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For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

A. “Animal shelter” means a municipal or related public agency animal shelter devoted to the rescue, care, and adoption of stray, abandoned or surrendered animals, and which does not breed animals.

B. “Dog” means an animal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora.

C. “Cat” means an animal of the Felidae family of the order Carnivora.

D. “Certificate of source” shall mean a document declaring the source of the dog or cat sold or transferred by the pet store. The certificate shall include the name and address of the source of the dog or cat.

E. “Existing pet store” means any pet store or pet store operator that displayed, sold, delivered, offered for sale, offered for adoption, bartered, auctioned, gave away, or otherwise transferred dogs or cats in the city of Lacey on the effective date of this chapter, and complied with all applicable provisions of the Lacey Municipal Code.

F. “Pet store” means a retail establishment open to the public and engaging in the business of offering for sale and/or selling animals, including dogs and cats, at retail.

G. “Pet store operator” means a person or legal entity who owns or operates a retail pet store, or both.

H. “Rescue organization” means any nonprofit organization that has tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, whose mission and practice is, in whole or in significant part, the rescue and placement of dogs and cats. (Ord. 1579 §1, 2021).