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City Attorney

Roger Baker
Tooele City Attorney

90 North Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074

Phone: 435.843.2120
Fax: 435.843.2129

Title 6. Chapter 7. Impounding

6-7-1. Animals to be impounded.

(1) Officers shall place animals taken into custody into an animal shelter.

(2) The following animals may be taken into custody and impounded without the filing of a complaint:

(a) any animal being kept contrary to Tooele City Code Title 6;

(b) any animal creating a nuisance;

(c) any animal required to be licensed which is not licensed. An animal not wearing a tag shall be presumed to be unlicensed;

(d) any sick or injured animal whose owner cannot be located after reasonable effort;

(e) any lost, strayed, or abandoned animal;

(f) any animal required to be vaccinated for rabies which is not so vaccinated;

(g) any animal to be held for quarantine;

(h) any animal at large;

(i) any animal that has attacked a person or domestic animal; and,

(j) any animal that has bitten a person or domestic animal.

(3) The following animals shall be immediately taken into custody and impounded:

(a) any animal that has bitten a person or a domestic animal without provocation;

(b) any animal that has been determined to be dangerous pursuant to Section 6-5b-6; and,

(c) any animal previously designated as a potentially dangerous animal that is not being kept under the conditions imposed pursuant to Sections 6-5b-6 or 6- 5b-7.

(Ord. 2017-07, 03-15-2017) (Ord. 2003-28, 12-17-2003) (Ord. 1994-02, 01-11-1994)

6-7-2. Case report.

Officers shall complete case reports on all impounded animals, which reports shall include, as applicable:

(1) a detailed description of the animal, including tag number, if present;

(2) the reason for and the date of impound;

(3) the location of the pickup;

(4) the name of the officer picking up the animal;

(5) the name and address of any person relinquishing an animal to the officer or to the animal shelter;

(6) the name and address of the redeemer or purchaser;

(7) all expenses accruing during impoundment;

(8) all fees received; and,

(9) the manner and date of disposal.

(Ord. 2017-07, 03-15-2017) (Ord. 2003-28, 12-17-2003) (Ord. 1994-02, 01-11-1994) 

6-7-3. Disposition of impounded animals.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in Title 6 (i.e., for dangerous or quarantined animals), any impounded animal may be redeemed by its owner during the impound period upon payment of the applicable fees.

(2) During impound, reasonable efforts shall be made to identify the animal’s owner and give such owner notification of the impoundment. Notice shall be deemed given when contact is made by telephone or in person, or when a written message is left at the last known address of the registered owner.

(3) The owner of an impounded animal must redeem the animal within 5 business days after notification. Failure to so redeem the animal shall indicate that the animal is abandoned and subject the animal to immediate destruction or other disposition.

(4) Each impounded, unredeemed animal shall be kept a minimum of 5 business days after impound, except as otherwise provided in this Title 6.

(5) Following impound, animals which are not redeemed, except for those animals quarantined under the provisions of Section 6-6-7, held under the provisions of Section 6-5b-5, or confined by court order, may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of. The Division shall not sell or adopt out any animal that has not been spayed or neutered.

(6) Quarantined animals not redeemed by their owner within 5 business days after the quarantine is ended shall be subject to immediate destruction or other disposition.

(7) Any animal voluntarily relinquished by its owner to the Division or the shelter for destruction or other disposition may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of immediately upon receipt.

(8) At the discretion of a supervisor, any impounded animal having or suspected of having a serious physical injury or a contagious disease requiring medical attention may be released to the care of a veterinarian, with the consent of the owner. The owner shall be responsible for all costs and fees.

(9) When, in the judgment of a supervisor or officer, an impounded animal must be destroyed for humane reasons or to protect the public from imminent danger to persons or property, the animal may be destroyed without regard to any time limitations otherwise established herein and without court order.

(Ord. 2017-07, 03-15-2017) (Ord. 2008-11, 11-05-2008) (Ord. 2003-28, 12-17-2003) (Ord. 1994-02, 01-11-1994)

6-7-4. Fees.

(1) Fees relating to impounded animals shall be established by resolution of the Tooele City Council.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in Title 6, the owner of an impounded animal, or the owner’s agent, may redeem the animal before disposition provided all applicable impounding, boarding, veterinary, licensing, rabies vaccination, and other fees and costs are first paid.

(3) No impound fee shall be charged to:

(a) the reporting owner of a suspected rabid animal if the owner complies with Chapter 6-6; or,

(b) the owner of an animal not found to be either potentially dangerous or dangerous after a hearing under Chapter 6-5b.

(4) The owner of an impounded animal is liable for all impound, disposition, and other costs, which if not voluntarily paid may be collected through a civil action or by being added to the owner’s tax or utility bill.

(5) Persons may obtain any animal not timely redeemed by its owner for a fee per animal established by resolution of the City Council, plus the costs of license, spay, neuter, and rabies vaccination, as applicable.

(Ord. 2017-07, 03-15-2017) (Ord. 2008-11, 11-05-2008) (Ord. 2003-28, 12-17-2003) (Ord. 1994-02, 01-11-1994)

 

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