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Chapter 6.04 - Rabies Control

6.04.010 Inoculation required
A. Owners of dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age of four months shall have said dogs, cats, and ferrets inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian, and re-vaccinated thereafter, at the expiration of the vaccination used, and shall, at the time of inoculation, obtain a copy of the certificate of inoculation and a valid rabies tag from the veterinarian. The owner acquiring a dog, cat, or ferret without inoculation or proof of current inoculation shall have it inoculated against rabies within thirty days of acquisition, or within thirty days after the dog, cat, or ferret reaches four months of age, whichever occurs last. It is unlawful for any person to harbor any dog, cat, or ferret which has not been vaccinated for rabies as provided for in this Subsection.
B. Rabies and Identification Tags to be Worn. It is unlawful for any person to harbor any dog which is not wearing a current rabies tag, as required by subsection (A) of this section, and an identification tag or collar which clearly sets forth the owner's name and telephone number affixed to its collar, chain, or harness. When the dog is displaying a current dog license affixed to a collar, chain, or harness worn on the dog in compliance with Section 6.04.016, it is not necessary to display a current rabies tag.
C. Rabies Tags Not Transferable. It is unlawful for any person to affix to the collar, chain or harness of any dog, cat, or ferret or permit to remain affixed, a tag evidencing inoculation for any other animal or to display such a tag to an Animal Control Officer. (Ord. O-2006-33 § 1, 2006; Ord. O-2000-9 § 1, 2000; Ord. O-98-06 § 4 (part), 1998; Ord. O-87-28 § 1 (part), 1987).


6.04.015 Dog license required
A. It shall be unlawful for any owner of any dog over the age of four (4) months, or within thirty (30) days of acquisition of said dog or within thirty (30) days of the owner moving into the City, whichever occurs last, to fail to obtain a license for such animal.
B. The dog license administrator will administer the City of Lakewood's dog licensing program and distribute the dog license. Application for such license shall be made to the dog licensing administrator.
C. To obtain a dog license, a dog owner must submit proof of a rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian within 365 days prior to the licensing, or if a booster vaccination, within the time period recommended by the annual compendium of animal rabies control unless the dog owner has obtained a valid and current rabies vaccination waiver from a licensed veterinarian. This waiver shall be an acceptable substitution for the proof of rabies vaccination requirement.
D. The dog owner must renew this dog license once every 365 days.
E. The license fee, including fee for replacement licenses shall be in amounts consistent with County ordinance regarding dog license fees and such monies shall be used for administration of the licensing program and for capital improvements and operations of the animal shelter. Proof of spay/neuter from a licensed veterinarian or a certification by the dog owner that the dog has been spayed/neutered is required to be eligible for a reduced license fee.
F. It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly provide false information on a dog license application.
G. A dog owner may request a reduced license fee, if for medical reasons, the dog cannot be spayed/neutered. In this event, a dog owner must submit an affidavit to the dog license administrator from a licensed veterinarian stating the reasons why the dog is unable to be spayed/neutered.
H. An assistance dog is required to be licensed. A person with a disability is exempt from any licensing fees that might otherwise apply in connection with owning an assistance dog as set forth in Section 24-34-803, C.R.S.
I. Any dog owner or any entity exempt from the county's dog licensing requirements shall be exempt from the provisions of this Section.
(Ord. O-2014-3 § 3, 2014; Ord. O-2006-33 § 2, 2006).


6.04.016 Dog license tag to be displayed
It is unlawful for any person to harbor any dog that must be licensed per Section 6.04.015, which is not displaying a current dog license tag affixed to a collar, chain, or harness worn on the dog. (Ord. O-2006-33 § 3, 2006).

6.04.017 Dog license tag not transferable
It is unlawful for any person to affix to the collar, chain, or harness of any dog or permit to remain affixed, a tag evidencing licensing for any other dog or to display such a tag to an Animal Control Officer or peace officer. (Ord. O-2006-33 § 4, 2006).


6.04.020 Rabies-Confinement
A. It is the duty of the owner of any dog, cat, ferret, or other animal capable of harboring or carrying the rabies virus that has bitten any person to immediately advise an Animal Control Officer of this fact. Any dog, cat, ferret, or other animal that is believed to be capable of carrying or harboring the rabies virus shall be immediately confined to be observed for symptoms of rabies. An Animal Control Officer shall determine the length of time that said animal must remain in confinement based upon the guidelines and requirements of the Colorado Department of Health for the type of animal involved. When necessary for the public safety, the animal suspected of carrying rabies may be euthanized for the purpose of testing for the presence of rabies. It is unlawful for the owner of any dog, cat, ferret, or other animal that has bitten any person or that has been exposed to another animal that is believed to have rabies, to destroy such animal before it can be properly confined by an Animal Control Officer. Such confinement may be on the premises of the owner if deemed appropriate in the discretion of the Animal Control Officer. An Animal Control Officer may order the confinement of the animal at the animal shelter, veterinary hospital, or any other suitable location. Such confinement shall be at the expense of the owner.
B. It is unlawful for any person to knowingly destroy any dog, cat, ferret, or other animal capable of carrying or harboring the rabies virus if that person has knowledge that the animal has bitten any person or that the animal has been exposed to another animal that is believed to have rabies, before the animal has completed the confinement period or has been authorized for release by an Animal Control Officer except as provided for in Section 6.03.020 or Section 6.03.060.
C. The location for confinement of an animal that has bitten a person or has been exposed to an animal that is believed to have rabies shall be determined by the animal control officer. Such confinement may be on the premises of the owner if deemed appropriate by the animal control officer. If such confinement is at a location off the owner's premises, such confinement shall be at the expense of the owner. The owner shall also be responsible for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses incurred during the confinement of the animal.
D. It is unlawful for any person to remove an animal or to permit an animal to wander from the place to which it has been confined for rabies observation until the animal is released from confinement by an Animal Control Officer. (Ord. O-98-06 §4 (part), 1998; Ord. O-87-28 § 1 (part), 1987).

6.04.030 Failure to produce biting animal for confinement-Penalty
The owner of any animal that has been reported as having inflicted a bite on any person or has been reported as having been exposed to an animal believed to have rabies shall, upon the demand of an Animal Control Officer, produce the animal for observation and confinement as prescribed in this chapter and provide proof of rabies inoculation. If the owner of any such animal refuses to produce the animal, the owner shall be subject to immediate arrest. Such persons shall be taken before a Judge in the Municipal Court, who may order the immediate production of the animal. The owner of any such animal who willfully or knowingly secretes or refuses to produce the animal shall be in violation of this provision; each day of noncompliance or refusal to produce the animal shall constitute a separate and individual violation of this provision. (Ord. O-98-06 § 4 (part), 1998; Ord. O-87-28 § 1 (part), 1987).

6.04.040 Notification of health officer of rabid animals
A. When an animal under observation is infected by rabies or suspected of being infected by rabies, the veterinarian making such diagnosis, or an animal control officer, shall immediately notify the County Department of Health and advise that office of any reports of human contact with such rabid animal.
B. If any animal dies while under observation, an Animal Control Officer shall immediately take the animal in for testing by the Colorado Department of Health. If the examination indicates that the animal was rabid, an Animal Control Officer shall notify the County Department of Health of any reports of human contact with the animal. (Ord. O-98-06 § 4 (part), 1998; Ord. O-87-28 § 1 (part), 1987).

6.04.050 Report by physician of treatment administered for animal bites
It shall be unlawful for any physician or other medical practitioner who treats a person or persons for a bite inflicted by an animal to fail to report such treatment to the Animal Control Manager or his designee, giving the names and addresses of such persons so treated within 48 hours of the treatment. (Ord. O-98-06 § 4 (part), 1998; Ord. O-87-28 § 1 (part), 1987).

6.04.060 Rabid animal to be reported to Animal Control Manager
A. A veterinarian who diagnoses rabies in any animal shall report such fact immediately to the Animal Control Manager or his designee.
B. No veterinarian shall give a rabies vaccination to any animal that inflicted a bite upon any person within the confinement period set by the Colorado Department of Health guidelines. (Ord. O-98-06 § 4 (part), 1998; Ord. O-87-28 § 1 (part), 1987).