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It shall be the duty of municipal police officers to capture, secure and remove in a humane manner to the city’s veterinary clinic any dog or cat violating any provision of this subchapter which requires impoundment. The dog or cat so impounded shall be treated in a humane manner and shall be provided with a sufficient supply of food and fresh water each day. Notice of impoundment, including any significant marks or identifications, shall be posted at the city offices within 24 hours after impoundment. If the owner is known, he or she shall be notified as soon as possible. Any dog or cat may be reclaimed by its owner during the period of impoundment by payment of the fees set by resolution of the governing body of the municipality. The owner shall then be required to comply with the licensing and rabies vaccination requirements within 72 hours after release. If the dog is not claimed at the end of five days after public notice has been given, the veterinarian may dispose of the dog in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations pertaining to the same; provided that, if, in the judgment of the municipal police, a suitable home can be found for any such dog or cat within the municipality, the said dog or cat shall be turned over to that person and the new owner shall then be required to pay all fees and meet all licensing and vaccinating requirements provided in this subchapter. The municipality shall acquire legal title to any unlicensed dog or cat impounded for a period longer than the required waiting period after giving notice. All dogs or cats shall be destroyed and buried in the summary and humane manner as prescribed by the Board of Health unless a suitable home can be found for such dog or cat.
(Ord. 18-1, passed 6-4-2018)