2006 Code of Virginia § 3.1-796.126:9 - Hybrid canine ordinance; penalty

3.1-796.126:9. Hybrid canine ordinance; penalty.

A. Any county, city or town may, by ordinance, establish a permit system toensure the adequate confinement and responsible ownership of hybrid canines.Such ordinance may include requirements pertaining to: (i) the term andexpiration date of the permit, (ii) the number of hybrid canines that may beowned by a permittee, (iii) identification tags or tattooing of the animal,(iv) where the animal may be kept, (v) handling of the animal while not onthe property of the owner, and (vi) information required to be provided whenapplying for a permit, such as the sex, color, height, vaccination records,length, or identifying marks of the hybrid canine. The ordinance shall notrequire that hybrid canines be disposed of by the owner unless the ownerfails or refuses to obtain or renew any required permit or violates aprovision of the ordinance or any other law pertaining to the responsibleownership of the hybrid canine. The locality may impose a permit fee to coverthe cost of the permitting system.

B. Violation of an ordinance enacted pursuant to this section shall be aClass 3 misdemeanor for the first violation and a Class 1 misdemeanor for asecond or a subsequent violation. The ordinance may require a violator tosurrender the hybrid canine for euthanasia in accordance with 3.1-796.119.

C. The provisions of this section shall not affect any ordinance adoptedprior to the effective date of this section.

(1997, c. 918.)

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