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8.05.040. Declaration and disposal of vicious animals

            If the Animal Control Director, any Animal Control Agent, or the City determines, as a result of a witnessed incident, that an animal is potentially dangerous or dangerous, and finds that the animal is in violation of such restrictions as the Animal Control Department deems necessary for the safety of persons and/or animals in the community, the Animal Control Department may declare the animal to be a vicious animal.  The Animal Control Director and any Animal Control Agents are hereby authorized to immediately take possession of the vicious animal and place the animal in a proper quarantine facility.

            After placing the animal in the animal control facility, the Animal Control Director or the City shall first attempt to obtain the written consent of the animal's owner to destroy the animal in a humane manner.  If the animal owner's consent cannot be readily obtained, the City shall file a complaint in the District Court claiming that the animal is vicious and needs to be destroyed.  If the court finds that the animal is vicious, then the City will seek an order from the court allowing the City to destroy the animal in a humane manner.

            In the event the Court determines that the animal is a vicious animal, the owner shall pay the cost of all impoundment fees, maintenance fees, or any other fee that may incur as a result of such impoundment.

Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 98-12, Enacted, 2/5/1998

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