(1) Every 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.
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.
Dogs 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 action.
(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)
Spay, 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 of age.
(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.
(3) 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 use.
(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.
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.
Adoption of animals shall take place on a first come, first serve basis. No animal may be held without a formal adoption in