2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 4. Animals
§4-85.5. Duties of peace officer.
A. 1. Upon receiving notice of the taking up of any strayed animal, it shall be the duty of any peace officer, unless the owner thereof is identified and known by the peace officer to be the owner, to make or cause to be made an examination of the brand records and reports of lost, strayed and stolen livestock.
2. If from these records the name of the owner or probable owner can be determined, the owner shall be notified forthwith of the taking up of the strayed animal.
3. If the name of the owner or probable owner cannot be determined, the officer shall arrange for the housing of the animal as provided by subsection B of this section.
B. The Department of Public Safety and any municipality, county, or other political subdivision of this state may establish a list of facilities, including, but not limited to, livestock sales facilities or veterinary clinics, for an official rotation log for the keeping of strayed animals pursuant to the request of or at the direction of any officer of the Department or a municipality, county, or other political subdivision. The Department of Public Safety may promulgate rules for the implementation and administration of this section.
C. Upon the owner's proving to the satisfaction of the peace officer that the animal is lawfully the owner's, the peace officer shall allow the animal to be taken by the owner, upon payment of the actual cost for keeping it together with the amount of any damages suffered by the taker-up as a result of the strayed animal being upon the premises of the taker-up.
D. If the owner fails to pay the charges, the animal shall be sold according to provisions of Section 85.6 of this title.
E. After all costs and expenses incurred for the care, transportation, and sale of such animal have been deducted from the gross sale proceeds, the net amount shall be paid to the owner.
Added by Laws 1970, c. 165, § 5. Amended by Laws 1974, c. 29, § 3, emerg. eff. April 11, 1974; Laws 1997, c. 44, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2000, c. 253, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2004, c. 130, § 1, emerg. eff. April 20, 2004.
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