(a) Unvaccinated animals that are rabies suspects. Any dog, cat or ferret that is a and is not vaccinated in accordance with § 12.109 of this code shall be seized, impounded and quarantined under the supervision of a or in an animal-tight approved by the , for a period of not less than ten days following the exposure. After expiration of the quarantine period, an examination by the or by a shall be conducted and if, after the examination, the animal has no clinical signs of rabies, it may be released to the after payment of impoundment fees, or, in the case of a stray, it shall be humanely euthanized or placed in the custody of a suitable for adoption and care.
(b) Vaccinated animals that are rabies suspects. Any dog, cat or ferret that is a and is vaccinated in accordance with § 12.109 of this code shall be quarantined by the or other responsible as required by the for a period of ten days. If the or the other responsible is not confining the animal during the ten-day period, the may confiscate the animal for proper confinement. After expiration of the quarantine period, an examination by the or a shall be conducted and if, after the examination, the animal has no clinical signs of rabies, it may be released from quarantine after payment of impoundment fees.
(c) Other animals that are rabies suspects. Any which is not a dog, cat or ferret may be seized and may, after notice to its , if known, and a hearing conducted by the city’s , be humanely euthanized and submitted to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota for examination for rabies. An may waive his or her rights to a hearing under this subsection (c). If a hearing is conducted, the city’s may consider evidence regarding the species of the animal, the circumstances of the bite, the epidemiology of rabies in the area, and the period of virus shedding for the species, if known. Prior vaccination of an animal does not preclude the necessity for euthanasia and testing if the period of virus shedding is unknown for that species.
(e) Release requirements. Animals quarantined pursuant to this section shall not be released until a written report is received by the from a stating the has inspected the animal and no signs of rabies were observed.
(Ord. 2010-28, passed 11-1-2010)