1. These By-laws maybe cited as the Town Council of Taveta (pounds) By-laws, 2008
2. In these By-laws, unless the context otherwise requires:-
“Animals” means any horse, donkey, mule, cattle, sheep, goat, dog or camel.
“Council” means the Town Council of Taveta,
3. The Council may establish, control and maintain pounds for the reception and detention of any animal impounded under these By-laws may appoint a pound master to e in charge such pounds.
4. Any person authorized to do so by the Council may seize any animal found straying in any street or public place and may take such animal to a pound where such animals shall be impounded.
5. The owner or occupier of any land may seize any animal which he finds trespassing o his land and may take it, or cause it to be take, to a pound where such animals shall be impounded.
6. The pound master may receive into pound and detain therein any animal brought to him for such purpose and shall feed every animal impounded therein properly.
7. Every person seeking the release of any animal impounded under these By-laws shall pay to the Councilor any duly authorized agent of the Council the appropriate fee prescribed in the schedule to these By-laws.
8. The pound master shall not release any animal from any pound unit until the person seeking the release of the animal has paid to the council the prescribed fees.
9. No animal shall be released from any pound unit within one month of being received into the pound to any person other than the owner of or the person normally having control of that animal.
10. (1) Any animal not claimed within one month of having been received into a pound shall be deemed to be ownerless.
(2) The Councilor any person so authorized by the council, may cause any animal deemed to be ownerless to be sold.
(3) The proceeds of such sale shall be applied firstly, to the payment of the pound fees and thirdly, the surplus, if any shall be retained for a period of six months from the date of the sale and thereafter paid to the owner of the animal sold upon proof of ownership and the making to a claim within six months from the date of sale, or credited to the council.
11. The council or any person authorized by the council so to do, may at any time order the killing of any animal taken to a pound and detailed therein, if it appears to the council that such killing is necessary or advisable for the prevention of spread of disease or for human reasons.
12. No liability shall attach to the council, the pound master or any person of:-
(a) The release of any animal to a person other than the owner or the person normally having control of the animal; or
(b) The payment of any proceeds of sale to a person other than the owner of the animal sold; or
(c) The killing of any animal; or
(d) Any loss or damage incurred by or caused to any person by reason of the impounding of or other dealing with an animal according to these by laws.
13. Any person who, without lawful authority, either releases or attempts to release any animal being properly conveyed to or held within a pound, or damages any pound, shall be guilty of an offence.
14. Any person who is guilty of an offence under the provisions of By-laws shall be liable:-
(a) In the case of a first conviction for such offence, to a fine not less than two thousand Kenya shillings, or imprisonment for a term not less than six months, or to both such fine and imprisonment; or
(b) In the case of a second or subsequent conviction for such an offence, to a fine not less than three thousand Kenya shillings, or imprisonment for a term not less than nine months, or to both such fine and imprisonment.