717B.5  Rescue of neglected animals.

1.  A law enforcement officer, after consulting with a veterinarian licensed pursuant to chapter 169, may rescue an animal neglected as provided in section 717B.3 on public or private property, as provided in this subsection. The officer may enter onto property of a person to rescue a neglected animal, if the officer obtains a search warrant issued by a court, or enters onto the premises in a manner consistent with the laws of this state and the United States, including Article I, section 8, of the Constitution of the State of Iowa, or the fourth amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

2.  If an animal is rescued pursuant to this section, the local authority shall provide for the maintenance of the neglected animal. The local authority may contract with an animal care provider for the maintenance of the neglected animal. The local authority shall post a notice in a conspicuous place at the location where the animal was rescued. The notice shall state that the animal has been rescued by the local authority pursuant to this section. The local authority shall pay the animal care provider for the animal's maintenance regardless of proceeds received from the sale of the animal or any reimbursement ordered by a court, pursuant to section 717B.4.

3.  The animal shall be subject to disposition as required by a court, pursuant to section 717B.4.

Section History: Recent form

  94 Acts, ch 1103, §16

Internal References

  Referred to in § 717B.1, 717B.4

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