§143-1 Definitions. Whenever used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Microchip" or "microchip identification" means a device that is implanted under the skin of an animal and that contains contact information for the owner of the animal.
"Officer" means any sheriff, deputy, any member of a police force in counties with a population of less than 100,000 and animal control officers of the several counties of the State.
"Owner" includes every person owning, harboring, or keeping a dog; provided that if the owner is a minor under the age of eighteen years, the parent, guardian, or other person having the care, custody, or control of the minor shall be irrebuttably presumed to be the owner.
"Unlicensed dog" means any dog for which the license for the current year has not been paid or to which the tag provided for in this chapter is not attached. [L 1941, c 268, §1; RL 1945, §7151; RL 1955, §156-1; am L 1963, c 85, §3; HRS §143-1; am L 1983, c 227, §2; am L 1989, c 211, §10; am L 1990, c 281, §11; am L Sp 2021, c 5, §3]