Lubbock CODE OF ORDINANCES - Chapter 4 - Animals
II. RABIES CONTROL; LICENSING; CLINICS
Section 4-10. State regulations adopted.
The City of Lubbock hereby adopts by reference the Rabies
Control Act of 1981 (Texas Health and Safety Code, chapter 826),
as amended, and the standards established by the Texas Board of
Health as minimum standards for rabies control and quarantine
provisions within the City of Lubbock. In addition thereto,
all of the rabies control provisions of this chapter, which are
adopted pursuant to Sections 826.015 and 826.033 of the Health and
Safety Code, shall have application in the City of Lubbock.
Section 4-11. License required.
It is a violation of this chapter if any person owning,
keeping, harboring or having custody of a dog or cat over the age
of four (4) months within the City of Lubbock does not license
such animal as provided herein. Police dogs or assistance
animals shall be exempt from license fee. This section does
not apply to animals temporarily within the city for a period of
time not to exceed thirty (30) days.
Section 4-12. Issuance
The animal control supervisor is hereby
authorized to appoint duly licensed veterinarians as his deputies
for the limited purpose of issuing dog and cat licenses.
Licenses shall be on numbered forms and tags furnished by the
animal control supervisor and shall be issued subject to the
provisions of this chapter and any other rules, regulations or
ordinances relating to the issuance of such licenses.
4-13. Vaccination and license.
A veterinarian may not issue
a license for an animal that has not been vaccinated for rabies
and all veterinarians shall report the license numbers issued upon
vaccination of an animal to the animal control supervisor within
thirty (30) days.
Section 4-14. Accounting by veterinarians.
veterinarian appointed under section 4-12 shall account to the
animal control supervisor monthly for all licenses and tags issued
and shall remit all license fees collected at such time.
4-15. Collar with license to be worn by dogs and cats.
dogs and cats four (4) months of age or older must wear a collar
or harness securely attached to its body which shall have attached
thereto a current license tag. Veterinarians are encouraged
to attach the tag to the animal's collar when the tag is
Section 4-16. Failure to obtain or attach a
Any owner who fails to obtain a current license tag
for his animal or who fails to attach said tag to the animal's
collar or harness shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor
punishable in accordance with section 4-2 of this chapter and the
animal may be impounded.
Section 4-17. Improper use; refund
No person may use a license on an animal other than
the animal for which the license was issued and no refunds shall
be made on any license fee because of death of the animal or
because the owner is leaving the City of Lubbock.
4-18. Duplicate license.
A duplicate license may be obtained
upon payment of the fee established by this chapter.
4-19. Expiration, renewal; issuance of license.
(a) Licenses shall expire one year from the date of
vaccination, unless revoked or renewed earlier.
immunization of an animal against rabies by a licensed
veterinarian, payment of the license fee, and submission of a
written application stating the name, address and telephone
number of the owner and a description of the animal, the animal
control supervisor or an authorized veterinarian may issue the
owner a license certificate and a metallic tag for such
animal. The tag shall have stamped thereon the year for
which it is used and a number corresponding to the number of the
Section 4-20. Rabies clinics.
(a) Rabies clinics shall be conducted at community or civic
locations within the city.
(b) Rabies clinics shall be
conducted by the veterinarians practicing in the particular area
of the city where the clinic is to be conducted. If two
(2) or more veterinarians are in the general locale, they should
cooperate in conducting the clinic. If no veterinarian is
available in the general locale, then all veterinarians in the
community should cooperate in conducting the clinic.
Rabies clinics shall be offered only when a veterinarian is not
located in the general area or if all veterinarians in that area
are notified and given an opportunity to participate.
rabies vaccinations shall be offered at such clinics.
the event that no veterinarian desires to participate in a
clinic in an area of the city where the animal control
supervisor deems it to be in the public interest to conduct such
a clinic, then the city may sponsor such a clinic.
annual license fee set forth herein shall be reduced to one
dollar ($1.00) if such animal is vaccinated for rabies at a
rabies immunization clinic or drive sponsored or co-sponsored by
(Ord. No. 9485, 1, 11-14-91)