Section 2-15-297

Stray cattle, equine, or equidae found on quarantined or tick infested ranges, pastures, etc.; condemnation and sale; redemption.

All stray cattle and equine or equidae running at large on quarantined or tick infested ranges, commons, pastures, or fields, if the cattle and equine or equidae have not been dipped as provided in this article, shall be taken up by the sheriff, any constable or livestock inspector, quarantined and dipped regularly once every two weeks and fed and cared for at the expense and risk of the owner of the animals.

The sheriff, any constable or livestock inspector shall apply to any judge of a district court to have the animals condemned as strays and sold at public auction. The judge of the district court shall post notices of the sale of the animals in three public places in the county where the stock is taken up and in one county paper, if one is published in the county, giving the time and place of the sale, and the sale shall not be made until 10 days after the notices have been posted and printed.

The proceeds of the sale shall go to pay all the costs of taking up, feeding, confining, selling, and dipping and, if there is a balance, it shall go into the county treasury to be applied on tick eradication. Every one of the animals mentioned in this section whose owner cannot be found by the inspector shall be regarded as a legal stray and subject to this article. The owner may redeem the animal within 30 days after sale by proving ownership to the court and paying the purchase price and all cost.

(Ag. Code 1927, §582; Code 1940, T. 2, §375; Act 2004-627, p. 1421, §1.)