Prior to the adoption of Ord. 16591 on 09/18/2000, 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, the owner thereof may redeem such animal upon proof satisfactory to the health officer of ownership thereof and upon paying a boarding fee of five ten dollars ($5.00 10.00) for each day or part of day such animal has been impounded and an impoundment fee of seven dollars and fifty cents twenty dollars ($7.50 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 such animal upon further proof satisfactory to the health officer that the same has been vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian with a vaccine 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 an owner seeks to redeem an animal required to be vaccinated for rabies and cannot present satisfactory proof of such vaccination, and that such vaccination, if any, will be effective during the full term for which the animal license was issued, then the animal control officer shall, 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, fowl or reptile has not been redeemed, the animal control officer is at liberty to dispose of 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 city health officer and the board of animal control.

    (3)    Release of the animal to any responsible person 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 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.

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