1025:50

City Code: 1025:50

Section 1025:50. Impounding.

Subd. 1. Animals found running at large shall be impounded as soon as possible by the Animal Control Officer or by his assistant, if any, or by a police officer, if the Animal Control Officer or his assistant is not available, or by any person on whose premises the animal may be at large. If, after exercising reasonable efforts, the Animal Control Officer or his assistant or a police officer is unable to capture an animal which is not wearing a vaccination tag, or is unable to capture a vicious animal whether or not the vicious animal wears a tag, then any policeman shall have the right to shoot such animal within the corporate limits of this municipality, having due regard for the safety of persons and property which might otherwise be injured by gunfire. The Animal Control Officer, upon receiving any animal, shall make a complete registry entering the breed, color and sex of such animal, and the name and address of the owner if known.

Subd. 2. Any person, not the Animal Control Officer or a police officer of this municipality, impounding or seizing any animal so found running at large upon the premises of another, shall, within six (6) hours thereafter notify the Animal Control Officer of said impounding, whose duty it shall be to call for such animal and impound it in the Official Pound. Any person, not an officer of this municipality, seizing or picking up any animal running at large on their premises or the premises occupied by them shall not keep the animal any longer than six (6) hours without notifying the Animal Control Officer or surrendering it to the owner. If the name of the owner of such animal so seized or impounded is known to the person who first takes such animal into custody, he or she shall inform the Animal Control Officer of the name of the owner and the address, if known. The authority given to any person, not the Animal Control Officer or a police officer, to impound or seize any animal so found running at large upon the premises of another, is discretionary, and in the execution thereof, said persons shall not be deemed to be the agent or employee of this municipality, nor shall this municipality be held responsible or liable for the consequences of any person so acting.

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