(a) The director or chief of police is authorized to kill by appropriate and available means an animal that poses an imminent danger to a person or another animal and a real or apparent necessity exists for destruction of the animal.
(b) The director is authorized to euthanize, or to allow a licensed veterinarian to euthanize, an animal impounded at a city animal shelter if:
(1) the director or a licensed veterinarian determines that euthanasia is necessary to prevent the unnecessary pain and suffering of the animal;
(2) the director or a licensed veterinarian determines that recovery of the animal from injury, disease, or sickness is in serious doubt; or
(3) the animal is not redeemed from a city animal shelter within the applicable time period required under Section 7-2.6 of this chapter.
(c) An animal impounded at a city animal shelter may only be euthanized by using a barbiturate or derivative substance approved for that purpose by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and administered under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. This section does not apply to action authorized by Subsection (a) of this section. (Ord. 26024)