The owner of any animal confined in the pound may upon proper showing and identification reclaim the animal upon payment of a fee pursuant to Section 2-5 of this Code; provided, (1) the owner of the dog or cat shall have paid any required license fee and obtained the proper license and obtained any rabies vaccination required pursuant to this chapter before the dog or cat can be reclaimed or (2) the owner of the dog or cat or the person responsible for the dog or cat must sign a statement indicating that within seventy-two (72) hours of the release of the dog or cat, said person shall have paid any required license fee and obtained the proper license and any rabies vaccination required pursuant to this chapter. Failure to obtain the license and/or the rabies vaccination within seventy-two (72) hours after release from impoundment shall constitute a separate offense.
The owner shall remain responsible for all penalties for violation of any of the provisions of this chapter. All animals which have remained in the pound seventy-two (72) hours without being claimed or released may be destroyed in a humane manner, except as hereinbefore provided. All animal owners residing at the same residence shall be treated as a single owner for purposes of determining the impoundment fee required under this section.
Source: Ord. No. 3523, § 26, 2-1-88; Ord. No. 4601, § 1, 9-16-02; Ord. No. 5135, § 3, 9-7-10