An Ordinance amending Chapter 8.04 of the Metropolitan Code pertaining to the fees for the impoundment and boarding of dogs running at large.


Section 1. That Chapter 8.04 of the Metropolitan Code shall be and the same is hereby amended by deleting the provisions of Section 8.04.130 in their entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

8.04.130 Impoundment fees - Redemption

A. When any dog is impounded pursuant to the authority granted by the metropolitan code, and if the dog bears a tag or identification, an attempt shall be made to contact the owner to appear within seven days and redeem said dog. The owner shall pay for each dog seized and impounded an impoundment fee; and for each day or fraction thereof the dog remains unclaimed, a boarding fee, both in accordance with the current fee schedule. Such fee schedule, and all amended fee schedules, shall be approved by the board of health and authorized by passage of a resolution by the council.

B. A current copy of the fee schedule shall be posted on the metropolitan public health department website and in a conspicuous place in the metropolitan animal care and control animal shelter. A copy shall also be kept in the office of metropolitan public health department’s bureau of environmental health services.

C. Three dollars ($3.00) of the daily dog boarding fees shall be deposited regularly with the metropolitan treasurer in a separate revenue account and shall be used to fund animal education and welfare programs of the metropolitan animal care and control division of the metropolitan health department.

D. If the dog impounded has not been registered or vaccinated against rabies as required by law, the owner shall, before being permitted to regain possession of the dog, have the dog vaccinated and licensed. The director of health is also authorized to have a veterinarian humanely implant any animal lawfully impounded with an electronic microchip that will allow the animal to be positively identified, which shall be at the owners or possessor’s sole expense, before being released back into their custody.

Section 2. The impoundment and boarding fees authorized pursuant to this Ordinance shall initially be as follows:

1. Dog boarding fees shall be $18.00 per day.
2. Dog impound fees shall be $50.00 per impoundment.

Section 3. This Ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Phil Claiborne, Karen Bennett


Introduced: February 3, 2009
Passed First Reading: February 3, 2009
Referred to: Budget & Finance Committee
Health, Hospitals & Social Services Committee
Substitute Introduced: February 17, 2009
Passed Second Reading: February 17, 2009
Passed Third Reading: March 17, 2009
Approved: March 31, 2009