In addition to the provisions of Section 822.0421 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, as amended:
(a) At the conclusion of the investigation authorized by Section 822.0421 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, as amended, the director shall:
(1) determine that the dog is not dangerous and, if the dog is impounded, may waive any impoundment fees incurred and release the dog to its owner; or
(2) determine that the dog is dangerous and order the owner to comply with the requirements for ownership of a dangerous dog set forth in Section 7-5.5 of this article and in Subchapter D, Chapter 822 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, as amended, and, if the dog is impounded, release the dog to its owner after compliance with all applicable requirements of Subsection (c) of this section.
(b) If a dog is determined to be dangerous, the director shall notify the dog owner, either in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested:
(1) that the dog has been determined to be a dangerous dog;
(2) what the owner must do to comply with requirements for ownership of a dangerous dog and to reclaim the dog, if impounded; and
(3) that the owner has the right to appeal the determination of dangerousness.
(c) An impounded dog determined by the director to be dangerous must remain impounded, or confined at a location approved by the director, and may not be released to the owner until the owner pays all fees incurred for impoundment of the dog and complies with all requirements for ownership of a dangerous dog set forth in this article and Subchapter D, Chapter 822 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, as amended.
(d) If the owner of an impounded dog has not complied with Subsection (c) within 15 days after a final determination is made that an impounded dog is dangerous, the dog will become the sole property of the city and is subject to disposition as the director deems appropriate. (Ord. Nos. 26024; 27250; 29403; 30901)