Full Statute Name:  West's Wisconsin Statutes Annotated. Police Regulations (Ch. 163 to 177). Chapter 173. Animals; Humane Officers. 173.13. Taking custody of animals

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Primary Citation:  W. S. A. 173.13 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  October, 2014 Alternate Citation:  WI ST 173.13 Date Adopted:  1999
Summary:

This Wisconsin statute provides that a humane officer may take into custody (impound) an animal that he or she has reasonable grounds to believe is abandoned, stray, unwanted, unlicensed/untagged, not in compliance with an ordinance or quarantine, has caused damage, has been a participant in a fight, is the victim of cruelty, or was delivered by a veterinarian under the provisions of this statute.  If the owner of the impounded animal is known to the humane officer, then the officer shall promptly notify the owner in writing if he or she can be identified and located with reasonable effort.

Statute Text: 

 

(1) Intake.

(a) A humane officer, on behalf of a political subdivision in which the humane officer has jurisdiction under s. 173.03(3), or a law enforcement officer, on behalf of a political subdivision, may take custody of an animal if the humane officer or law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the animal is one of the following:

1. An abandoned or stray animal.

2. An unwanted animal delivered to the humane officer or law enforcement officer.

3. A dog not tagged as required by ch. 174.

4. An animal not licensed in compliance with any ordinance.

5. An animal not confined as required by a quarantine order under any statute, rule or ordinance relating to the control of any animal disease.

6. An animal that has caused damage to persons or property.

7. A participant in an animal fight intentionally instigated by any person.

8. An animal mistreated in violation of ch. 951.

9. An animal delivered by a veterinarian under sub. (2).

(b) A humane officer shall accept into custody any animal delivered by a law enforcement officer or delivered under a court order.

(c) A person other than a humane officer or a law enforcement officer may not take an animal into custody on behalf of a political subdivision unless the animal is an abandoned or stray animal. If a person other than a humane officer or a law enforcement officer takes custody of an abandoned or stray animal on behalf of a political subdivision, he or she shall deliver the animal to a person contracting under s. 173.15 (1), to a humane officer or law enforcement officer for disposition under s. 173.23 or to a pound.

(2) Delivery of animal by veterinarian.

(a) A humane officer or law enforcement officer or a person contracting under s. 173.15 (1) may accept an animal delivered by a veterinarian, or his or her employee, if the animal has not been picked up by its owner and all of the following apply:

1. The veterinarian notified the owner of the animal by certified mail, return receipt requested, that the animal was ready to be picked up and that the animal would be delivered to a humane officer if not picked up within 7 days.

2. The veterinarian retained the animal for 7 days after the day on which the return receipt was signed or until the letter was returned to the veterinarian as undeliverable.

3. The veterinarian certifies in writing to the humane officer or law enforcement officer that subds. 1. and 2 apply.

(b) If an animal is accepted under par. (a), the veterinarian shall provide the person accepting the animal with any requested records concerning the animal's ownership, health or licensure.

(3) Notification of owner.

(a) If a humane officer or law enforcement officer takes custody of an animal with the knowledge of the owner, the humane officer or law enforcement officer shall explain the procedure by which the owner can recover the animal, including the procedure under s. 173.22, and the procedure to be followed if the animal is not returned to the owner.

(b) If a humane officer or law enforcement officer takes custody of an animal without the knowledge of the owner, the humane officer or law enforcement officer shall promptly notify the owner in writing if he or she can be identified and located with reasonable effort. The notice shall explain the procedure by which the owner can recover the animal, including the procedure under s. 173.22, and the procedure to be followed if the animal is not returned to the owner. The notice shall also inform the owner that the owner must notify any person with a lien on the animal that the animal has been taken into custody.

(c) If the owner informs the humane officer or law enforcement officer in writing that he or she will not claim the animal, it may be treated as an unclaimed animal under s. 173.23 (1m).

<< For credits, see Historical Note field. >>

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

1998 Main Volume

Source:
1997 Act 192, § 13, eff. Dec. 1, 1999.
1999 Act 32, § 211, eff. April 19, 2000.
1999 Act 185, § 193(1), eff. Sept. 1, 2000.
 
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