History: 1983 a. 451
Exemption of dogs for blind, deaf and mobility-impaired.
Every dog specially trained to lead blind or deaf persons or to provide support for mobility-impaired persons is exempt from the dog license tax and every person owning such a dog shall receive annually a free dog license from the local collecting officer upon application.
History: 1979 c. 247
; 1985 a. 67
Dogs for blind, deaf and mobility-impaired admitted to public places. 174.056(1)
No person who is an owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of any place of public accommodation, amusement or recreation, including any inn, hotel, restaurant, eating place, barbershop, billiard parlor, store, public conveyance on land or water, theater, motion picture house, public educational institution or elevator, may refuse to permit entrance into, or use of, any such accommodations, if the accommodations are available, to a blind, deaf or mobility-impaired person for the reason that the person is being led by a dog specially trained, or being specially trained, to lead blind or deaf persons or to provide support for mobility-impaired persons, or to the trainer of that kind of dog for the reason that the trainer is accompanied by that kind of dog if:
Such dog is wearing a harness or a leash and special cape; and
The person has presented, for inspection, credentials issued by a school for training dogs for the blind, deaf or mobility-impaired.
Any person violating sub. (1)
may be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned not more than 30 days or both.
Responsibility to list.
Every town, village and city shall annually, by September 1, ascertain by diligent inquiry the dogs owned or kept within the assessment district.
(2) Listing official; generally.
In a city or village the listing official is the municipal clerk, unless the common council or village board provides by ordinance or resolution for the appointment of a different person. In a town, the town board shall designate a person to be the listing official.
A listing official who is not a full-time, salaried municipal employee shall receive as compensation 50 cents for each dog listed, or a greater amount established by the county board by ordinance or resolution, to be audited and allowed by the county board as other claims against the county and to be paid out of the dog license fund. A listing official who is a full-time, salaried municipal employee shall receive this compensation from the county board but shall be required to pay the compensation into the town, village or city treasury.
(4) Cooperation with listing official.
Every person shall answer frankly and fully all questions asked by the listing official relative to the ownership or keeping of dogs within the district.
The listing official shall enter in the records for personal property assessments, or in a separate record, all dogs in the district subject to tax, to whom they are assessed, the name, number, sex, spayed or unspayed, neutered or unneutered, breed and color of each dog. The listing official shall make in triplicate a list of the owners of all dogs assessed.
(6) Multiple dog license records.
The listing official shall make in triplicate a list of the names of persons holding multiple dog licenses and the number of dogs kept by each of those persons.
(7) List delivery.
The listing official shall, by September 15, deliver one copy of the list under sub. (5)
to the county clerk and one copy to the official to whom license taxes are paid under s. 174.08
, and retain one copy for his or her files.
(8) Assessment or tax roll.
Dog licenses need not be entered on any assessment or tax roll other than the lists prepared by the listing official under subs. (5)
. These lists may be deemed property assessment and tax rolls for all tax collection purposes.
The collecting official is any city, village, or town treasurer or other tax collecting officer or any person deputized by the treasurer or tax collecting official, unless the common council or village or town board provides by ordinance or resolution for the appointment of a different person. Veterinarians and humane societies may voluntarily become collecting officials for a city, village, or town if the governing body of the city, village, or town by resolution or ordinance provides that veterinarians and humane societies may be collecting officials for the city, village, or town.
(3) Collection of delinquent dog license taxes.
Delinquent dog license taxes may be collected in the same manner as in s. 74.55
and ch. 799
for the collecting of personal property taxes.
Dog licenses and collar tags. 174.07(1)(a)(a)
Except as provided in s. 174.054
, a dog license is necessary for the keeping of any dog over 5 months of age.
Upon payment of the required dog license tax and upon presentation of evidence that the dog is currently immunized against rabies, the collecting official shall complete and issue to the owner a license for the dog bearing a serial number and in the form prescribed by the department stating the date of its expiration, the owner's name and address, and the name, sex, spayed or unspayed, neutered or unneutered, breed and color of the dog.
The collecting official shall keep a duplicate copy of the license on file. In counties having a population of 500,000 or more, the collecting official shall immediately send to the county clerk or whatever agency the county board may direct, a triplicate copy of the license. A collecting official who is not the official to whom license taxes are paid under s. 174.08
shall provide a copy of each license issued to the official to whom license taxes are paid under s. 174.08
After issuing the license the collecting official shall deliver to the owner a tag of durable material bearing the same serial number as the license, the name of the county in which issued and the license year.
Tags to be attached.
The owner shall securely attach the tag to a collar and a collar with the tag attached shall be kept on the dog for which the license is issued at all times but this requirement does not apply to a dog during competition or training, to a dog securely confined indoors, to a dog while hunting, to a dog securely confined in a fenced area or to a dog while actively involved in herding or controlling livestock if the dog is under the control of its owner.
A new tag with a new number shall be furnished to the owner by a collecting official in place of the original tag upon presentation of the license. The collecting official shall then endorse the new tag number on the license and shall keep a record in the file.
(2) Provision and distribution of forms and tags. 174.07(2)(a)(a)
The department shall contract for and have prepared and furnished annually to the county clerk of each county a sufficient number of tags. The cost of making and furnishing the tags and the cost of printing all forms shall be paid by the counties out of the dog license fund.
The county clerks shall distribute tags and license forms to the collecting officials in proper amounts together with blank license receipts.
The department shall provide and the clerk shall distribute triplicate or quadruplicate copy license forms to any collecting official who makes such a request.
The department shall furnish county clerks with suitable multiple dog license tags and blank licenses for distribution to the collecting officials.
A collecting official shall, at the time of issuing a license, make a complete duplicate upon the stub portion of the license form before delivering the license. A copy of each license shall be kept in a file maintained by the collecting official. In counties having a population of 500,000 or more, the collecting official shall send immediately to the county clerk or whatever agency the county board may direct an additional copy of the license.
Return of tags and licenses.
The collecting official shall annually by December 31 return to the county clerk all unused tags of the current license year, together with license books and all duplicate licenses of the current year. The county clerk shall carefully check the returned tags, duplicate licenses, and license forms to ascertain whether all tags and license forms that were furnished by the county clerk have been accounted for, and to enable the county clerk to do that the county clerk shall charge each collecting official with all tags and license forms furnished or delivered and credit those returned. In case of discrepancy, the county clerk shall notify the department.
The collecting official may retain 25 cents, or a greater amount established by the county board by ordinance or resolution, for each license issued as compensation for the service, if the collecting official is not a full-time, salaried municipal employee. If the collecting official is a full-time, salaried municipal employee, this compensation shall be paid into the treasury of the town, village, or city.
License fees paid to county treasurer.
Every collecting official shall pay all dog license taxes to the town, village or city treasurer or other tax collecting officer who shall deduct any additional tax which may have been levied by the municipal governing body and pay the remainder to the county treasurer at the time settlement is made with the county treasurer for collections of personal property taxes, and shall at the same time report in writing to the county clerk the licenses issued. The report shall be in the form prescribed by the department, and the forms shall be furnished by the county clerks.
History: 1977 c. 29
; 1979 c. 289
Dog license fund; how disposed of and accounted for. 174.09(1)(1)
The dog license taxes so paid to the county treasurer shall be kept in a separate account and shall be known as the "dog license fund" and shall be appropriated and disbursed for the purposes and in the manner following: Within 30 days after receipt of the same the county treasurer shall pay into the state treasury 5% of the minimum tax as provided for under s. 174.05 (2)
of all dog license taxes which shall have been received by the county treasurer.
Expenses necessarily incurred by the county in purchasing and providing books, forms and other supplies required in the administering of the dog license law, expenses incurred by the county under s. 95.21 (4) (b)
and expenses incurred by the county pound or by a humane society or other organization designated to provide a pound for collecting, caring for and disposing of dogs may be paid out of the dog license fund. The amount remaining in the fund after deducting these expenses shall be available for and may be used as far as necessary for paying claims allowed by the county to the owners of domestic animals because of damages done by dogs during the license year for which the taxes were paid. Any surplus in excess of $1,000 which may remain from the dog license taxes of any license year shall on March 1 of the succeeding year be paid by the county treasurer to the county humane society or other organization designated by the county board to provide a pound. If there is no humane society or other organization designated to provide a pound, these funds shall be paid to the towns, villages and cities of the county for their use in the proportion in which the towns, villages and cities contributed to the fund out of which the surplus arises.
Claims for damage by dogs to domestic animals including ranch mink. 174.11(1)
The owner of any domestic animal, including a ranch mink, when it is proven that a dog forcibly entered an enclosure in which the mink was kept, which is attacked, chased, injured or killed by a dog may, within 3 days after the owner has knowledge or notice thereof, file a written claim for damages with the clerk of the town, village or city in which the damage occurred or, if it occurred in a town or village, with the chairperson of such town or the president of such village. The form of the claim may be prescribed by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection. Upon presentation of a claim the supervisors of the town, the board of trustees of the village, or the common council of the city, or a committee appointed for that purpose by the supervisors, the board of trustees or the common council shall promptly investigate the claim and may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths and take testimony relative to the claim and shall within 30 days after the filing of the claim make, certify and return to the county clerk the claim, a report of the investigation, the testimony taken and the amount of damages suffered by the owner of the domestic animal.
The form of the report and certification may be prescribed by the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, and shall be subscribed by the supervisors, board or committee making the report and certification. The county clerk shall submit to the county board at its first meeting, following the receipt of any such claim, all claims filed and reported and the claims shall be acted upon and determined by the county board as other claims are determined and acted upon. The amount of damages filed and reported to the county clerk shall be prima facie proof of the actual damages sustained, but evidence may be taken before the county board relative to the claims as in other cases and appeals from the action of the county board shall lie as in other cases. On appeal from the action of the county board, the trial shall be by the court without a jury.
The claims shall be solely against the dog license fund and shall create no other liability on the part of the county.
Subject to sub. (5)
, the county board shall allow, as the amount of a claim for a domestic animal, including a ranch mink, killed by a dog, the amount determined to be the fair market value of the domestic animal, including a ranch mink, on the date the death occurred. Subject to sub. (5)
, the county board shall allow, as the amount of a claim for a domestic animal, including a ranch mink, injured by a dog, the amount determined to be the total of the costs resulting from the injury including a loss in fair market value but the total amount of the claim may not exceed the fair market value. No claim may be paid to any person who has failed to pay a dog tax on an assessable dog.
A county board may, by ordinance, establish the maximum amount that may be allowed for a claim under this section and may establish different maximums for different species of animals.
Actions against owners. 174.12(1)
The allowance by the county of any claim for damages done by dogs shall work an assignment to the county of the cause of the action of the claimant for which the claim is filed and the county may sue and recover from the owner of the dog or dogs doing the damages the full amount thereof and which shall not be limited to the sum paid the claimant by the county. Before any claim shall be allowed by the county on account of damages done by dogs, the claimant shall furnish satisfactory proof that the damage was not done in whole or in part by any dog owned, kept or harbored by the claimant.
No claim shall be allowed by the county board at less than the amount so certified and reported, unless the claimant shall first be notified that such action is contemplated and shall have been given a reasonable opportunity to be heard and to offer further evidence in support of the claimant's claim.
This chapter shall not in any way limit the existing right or authority of any town, village or city to pass ordinances for the keeping and regulating of dogs, or repeal or annul any existing statute or ordinance or local regulation governing the keeping and regulating of dogs; but on and after July 1, 1920, no town, village or city shall pass any ordinance for the licensing of dogs, and all town, village or city ordinances and local regulations licensing dogs then in force shall be null and void.
No person except the owner or the owner's authorized agent shall remove any license tag from a dog collar or remove any collar with a license attached thereto from any dog. No person shall keep or harbor a dog wearing a fictitious, altered or invalid license tag, or a license tag not issued in connection with the licensing or keeping of the dog wearing the same. No license or license tag issued for one dog shall be transferable to another dog. Every town, village or city treasurer shall notify the district attorney of that treasurer's county of every refusal or failure of an owner to obtain a license for keeping the owner's dog and it shall be the duty of the district attorney to institute proceedings against such owner and against every owner within the district attorney's county who has violated any of the provisions of the dog license law.
Dogs brought into the state temporarily for a period not to exceed 30 days if kept confined or in leash shall be exempt from this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter relating to the licensing of dogs and the provisions for the payment of claims out of the dog license fund for damages done by dogs are severable and the provisions relating to such payment of claims are not an inducement to the enactment of any other provisions of this chapter.
History: 1981 c. 390
; 1993 a. 482
Humane use of dogs for scientific or educational purposes. 174.13(2)(2)
Any officer or pound which has custody of an unclaimed dog may release the dog to the University of Wisconsin System, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., or to any other educational institution of higher learning chartered under the laws of the state and accredited to the University of Wisconsin System, upon requisition by the institution. The requisition shall be in writing, shall bear the signature of an authorized agent, and shall state that the dog is requisitioned for scientific or educational purposes. If a requisition is made for a greater number of dogs than is available at a given time, the officer or pound may supply those immediately available and may withhold from other disposition all unclaimed dogs coming into the officer's or pound's custody until the requisition is fully discharged, excluding impounded dogs as to which ownership is established within a reasonable period. A dog left by its owner for disposition is not considered an unclaimed dog under this section. If operated by a county, city, village or town, the officer or pound is entitled to the payment of $1 for each dog requisitioned. An institution making a requisition shall provide for the transportation of the dog.
An officer or pound that has custody of unclaimed dogs shall maintain records as provided under s. 173.17
It shall be unlawful for any person, except a person licensed or registered and regulated under federal animal welfare laws, to take or send outside the state or to purchase or otherwise acquire in this state for the purpose of taking or sending outside the state, any living cat or dog to be used for any medical, surgical or chemical investigation, experiment or demonstration.
Any person who violates this chapter shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned up to 60 days or both.
History: 1979 c. 289
; Stats. 1979 s. 174.15.