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Title 1 General Provisions
Title 2 Administration and Personnel
Title 3 Revenue and Finance
Title 5 Business Licenses and Regulations
Title 6 Animals
6.04 Definitions
6.08 Licensing for Dogs, Kennels and Pet Shops; Cat and Ferret Registration
6.12 Rabies Control
6.16 Dog Restrictions--Penalty
6.20 Impoundment
6.24 Restraining and Abandonment of Animals
6.28 Investigation, Citations and Penalties
6.32 Bear-proof Collection Bins, Containers, and Structures
Title 8 Health and Safety
Title 9 Criminal Code
Title 10 Vehicles and Traffic
Title 12 Streets and Other Public Places
Title 13 Parks
Title 14 Airports
Title 18 Town Annexation and Service Districts
Title 19 Initiative Ordinances
Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
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Title 6 Animals
6.24 Restraining and Abandonment of Animals
6.24.005 Restraining animals
6.24.010 Abandonment of animals
6.24.020 Cruelty to animals--Release or removal of animal of another
6.24.030 Relinquishment of animal to animal control
6.24.040 Adoption of animal
6.24.050 Destruction of an animal

6.24.005 Restraining animals

    A.   Every person who is the owner of any animal, has an absolute duty to keep the animal upon his premises under his control, shall keep said animal properly restrained by a fence, cage, coop or other adequate means so that said animal shall not leave or escape from the premises upon which it shall be kept.   
    B.  Cats are exempt from this section. 
    C.  Animals grazing on open land pursuant to NRS chapter 568 and the Taylor Grazing Act are exempt from this section.
    D.  Service Dogs and Working Dogs are exempt from this section.  (Ord 1305, 2010)

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6.24.010 Abandonment of animals
 It is unlawful for any person owning, possessing, or having custody and control of any animal to: 
    A.  Leave the animal without food for a period of more than 24 hours; 
    B.  Move a residence or business without providing for the transportation of the animal; 
    C.  Leave the animal in a public street, road, alley or other public place, or upon the private property of another, for more than one hour after receiving notice of or obtaining knowledge that the animal is disabled or sick. 
    D.  Leave the animal in a public street, road, alley or other public place, or upon the private property of another for more than three hours after obtaining knowledge or receiving notice of the death of the animal. 
    E.  Leave the animal in a motor vehicle where it may suffer from exposure to the heat. Animal control may remove an animal from a motor vehicle or suffering or distressed from exposure or from heat. The sheriff or his deputy may impound a vehicle in which an animal is enclosed. The animal control officer may impound the enclosed animal. The vehicle and animal may be released upon payment of the costs of impoundment and, in the discretion of the county officer, the issuance of a citation. The cost of impoundment of the vehicle and animal must be paid by the person responsible for the animal. (Ord 1305, 2010; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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6.24.020 Cruelty to animals--Release or removal of animal of another

    A.  It is unlawful for any person to overdrive, overload, torture or cruelly beat, injure, maim, mutilate or kill any animal whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprive any animal of necessary sustenance, food, drink or shelter, or willfully instigate, engage in, or in any way further an act of cruelty to any animal, or any act to produce such cruelty.
    
B. It is unlawful for any person to keep an animal in conditions that are unsanitary.  For purposes of this section, unsanitary conditions shall include but shall not be limited to the following: excessive feces, lack of sufficient shelter, space or ventilation, excessive pests, excessive rubbish, or any other condition which threatens the health of animals or humans.  
    
C. It is unlawful for any person to tease, coax, release or otherwise cause an animal to escape from an enclosure provided for the animal.
    
D. It is unlawful for any person to remove a domestic animal from the county without the approval of the owner. If the animal is not owned or the owner cannot be ascertained, it is unlawful to remove it from the county without providing animal control with the following information:
        1. Description of the animal;
        2. Location where the animal was found;
        3. Name, address and phone number of the person removing the animal; and 
        4. Name, address and phone number of the person who will have custody of the animal. The person removing the animal from the county must make the animal available for a potential owner to reclaim for at least 10 days.   (Ord. 1366, 2012; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985

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6.24.030 Relinquishment of animal to animal control
A county resident who is the owner of an animal may relinquish ownership of the animal by signing a statement that he or she is the legal owner of the animal and authorizing animal control to dispose of the animal. Disposal may occur through destruction or adoption. The owner of the animal must pay the cost of disposal at the time of relinquishment. The cost will be the price charged the county for the medical supplied for destruction. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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6.24.040 Adoption of animal
Animal control may permit the adoption of any pet that is abandoned or has been relinquished. Before a pet may be released the pet must be sterilized or an agreement for the sterilization must be signed by the new owner. Animal control must adopt a policy for minimum ages and weights for sterilization, health requirements, and the required vaccinations. The new owner must pay the fees set by resolution of the board for the adoption and the services provided by the veterinarians. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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6.24.050 Destruction of an animal
The county animal control officer may euthanize any animal which is abandoned or for which ownership has been relinquished. The method of euthanasia must be by injection. (Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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