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(A) If an animal is not approachable (whether due to shyness or bad disposition,) Newberry County Animal Care and Control is authorized to set traps to attempt to catch the animal so that it may be transported back to the animal shelter. Any person tampering with traps or releasing problem animals after they have been caught in a trap is subject to prosecution for violating this subchapter or for interfering with an officer in the performance of his or her official duty.
(B) Because Newberry County Animal Care and Control does not transport animals that are determined to be privately owned, the public is offered the opportunity to lease a trap for a fee of $25. A lease is signed, and the deposit is held, pending the return of the trap in the same condition that it was leased in. If the lessee does not return the trap, their deposit will be retained as liquidated damages, and not refunded.
(C) In the case of strays that need to be trapped, Newberry County Animal Care and Control will take trap requests for strays and nuisance animals and the traps will be delivered on Mondays as they are available. The property owners requesting the trap are expected to call in by 9:00 a.m. the following business day and report activity on their trap. Failure to call in will be considered inactivity, and the trap will be pulled off the property. Otherwise, the trap shall remain on the property until Friday, upon which all traps will be pulled and returned to the shelter.
(Ord. 10-32-05, passed 10-5-2005)