[R.O. 2009 § 6.20.010; Ord. No. 4126 § 5(A), 1980]
Any animal or fowl maintained or kept in violation of this Chapter, including, but not limited to, dogs or cats not immunized or visibly showing proof of rabies immunization pursuant to this Chapter or found not under restraint or abandoned, may be seized and impounded by any City employee or Humane Officer. Upon receipt of a signed complaint by any person that a dog, cat or any other animal was unrestrained, any City employee or Humane Officer may take possession of and impound such animal. Impoundment shall be in any animal shelter designated by the City Manager.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.20.011; Ord. No. 5527 §II, 1-6-2003]
It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse to deliver up to the Humane Officer any animal, when requested to do so under the provisions of this Chapter.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.20.012; Ord. No. 5527 §II, 1-6-2003]
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove from custody of the Humane Officer by force, deceit or otherwise any animal which has been legally impounded by such officer, prior to obtaining the permission of the Humane Officer to remove such animal; to include any animal captured by use of an animal trap.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.20.020; Ord. No. 4126 § 5(B), 1980]
If an impounded animal or fowl wears an immunization tag or if the owner can be identified and located by reasonable means, the owner shall, within forty-eight (48) hours of impoundment, be notified that his/her animal or fowl has been impounded.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.20.030; Ord. No. 4126 § 5(C), 1980; Ord. No. 5019 § 2, 8-31-1994; Ord. No. 5527 §II, 1-6-2003]
The owner whose identity is known of an impounded animal or fowl shall be given notification in person or by letter that said animal or fowl has been impounded; following which notice or date of said letter said owner shall have seven (7) days within which to redeem said animal or fowl upon paying the following forfeitures: In the case of an animal or fowl requiring vaccination or veterinarian treatment upon paying the cost of said vaccination or treatment plus an impoundment fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) in the event that said impoundment is the first (1st) such impoundment. Only the forfeiture shall be paid if no veterinarian treatment or vaccination is required. In the event that the owner of an impounded animal or fowl cannot be identified within ten (10) days following impoundment or in the event the animal or fowl shall not be redeemed within seven (7) days by an owner who was notified or sent a letter, it shall be given to the local humane society which, in its sole discretion, will dispose of same by giving (adopting) it to some suitable party or by destroying it.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.20.035; Ord. No. 5527 §II, 1-6-2003]
In the event an animal is picked up by either the Animal Control Officer or any other City of Sikeston employee and is in need of medical attention, the animal will be taken to an animal hospital and examined by a doctor of veterinary medicine. All cost incurred, for either neglect or injury, shall be the responsibility of the owner of said animal.
In the event an animal has bitten or scratched a human, all cost of impoundment at either a veterinary hospital or at the animal shelter shall be the responsibility of the owner of said animal.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.20.040]
The fees for impounded animals shall be paid to the City Collector.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.20.050]
Hospitals, clinics and other facilities by licensed veterinarian for the care and treatment of animals and fowl are exempt from Section 205.190.