2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 4:20-23 - Impounding and sale of such animals

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 4:20-23 (2017)

4:20-23. Impounding and sale of such animals

The person injured as provided in section 4:20-22 of this title may take and impound the animals found trespassing or doing damage, as therein provided, in his field or other inclosure for twenty-four hours and shall give notice thereof to the owner of the animals, if known and easily to be found.

If the animals are not redeemed within the twenty-four hours by payment of or satisfaction for the damages certified as provided in said section 4:20-22, the person damaged shall take them to the public pound of the township, where the poundkeeper shall receive and keep them until the damages so certified and the charges of conveying and pounding are paid.

The person damaged shall have twenty-five cents per head for horses and cattle and fifteen cents for sheep, for taking the animals to the pound, and the poundkeeper shall have the same fees for letting in and out of the pound, and forty cents per head for horses and cattle and twenty-five cents for sheep for every twenty-four hours they shall remain in the pound.

If the owner of the impounded animals does not pay the damages and charges of impounding within four days after the animals are impounded, or replevy them, the poundkeeper shall set up advertisements in at least three of the most public places in the township to which the pound belongs, and in one or more of the most public places in the two next adjoining townships, particularly describing the animals and giving at least thirty days' notice of an intended day and place of sale, and stating that if the owner does not appear and redeem the animals before the time so notified, they will be sold at public sale.

If the owner, or another for him, does not appear and redeem the animals at the time and place of the sale, the poundkeeper shall sell them accordingly, and out of the money arising therefrom shall pay the damages and charges of conveying to the pound, retain his fees for pounding, keeping and feeding the animals and the further sum of one dollar for each animal for setting up the advertisements and notice of sale and selling such animal, and return the surplus to the owner.

If the owner does not appear and claim the surplus within twelve calendar months after the sale, it shall be paid to the clerk of the township where the animals were impounded, for the use of the township.

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