dog and cat over six months of age having been kept within the corporate limits of the City of Norris at least thirty (30)
days shall be required to be registered with the city, however, dogs and cats that have proof of a microchip shall not be
required to have a city license.
(2) Registration shall consist of a certificate and microchip or license tag and shall
be issued and sold by the city manager and local veterinarians as designated by the city manager only after the owner presents
satisfactory proof that the dog or cat has received, from a licensed veterinarian, an anti-rabies inoculation pursuant to
Tennessee Code Annotated, §§ 68-8-101 through 68-8-113. Each owner shall be provided with a microchip or suitable
metal or permanent type tag as well as a certificate and receipt for the registration fee. Said tag shall bear the name of
the City of Norris and a serial number.
(3) The certificate issued with each license tag shall contain the following
information concerning the dog or cat:
(a) Owners name, address, and telephone number.
(f) Microchip or license tag number.
A copy of each per numbered certificate shall be retained by the city manager. The veterinarian issuing licenses shall
within ten (10) days furnish the city manager with a copy of the issued license.
(4) If not microchipped, the license
tag shall be securely fastened upon a collar which shall be kept on the dog or cat at all times, and any dog or cat not microchipped
and not bearing a license tag shall be deemed to be unlicensed.
(5) In case of the loss of a duly issued dog or cat
license tag, the owner shall immediately report the loss to the city manager who shall issue a duplicate or replacement tag.
(6) New residents whose pets are already microchipped must show proof of updated contact information on microchip registration.
(7) Exemptions from registration may be made for dogs and cats temporarily fostered through a 501(c)(3) animal welfare
organization with proof of foster documentation and rabies inoculation from the shelter or rescue.
Seizure and redemption of dogs and cats generally.
(1) The animal control officer shall
be primarily responsible for seizing any stray or vicious dog or cat in the city or any dog or cat found at large in violation
of this chapter.
(2) Dogs and cats so seized shall
be detained in Norris for at least three working days, after which the animal becomes sole property of the City of Norris.
(3) If properly microchipped or licensed (or there are
other means to identify the resident owner), the owner shall be notified upon intake and given seven business days to redeem
the animal. Redemption fees will be in accordance with the policies established by city council under "animal control
fees." If the animal is not claimed by the identified owner after seven business days, the animal shall become the sole
property of the City of Norris.
(4) Seized animals whose owners cannot be reasonably identified will be held in Norris
for at least seven business days and be made available for adoption thereafter.
(5) Upon redemption by an identified
owner, proof of current rabies vaccination must be shown and residents of Norris must show proof of microchip or tag, or obtain
same prior to the release of the animal.
and cats detained in the shelter for 30 days may be transferred to another area shelter.
(7) When the animal control
officer is off-duty the public safety officer on duty shall respond to complaints of vicious or rabid animals and take appropriate
(8) The animal control officer shall perform his duties in compliance with the job description provided by
the city manager and approved by city council. (1972 Code, § 3-205)
neuter law enacted.
(1) Every dog or cat adopted from the city animal control must have been spayed
or neutered, subject to available funding, or new owner must alter animal within 30 days of when the animal reaches 6 months
(2) A deposit is required to ensure that the new owner of an animal under 6 months of age spays or neuters
the animal within 30 days of the animal reaching 6 months of age. See current fee schedule for deposit amount.
The deposit will be refunded when the owner presents proof of spay or neuter.
(4) The City of Norris will retain the
deposit if the owner fails to have the animal neutered or fails to request return of the deposit within 10 days after the
neutering was required to be done.
Intake protocol and veterinary care timeline for detained dogs and cats.
(1) At intake, an intake form detailing
the animal's condition and circumstances of detainment shall be completed. This form will include date, location of pickup,
contact information for the person(s) who picked up, and any identifying features of the animal. Copies of said intake form
will be provided to the City Office, Public Works, and Public Safety, as well as being located in the shelter for volunteer
(2) As soon as reasonably possible upon intake,
flea/tick and worming medications shall be given appropriate to species and size/weight. Medications will be kept available
in the shelter and provided by a Public Works employee or shelter volunteer.
(3) At the end of the legal 72 hour stray hold, the animal shall receive a well check and any basic testing and preliminary
vaccinations recommended and provided by a licensed veterinarian, subject to funding availability. Extension provisions may
be made in the event of weekends and holidays. All veterinary care shall be approved by City Manager or Public Works Director
via signature on the animal's kennel form prior to care being provided.
(4) Unless age or veterinarian recommendations preclude it, any animal residing in the shelter longer than 21 days shall be
spayed or neutered, subject to funding availability, regardless of adoption status. Any animal adopted prior to 21 days in
residence shall be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter in accordance with 10-204. Spay or neuter shall be approved
by City Manager or Public Works Director via signature on the animal's kennel form prior to an animal being altered.
(1) Adoption of animals shall take place on a first come, first serve basis. No animal may be held without a formal adoption
(2) All adoptions shall be final
and no guarantees made as to the health or history of the animal.
(3) The city assumes no liability or financial responsibility for vetting or ownership costs after an adoption is finalized.
Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis and only with approval by Public Works Director or City Manager.