Sec. 7-1. Animal warden.
The city council shall, upon nomination of the chief of police, appoint a special policeman to be known as the animal warden for the city, and deputy animal wardens whose terms of office shall be at the pleasure of the chief of police, and it shall be the special duty of the animal warden and deputy animal wardens, subject to the supervision and control of the chief of police, to enforce this chapter and the statutes of the Commonwealth relating to animals, particularly the provisions with respect to dogs contained in chapter 27.4, Title 3.1, Code of Virginia. To enable them to discharge their duties, the animal warden and deputy animal wardens shall have the power, perform the duties, and be subject to the penalties that are by law prescribed. When in uniform or upon displaying a badge or other credentials of office, the animal warden and the deputy animal wardens shall have the power to issue a summons or obtain a felony warrant as necessary, providing the execution of such warrant shall be carried out by any law-enforcement officer as defined in Section 9.1-101 of the state code to any person found in the act of violating any animal protection and control laws of the Commonwealth or any animal protection and control ordinances of the city. (Code 1959, § 25-4(b); Ord. No. O-01-171, 9-18-01; Ord. No. O-03-192, 11-25-03)
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