CHAPTER IV. ANIMALSCHAPTER IV. ANIMALS\ARTICLE 3. IMPOUNDMENT

(a)   Any animal apprehended by the animal control officer pursuant to any article of this chapter may be impounded in a facility designated as a city animal shelter and there confined in a humane manner for a period of five days if not claimed by its possessor.

(b)   Immediately upon impounding of any such animal, the animal control officer shall make a reasonable effort to notify the possessor of such animal so impounded and inform such possessors of the conditions whereby they may regain possession of such animals.

(Ord. No. 2014-3076, § 2, 7-16-2014)

(a)   The possessor shall be entitled to resume possession of any impounded animal, except as provided in this chapter in the case of certain animals, upon payment of the impoundment fees.

(b)   The possessor of an animal impounded and not redeemed shall be responsible for all fees incurred, whether or not the animal is claimed.

(c)   When, in the judgment of a licensed veterinarian and the animal control officer, an animal should be destroyed, such animal shall not be redeemed.

(d)   An animal taken into custody for which rabies vaccination is available shall be impounded until proof of current rabies vaccination is provided, or until the animal has received a rabies vaccination and all costs incurred by the city with respect thereto have been paid.

(Ord. No. 2014-3076, § 2, 7-16-2014)

An impounded animal may be reclaimed, as provided in this article, by payment by the possessor to the city clerk of the a fee of $50.00 for each animal for the first day of impoundment and the additional sum of $25.00 for each animal for each additional day or fraction thereof such animal is kept, together with any fines or court costs that may have been assessed. Additional fees may be assessed if the actual cost of impounding the animal exceeds the daily fees established in this section. All fees shall be collected by the city clerk.

(Ord. No. 2014-3076, § 2, 7-16-2014)

Any animal impounded under the provisions of this article and not reclaimed by its possessor within five days may in the discretion of the animal control officer be transferred to some person deemed by the animal control officer to be a responsible and suitable possessor, or if not so transferred, shall be humanely destroyed by the animal control officer.

(Ord. No. 2014-3076, § 2, 7-16-2014)