§ 7-2.6. Redemption Of Impounded Animals.  


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  • (a)   To redeem an impounded animal from a city animal shelter, the owner of the animal must provide proof of ownership and pay to the director the following fees:

    (1)   a redemption fee of:

    (A)   $7 for an animal delivered for impoundment to a city animal shelter by a person other than a city employee in the performance of official duties; or

    (B)   $27 for an animal delivered for impoundment to a city animal shelter by a city employee in the performance of official duties;

    (2)   $10 for each night the animal is housed in a city animal shelter;

    (3)   $10 for a rabies vaccination of a dog, cat, or ferret if the owner cannot show either:

    (A)   a current certificate of vaccination for the animal; or

    (B)   proof that the animal was not vaccinated due to health reasons as verified by a licensed veterinarian;

    (4)   the applicable registration fee for a dog or cat under Section 7-4.2, if the owner cannot show proof of current registration;

    (5)   $15 for a microchip implant and initial national registration of a dog or cat, unless:

    (A)   the animal was injected with a microchip implant prior to impoundment; or

    (B)   a licensed veterinarian certifies that the animal should not be injected with a microchip implant for health reasons; and

    (6)   $60 for the sterilization of a dog or $40 for the sterilization of a cat, unless:

    (A)   the animal was spayed or neutered prior to impoundment;

    (B)   the animal is under six months of age;

    (C)   a licensed veterinarian certifies that the dog or cat should not be spayed or neutered for health reasons or is permanently non-fertile;

    (D)   the animal is being held for sale by a retail pet store or for adoption by animal services or an animal welfare organization;

    (E)   the animal is a competition cat or competition dog;

    (F)   the animal is a service animal; or

    (G)   the owner of the animal has, or obtains at the time of redemption, a valid intact animal permit for the animal under Section 7-4.11 of this chapter.

    (b)   The redemption period for an animal impounded in a city animal shelter, other than for quarantine or pursuant to a court order, is:

    (1)   three days after the date of impoundment, unless Paragraph (2) or (3) of this subsection applies to the animal;

    (2)   10 days after the date of impoundment if:

    (A)   the animal is wearing a legible tag or has a microchip implant identifying its owner; or

    (B)   the director has reason to believe the animal has an owner; or

    (3)   10 days after the date of impoundment if the animal is being held for protective custody.

    (c)   The redemption period for an animal impounded pursuant to a court order is the time set forth in the court order or, if no provision is made in the court order, five days after the court proceedings are final.

    (d)   The redemption period for an animal impounded for quarantine is three days after completion of the quarantine period.

    (e)   If an animal is not redeemed within the appropriate time period specified in Subsections (b) through (d), the animal will become the property of the city and may be placed for adoption, euthanized, or otherwise disposed of as recommended by the director.

    (f)   An owner of an impounded animal commits an offense if he removes or attempts to remove the animal from a city animal shelter without first paying all applicable fees required in Subsection (a). (Ord. Nos. 26024; 27250)