City Code

9.31: Regulation of Domestic Animals.

1.000 Definitions.
  1. Owner. "Owner" means any person keeping, harboring, or having charge or control of, or permitting any animal habitually to be or remain on, or be lodged or fed within, such person's house, yard or premises, excluding veterinarians or commercial kennel operators temporarily maintaining their premises, for a period of 60 days or less, animals owned by others.
  2. Domestic Animal. "Domestic Animal" means commonly domesticated dogs or cats.
2.000 Registration.
  1. Registration Required. It is unlawful for any person owning, harboring or keeping any dog to keep any such dog or cat, which dog or cat is more than six (6) months of age, within the City without first registering the dog or cat with the City. Registration of a dog or cat must be completed within 60 days from the date the dog or cat is brought into the city or reaches the age of six (6) months. The name, address, telephone number, rabies tag number, micro-chip information and any other descriptive information relating to the dog or cat as may be required by the City, must be included in the registration information.

(Ord. of 10-12-92; Ord. of 1-13-97; Ord. 9-8-14)
3.000 Limitation on Number of Dogs and Cats.
  1. No person shall keep, or allow to be kept, at any location within the City, more than a total of four (4) dogs, provided, however, such limitation does not apply to the following:
    1. A City owned and operated animal impound;
    2. An animal hospital operated by a licensed veterinarian;
    3. An animal shelter licensed by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health;
    4. A litter of puppies or kittens under the age of six (6) months.
  2. Residents desiring to keep more than a total of four (4) dogs may apply for a hobby kennel license.
4.000 Hobby Kennel License.
  1. Application. Prior to exceeding the animal limits set forth above, owners must make application to the City's Animal Control Officer for a hobby kennel license that allows them to exceed the limits listed in this section by no more than four (4) animals. Except as specified below, all animals in a hobby kennel must be registered with the City of Mankato pursuant to paragraph 2A of this ordinance.
    1. Applicants must provide information for each animal in excess of the limit. Information must include: name, color, species, age and housing provided for each animal as well as other pertinent information required by the City's Animal Control Officer. 
    2. Hobby kennel applications will be subject to inspection of the premises where the animals are to be located. Considerations in granting a hobby kennel license shall include but not be limited to the ability to provide adequate fencing, indoor housing of the animals at night, sufficient and appropriate space for the animals indoors and out, a plan for waste disposal and review of past animal related complaints or violations for the owner of the animal. 
    3. Applicants whose hobby kennel license application has been denied may file a written request for an appeal to the City Manager or their designee within 10 days of the date the notice of denial of the hobby kennel license application. 
    4. An application fee as set by City Council Resolution shall be submitted with the application.
  2. License Conditions. The hobby kennel license shall specify any restrictions, limitations, conditions or prohibitions which the City's Animal Control Officer deems reasonably necessary to protect any person or neighboring use form unsanitary conditions, unreasonable noise or odors, annoyance, or to protect the public health or safety.
  3. Modifications. A hobby kennel license may be modified from time to time by the City Manager or designee. Modifications of a hobby kennel license shall be effective from and after ten (10) days from the date of the written notice of modification to the license holder. Proposed modifications of a hobby kennel license may be reviewed by the City Council. A license holder may request review by the City Council by filing a written request with the Executive Secretary within ten (10) days of the date of the written notification of modification of the hobby kennel license.
  4. Revocation. A hobby kennel license may be revoked or suspended for violations of this code, or by reason of the violation of any health or nuisance ordinance, or other order, law or regulation. Revocation of the hobby kennel license shall be effective ten (10) days after the date of the written notice of revocation. Revocation of a hobby kennel license may be reviewed by the City Council. A license holder may request review by the City Council by filing a written request with the Executive Secretary within ten (10) days of the date of the written notice of revocation of the hobby kennel license.
  5. Existing Conditions. Owners who, at the effective date of this ordinance, possess animals in a number greater than that allowed by this ordinance may continue with that ownership without obtaining a hobby kennel license provided that each animal is registered with the City of Mankato pursuant to this ordinance. Compliance with the limitations of Subd. 11A of this section shall be attained through attrition. Animals in excess of the four (4) allowed by this ordinance that die or their ownership is transferred to a person outside the household, may not be replaced.
  6. Fostering. Owners who provide foster care for animals through a licensed shelter may be granted hobby kennel licenses without providing information regarding the identification of each animal fostered.
  7. Commercial Kennels. Commercial kennels are not included in the provisions of this section an dare governed by Chapter 10 of the Mankato City Code.
5.000 Running at Large.
  1. Definition. "Running at Large" shall mean off the premises of the owner or keeper and not under the control of a person by leash, cord, or chain of not more than ten (10) feet in length.
  2. Prohibition. It is unlawful for any person owner, harboring or keeping any dog or cat to allow or permit, whether knowingly or unknowingly, such dog or cat to run at large within the City; provided that the provisions of this prohibition shall not apply to any dog or cat confined within a building, structure or enclosed vehicle if such confinement is otherwise lawful and with the consent of the owner of the building, structure or vehicle; or to any dog or cat owned or kept by an employee or agent of the City while such dog or cat is being employed in the enforcement of this section.
  3.  If shall be unlawful for any person owning, harboring or keeping any dog or cat to allow or permit, whether knowingly or unknowingly, such dog or cat to leave the premises of the owner or keeper, without a rabies identification tag attached to the animal or the animal having a microchip implanted.
6.000 Impounding.
  1. Authority; Notice. City staff shall impound any unregistered dog or cat found within the City, or any dog, cat or animal found running at large. Within forty-eight (48) hours after impounding any registered dog or cat, City staff shall mail a written notice to the owner or keeper of such dog or cat at the address given by such owner or keeper at the time the dog or cat was last registered with the City. Such notice shall set forth a description and the registration number of the dog or cat, and the date and approximate place the dog or cat was apprehended. No such notice shall be required with respect to any apprehended dog or cat not having attached thereto current registration information.
  2. Disposition. In the event an impounded dog, cat, or animal is not claimed by the owner or keeper within five (5) days after the impoundment or, in the event notice of such impoundment is given to the owner, within five (5) days after such notice is mailed, City staff shall, in a humane manner as prescribed by the City Council, dispose of such dog, cat or animal.
  3. Redemption; Fees. Any impounded dog, cat, or animal shall be housed and fed in a humane manner, either in the City pound or in any other animal shelter approved by the City. Any such dog, cat, or animal may be redeemed from the City pound by the owner upon payment of the fees provided herein; provided that such redemption shall be made within the five (5) days holding period as set forth in paragraph B of this subdivision. Before any impounded dog, cat, or animal shall be released form the pound to the owner thereof, the owner shall pay to the City the daily pound boarding fee, as determined by the City Council by resolution, for each day during which such dog, cat, or animal shall have been kept within the pound or other approved shelter, together with an impoundment fee, as determined by the City Council by resolution. Before any impounded dog or cat that is not currently registered with the City, will be released to the owner, it will be registered by City staff and the owner will pay an administrative penalty in the amount established by the City Council by resolution.
7.000 Annoyances.
  1. Noise. It shall constitute a nuisance and be unlawful if any dog or cat barks, whines, howls, bays, cries, or makes other noise excessively so as to cause annoyance, disturbance or discomfort to any individual provided that such noise lasts for a period of more than five (5) minutes continuously or intermittent noise that continues for more than one (1) hour and is plainly audible outside the property limits of where the dog or cat is kept.
  2. Animal Seizure and Noise Abatement. Any public safety officer or animal control officer may enter onto private property and seize any dog or cat, provided that the following conditions exist: 
    1. There is an identified complainant other than the public safety or animal control officer making a contemporaneous complaint about the noise;
    2. The officer reasonably believes that the noise meets the criteria set forth in Subd. 1;
    3. The officer can demonstrate that there has been at least one previous complaint of noise made by an animal or animals at this address on a prior date;
    4. The officer has made reasonable attempts to contract the owner of the animal(s) or the owner of the property and those attempts have either failed or have been ignored;
    5. The seizure will not involve forced entry into the private residence. Use of a passkey obtained from a property manager, landlord, innkeeper or other person authorized to have such a key shall not be considered forced entry;
    6. No other less intrusive means to stop the noise is available; and
    7. Written notice of the seizure is left in a conspicuous place is personal contact with the owner of the animal(s) is not possible.
  3. Disposition of Seized Animals. Any animal seized under the provisions of Subd. 2 shall be taken to the animal control shelter and kept there to be reclaimed by the owner. Prior to the release of any dog or cat seized under the above provisions it shall be registered with the City of Manager as required by Section 9.31, Subd. 2. No impound fee shall be charged unless the circumstances indicate that the owner failed to cooperate with or obstructed the officer's attempts to abate the noise through other less intrusive means. The owner shall pay all other fees City Council resolution. Any animal seized under Subd. 2 which is unclaimed may be disposed or according to the provisions of Mankato City Code, Section 9.31, Subd. 6B.
  4. Waste. It is unlawful for any person owning, keeping, harboring or controlling any dog or cat to permit or allow such dog or cat to discharge or deposit on any property in which such person has no proprietary interest, any feces or other waste matter. In the event any such dog or cat does discharge or deposit such matter in such a location, and the owner, keeper or person in control of such dog or cat is present, such person shall immediately remove and lawfully dispose of such matter.
8.000 Interference with Pound.
  1. It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to enter the City pound with the intent to remove or release any dog or cat there from without the authority of the City, or to remove or release from or attempt to remove or release from any agent of the City any dog or cat impounded by such agent in compliance with the provisions of this section, or to in any manner interfere with or obstruct such agent in the discharge of the duties of such officer.
9.000 Rabies.
  1. Vaccination Required. Any dog or cat, over twelve (12) weeks of age, kept or permitted to enter or remain within the City shall be vaccinated against rabies. It is unlawful for any person owning, harboring or keeping any dog or cat to keep or harbor such dog or cat within the City unless such dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
  2. Vaccination Certificate. Before any dog or cat is registered as required by this section, the applicant shall provide evidence that the dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies. Every dog or cat over the age of twelve (12) weeks shall be vaccinated with a vaccine which shall assure at least a twelve (12) month immunization from the date of immunization and shall be re-vaccinated to keep such animal immunized against rabies.
  3. Confinement. In the event any animal, cat or dog is suspected to have rabies; or reasonable grounds exist for suspecting such animal to have to have been exposed to rabies; or if any animal, cat or dog has been bitten by another animal suspected of having rabies, the owner or keeper of such animal, cat or dog shall cause, at the expense of such owner or keeper, such animal to be confined and isolated for a period of ten (10) days in a suitable veterinary hospital located in the City, the City Pound, or such other facility as may be approved by the City. Upon ascertaining that an animal, or dog or cat is rabid, the owner or keeper thereof shall notify the Police Department or Health Department that such animal, dog or cat is rabid, whereupon the department notified shall cause such animal to be destroyed.
  4. Removal. It is unlawful for any person suspecting or having reasonable grounds to suspect that any animal, dog or cat has rabies, to remove such animal beyond the limits of the City without first having obtained the written permission of the Health Officer.
  5. It is unlawful for any person to counterfeit or attempt to counterfeit any tag for which this section provides.
10.000 Restraining Animals on Roadway Portion of Boulevards and Sidewalks
It is unlawful for any person, not authorized by the City, having control or charge of any animal, except a dog or cat, to permit such animal to enter upon or cross any boulevard or sidewalk within the City or any other City park or property except for the roadway portion of any public street.
11.000 Potentially Dangerous and Dangerous Dogs
  1. Definitions. 
    1. Attack.  “Attack” shall mean the deliberate action of a dog, whether or not in response to a command by a person, to bite, to seize with its teeth or to pursue any human, animal or inanimate object, with the intent to destroy, kill, wound, injure or otherwise harm the object of its action.
    2. Proper Enclosure.  “Proper Enclosure” means securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure, suitable to prevent the entry of children and designed to prevent the animal from escaping. Such pen or structure shall have secure sides and a secure top and shall provide protection from the elements for the animal.  A proper enclosure does not include a porch, patio, or any part of a house, garage, or other structure that would allow the animal to exit of its own volition, or any house or structure in which windows are open or in which door or window screens are the only obstacles that prevent the animal from exiting.
    3. Provocation. "Provocation" means an act that an adult could reasonably except may cause a dog to attack or bite.
  2. Potentially Dangerous Dogs
    1. Declaration of a Potentially Dangerous Dog.  A City animal control officer or other law enforcement official shall determine that a dog is a potentially dangerous dog if the animal has:
      1. Without provocation, inflicted bite(s) on a human or domestic animal on public or private property;
      2. Without provocation, chased or approached a person upon the streets, sidewalks or other public or private property, other than the dog owner’s property, in an apparent attitude of attack; or
      3. Has a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack without provocation, causing injury or otherwise threatening the safety of humans or domestic animals.
    2. Notice of Declaration to Owner.  Upon a determination by an animal control officer or other law enforcement official that a dog is potentially dangerous, the City shall serve a Notice of Potentially Dangerous Dog on the owner of such dog.  Notice shall be served upon the owner of the dog personally or by certified mail.  Service upon any owner is effective as to all owners.
    3. Registration.  No person may own, possess, keep, harbor, maintain or otherwise have a potentially dangerous dog in the City unless the dog is currently registered as provided in this section.  Registration must be completed with fourteen (14) days from owner’s receipt of Notice of Potentially Dangerous Dog.
    4. Certificate of Registration. The City Clerk shall issue an annual certificate of registration to the owner of the potentially dangerous dog if the owner presents sufficient evidence that:
      1. Fee.  Payment has been made for the annual Potentially Dangerous Dog registration fee 
      2. Proper Enclosure.  An owner of a potentially dangerous dog will keep the dog in a proper enclosure that has been inspected and approved by the City. 
      3. Tag.  A potentially dangerous dog must have a standardized, easily identifiable tag identifying the dog as potentially dangerous and containing the uniform potentially dangerous dog symbol required by the City affixed to the dog’s collar at all times.
      4. Surety Bond or Policy of Liability Insurance.  An owner of a potentially dangerous dog will obtain a surety bond issued by a surety company authorized to conduct business in this state in of at least $50,000, payable to any person injured by the potentially dangerous dog, or a policy of liability insurance has been issued by an insurance company authorized to conduct business in this state in the amount of at least $50,000, insuring the owner for any personal injuries inflicted by the dangerous dog.
      5. Microchip Implant. All owners of dogs declared potentially dangerous, shall cause the dog to be implanted with a microchip for identification and provide the City's Animal Control Officer with the name of the microchip manufacturer and the serial number of the implanted microchip.
      6. The dog is properly registered within the City of Mankato.
  3. Dangerous Dogs
    1. Declaration of a Dangerous Dog.  A City animal control officer or other law enforcement official shall determine that a dog is a dangerous dog if the animal has:
      1. Without provocation, inflicted substantial bodily harm on a human being on public or private property;
      2. Killed or caused substantial bodily harm to a domestic animal without provocation while off the owner’s property; or
      3. Been previously found to be potentially dangerous, and after the owner has notice that the dog is potentially dangerous, the dog aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of humans or domestic animals.
    2. Notice of Declaration of Dangerous Dog to Owner.  Upon a determination by an animal control officer or other law enforcement official that a dog is dangerous, the City shall serve a Notice of Dangerous Dog to the owner of such dog.  Notice shall be served upon the owner of the dog personally or by certified mail.  Service upon any owner is effective as to all owners.
    3. Registration.  No person may own, possess, keep, harbor, maintain or otherwise have a dangerous dog in the City unless the dog is currently registered as provided in this section.  Registration must be completed with fourteen (14) days from owner’s receipt of Notice of Dangerous Dog.
    4. Certificate of Registration. The City Clerk shall issue an annual certificate of registration to the owner of the dangerous dog if the owner presents sufficient evidence that:
      1. Fee. Payment has been made for the annual Dangerous Dog registration fee.
      2. Proper Enclosure.  An owner of a potentially dangerous dog will keep the dog in a proper enclosure, that has been inspected and approved by the City. 
      3. Warning Symbol. All owners of dangerous dogs within the city shall display in a prominent place on their property a warning symbol approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety to inform children that there is a dangerous dog on the property. In addition, a similar symbol is required to be posted on the property enclosure of such animal.
      4. Tag.  A dangerous dog must have a standardized, easily identifiable tag identifying the dog as dangerous and containing the uniform dangerous dog symbol required by the City affixed to the dog’s collar at all times.  The tag shall be of design approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety.
      5. Surety Bond or Policy of Liability Insurance.   An owner of a dangerous dog has obtained a surety bond issued by a surety company authorized to conduct business in this state in of at least $300,000, payable to any person injured by the dangerous dog, or a policy of liability insurance has been  issued by an insurance company authorized to conduct business in this state in the amount of at least $300,000, insuring the owner for any personal injuries inflicted by the dangerous dog.
      6. Microchip Implant.  All owners of dogs declared dangerous, shall cause the dog to be implanted with a microchip for identification and provide the City animal control officer with the name of the microchip manufacturer and the serial identification number of the implanted microchip. 
      7. The dog is properly registered within the City of Mankato.
    5. Neutering/Altering.  Upon the designation of a dog as dangerous, the animal control officer shall require the owner to cause the dog to be sterilized at the owner’s expense and provide the City Animal Control Officer with proof thereof, including the name, address and telephone number of the veterinarian who performed the procedure, within thirty (30) days of the date the dog was determined to be dangerous. If the owner does not have the animal sterilized within thirty (30) days, the City's Animal Control Officer shall seize the dog and have it sterilized at the owner's expense.
  4. Leash and Muzzle. An owner of a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog shall keep the dog, when not confined in a proper enclosure, muzzled and restrained by a substantial leash not longer than four (4) feet and under the physical restraint of a responsible person. 
  5. Exemption.  A dog shall not be declared a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog if the threat, injury, or damage was sustained by a person: 
    1. Who was committing, at the time, an unlawful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner of the dog;
    2. Who was provoking, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog or who can be shown to have repeatedly, in the past, provoked, tormented, abused, or assaulted the dog; or
    3. Who was committing or attempting to commit a crime.
  6. Law Enforcement; exemption.  The provisions of this section do not apply to dogs used by law enforcement officials for police work.
  7. Appeal of the Potentially Dangerous or Dangerous Dog Designation.  Within fourteen (14) days after receipt of a notice of a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog declaration, an owner may request a hearing to appeal the designation.  The request must be in writing and filed with the City.  The written request must state the owner's specific object to the designation and be accompanied by payment of $250.00 to be used to off-set the costs of the hearing.
  8. Appeal Hearing Procedure.
    1. Setting Hearing Date.  In the event that an appeal is filed with the City's Animal Control Officer, a hearing shall be scheduled within two weeks of the date the request for appeal is received. 
    2. Notice of Hearing Date.  In the event that an appeal is filed, a notice shall be mailed to the owner stating the date, time, place and subject of the hearing.
    3. Designated Hearing Officer.  The City Manager or a designated hearing officer shall convene a hearing at which time the dog owner shall have an opportunity to present evidence and testimony to support the appeal of the potentially dangerous or dangerous dog designation.  The hearing officer may receive evidence and testimony from the animal control officer or law enforcement official and other parties who wish to be heard.  
    4. Written Recommendation.  Upon receiving the evidence and testimony, the hearing officer shall make a written recommendation to the city council which may confirm, or rescind the potentially dangerous or dangerous dog designation. 
    5. Requirements of Owner Pending Appeal. During a pending appeal, an owner of a declared potentially dangerous or dangerous dog shall comply with the following requirements.
      1. Proper Enclosure.  An owner of a declared potentially dangerous or dangerous dog, pending appeal, will keep the dog in a proper enclosure that has been inspected and approved by the City.  
      2. Leash and Muzzle.  An owner of a declared potentially dangerous or dangerous dog, pending appeal shall keep the dog, when not confined in a proper enclosure, muzzled and restrained by a substantial leash not longer than four (4) feet and under the physical restraint of a responsible person. 
  9. Confiscation.
    1. Seizure.  The City's Animal Control Officer or any law enforcement official shall immediately seize any potentially dangerous or dangerous dog if, after fourteen (14) days after the owner has notice of the designation, and the owner has not filed an appeal of the designation, and:
      1. The dog is not validly registered under this section;
      2. The dog is not maintained in the proper enclosure;
      3. The dog is outside the proper enclosure and not under physical restrain of a responsible person as required under this section;  or
      4. The owner does not secure the proper surety coverage or liability insurance as required under this section.
      5. The declared dangerous dog is not sterilized within thirty (30) days or registration as a dangerous dog as required by City Code, Section 9.31, Subd. 11 C5.
    2. Reclamation.  An owner may reclaim a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog seized under the section, by paying impounding and boarding fees and presenting proof to the City that the requirements of this section have been met. If the dog is not currently registered within the City of Mankato, it must be registered and the owner must pay the administrative costs for registration by City staff, before the dog may be released to the owner. The City may dispose of a dog that is not reclaimed within ten (10) days and the owner is liable to the City for costs incurred in confining and disposing of the dog.
  10. Destruction of Dog in Certain Circumstances.  A dog may be destroyed in a proper and humane manner by the City's Animal Control Officer if the dog: Inflicted substantial or great bodily harm on a human on public or private property without provocation; Inflicted multiple bites on a human on public or private property without provocation; Bit multiple human victims on public or private property in the same attack without provocation; or bit a human on public or private property without provocation in an attack where more than one dog participated in the attack. The animal control officer may not destroy the dog until the dog owner has had the opportunity for a hearing as prescribed by this section, subdivision 10H.  Upon a determination following appeal that destruction is appropriate, the owner of the dangerous dog shall pay the costs incurred in confiscation, boarding and destruction.
  11. Fees. The City may charge the owner an annual fee to obtain a certificate of registration for a potentially dangerous or a dangerous dog under this section.  Fees may also be charged for signs and tags that are designated as the official symbol of a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog. 
  12. Notice of Dog’s removal.  An owner of a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog must notify the animal control officer, in writing, of the death of the dog or its transfer to a new owner or jurisdiction within thirty (30) days of the death or transfer.  The owner will provide to the animal control officer, the name, address and telephone number of the new  owner, or address where the dog will reside in the new jurisdiction.  An animal that has been removed from the City pursuant to this provision may not reenter the city.
  13. Notice to Property Owner.  A person who owns a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog and who rents property from another where the dog will reside, must disclose to the property owner prior to entering the lease agreement and at the time of the lease renewal, that the person owns a potentially dangerous or dangerous dog that will reside at the property.
  14. Penalties.  In shall be unlawful for the owner of a potentially dangerous dog or a dangerous dog to fail to comply with the requirements and conditions set forth in this section.  A violation of any provision of this section of the Mankato City Code shall be a misdemeanor.
  15. Dog Ownership Prohibited. Ownership of a dog within the City of Mankato may be prohibited under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Section 347.542, as amended from time to time.

(Ord. of 08-13-2007, Ord. of 08-27-2012)
12.000 Contracts.

The City may contract with one (1) or more licensed veterinarians to perform the duties of poundmaster set forth in subdivision 3 of this section.

  1. Duties. Such contracts shall provide that the veterinarian or veterinarians shall provide adequate, sanitary facilities for the impoundment of dogs and cats that have been impounded by the City. The contract shall specify the duties of the veterinarian and shall require the veterinarian to perform all the duties listed in subdivision 3 with the exception that the veterinarian shall not be required to impound dogs and cats found running at large or without a license as set forth in paragraph A of subdivision 3. The veterinarian, however, shall be required to collect all fees set forth in subdivision 3, post the appropriate notices, and send the appropriate notices required by subdivision 3. Any veterinarian acting pursuant to a contract authorized hereunder shall have the authority to issue licenses and license tags for dogs and cats and shall collect the fees for such licenses and all redemption and pound boarding fees required by section 9.31.
  2. Compensation. The agreement shall provide for the rate of compensation to be paid to the veterinarian for the impoundment of animals and the collection of license and redemption fees. Any such agreement shall be nonexclusive and shall be approved by the Council. The fees set forth therein shall constitute the boarding fee rate applicable in subdivision 3 of this section.
  3. License Contracts Only. Contracts may also be entered into with licensed veterinarians solely for the purpose of authorizing them to collect fees for, and to issue for the purpose of authorizing them to collect fees for, and to issue dog licenses and tags on behalf of the City. Such agreements shall comply with the provisions of paragraph D of this subdivision.
  4. Accounting. Any fees collected by licensed veterinarians on behalf of the City shall be accounted for and remitted to the City Finance Director, less such collection fees and storage charges are as allowed pursuant to the contract.
  5. Charges. Any contract entered into hereunder shall specify the daily charge for impounding animals and shall provide that the City shall not be responsible for charges incurred beyond a holding period that includes five (5) business days of impoundment. No animal shall be released to its owner unless all impoundment, boarding and license fees have been paid.
  6. Adoption. After the redemption period by the owner has expired, any animal held by a veterinarian pursuant to the contract, may be released to an adoptive owner not related by blood or marriage to the original owner of the animal who does not live in the same building as the original owner. No such release shall be accomplished until the animal has been licensed and vaccinated. Further, the veterinarian may not charge the new adoptive owner for the release of the animal any release fee beyond the charges of licensing and vaccinating other than a charge based upon the daily charge for holding the animal based upon the number of days, not to exceed ten (10), that the animal has been held by the veterinarian in addition to the days for which the veterinarian has received reimbursement from the City or a flat adoption fee as approved by the City in its contract with the veterinarian.
  7. Hours. The veterinarian's offices shall be open for not less than four (4) consecutive hours each business day and shall be open for at least five (5) business days per week except in the event of a legal holiday.
  8. Records. The veterinarian shall maintain records that will allow for verification of compliance with the requirements of law as well as the charges imposed upon the City pursuant to the contract and the receipt of fees thereunder from owners of animals.
  9. Law. Any contract will be subject to modification in the event of a change in applicable laws of the State of Minnesota imposing greater duties upon the poundmaster that those in effect at the time the contract was entered into.

(Ord. of 5-10-82; Ord. of 12-23-85)