Chapter 6.12
IMPOUNDMENT

Sections:

6.12.010    Animal control authority – Appointed.

6.12.020    Animal control authority – Duties.

6.12.030    Animal control authority – Employees to be special police.

6.12.040    Impoundment – Notice.

6.12.050    Redemption of dog, cat or other animal.

6.12.060    Redemption of horse, cow, goat or other domestic animal.

6.12.070    Sale of unclaimed horse, cow, goat or other livestock.

6.12.080    Animal bite quarantine.

6.12.010 Animal control authority – Appointed.

The Kitsap Humane Society, a corporation existing under RCW 16.52.020, is appointed as and declared to be the official animal control authority of the city commencing September 1, 1991. (Ord. 91-41 § 4, 1991)

6.12.020 Animal control authority – Duties.

A. The animal control authority shall impound all animals subject to impounding pursuant to city ordinance. Impounded animals shall be provided with proper care, feed and water while so confined. The animal control authority shall collect and dispose of all dead animals found in the city, and if the owner is known a fee may be collected for such services. Sick or injured animals shall be impounded when not in the owner’s possession and may be euthanized at the discretion of the animal control authority; provided, that the animal control authority shall immediately notify the owner, if the owner is known, and if the owner is unknown, make all reasonable effort to locate and notify the owner.

B. The animal control authority is granted authority to establish reasonable fees for the services provided pursuant to this title. In establishing such fees, the animal control authority shall endeavor where possible to make fees conform to those charged in neighboring jurisdictions for similar services. A current schedule of all fees established by the animal control authority pursuant to this title shall be filed by the animal control authority with the city clerk and made available by the clerk for public inspection at all times during normal business hours. (Ord. 91-41 § 4, 1991)

6.12.030 Animal control authority – Employees to be special police.

Each employee of the animal control authority over the age of 21 years, except clerks and stenographers, is made a special police officer or marshal of the city, and is charged with the duty of enforcing all city ordinances relating to the control, care, treatment and impounding of animals, but without pay from the city; provided, that the employees shall be first sworn in and provided with a suitable badge of authority furnished by the city, to be withdrawn from the officer at any time by a vote of the majority of the city council present at any meeting of the council. (Ord. 91-41 § 4, 1991)

6.12.040 Impoundment – Notice.

Upon the impoundment of an animal pursuant to this chapter, the impounding animal control authority shall as soon as possible notify the animal’s owner, if the owner is known, of the animal’s impoundment, and the terms upon which the animal can be redeemed. If the owner of the impounded animal is unknown, the animal control authority shall make reasonable efforts to locate and notify the impounded animal’s owner. (Ord. 91-41 § 4, 1991)

6.12.050 Redemption of dog, cat or other animal.

A. The owner of a dog, cat or other animal impounded pursuant to this chapter may redeem the dog, cat or other animal within 96 hours from the time of impounding by paying to the animal control authority a redemption fee together with any unpaid applicable license fee. An additional charge per day or part thereof may be imposed.

B. If an impounded dog, cat or other animal is not redeemed by the owner within 96 hours of the time of impoundment, the dog, cat or other animal may be adopted by another person or euthananized.

C. An animal so impounded which is less than two months of age may be adopted or euthananized at any time after animal control at the discretion of the animal control authority. (Ord. 91-41 § 4, 1991)

6.12.060 Redemption of horse, cow, goat or other domestic animal.

The owner of a horse, cow, goat or other domestic animal impounded pursuant to this chapter may redeem the animal within 48 hours from the time of impoundment by paying the animal control authority a fee for each day or part thereof that the animal is detained, plus an impound fee which shall include costs of care and feeding the animal for the days impounded. An additional fee shall be paid to the animal control authority for transportation of animals requiring the use of special equipment for impounding. (Ord. 91-41 § 4, 1991)

6.12.070 Sale of unclaimed horse, cow, goat or other livestock.

A horse, cow, goat or other livestock not claimed and released upon required payment shall at the expiration of 48 hours be sold at a public auction upon five days notice. The notice shall be published in the city’s official newspaper and shall state the time and place of the public auction, and the name of the owner, if known, and if the name of the owner is not known, a statement to that effect. A copy of the notice shall be served upon the owner, if the identity of the owner is known to the animal control authority and the owner can be found in the city, at least one day prior to the public auction. The animal control authority shall deduct from the proceeds of sale all expenses of feeding and caring for the animal and all expenses of advertising and selling the animal, and shall retain the balance in reserve for six months from the date of the sale. If the balance is unclaimed at the expiration of six months, the balance shall revert to the animal control authority for operation of the animal shelter. No such money shall be paid any claimant except upon proof satisfactory to the animal control authority that the claimant is entitled to the same. (Ord. 91-41 § 4, 1991)

6.12.080 Animal bite quarantine.

A. Any animal that bites or otherwise breaks the skin of a person shall be quarantined for at least ten days from the date of bite, to determine whether the animal is infected with any disease that may have been transmitted to the victim. The place of quarantine shall be established by the animal control authority. After an investigation by the animal control authority, the animal control authority may in its discretion allow the owner of the animal to maintain quarantine.

B. Kennel fees, if any, for the quarantine period shall be paid by the animal’s owner and the release of the animal shall be conditioned upon payment of the kennel fees. (Ord. 91-41 § 4, 1991)