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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 3. Agriculture and Animals
- Chapter 55. Care of Animals; Control of Dogs
- Section 130. Destruction and Adoption of Animals.
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. Seizure of Animals.
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AS 03.55.130. Destruction and Adoption of Animals.
- (a) If a determination is made by a veterinarian licensed under AS 08.98, by a peace officer in consultation with a veterinarian
licensed under AS 08.98, or by a peace officer who is unable to
locate or communicate with a veterinarian licensed under AS 08.98
that an animal removed under AS 03.55.100
- 03.55.190 is injured or diseased to such an extent
that, in the opinion of the veterinarian, it is probable the animal cannot recover, the veterinarian or the peace
officer may humanely destroy the animal or arrange for the animal's humane destruction.
- (b) Upon diagnosis and recommendation of a veterinarian licensed under AS 08.98, a public or private custodian may humanely destroy or arrange
for the humane destruction of a severely injured, diseased, or suffering animal that has been removed under AS 03.55.100
- (c) An owner of an animal destroyed under this section may not recover damages for the destruction of the animal unless
the owner shows that the destruction was not reasonable under the facts as known to the veterinarian or the peace
officer authorizing the destruction.
- (d) Except as provided in (a) or (b) of this section, the custodian of an animal may not adopt, provide for the adoption
of, or euthanize the animal within 10 business days after the animal is taken into custody. An owner may prevent the
animal's adoption or destruction by
- (1) petitioning the court of the judicial district in which the animal was removed for the animal's immediate return,
subject, if appropriate, to court-imposed conditions; or
- (2) posting a bond or security with the court of the judicial district in which the animal was seized in an amount
determined by the court to be sufficient to provide for the animal's care for a minimum of 30 days from the date the
animal was removed.
- (e) If the custodian still has custody of the animal when the bond or security posted under (d)(2) of this section expires
and the court has not ordered an alternative disposition, the animal becomes the custodian's property. If a court order
prevents the custodian from assuming ownership and the custodian continues to care for the animal, the court shall
require the owner of the animal to pay by bond or otherwise for the custodian's continuing costs of care for the animal
until a final disposition of the animal is made by the court.
- (f) The state may not be required to reimburse a public or private agency, organization, or person that voluntarily
assists with a removal of an animal or receives custody of an animal removed under this section for costs of shelter,
care, veterinary assistance, or medical treatment rendered to the animal.
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