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Q. I just read the Animal Control code on the CBJ website, and I do not see that it is required by law that a person turn in a stray animal within 24 hours...however that is what Animal Control is telling me. Did I miss this law? Am I looking in the wrong spot?


Dear Juneau Resident,

The easiest way to find the ordinance is go to the Gastineau Humane Society website. Click the Animal Control tab and go to CBJ Ordinances. Here is a copy of the ordinance you want to find.

08.45.010 Objectionable animals.

(a)
The keeper of an animal shall:

(1)
Prevent the animal from disturbing a neighborhood or any number of persons by frequent or prolonged noise, barking, howling or other noises;

(2)
Prevent the animal from defecating upon, digging upon or injuring public property or a public thoroughfare or private property without the permission of the property owner;

(3)
Prevent the animal from snapping, running after or jumping at vehicles or persons using the public thoroughfares within the City and Borough;

(4)
Prevent the animal from snapping at, jumping upon or otherwise menacing, injuring or frightening persons, domestic animals, or livestock; provided, that this subsection shall not apply if the person is trespassing or otherwise acting in violation of the law; and

(5)
Prevent the animal from snapping, harassing or otherwise disturbing or injuring any wildlife.

(b)
Any animal found in violation of subsection (a) of this section may be immediately impounded by an animal control officer or enforcement agent.

(c)
A person who owns or is in lawful possession of property upon which there is an objectionable animal or who observes an objectionable animal on public property or a public thoroughfare may take the animal into custody and hold the animal in a humane manner pending transfer to an animal control officer or enforcement agent; provided, no animal may be held in such private custody for more than 24 hours. A person who takes an objectionable animal into custody under this subsection shall:

(1)
Immediately call the animal shelter and request that an animal control officer or enforcement agent take custody of the animal; and

(2)
File a written statement at the animal shelter describing the incident. The animal control officer or enforcement agent shall take custody of the animal and shall take the written statement of the person holding the animal. The officer or agent shall issue to the keeper of the animal a citation or warning and may impound the animal if the keeper cannot be found immediately.

(d)
It is an affirmative defense to a charge under subsection (a)(1) of this section that the noise is a normal result of a kennel authorized in an industrial zone or as permitted by the City and Borough of Juneau under title 49 of this Code.



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