon an application signed by the owner or agent of the owner of the cat, containing the name, kind, color, sex, age and description of any distinguishing feature or marking of the cat, issue to the owner a license, in the form of a tag or other suitable device.
(Code 1974, §§ 6-50 -- 6-53)
Sec. 14-142. - Liability of owner; evidence of negligence.
Every owner and every person possessing or harboring a cat in the city shall be liable for damages for any and all injuries to persons or property that may be caused by such cat on any public highway or other public place, to be determined and collected in appropriate legal proceedings thereof, in which proceedings any failure or refusal by such owner to comply with the requirements of this article shall constitute prima facie evidence of negligence.
(Code 1974, § 6-55)
Sec. 14-143. - Running at large.
It shall be unlawful for the owner, or any other person having the possession, care, custody or control thereof, to permit any cat to run at large upon the public streets, walks, parks or other public places within the city. Violations of the provisions of this section are a municipal civil infraction.
(Code 1974, §§ 2-306(a)(5), 6-54)
Sec. 14-144. - Procedure when cat has bitten person or is suspected of being rabid.
(a) Report. If any person is bitten by a cat, it shall be the duty of that person or the owner or custodian of the cat having knowledge of such incident to report such incident to the police department within 12 hours thereafter. If the owner or custodian of any cat has any reason to believe or suspect that such cat has become infected with rabies, it shall be the duty of that person to report this to the police department within 12 hours thereafter.
(b) Quarantine. If any report required by subsection (a) of this section is made, the animal control officer shall take such cat into his possession. The cat shall be held in quarantine until a laboratory analysis by a licensed veterinarian is made to determine whether the cat is infected. The chief of police shall promulgate and adopt such rules as deemed necessary for the procedure in all cases and for the disposition of any cat delivered into custody.
(Code 1974, §§ 6-58, 6-59)

 

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