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According to the statutory abandonment provisions (Sections 1834.5 and 1834.6 of the Civil Code), if an animal is not picked up within 14 days after it was due to be picked up, the animal is considered to be abandoned.
Once the animal is determined to be abandoned, the veterinarian must keep the animal an additional 10 days while attempting to find it a new owner. If after the initial 14 days and the additional 10 days (for a total of 24 days) the legal owner has not retrieved the animal or the veterinarian has been unable to locate a new home for the animal, the veterinarian may humanely destroy the animal in compliance with the notice requirements and formalities of these sections of the Civil Code.
One contingency, however, is that if the owner attempts physically to retrieve the animal or otherwise contact the veterinary facility, or give notice of intent to retrieve the animal within the initial 14-day period, even though the veterinarian’s bill has not been paid, the animal cannot be considered to be abandoned.
There shall be a notice posted in a conspicuous place, or in conspicuous type in a written receipt given, to warn such person depositing an animal at such animal care facilities of the provisions of this section.
An abandoned animal, as described in Section 1834.5, shall not be used for scientific or any other type of experimentation, nor shall such an abandoned animal be turned over to a pound or animal regulation department of a public agency.