1 - Pounds and Shelters must keep dogs for at least five days and maintain written records about the animal, which are open to anyone asking about a lost dog. § 3.2-6551
2 - The pound must make a reasonable effort to ascertain whether the animal has a collar, tag, license, tattoo, CHIP or other form of identification. If such identification is found on the animal, the animal shall be held for an additional five days, unless sooner claimed by the rightful owner. If the rightful owner of the animal can be readily identified, the operator or custodian of the pound must make a reasonable effort to notify the owner of the animal's confinement within the next 48 hours following its confinement.
3 - An animal confined that has not been claimed upon expiration of the appropriate holding period as provided above, it shall be deemed abandoned and become the property of the pound and can be killed.
4 - The pound shall maintain a written record of the information on each animal submitted to the pound by an individual in accordance with subdivision A 2 of § 3.2-6551 for a period of 30 days from the date the information is received by the pound. If a person contacts the pound inquiring about a lost companion animal, the pound shall check its records and make available to such person any information submitted by the individual or allow such person inquiring about a lost companion animal to view the written records.
5 - An animal confined pursuant to this section shall be kept for a period of not less than five days; such period to commence on the day immediately following the day the animal is initially confined in the facility, unless sooner claimed by the rightful owner thereof. Any individual who finds a companion animal and: (i) provides care or safekeeping; or (ii) retains a companion animal in such a manner as to control its activities shall notify Animal Control and/or the owner, within 48 hours § 3.2-6551
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