What Happens When An Animal Is Impounded?

If the owner can be identified, then the impound facility will notify the owner and give them the opportunity to redeem the animal. If the owner does not, then the animal may be offered to an animal shelter or donated to research. If no shelter or research facility will take the animal, it may be humanely killed by euthanasia.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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