Prior to the adoption of Ord. 20044 on 09/15/2008, Section 5-5 read as follows.


    (a)     The owner of any animal impounded for running at large that is not a dangerous exotic animal or a dangerous or aggressive animal may redeem the animal upon proof of ownership satisfactory to the animal control officer and upon paying a boarding fee of ten dollars ($10.00) fifteen dollars ($15.00) for each day or part of day the animal has been impounded and an impoundment fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each impoundment.

    (b)     In addition to paying the fees prescribed in subsection (a), if the animal is a domestic dog or cat, the owner may redeem the animal only upon proof satisfactory to the animal control officer that the animal has been vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian with a vaccine that will be effective during the full term for which the animal license is issued. If the owner cannot present satisfactory proof that the animal was vaccinated,  the animal control officer shall not release the animal unless the officer is satisfied that the animal will be properly vaccinated .

    (c)     At the end of five (5) days, except as otherwise herein provided, if an animal  impounded for running at large that is not a dangerous exotic animal or a dangerous or aggressive animal  has not been redeemed, the animal control officer may dispose of the 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 .

     (3)        Release of the animal to any responsible person over seventeen who expresses 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 , 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 vicious 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; Ord. No. 18576, § 1, 7-5-05)