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RE: Released or Escaped?

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Posted by: amazondoc at Thu Mar 11 20:02:31 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by amazondoc ]  
   

Your ordinances don't spell it out as clearly as Knoxville's does, but yours do say "Owner means any person, firm, corporation, partnership, association, or other legal entity that owns, harbors, keeps, has lawful possession of, or has control or custody of any animal. An animal shall be deemed to be harbored if it is fed and/or sheltered for three (3) or more consecutive days."

The Knoxville ordinance says (notice that I said 7 days previously -- this actually says up to 10 days max): "Sec. 5-21. - Keeping stray animals; failure to surrender stray animal.

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It shall be unlawful for any person in the city to knowingly and intentionally harbor or keep in possession by confinement or otherwise any animal which does not belong to him without permission of the owner unless he has, within seventy-two (72) hours from the time such animal came into his possession, notified the unit ("unit" means AC). Upon receiving such notice, an animal control or police officer shall take such animal and place it in the animal shelter or allow temporary custody not to exceed ten (10) days, during which time a notice containing a description of the animal, the date and place where the animal was found, and the name, address and telephone number of the temporary custodian shall be posted at the animal shelter. If the animal is not reclaimed during this time, the custodian of the stray animal will relinquish the animal to the unit or police department or assume ownership, provided he agrees to and complies with section 5-77 within four (4) days from the time the unit receives first notification. The expense of license fee and vaccination must be assumed by the owner if the animal is reclaimed."

In practice, of course, AC has virtually NO desire to take these animals to the shelter, as long as the person who found them is willing to take responsibility for them. When we accept strays we always go above and beyond the law. We call AC, put up signs, AND advertise in the paper, even though the signs and paper aren't legal requirements.
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