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(A) Any dog or cat discovered running at large, or found without a rabies tag within the municipality, shall be apprehended and impounded, and notice given to the owner, if known, either in person or by mail, to the last known address. Notice shall state the date the animal was impounded and that the animal may be redeemed within seven days of that date by compliance with the following:
(1) Present proof of current rabies inoculation;
(2) Pay for the rabies inoculation of the animal;
(3) Pay the pound or shelter for the board; and/or
(4) Pay all fines and fees for violations of the chapter.
(B) Any dog or cat not redeemed by the owner, after the impoundment period expires, shall be humanely terminated or offered for adoption. If the unredeemed animal is offered for adoption, it shall not be released until confirmed arrangements for spaying or neutering of the animal has been made with a licensed veterinarian. Also the animal may not be released without having a rabies inoculation. The fees for the spaying or neutering and inoculation shall be the responsibility of the adopting owner. Failure to complete the spaying or neutering arrangements for the animal shall result in seizure and impoundment of the animal and shall be a violation of this chapter.
(C) Failure of an owner to redeem his or her animal within the seven-day period, shall not excuse the owner’s responsibility for all fees incurred in the apprehension and impoundment and/or disposal of the animal.
(1986 Code, § 6.16.080) (Ord. 1514, passed - -1999) Penalty, see § 90.999