DO YOU KNOW THESE PETS? LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP US REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR FAMILIES!
A dog shows up at your house...what are you required to do to best reunite the pet with the owner?
Please read this code section to learn the correct procedure. To summarize; in Floyd County, call Animal Control at 540-745-9365.
This does NOT mean the dog will be taken away to the pound and euthanized. It enables an officer to locate the owner, who may have already reported the dog missing. If it were YOUR pet, wouldn't you want to know it has been found?
§ 3.2-6551. Notification by individuals finding companion animals; penalty.
A. Any individual who finds a companion animal and (i) provides care or safekeeping or (ii) retains the companion animal in such a manner as to control its activities shall within 48 hours:
1. Make a reasonable attempt to notify the owner of the companion animal if the owner can be ascertained from any tag, license, collar, tattoo, or another form of identification or markings or if the owner of the animal is otherwise known to the individual; and
2. Notify the public animal shelter that serves the locality where the companion animal was found and provide to the shelter contact information, including at least a name and a contact telephone number, a description of the animal, including information from any tag, license, collar, tattoo, or other identification or markings, and the location where the companion animal was found.
B. If an individual finds a companion animal and (i) provides care or safekeeping or (ii) retains the companion animal in such a manner as to control its activities, the individual shall comply with the provisions of § 3.2-6503.
C. Any individual who violates this section may be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $50 per companion animal.
If no pets are showing then they have all been reunited with their families.