Chapter 22.16
IMPOUNDMENT

Sections:

22.16.010    Impoundment procedure for stray animals.

22.16.020    Impoundment procedure for surrendered animals.

22.16.030    Impoundment procedure for animals in protective custody.

22.16.040    Other impoundment procedures.

22.16.050    Redemption.

22.16.060    Microchipping.

22.16.070    Boarding and other fees.

22.16.010 Impoundment procedure for stray animals.

A. Stray animals without identification shall be impounded for not less than 72 hours. A reasonable effort will be made to identify and notify the owner. If an owner is identified, the requisite minimum time will be extended pursuant to subsection (B) of this section.

B. Stray animals with identification shall be impounded for not less than 120 hours. A reasonable effort will be made to notify the owner.

C. Sundays and holidays shall not be counted towards the minimum time a stray animal will be held.

D. If an animal is not claimed by an owner after the requisite minimum time as set forth in this section, the animal shall be deemed abandoned and become property of the borough. Animal control may make the animal available for adoption or may euthanize it.

E. If in the judgment of a licensed veterinarian or the animal control manager and one subordinate an animal should be euthanized for humane reasons, and the animal’s owner cannot be identified or located, the animal will be euthanized notwithstanding the requisite minimum time as set forth above.

F. In addition to, or in lieu of, impounding an animal found at large, an animal control officer or police officer may return the animal to the owner and may issue to the known owner of such animal a citation.

G. If any animal is impounded from private property that contains a residence, the animal control officer shall immediately notify the occupant of the removal. Notice of removal shall be considered given when:

1. A notice of removal document is given to the occupant of the property at the time of removal; or

2. A notice of removal document is placed in a conspicuous location on the premises, when personal contact with the occupant of the property is not possible at the time of removal.

The method of delivery of the notice of removal shall be noted on the document.

This subsection does not apply if the animal control officer has reasonable belief that the occupant of the residence is not the owner of the animal.

H. It shall be the duty of each person who takes into his/her possession any stray animal to notify animal control by the close of business on the following business day. The person shall cooperate with animal control for animal control to take a photograph of the animal and scan the animal for a microchip. It shall be unlawful to refuse to release the animal to animal control upon demand. (Ord. 2017-27 § 7, 2017.)

22.16.020 Impoundment procedure for surrendered animals.

A. An owner may surrender his/her animal for adoption to animal control. Animal control may make the animal available for adoption or may euthanize it.

B. An owner may surrender his/her animal for euthanasia. Animal control may evaluate the surrendered animal and either euthanize the animal or make the animal available for adoption.

C. An owner may surrender a deceased animal for cremation to animal control. Animal control may accept deceased animals from veterinarians for cremation upon payment of the cremation for veterinary hospitals fee. (Ord. 2017-41 § 2, 2017; Ord. 2017-27 § 7, 2017.)

22.16.030 Impoundment procedure for animals in protective custody.

A. In accordance with state law, animal control may accept an animal that has been seized by a peace officer and placed in protective custody in order to shelter, care for, and provide necessary medical attention.

B. Animal control will make a reasonable effort to locate the owner to make arrangements for redemption, adoption or euthanasia. If no contact with the owner can be made or the animal has not been redeemed after 10 business days and no petition has been filed with the court for the animal’s return, the animal may be deemed abandoned and become property of the borough. Animal control may make the animal available for adoption or may euthanize it.

C. Upon diagnosis and recommendation of a licensed veterinarian, animal control may humanely destroy or arrange for the humane destruction of a severely injured, diseased, or suffering animal that has been placed in protective custody.

D. Animal control shall seek an order from the court for the cost of care of an animal that is received and maintained under this section. (Ord. 2017-27 § 7, 2017.)

22.16.040 Other impoundment procedures.

A. An animal that has been impounded for quarantine shall be handled pursuant to Chapter 22.24 FNSBC.

B. Any animal that is the subject of an appeal to the animal control commission may be impounded through the date of the hearing. The owner shall pay in advance the estimated boarding fees from the date of impoundment through the date of the hearing. No person shall fail or refuse to surrender any animal for impoundment as required in this section when demand is made by an animal control officer. (Ord. 2017-27 § 7, 2017.)

22.16.050 Redemption.

A. The most recent owner on record may resume possession of his/her impounded animal except as may be provided in this title and if the animal has not already been adopted. The most recent owner on record may only redeem his/her animal after paying all related fees and may not adopt the animal.

B. Any stray animal impounded may be redeemed as provided in this section upon payment of a redemption fee as established in accordance with FNSBC 8.60.010 based on the number of previous impounds for the animal being at large within the past 36 months while under the care of the same owner, with a maximum fee of $300.00.

C. Any animal impounded from being surrendered may be redeemed as provided in this section upon payment of a first time redemption fee.

D. Any animal impounded for protective custody or for quarantine may be redeemed without having to pay a redemption fee.

E. Any owner who agrees to have his/her redeemed dog or cat neutered or spayed within 30 days after redeeming that adult animal, or within 30 days after six-month birthday for a juvenile animal, will be refunded an amount equal to a first time redemption fee as established in accordance with subsection (B) of this section, upon receipt of a licensed veterinarian’s signed certification that the surgery has been performed.

F. No animal may be redeemed from impoundment that is in an unhealthy condition as determined by a licensed veterinarian, unless the condition is manageable or the animal is placed under the care of a licensed veterinarian. (Ord. 2017-27 § 7, 2017.)

22.16.060 Microchipping.

A. All dogs, cats and ferrets released from the animal shelter shall be identified by a microchip. Animals not identified by preexisting microchip upon their arrival at the shelter shall receive an injected microchip. Animal control shall keep a record of all preexisting, legible tattoos and injected microchip numbers with a reference to the animal and owner for a period of 20 years after identification.

B. Any resident of the borough may have dogs, cats or ferrets owned by him/her microchipped by animal control, and a record of such microchipped identification number shall be kept as provided in this section. The owner shall pay the microchip placement fee.

C. An adoptive owner of an animal without a preexisting microchip shall pay, at the time of the adoption, the microchip placement fee. (Ord. 2017-27 § 7, 2017.)

22.16.070 Boarding and other fees.

A. A daily fee for boarding at the animal shelter will be charged for any impounded animal.

B. The borough shall also charge the actual cost of expenses incurred during the impoundment of an animal. These miscellaneous fees may include but are not limited to necessary veterinary care, increased expenses due to after-hours personnel charges, and such other expenses that are incurred by the borough in the treatment, care or impoundment of the animal. (Ord. 2017-27 § 7, 2017.)