A. An exotic animal possessed or maintained in violation of this chapter may be subject to impoundment and euthanasia by the animal control authority if any of the following exigent circumstances is deemed to exist by the director of the animal control authority or designee:
1. The exotic animal presents an imminent likelihood of serious physical harm to the public and there is no other reasonably available means of abatement. For the purposes hereof, if an exotic animal wanders or runs loose in the City, it shall be presumed that the exotic animal presents an imminent likelihood of serious physical harm to the public and there is no other reasonably available means of abatement; or
2. There is no reasonable basis to believe that the violation can be or in good faith will be corrected and after reasonable search or inquiry by the animal control authority no facility as authorized by local, state or federal law is available to house the exotic animal; or
3. The exotic animal suffers from a communicable disease injurious to other animals or human beings; provided, that this section shall not apply if the animal is under treatment by a licensed veterinarian and may reasonably be expected to recover without infecting other animals or human beings.
B. After an exotic animal has been impounded, as provided above, the director of the animal control authority or designee shall provide notice to the person who had possessed or maintained the exotic animal of the exigent circumstances deemed to exist that warranted the impoundment and euthanasia of the exotic animal. The person who had possessed or maintained the exotic animal or another person with an ownership interest in the exotic animal may appeal the determination to the City Manager; provided, that the appeal must be filed with the City Manager within 15 days of the notice of impoundment referred to hereinabove. [Ord. 105 § 1, 1996.]