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SECTION 9.16 LICENSE REQUIRED; PREREQUISITES

A. On or before January 1st of each year, the owner of each dog shall apply to the City Clerk's Office for a license to keep said dog within the City of Malden.

B. Application shall include the name, address, and telephone number of the dog's owner and the sex, breed, color, age and name of the dog. The application shall be accompanied by a veterinarian's certificate of vaccination against rabies or a notarized letter from a veterinarian that a certificate was issued and is still in effect.

C. Except as provided in paragraph D below, fees for the licensing of dogs shall be  as follows:

Female/Male $20.00

Spayed Female/Neutered Male $15.00.

D. No fee shall be charged for a license for a dog specially trained to lead or serve a blind person; provided that the state Commission for the Blind certifies that such dog is so trained and actually in service of a blind person.

E. Upon receipt of a properly completed application, the City Clerk shall issue a dog license and a numbered metal tag indicating the year for which the license is valid. Said tag shall remain affixed to the licensed dog's collar.

F. No person or group of persons residing in the same dwelling unit shall obtain more than three licenses for the keeping of dogs in the City of Malden.

G. Failure to comply with the provisions of this section may be punished in the manner provided in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter40, Section 21D by a fine of $50.00. Each 24 hours period during which a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense for which an additional fine may be imposed.