(1) Any quarantine of an animal shall be initiated by delivering to the owner or keeper of any such animal a written notice of such quarantine which shall prescribe the duration of the same; provided, that the period of said quarantine shall not exceed 10 days unless it shall be determined that the existence of such disease is present. The delivery of the notice of quarantine to an adult residing upon the premises where such animal is kept shall be considered as delivery of the notice to the owner or keeper. Any such animal so quarantined shall be impounded; provided, that, in the discretion of the Health Officer, said animal may be quarantined upon the premises of the owner or any other person during such time as the provisions of the quarantine are strictly kept.
(2) During the period of any quarantine made under the provisions of this chapter, the owner or keeper of any animal so quarantined shall not allow said animal to come in contact with any other animal or person or permit such animal to run at large on any street or public place in the City or upon the premises where quarantined unless said premises be enclosed by a secure fence, nor shall such owner or keeper remove or cause such animal to be removed from said premises without the consent of the Health Officer. A violation of this section shall constitute a class 1 civil infraction per PMC 1.05.080, and the violator shall be subject to the penalties assessed therefor. These restrictions shall continue until said animal shall have been released from quarantine. Any animal found running at large as defined in PMC 6.05.010, or which has been removed from the premises upon which quarantined, shall be impounded and, unless claimed and redeemed by its owner within two days after the expiration of quarantine period, may be destroyed by the proper authorities.
(3) Whenever any outbreak of rabies occurs, or when rabies has been diagnosed or a rabid dog or animal has been present in the City, it is unlawful for any owner, keeper or handler of an animal to keep or harbor the same within the City limits after the last publication of the notice provided for in subsection (5) of this section, and during the period in said notice prescribed, unless such dog or animal be securely confined at all times by leash or kept in a tight enclosure from which such animal cannot escape. Any animal found running at large in the City during said period shall be impounded and, unless claimed and redeemed by its owner within two days after such impounding, may be destroyed by the proper authorities. Any health or police officer may destroy any animal found running at large within the limits of the City during said period when, after reasonable effort, any health or police officer shall be unable to impound said animal or after reasonable investigation shall be unable to locate the owner or keeper thereof.
(4) Any animal that has been bitten by a rabid animal should be destroyed. If the owner is unwilling to have this done, the animal (dog or cat only) shall be vaccinated and placed in strict isolation for six months or longer. If the animal has been previously vaccinated with an approved vaccine within the time limit approved for such vaccine, revaccination and restraint for 90 days shall be carried out.
(5) Upon any outbreak of rabies, or when rabies has been diagnosed within the City limits, or a rabid dog or animal has been found present, and when, in the judgment of the Health Officer, there is imminent danger of the spread of the disease, such officer shall publish a notice to that effect in the official newspaper of the City for three successive days, and for six weeks after the last publication of said notice the provisions of PMC 6.05.090 shall be applicable; provided, that the Health Officer shall have authority, when in his judgment an extension of said six weeks’ time is necessary to carry into effect the purpose of this chapter, to extend the said six-week period for an additional six weeks or such lesser time as he shall deem necessary by notice given in the manner provided for in this section and to further thereafter and in the same manner continue said six-week or lesser period until, in the Health Officer’s judgment, the said strict quarantine herein provided for shall be unnecessary. [Ord. 4475 § 4, 2019; Ord. 3326 § 1, 1998; Code 1970 § 8.02.310.]