It shall be the duty of every police officer to seize and detain any animal which is found running at large, either upon the public streets or highways of this municipality or upon the property of other than the owner of such animal, and unaccompanied by the owner or keeper. It shall be the privilege of every police officer to kill any animal which is found running at large and which is deemed, after due consideration by the police officer, to constitute a threat to the public health and welfare.
The Chief of Police or his agent shall cause any animal bearing a proper license tag and so seized and detained to be properly kept and fed and shall cause immediate notice, either personal or by registered mail, to be given to the person in whose name the license was procured, or his agent, to claim such animal within 24 hours. The owner of an animal so detained shall pay a penalty of $50 and all reasonable expenses incurred by reason of its detention before said animal will be returned. If after three days from the giving of such notice such animal has not been claimed or all fines and penalties paid, such Chief of Police, or his agent, shall dispose of such animal by sale or by destruction in some humane manner. No animal so caught and detained shall be sold for the purpose of vivisection.
It shall be unlawful for any police officer to fail or refuse to perform his duties under the provisions of this chapter and to refuse to assist in the enforcement of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with any officer or agent in the enforcement of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to forcibly cut the leash or take an animal away from such officer or agent having it in his possession when found running at large unaccompanied by the owner or keeper.
It shall be unlawful for any person to whom a license certificate has been issued to fail or refuse to produce the license certificate for such animal upon demand of any police officer or agent of the Department.