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(A) It shall be unlawful to treat any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, including but not limited to failing to provide adequate heat, shade, bedding, ventilation, shelter or food and water consistent with the normal requirements and feeding habits of the animal’s size, species, and breed. A dog may be restrained by a chain or tether provided that the chain or tether is a reasonable length and weight to the animals’ size and breed.
(B) Any dog, cat or other animal species found running at large may be impounded by the city in an animal shelter and confined therein. In the case of animals whose owners can readily be identified, notice shall be given by appropriate means that the animal has been impounded. Impounded animals shall be retained at the animal shelter for a minimum of five (5) days, pending the claiming thereof by their proper owners. In the event that such detained strays are not so claimed, the animals may be either placed for adoption, or sent to an approved rescue organization, at the discretion of the city.
(C) In the event it is determined that such strays are diseased or suffering or otherwise unsuitable for maintenance, the said strays may be euthanized without being detained for any such reasonable period of time.
(Ord. passed 5-15-89; Am. Ord. 2019-04, passed 2-18-19)