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Original 400.13 procedure for owner surrendered animals

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Policy and procedure for owner surrendered animals at OCAC PRIOR TO the Logan lawsuit

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Original 400.13 procedure for owner surrendered animals

  1. 1. I. PURPOSE To establish a procedure for receiving animals from the owner or legal custodian for the purpose of placement or euthanasia. II. POLICY Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) accepts animals surrendered by persons claiming ownership or legal custody of an animal, who wish to relinquish the animal to OCAC. The purported owner or custodian must provide proper identification and pay all applicable fees as established by the Board of Supervisors. III. SCOPE Applicable to all employees charged with the responsibility of receiving animals. IV. FORMS Rabies Control Investigation Report (Animal Bite/Scratch Report) F272-12 2001.4 Orange County Animal Care Services Manual Receipt F042-12.2277 Owner Surrender Statement Owner Surrender Questionnaire V. REFERENCES Orange County Codified Ordinance (OCCO 4-1-23) California Food & Agriculture Code 17005, State Euthanasia Policy California Food & Agriculture Code 17006, Irremediable Serious Illness or Injury VI. DEFINITIONS Proper Identification - Any valid Drivers License, Identification Card or School Identification card with picture. VII. PROCEDURE Animals may be surrendered for the purpose of euthanasia or placement. Number: 400.13 SUBJECT: PROCEDURE FOR OWNER SURRENDERED ANIMALS Page: 1 Date: Approved: Revised: 02/06/15
  2. 2. A. Animals Surrendered for the Purpose of Euthanasia 1. Establish ownership of animal intended for relinquishment. 2. Obtain reason for relinquishment of animal. 3. Ensure that the animal meets the criteria for immediate euthanasia as verified by an OCAC Veterinarian or Registered Veterinarian Technician (RVT). 4. OCAC does not accept healthy, non-aggressive animals for euthanasia. The animal must meet one of the following criteria: a. Medical – any animal deemed by an OCAC Veterinarian or RVT, at time of relinquishment, as irremediably suffering due to a serious illness, condition, or severe injury, including advanced age. (See CA F&A17006) b. Behavior - Any animal deemed potentially dangerous or vicious (see OCCO 4-1-23), or the legal owner makes claim that in the past or present, (see CA F&A 17005) 1) The animal has exhibited aggression towards other animals or people. 2) A person or animal had to take defensive action to avoid bodily injury from the animal. 5. Determine if animal has been involved in a bite to a human in the last 10 days. If any animal has bitten in the last 10 days, initiate Rabies Control Investigation Report (P&P 700.04). 6. Create Kennel Window, (P&P 300.53). If intake occurs at Station I, store KENNEL NO as CLINIC. 7. Initiate and complete Manual Receipt (P&P 500.01). 8. Collect all applicable fees (P&P 500.50). 9. Store Chameleon Receipt (P&P 500.01). 10. Transport relinquished animal and required forms to Station III for euthanasia. Provide form(s) to either the ClinicVeterinarian or a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) or attach form(s) to Clinic Mail slot appropriated for these transactions. Include the following: a. A paper collar, legibly identifying the Animal_ID number. b. The second copy of signed Manual Receipt. c. All copies of Rabies Control Investigation Report, if applicable. Number: 400.13 SUBJECT: PROCEDURE FOR OWNER SURRENDERED ANIMALS Page: 2 Date: Approved: Revised: 02/06/15
  3. 3. B. Animals Surrendered for the Purpose of Placement OCAC will only accept those animals from cities that are contracted with the County to do so; all persons from outside our jurisdiction will be sent to the appropriate shelter for service. 1. Establish ownership of animal intended for relinquishment. 2. Obtain reason for relinquishment of animal. Have owner complete “Owner Surrender Questionnaire”. This may include animals intended to be surrendered for the purpose of euthanasia, but did not qualify under the established criteria. 3. After obtaining the reason for surrender, follow one of these procedures: a. Medical: OCAC Veterinarian or RVT, prior to impound, must evaluate and approve for adoption candidacy any animal relinquished with a known or observed medical condition. If impound is after normal business hours, evaluation shall take place the following morning. b. Behavior: Any animal relinquished for behavioral issues other than provided in Section A. 2. b above may be considered for adoption based on evaluation by Kennel and Veterinary staff. c. Other: If the animal is surrendered for other than medical or behavioral reasons (e.g. moving to a location that does not allow pets), both Kennel and Veterinary staff shall evaluate the animal to determine suitability for adoption. 4. Create Kennel Window (P&P 300.53). a. Complete animal profile, including any information that may aid in successfully placing animal in new home, take and store photo. b. If intake occurs at Station I, store KENNEL NO as TRANSIT until Station I Runner returns from transport of animal with actual cage number. 5. Initiate and complete Manual Receipt (P&P 500.01). 6. Have owner complete the Owner Surrender Form or Owner Surrender Question. 7. Collect all applicable fees (P&P 500.50). 8. Store Chameleon Receipt (P&P 500.01). Number: 400.13 SUBJECT: PROCEDURE FOR OWNER SURRENDERED ANIMALS Page: 3 Date: Approved: Revised: 02/06/15
  4. 4. 9. Transport relinquished animal, with assigned blue tag, to the Clinic for intake exam. 10. Veterinary staff shall examine the animal, enter history and physical exam notes in medical record, administer and prescribe appropriate medications and vaccinations, and assign animals to Adoption Partner Candidate (APC), Not recommended for Adoption (NRA), or Routine classification in Kennel Window under Intake in the Condition field. 11. Kennel animal in appropriate location based on condition; APC, NRA, ROUTINE, Treatment/Contagious or Special Attention. 12. All information from the “OWNWER SURRENDER QUESTIONNAIRE” will be entered into Chameleon and the forms will be turned into the Lt on duty at the end of every day. Number: 400.13 SUBJECT: PROCEDURE FOR OWNER SURRENDERED ANIMALS Page: 4 Date: Approved: Revised: 02/06/15

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