§ 12.126  REDEMPTION OF IMPOUNDED ANIMALS.
   (a)   Injured animals. If an injured animal is impounded, the or licensed peace officer shall immediately attempt to locate and notify the of such animal. If it is the opinion of a licensed that a critically injured animal will unnecessarily suffer, such animal may be humanely euthanized even though attempts to locate or notify the have been unsuccessful. The shall be responsible for the cost of euthanization and/or the reasonable costs of care and treatment.
   (b)   Abused animals. Animals impounded pursuant to state and local laws shall be redeemed pursuant to M.S. § 343.235, as it may be amended from time to time.
   (c)   Unlicensed animals. Dogs, cats, ferrets or other animals kept as , which are required to be licensed by city code, impounded because they were found by an or licensed peace officer to be unlicensed or unregistered may be reclaimed by their or other designated by the within seven after the animal has been impounded, provided that the or other designated makes payment to the city of the impound fees and charges as set by the City Council. If an animal impounded is not claimed within seven , it shall become the property of the city and shall either be humanely euthanized or placed in the custody of a suitable for adoption and care.
   (d)    . Any kept in violation of this Article IV may be impounded by the city. If such an animal is not reclaimed by its within seven after the impoundment of such animal, the animal may be euthanized in a humane manner or placed in the custody of a suitable for care. Any reclaiming such impounded animal shall pay the costs of impounding and keeping the animal and shall agree not to keep or sell the animal in violation of this Article IV or state or federal law.
   (e)   Dangerous animals. Dangerous animals shall be confiscated and reclaimed pursuant to M.S. § 347.54, as they may be amended from time to time, and § 12.106 of this Article IV.
   (f)   Animals running loose. An animal found may be taken and impounded by licensed peace officers or . If after a period of seven an impounded animal is not claimed or redeemed by its , it shall become the property of the city and may be euthanized in a humane manner or placed in the custody of a suitable for adoption and care. Immediately upon the impoundment of any animal, the shall make a reasonable effort to notify the of the impoundment and of the procedure for regaining possession of the impounded animal. Any animal impounded under this section may be reclaimed by the within seven upon payment of impound fees and charges as set by the City Council.
   (g)   Animals with no current proof of rabies vaccination from current city license or vaccination tag. Immediately upon impounding the animal, the or other official shall make every reasonable effort to locate and notify the of the impounded animal. Any animal impounded because of lack of a current rabies vaccination tag may be reclaimed at any time by its by furnishing proof or rabies vaccination, paying all impoundment fees prior to release, and by obtaining a valid rabies vaccination tag.
   (h)   Rabies suspects. Redemption of rabies suspects shall be governed by Division C of this Article IV.
   (i)   Animals bitten or exposed by a . Redemption of animals bitten or exposed by a shall be governed by Division C of this Article IV.
(Ord. 2010-28, passed 11-1-2010)