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(A) Compliance Inspections. The owner of a dangerous dog must comply with all applicable regulations, requirements and restrictions on dangerous dogs and may be re-inspected four times per year by the Animal Services Division for compliance. For each inspection, the owner shall pay a compliance inspection fee established by the city fee schedule, which shall be due the within 30 days from the date of billing.
(B) Owner to deliver. If the dog is not already impounded, the owner shall deliver the dog to the Animal Services Division immediately upon failure to comply with any requirement of an owner of a dangerous dog under this subchapter. No dangerous dog shall be returned to its owner at any time unless authorized by this chapter and all the owner's requirements are fulfilled.
(C) Warrant and seizure. The Municipal Court may issue a warrant to seize a dangerous dog at any time the Court finds probable cause to believe that the owner is in violation of or has failed to comply with any of the applicable owner requirements under this subchapter, including any time otherwise allowed for voluntary compliance. If, on application of an animal services officer, the Court finds, after notice and hearing as provided by § 90.52, that the owner of a dangerous dog has failed to comply with or has fallen out of compliance with the applicable requirements of this subchapter, the Court shall order an animal services officer to seize the dog and shall issue a warrant authorizing the seizure.
(D) Impoundment. When seizure, delivery or surrender of a dog is authorized or required by this subchapter, an animal services officer shall seize the dog according to a warrant or shall order such seizure and shall accept the dog into custody when delivered by the owner. The Animal Services Division shall provide for impoundment of the dog in secure and humane conditions until the Court orders the disposition of the dog. Alternatively, the Animal Services Division may accept proof of impoundment from a licensed veterinarian if such proof and impoundment are satisfactory to the Shelter Manager.
(E) Destruction ordered. In addition to any other penalty or remedy provided under this chapter or other law, the Court shall order the Animal Services Division to impound and humanely destroy a dangerous dog if no perfected appeal is pending and:
(1) The owner fails to comply with the owner's requirements under this subchapter;
(2) The owner after initial compliance with the owner's requirements under this subchapter subsequently violates or fails to comply with such requirements, and thereafter either fails to renew compliance within ten calendar days after the dog is seized or delivered to the Animal Services Division or is ineligible to have the dog returned under division (F):
(3) The owner of the dog has not been located within ten calendar days after the seizure and impoundment of the dog, and no other statute or ordinance has allowed or required the dog's earlier destruction;
(4) For any other reason the dog cannot be returned to its owner; or
(5) The owner is found guilty of an offense under § 90.97(A);
(F) Return of dog. The Court may order the Animal Services Division to return the dangerous dog to the owner if the owner proves that the owner has renewed compliance with this subchapter within ten calendar days after the dog is seized or delivered to the Animal Services Division, provided that no dangerous dog shall be returned to its owner after renewed compliance more than one time. A dangerous dog that is otherwise eligible for release from impound but not reclaimed by its owner within ten days from the date of notice of impoundment shall be deemed abandoned and, at the discretion of the. Shelter Manager, euthanized in a humane manner.
(Ord. 2018-04, passed 1-9-18)