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A. Unrestrained dogs and nuisance animals may be taken by the police, animal control officers, or humane officers and impounded in an animal shelter and there be confined in a humane manner.
B. All impounded animals shall be held for the time period specified by California state law unless an extended time is warranted and approved by the animal control supervisor.
C. If, a license tag or other means can identify the owner of an impounded animal identified, the impounding shelter and/or animal control officer shall make a reasonable effort to notify the owner.
D. An owner reclaiming an impounded animal shall pay any fees and/or fines as established by resolution of the town council. Notices of violation and/or court citations may also be issued in conjunction with impoundment or reclaiming of the animal.
E. Any animal not reclaimed by its owner within the time period specified by California state law and/or in accordance to this chapter shall become the property of the local government authority, impounding animal shelter or humane society and shall be placed for adoption in a suitable home or humanely euthanized.
F. In addition to, or in lieu of, impounding an animal found at large, the animal control officer or police officer may issue to the known owner or custodian of such animal a notice of violation, administrative citation or court citation. Such citations shall impose upon the owner or custodian a fine or penalty, as established by resolution of the town council.
G. The shelter director or designate shall keep complete and accurate records of the care, feeding, veterinary treatment, and disposition of all animals impounded at the shelter in accordance with state laws and with the town of Yucca Valley. (Ord. 138, 5-15-2003)