[accmemberdiscussion] What To Do if Animal Control Comes Knocking
- From: "Brenda Shreve" <colinwoodcollies@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <accmemberdiscussion@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 07:44:07 -0600
If this has appeared here before, but it's worth repeating. Brenda Go here and print out What To Do When Animal Control Comes Knocking. <http://idahobrittany.org/AnimalControl%5B1%5D.pdf> http://idahobrittany.org/AnimalControl%5B1%5D.pdf This is something every one of us should have printed out and hung somewhere that we can see it on occasion. It is by an lawyer in California so, while it's a great place to start, it's something that you really should check over with a lawyer in your own state. Find out what else you can do before they come knocking. I am not a lawyer, so take this for what it's worth. I have read several good answers here and I think you should definitely get the answers to many of the questions others have raised such as has your property been annexed to the city, have there been recent changes in ordinances, has your property been rezoned without your knowledge, etc. Having done all that so that you're as ready as you can be on that front, besides having a lawyer on standby for a call if you can, do you have a couple three friends who can come over, with cameras in hand (at least 1 video camera would be great). Others here have stated that when the raid happened, the officers held them back from going to their animals. If you have some friends there, they probably won't be allowed to get involved, but as the raiders start to split up and go their separate ways about your property, perhaps your friends can also split up and follow different groups, taking photos, video or maybe even audio recordings as long as they don't interfere. Also, I haven't seen this mentioned, but if they have a warrant for one thing, and in executing that warrant, they see something in plain sight, they can use that to expand the search. Put any diaries, calendars, memo pads etc out of plain sight and in someplace that would be very unlikely to be searched in conjunction with the animals. For instance, if they were coming to look at my animals and what their living spaces are like, I certainly wouldn't expect to see them going through my nightstand drawer. Perhaps if what they are there to inspect is the premises, you can get the animals off the property before hand or if what they want is to see the animals, you can take the animals to them for inspection at *your* vets office. Maybe you can work something out with your vet to bring them over tomorrow night and pick them up afterward, just in case. If you're sure of your facts regarding zoning, numbers and permits, ask them to give you copies of whatever proof they have to the contrary. One last thing, at the very least, ask an attorney if you have the right to tell them that Monday is not a good day for you and give them an alternate day and time. Even with the IRS the taxpayers have the right to say that a day or time or even the location is not convenient and request that it be changed and they have the right to record the entire meeting beginning with the location, day time and who is present and in what capacity. Good luck.
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