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(A) Livestock or poultry which has strayed into, escaped from a transporter, driver or rider, or found running at large, within the municipality may be impounded at any facility capable of restraining or confining the livestock or poultry, and a reasonable attempt shall be made to determine the owner, transporter, rider or driver and to provide him or her with notice of impoundment.
(B) Any animal control warden, or police officer, or any other person assisting in the restraining and impoundment of stray livestock or poultry, shall be held harmless of any liability for injury to or any financial responsibility for strays. Any facility used for the impoundment or confinement of strays shall not be held liable for any injury of or accrue any financial responsibility for the strays.
(C) The owner, transporter, rider or driver of stray livestock or poultry shall be held financially liable for any personal injury or property damage caused by the stray livestock or poultry, and for any expense incurred in the restraining or impoundment of strays, including any medical treatment, feed, care, fees or fines. Unpaid expenses shall become a lien on the strays and must be discharged before release. After notice of impoundment has been given, the owner, transporter, rider or driver has two days to redeem the strays, after which the strays may be sold and the proceeds applied toward the incurred expenses, fees or fines, or strays may be humanely terminated, and any balance of expenses, fees or fines shall be the responsibility of the owner, transporter, rider or driver. In the event the rightful owner, transporter, cannot be determined after a reasonable attempt, then a notice of impoundment shall be posted in the local newspaper for two issues, after which the strays may be sold or humanely terminated in accordance with the above.
(1986 Code, § 6.12.050) (Ord. 1514, passed - -1999) Penalty, see § 90.999