Chapter 17.06
IMPOUND PROCEDURES

Sections:

17.06.010    Impounding authorized.

17.06.020    Notification of owner after impounding.

17.06.030    Requirements for holding of animals after notification.

17.06.040    Redemption of impounded animals.

17.06.050    Disposition of animals.

17.06.060    Fees and payment.

SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 635    05/05/98

AMENDED SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 679    11/23/99

Ord. 753    07/13/04

Ord. 775    06/21/05

17.06.010 Impounding authorized.

An Animal Control Officer may impound any animal under the following conditions:

(1) Any dog or cat that has been humanely trapped as provided for in CCC 17.02.075.

(2) Any animal found in violation of the provisions of this title if the owner is unknown, or if known, if the owner is not readily available.

(3) Any animal neglected or abandoned by its owner.

(4) Any animal that is sick or injured and the owner is not present or able to take charge of the animal.

(5) Any animal remaining at the scene of a crime or accident and the owner has been incarcerated or hospitalized.

(6) Any animal seized by the court.

(7) Any potentially dangerous or dangerous dog, inherently dangerous mammal, or inherently dangerous reptile found in violation of the provisions of this title.

(8) Any inherently dangerous mammal or inherently dangerous reptile that has inflicted a bite or is found running at large.

17.06.020 Notification of owner after impounding.

An Animal Control Officer upon impounding an animal shall make a complete record, entering the description of each animal. If the owner of the animal is known or if the animal is identifiable by license or other identification, the shelter officer shall attempt to notify the owner within 48 hours by service or posting of notice that his/her animal has been impounded and where it may be redeemed. The reading of a license tag or the scanning for a microchip shall constitute reasonable attempts to identify the animal. The County or animal shelter shall not be liable for the failure of a scanner to detect the presence of a microchip.

17.06.030 Requirements for holding of animals after notification.

(1) If the owner is known, the animal shall be held at least ninety-six (96) hours after the attempt to notify is accomplished.

(2) If the owner is unknown, the animal shall be held at least seventy-two (72) hours after the time of impound.

(3) If the animal has been impounded pursuant to quarantine and has not been found to be suffering from rabies, the animal shall be held at least seventy-two (72) hours after the end of the quarantine period and examination by a licensed veterinarian.

17.06.040 Redemption of impounded animals.

(1) Any dog or cat, except dangerous dogs, potentially dangerous dogs, and inherently dangerous mammals or reptiles, impounded pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 17.02 CCC may be redeemed by the owner or other authorized person upon payment of the impound fees and costs as set forth in Chapter 5.100 CCC. The owner or other authorized person redeeming an unlicensed dog over the age of six (6) months shall pay twice the license fee, any late penalty fee if applicable, and a $50 deposit for animals for which rabies vaccinations are not current. The deposit will be refunded when the animal is vaccinated and proof of vaccination is presented to the shelter officer.

(2) If a dog is impounded more than three (3) times within one year from the date of the first infraction, the owner may be required to surrender the dog to the shelter.

(3) Prior to redemption of a dog that has been declared dangerous, the owner shall present proof of insurance coverage or bonding, notices, registration, and the existence of a proper enclosure.

(4) Any dangerous dog, potentially dangerous dog, or inherently dangerous mammal or reptile found in violation of this title may be held at the shelter at the owner’s expense until adjudication by the court.

17.06.050 Disposition of animals.

(1) Animals not redeemed within the time periods as set forth in CCC 17.06.030 may be adopted or humanely destroyed by euthanasia at the discretion of the shelter officer, except those animals known to have bitten or which have been found dangerous or potentially dangerous shall not be adopted. Livestock not redeemed within the time limits may also be sold; provided, that no such animals will be adopted, sold, or destroyed if the owner is known to be physically or mentally incapacitated due to injury or serious illness and therefore incapable of handling his/her affairs.

(2) Upon receipt of written permission from the owner, animals may be adopted or humanely destroyed by euthanasia without regards to the holding periods outlined in CCC 17.06.030.

(3) Any animal as may be determined by the shelter officer or licensed veterinarian to be suffering from serious injury or disease may be humanely destroyed by euthanasia without regard to the holding period outlined in CCC 17.06.030.

(4) Any animal as may be determined by the shelter officer to be feral may be humanely destroyed by euthanasia without regard to the holding period outlined in CCC 17.06.030.

(5) Any previously declared dangerous dog that has bitten shall be humanely destroyed by euthanasia after the quarantine period.

(6) Inherently dangerous animals and/or inherently dangerous reptiles which have bitten or been found running at large shall be humanely destroyed by euthanasia or transferred to a suitably licensed facility such as a zoo without regard to the holding period outlined in CCC 17.06.030.

17.06.060 Fees and payment.

Housing fees shall be as established in Chapter 5.100 CCC. Such fees shall include all costs of housing such animals regardless of whether such costs are incurred at a County-owned or -operated facility, a contracted facility, or by a private person or facility. Fees for other services provided by the animal shelter shall be set forth in Chapter 5.100 CCC.