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2006 Minnesota Session Laws

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CHAPTER 223--S.F.No. 2374

An act

relating to dogs; modifying notice requirements for unlicensed dogs that are seized;

amending Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 347.14, subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 347.14, subdivision 2, is amended to read:

Subd. 2.

Prohibitions; limitations; regulations Prohibition; enforcement.

It shall be is unlawful for any a person to harbor or permit to remain about the person's premises any a dog for which no license exists and for which one is required. Any person who shall have has seized or impounded a dog with or without license under this section shall deliver such the dog to the humane officer of the town or city, if such a humane officer exists; or, if there be no such is not a humane officer, to the constable, statutory city marshal, or the town or city police peace officer. The officer to whom the dog is delivered shall, without delay, notify the owner, personally or through the United States mail, if such the owner be is known to the officer or can be ascertained with reasonable effort, but if the owner be unknown or cannot be ascertained, then the officer shall post written notice in three public places in the officer's town, giving a description of the dog, stating where it is impounded and the conditions for its release. If, after five days five regular business days of the impounding agency, the owner does not claim the dog, the officer shall may dispose of the dog in a proper and humane manner. For the purpose of this section, "regular business day" means a day during which the establishment having custody of the dog is open to the public at least four consecutive hours between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Presented to the governor May 20, 2006

Signed by the governor May 24, 2006, 12:01 p.m.

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