Animal Control

Police Department

ACO Moeller - Copy
Susan Moeller
Animal Control Officer
moeller@ci.williston.nd.us



Ordinances to know:

Sec. 4-5.    Cruelty to animals.

   Every person who shall willfully (1) torture, torment, deprive of necessary food or water or cruelly beat any animal or (2) harmfully and knowingly expose any animal to heat or cold shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to the penalties provided for in this Code. (Ord. No. 452, Art. I, § 4.4, 3-18-69)

   State law references—Power of city to prohibit and punish cruelty to animals, N.D.C.C. § 40-05-01(42); damage for injury to animals, N.D.C.C. § 36-21-13; humane treatment of animals, § 36-21.1-01 et seq.

Sec. 4-5.    Cruelty to animals.

   Every person who shall willfully (1) torture, torment, deprive of necessary food or water or cruelly beat any animal or (2) harmfully and knowingly expose any animal to heat or cold shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to the penalties provided for in this Code. (Ord. No. 452, Art. I, § 4.4, 3-18-69)

   State law references—Power of city to prohibit and punish cruelty to animals, N.D.C.C. § 40-05-01(42); damage for injury to animals, N.D.C.C. § 36-21-13; humane treatment of animals, § 36-21.1-01 et seq.

Sec. 4-21.  Same—Inoculation or vaccination.

   At the time application is made for the registration license required in this article, the owner shall state upon a form provided for such purpose his name and address, description of the dog and date of rabies inoculation or vaccination. No registration license or renewal of a license shall be issued for any dog more than six (6) months of age unless a certificate signed by a qualified veterinarian is filed with the application, showing that the animal described in the application has been inoculated or vaccinated against rabies within the last two (2) years. The registration license shall be in effect, regardless of the date of its issuance, until the following first day of May. (Ord. No. 452, Art. III, § 4.8, 3-18-69)

Sec. 4-22.  Dogs running at large.

   It shall be unlawful for any dog to run at large upon any of the streets, avenues, alleys, parks, public ways, school grounds, mobile home courts, or upon the private premises of any person other than the owner or keeper of the dog within the city. Any dog found running at large by the city animal warden or by any police officer of the city shall be impounded and shall be delivered to the city pound and may be reclaimed by the owner by paying to the city the taking and maintenance costs as provided in this chapter. (Ord. No. 685, 1-5-87)

Sec. 4-23.  Dogs tags and licenses.

   (a)    Upon payment of the registration license fee and compliance with the provisions of section 4-21, the chief of police shall issue to the applicant a copy of the printed application for license form with a stamp thereon, "Paid" and dated, which shall evidence such registration license, and a tag for each dog licensed. The tag shall be changed in shape every year and shall have stamped thereon the year for which it applies and a number corresponding with the number on the certificate.

   (b)   Every owner shall provide each dog licensed with a collar to which the registration license tag must be affixed and shall see that the collar and tag are worn constantly when off the premises where it is kept.

   (c)    In case a tag is lost or destroyed, a duplicate tag will be issued by the chief of police upon presentation of a receipt showing the payment of the registration license fee for the current year and payment of fifty cents ($0.50) for the duplicate.

   (d)   Dog tags are not transferable from one dog to another, and no refund shall be made on a dog license fee because of the death or loss of a dog or because the dog or its owner leaves the city before expiration of the registration license period.

   (e)    Any person having upon their premises or property custody or responsibility for more than two (2) dogs more than one (1) year old for the purpose of housing, grooming, breeding, boarding, training or selling such dogs shall register and license their premises or property as a kennel. Kennel licenses shall be in effect, regardless of the date of issuance, until the following 31st day of December.

(Ord. No. 452, Art. III, § 4.9, 3-18-69; Ord. No. 642, 5-28-85; Ord. No. 651, 8-13-85; Ord. No. 784, 8-22-95)

Sec. 4-40.  License requirements generally; vaccination or inoculation.

   (a)    All cats more than six (6) months old kept within the city limits shall be registered and licensed on or before May 1 of each year. Cat registration licenses shall be issued by the chief of police upon payment of an annual license fee.

   (b)   At the time application is made for such registration license, the owner shall state upon a form provided for such purpose his name and address, description of the cat and date of rabies inoculation or vaccination. No registration license or renewal of a license shall be issued for any cat more than six (6) months of age unless a certificate signed by a qualified veterinarian is filed with the application, showing that the cat described in the application has been inoculated or vaccinated against rabies within the last two (2) years. The registration license shall be in effect, regardless of the date of its issuance, until the following first day of May.

   (c)    The provisions of this section do not apply to cats kept temporarily within the city limits, nor to cats brought into the city to participate in sanctioned parades or shows. (Ord. No. 452, Art. IV, § 4.19, 3-18-69; Ord. No. 642, 5-28-85)

Sec. 4-41.  Cat tags; bell.

   (a)    Upon payment of the registration license fee and compliance with the provisions of section 4-40, the city auditor shall issue to the owner of a cat a copy of the printed application for license form with a stamp thereon "Paid" and dated, which shall evidence such registration license, and a tag for each cat so licensed. The tag shall be changed in shape every year and shall have stamped thereon the year for which it applies and a number corresponding with the number of the certificate.

   (b)   Every owner shall provide each cat licensed with a collar to which the registration license tag and a bell, audible at a distance of fifty (50) feet, must be affixed, and see that the collar, tag and bell are worn constantly when off the premises where it is kept.

   (c)    In case a tag is lost or destroyed, a duplicate tag will be issued by the city auditor upon presentation of a receipt showing the payment of the registration license fee for the current year and payment of fifty cents ($0.50) for the duplicate.

   (d)   Cat tags are not transferable from one cat to another, and no refund shall be made on a cat license fee because of the death or loss of a cat or because the cat or its owner leaves the city before expiration of the registration license period. (Ord. No. 452, Art. IV, § 4.20, 3-18-69)

Sec. 4-89.  Pit bull dogs: Keeping prohibited.

   It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the City of Williston, North Dakota, any pit bull dog; provided, that pit bull dogs registered with the city on or before the first day of March, 1987 may be kept within the city subject to the standards and requirements set forth in section 4-90 of this article. "Pit bull dog" is defined to mean:

   (a)    The bull terrier breed of dog.

   (b)   Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog;

   (c)    The American pit bull terrier breed of dog;

   (d)   The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog;

   (e)    Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed which breed or mixed breed is known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers;

   (f)    Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers, or a combination of any of these breeds. (Ord. No. 687, 2; 2-4-87)