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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
6.20 Impoundment
6.20.010 Impounding, redemption and destruction of animals
6.20.020 Emergency impoundment

6.20.010 Impounding, redemption and destruction of animals
    A.  All animals impounded by the county officer must be delivered to the animal control facilities unless another procedure is approved by animal control. The animal control officer will make a reasonable effort to notify the person responsible for any impounded animal as soon as practical. If telephone contact cannot be made, notice must be given to a known owner by first class mail. The person responsible for an impounded animal may reclaim the animal upon proof of vaccination, or proof of payment of the fee for vaccination and agreement to vaccinate, payment of any unpaid license and payment of a board and pickup fee. 
    B.  Any animal not reclaimed within five days after it is impounded is abandoned and may be destroyed or put up for adoption. The person responsible for the animal will be liable for the cost of destruction of the animal. (Ord. 1305, 2010; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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6.20.020 Emergency impoundment
    A.  A county officer may impound an animal when the person responsible for the animal is unable to care for it due to emergency circumstances. The officer impounding the animal must make a record of the circumstances of impounding including: 
        1.  Name, address and phone number of person responsible for the animal; 
        2.  Current location of the person responsible; 
        3.  Name, address and phone number of owner if other than the person responsible; 
        4.  Arrangements that have been made for reclaiming the animal; and 
        5.  Circumstances that created the necessity of impoundment.
    B.  The officer impounding the animal must notify the person responsible for the animal of the following rules which will apply when an animal is impounded under emergency circumstances:
        1.  That a boarding fee and all other applicable fees will be charged for all animals not reclaimed on the first business day after impoundment; 
        2.  That the person responsible for the animal will be responsible for veterinary fees for treatment of the animal; 
        3.  That the animal may be considered abandoned pursuant to section 6.20.010(B) if not reclaimed from animal control within five days after it is impounded. 
        4.  That an abandoned animal may be destroyed or put up for adoption; 
        5.  That the person responsible may designate an agent to reclaim the animal; and 
        6.  That the animal may be relinquished to animal control pursuant to section 6.24.030. (Ord. 1305, 2010; Ord. 815, 1998; Ord. 434 (part), 1985)
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