City of Elberton Police
Animal Control Leash Law
Sec. 6-1. Running at large prohibited; duty of owner or custodian; penalty.
(a) It shall be unlawful for the owner or custodian of any dog or other animal located within the city to fail to keep such dog or other animals at all times either:
(1) Confined on the property of such owner or custodian; or
(2) On a leash in the custody of a responsible person on the public streets; or
(3) In an automobile and in the custody of a person competent by law to drive such automobile; or
(4) Tied or secured while riding in a truck
(b) Any person violating the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall be punished as provided in section 1-9.
(Code 1968, § 4-21)
Sec. 6-2. Impoundment; procedure for disposition of impounded animals.
(a) It shall be the duty of the animal control officer to seize and impound all dogs or other animals found running at large within the corporate limits of the city in violation of this chapter. Any dog or other animal seized and impounded shall be detained for a period of 48 hours and, if not claimed and redeemed by the owner or custodian within such period, shall be disposed of in such manner as the animal control officer shall designate; provided, however, that whenever the name of any person appears on the collar of any dog or other animal seized or impounded, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, such person, owner or custodian shall be notified of such seizure in writing by the animal control officer by a postcard addressed to him at his last known address and deposited in the United States mail. Diligent inquiry shall be made to ascertain the identity of the owner, and such owned dog or other animal shall not be disposed of until five days after the written notice shall have been given.
(b) When the name of the owner or the custodian shall not appear on the collar of the dog or other animal, the animal control officer shall make a reasonable investigation and inquiry to ascertain the owner or custodian of such dog or other animal and shall give such owner or custodian the same notice by postcard as provided in subsection (a) of this section. If such investigation fails to reveal the name of the owner or custodian, then such dog or other animal may be disposed of by the animal control officer after a period of 48 hours as provided in subsection (a) of this section.
(c) Any dog or other animal seized and impounded pursuant to this chapter may be redeemed at any time prior to the disposition of such dog or other animal by the payment of the currently required impoundment fee, plus the daily maintenance fees.
(d) The animal control officer shall keep accurate written records showing the final disposition of all dogs or other animals impounded by him under the provisions of this chapter, which records shall be open and available for inspection by any citizen or officer, or agent of the city.
(Code 1968, § 4-22)