Title 7
ANIMALS
Chapter:
   7.04   Animal Control Supervisor
   7.08   Dog Licenses and Regulations
      Article I   Definitions
      Article II   Licenses
      Article III   Nuisances
      Article IV   Penalty
   7.12   Rabies Control
   7.16   Animals - Diseases
   7.20   Animals - Keeping
   NOTE:   Footnotes are numbered throughout the text and are located at the end of this title.
Chapter 7.04
ANIMAL CONTROL SUPERVISOR1
Section:
7.04.010   Appointment - Assistants' appointment.
7.04.015   Duties relating to the seizure, impoundment and disposition of impounded animals other than dogs.
7.04.020   Duties of the animal control supervisor relating to the seizure and impoundment of dogs and disposition of impounded dogs.
7.04.025   Duties generally.
7.04.010   Appointment - Assistants’ appointment.
   An animal control supervisor and assistants, if any, shall be appointed by the city manager.
(Prior code § 3.13 (Ord. 641 §2, Ord. 1371 §2))
7.04.015   Duties relating to the seizure, impoundment and disposition of impounded animals other than dogs.
   The duties of the animal control supervisor relating to the seizure, impoundment and disposition of impounded animals other than dogs are as follows:
   A.   To seize and impound any animal running at large which is creating a nuisance or injuring or threatening to injure person or property; to kill any animal where necessary to prevent injury to a person; and to kill any wild animal which is seriously injured and which, based on the information and belief of the animal control supervisor, has no owner;
   B.   Where the owner of an impounded wild or domestic animal is known to the animal control supervisor or readily ascertainable from recorded brands or marks, to give notice of the impoundment of the animal to the owner of the impounded animal; and, where the owner of an impounded domestic animal is not known to the animal control supervisor or not readily ascertainable from recorded brands or marks, to publish notice of the impoundment of the animal at least once in a newspaper of general circulation within the city where the estimated value of the impounded domestic animal exceeds one hundred dollars and to post notice of the impoundment of the animal where the estimated value of the impounded animal is one hundred dollars or less;
   C.   To collect from the reclaiming owner of an impounded animal a fee in the amount fixed by resolution of the city council;
   D.   Where an impounded animal is a domestic animal or a fur bearing animal within the meaning of Section 996 of the Civil Code of the state of California and is not claimed within five (5) days after notifying the owner thereof, publishing notice of the impoundment thereof, or posting notice of the impoundment thereof, to dispose of the animal in the manner prescribed by Chapter 3.28 of this code for the disposition of unclaimed property; provided however, that the animal control supervisor may kill in a humane manner any such impounded animal when its estimated value is less than the fee due for its impoundment;
   E.   Where an impounded animal is a bovine animal, horse, mule or burro and is not claimed within five (5) days after notifying the owner thereof, publishing notice of the impoundment thereof or posting notice of the impoundment thereof, to notify and deliver the animal to the director of food and agriculture in the manner provided for by Section 17003 of the Food and Agriculture Code of the state of California;
   F.   Where an impounded animal is a wild animal and has no owner known to the animal control supervisor, to place the animal in a zoo or other similar facility, release the animal in an appropriate environment, or, where the placement or release of the animal as aforesaid is not practical, to kill the animal in a humane manner.
(Ord. 1371 §3)
7.04.020   Duties of the animal control supervisor relating to the seizure and impoundment of dogs and disposition of impounded dogs.
   The duties of the animal control supervisor relating to the seizure and impoundment of dogs and the disposition of impounded dogs are as follows:
   A.   To apprehend and impound any dog as  authorized by the provisions of this code, using all force deemed by the animal control supervisor necessary to accomplish that end.  The use of  force, as herein authorized, shall include the employment of a tranquilizing device in order to bring a dog under control, and in the case of a vicious or rabid dog, when no other means of apprehension is available, to cause destruction of such dog;
   B.   To hold an impounded dog, not wearing a city license tag, for a period of seventy-two hours whereupon, unless claimed by the owner within such time, the animal control supervisor may thereafter dispose of such dog by either selling it or humanely putting it to death;
   C.   To ascertain from the city's license records the owner of an impounded dog wearing a city license tag and forthwith give to the owner a written notice thereof, mailed to the owner's address as shown on such records. If the owner does not reclaim such dog, within one hundred twenty (120) hours after the mailing of such notice, the animal control supervisor may dispose of such dog in the manner provided for in this chapter;
   D.   To collect from the owner claiming a dog from the animal shelter, a fee in the amount fixed by resolution of the city council.
(Prior code § 3.14 (Ord. 641 §2, Ord. 844 §1))
7.04.025   Duties generally.
   It shall be the duty of the animal control supervisor to enforce all provisions of this title; provided however, that all members of the city police department are also authorized to enforce the provisions of this title.
(Ord. 1371 §5)