Chapter 6.12
IMPOUNDMENT PROCEDURES

Sections:

6.12.010    Poundmaster enforcement authority.

6.12.020    Poundmaster—Seizure and impoundment of stray dogs.

6.12.030    Dogs running at large.

6.12.040    Delivery of dogs to poundmaster by private persons.

6.12.050    Impoundment—Notice.

6.12.060    Impoundment—Redemption.

6.12.070    Redemption fees.

6.12.080    Sale, gift or destruction of dogs.

6.12.090    Injured and diseased dogs.

6.12.100    Impoundment—Care of dogs—Fees.

6.12.110    Vicious and dangerous dogs.

6.12.120    Impoundment—Biting dogs.

6.12.130    Stray or abandoned cats—Impoundment and disposition.

6.12.140    Resisting or hindering poundmaster in duties unlawful.

6.12.010 Poundmaster enforcement authority.

It shall be the duty of the poundmaster to patrol the incorporated area of the city from time to time and without notice to the public for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of the ordinance codified in this chapter. (Prior code § 4111.1)

6.12.020 Poundmaster—Seizure and impoundment of stray dogs.

It shall be the duty of the poundmaster to seize and impound, subject to the provisions of this chapter, all stray or unlicensed dogs found within the city, and for that purpose the poundmaster may go upon private property, with or without consent of the owner of such property, to enforce this chapter, or to collect and impound dogs. (Prior code § 4111.2)

6.12.030 Dogs running at large.

Any dog found trespassing on any private property in the city may be taken up by any person at interest and delivered to the poundmaster or detained on the property until picked up by the poundmaster. (Prior code § 4111.3)

6.12.040 Delivery of dogs to poundmaster by private persons.

Every person taking up any dog under the provisions of this chapter and every person finding any lost, strayed or stolen dog shall, within twenty-four hours thereafter, give notice thereof to the poundmaster and every such person in whose custody such dog may, in the meantime be placed, shall surrender such animal to the poundmaster without fee or charge and the poundmaster shall thereupon hold and dispose of such dog in the same manner as though such dog had been found running at large and impounded by him or her. (Prior code § 4111.4)

6.12.050 Impoundment—Notice.

Within twenty-four hours after impounding any dog properly registered under the provisions of the ordinance codified herein, the poundmaster shall notify the registered owner of the dog by telephone, mail or orally that such dog is impounded and that it can be redeemed within three days from the date of such impounding and unless redeemed the dog will be disposed of in any manner as provided by this chapter. (Prior code § 4112.0)

6.12.060 Impoundment—Redemption.

The poundmaster shall securely keep any dog impounded for a period of three days unless the same is sooner reclaimed or redeemed by the owner or person having control thereof. The owner or person entitled to the custody of the dog so impounded may, at any time before the sale or other disposition thereof, during the office hours of the pound, reclaim or redeem the same by exhibiting to the poundmaster the license certificate or license tag showing that the license for such dog for the then current year has been paid and by paying the poundmaster any charges provided for in accordance with the adopted schedule which has been approved by the city council. (Prior code § 4112.1)

6.12.070 Redemption fees.

The owner or person entitled to the custody of a dog impounded shall pay the following fees to the poundmaster before such dog is released:

A. Registration or license fee for the current year unless fee has been previously paid and adequate evidence of paid fee is exhibited;

B. Impound fee of fifteen dollars for the first occasion of any dog impounded within a calendar year,

C. Impound fee of fifty dollars for the second occasion the same dog is impounded within a calendar year,

D. Impound fee of one hundred dollars for each subsequent occasion the same dog is impounded within a calendar year. (Ord. 945 § 1, 1983: prior code § 4112.2)

6.12.080 Sale, gift or destruction of dogs.

At any time after the expiration of the period of three days, the poundmaster may, without further notice, and without advertising in any manner, sell, give away or dispose of in a humane way any dog not reclaimed or redeemed as aforesaid. Provided, however, the poundmaster may not sell, give away or transfer title to any dog or any other animal to any institution engaged in the diagnosis or treatment of human or animal disease, or in research for the advancement of veterinary, dental, medical, or biological sciences, or in the testing or diagnosis, improvement or standardization of laboratory specimens, biologic products, pharmaceuticals or drugs. (Prior code § 4112.3)

6.12.090 Injured and diseased dogs.

Every dog taken into custody by the poundmaster which by reason of injury, disease or other good cause as determined by a licensed veterinarian as dangerous or inhumane to keep impounded, shall be forthwith destroyed by the poundmaster in a humane manner unless the owner or person entitled to the custody of the dog can be notified by the poundmaster within a reasonable time to arrange and provide for medical care. The poundmaster shall release such dog to its owner or person having control thereof upon payment of the redemption fees and other charges as provided in this chapter. However, if the licensed veterinarian determines that such dog is diseased and by reason of such disease is dangerous to persons or to other animals, or to the general health and welfare of the city, the poundmaster shall destroy the dog. (Prior code § 4112.4)

6.12.100 Impoundment—Care of dogs—Fees.

The poundmaster shall provide all dogs in his or her custody with proper food and water, and shall give them all necessary care and attention. The poundmaster may establish fees which shall be approved by the council to reflect the costs incurred for the care of such dogs and may charge these fees at the time an impounded dog is redeemed by its owner or person having custody or may charge these fees at such time an unclaimed dog is sold. (Prior code § 4112.5)

6.12.110 Vicious and dangerous dogs.

If any dog within the city is determined by the county health officer to be vicious or dangerous to the safety of any person or persons, or if any such dog is known to have bitten any person or persons on at least three separate occasions as evidenced by affidavits furnished to the county health officer, the health officer shall notify the owner or person having control of such dog to keep the dog in such manner as the health officer shall direct. If it is determined by the county health officer that such dog cannot be properly controlled by the owner or person having custody and no further arrangements can be made to ensure public safety, then the county health officer shall direct the city poundmaster to destroy such dog. (Prior code § 4113.0)

6.12.120 Impoundment—Biting dogs.

Upon written notice by the county health officer, the owner or person having the control of any dog which has, within the preceding ten days, bitten any person or animal shall, upon demand, and in the discretion of the county health officer, follow one of the following procedures, he or she shall either

A. Confine such dog to his or her own premises; or

B. Surrender such dog to the poundmaster who shall impound and keep such dog at the public pound in a separate kennel for a period of not less than ten days; or

C. Surrender such dog to a licensed veterinarian as designated by the county health officer; or

D. Surrender the dog to the poundmaster for quarantine at any other location or facility designated and approved by the county health officer. If the dog is quarantined on the premises of the owner, the poundmaster may post a quarantine sign on such premises, and it shall be unlawful for any person to remove the sign during the term of such quarantine without the consent of the county health officer. Any quarantine provided in this section shall be for a term of not less than ten days unless otherwise specified by the county health officer. During the period it shall be the duty of the county health officer, upon being notified by the poundmaster that such dog has been impounded, to determine whether or not such dog is suffering from any disease. If a duly licensed veterinarian designated by the county health officer shall determine that such dog is diseased and by reason of such disease is dangerous to persons or to other animals, he or she shall so notify the poundmaster in writing, to destroy such dog. A copy of the notice may also be served upon the owner or person having control of such dog. If the veterinarian determines that such dog is not so diseased, and if the license required for such dog shall have been duly paid for the then current year, the poundmaster shall notify by mail the person to whom the license for such dog was issued and at the address from which the dog was surrendered to the poundmaster and shall, upon demand, release such dog to the owner or person lawfully entitled thereto, upon payment of any charges provided therefor, in accordance with the schedule approved by the city council, including expenses of quarantine and veterinary care; provided, however, that if no person lawfully entitled to such dog shall within three days after the date of giving the last mentioned notice, appear at the public pound and request the release of such dog, and pay the charges, such dog may be sold or destroyed by the poundmaster in the same manner as hereinbefore provided. (Prior code § 41 13.1)

6.12.130 Stray or abandoned cats—Impoundment and disposition.

It shall be the duty of the poundmaster to receive and impound all cats desired to be abandoned by their owners, or receive and impound all stray cats believed to have been abandoned by their owners. The poundmaster shall provide proper care and attention, food and water, for all cats received and impounded and shall keep such cats for a period of three days unless the same are sooner reclaimed or redeemed by the owner or person having control thereof. Such redemption may be made by paying the poundmaster any charges imposed thereon as per adopted schedule approved by the city council. At any time after the expiration of the period of three days, the poundmaster may, without notice and without advertising in any manner, sell, give away, or dispose of such cats. Provided, however, the poundmaster may not sell, give away or transfer title to any cats for any purposes as set forth in Section 6.12.080. (Prior code § 41 19.0)

6.12.140 Resisting or hindering poundmaster in duties unlawful.

It is unlawful for any person to resist, hinder, molest or obstruct the poundmaster or any of his or her deputies or employees in the exercise of their duties as poundmaster. (Prior code § 4005)