(A)   Any peace officer, animal control officer, or any person authorized by the Board of Agriculture may destroy or kill or cause to be destroyed or killed, any animal found abandoned and suffering and not properly cared for, or appearing to be injured, diseased, or suffering past recovery for any useful purpose.
   (B)   Before destroying the animal the officer shall obtain the judgment to that effect of a veterinarian, or of two reputable citizens called by him or her to view the animal in his or her presence, or shall obtain consent to the destruction from the owner of the animal.
   (C)   (1)   Any animal placed in the custody of a licensed veterinarian for treatment, boarding, or other care, which shall be unclaimed by its owner or his or her agent for a period of more than ten days after written notice by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, is given the owner or his or her agent at his or her last known address, shall be deemed to be abandoned and may be turned over to the nearest humane society, or animal shelter or disposed of as the custodian may deem proper.
      (2)   The giving of notice to the owner, or the agent of the owner of the animal by the licensed veterinarian shall relieve the licensed veterinarian and any custodian to whom the animal may be given of any further liability for disposal.
(KRS 257.100)