Prior to the adoption of Ord. 18576 on 07/05/2005, Section 5-5 read as follows.


    (a)    At any time prior to the disposal of any animal, fowl or reptile, as herein defined, by the animal control officer, tThe owner of any animal impounded for running at large that is not a dangerous exotic animal or a dangerous or aggressive animal thereof may redeem the such animal upon proof of ownership satisfactory to the health animal control officer of ownership thereof and upon paying a boarding fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for each day or part of day the such animal has been impounded and an impoundment fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) for each and every impoundment.

    (b)     In addition to paying the fees prescribed in subsection (a) hereof, if the animal is a domestic dog or cat, the owner thereof may redeem the such animal only upon further proof satisfactory to the health animal control officer that the animal same has been vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian with a vaccine that which will, in the opinion of the health officer, be effective during the full term for which the animal license, if any, is issued. If the an owner seeks to redeem an animal required to be vaccinated for rabies and cannot present satisfactory proof of such vaccination, and that the animal was vaccinated, such vaccination, if any, will be effective during the full term for which the animal license was issued, then the animal control officer shall not release the animal unless the officer is satisfied that the animal will be properly vaccinated, prior to releasing such animal, cause the same to be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian with the type of vaccine approved by the city health officer, and the cost of such vaccination shall be paid by the owner.

    (c)     At the end of five (5) days, except as otherwise herein provided, if an impounded animal impounded for running at large that is not a dangerous exotic animal or a dangerous or aggressive animal, fowl or reptile has not been redeemed, the animal control officer may is at liberty to dispose of the such animal in any one of the following ways:

    (1)        Release of the animal to the local humane society at no charge.

     (2)        Humane destruction of the animal in a manner approved by the director of public health city health officer and the board of animal control.

     (3)        Release of the animal to any responsible person over seventeen who expresses expressing a desire for any given animal after payment of the prescribed impoundment fees and completion of the licensing-vaccination procedure before release.

    (4)        Release of the animal to an accredited school, college or university within the state which has a recognized research program and whose methods of animal care and use are approved by the director of public health city health officer and of animal control, upon payment of outstanding fees.

    (d)    All fees collected by the animal control officer shall be paid over to the director of finance.

    (e)    The director of public health may waive all or a portion of the boarding fee and impoundment fee if the director determines that the animal is not dangerous or aggressive and that the owner of the animal is unable to pay the fees.

(Code 1964, § 5.060; Ord. No. 11910, § 1, 6-6-88; Ord. No. 16591, § 1, 9-18-00)