June 4, 2013
- 28 Animals
- 28k3.5 Regulation in General
- 28k3.5(8) k. Searches, Seizures, Inspections and Forfeitures.
Exigent circumstances regarding health and safety hazards justified police officer’s warrantless impoundment of 15 cats found in pet owner’s motor vehicle, where pet owner was living out of her vehicle, the vehicle was crammed full of boxes, coolers, blankets, clothes, books, cooking utensils, a large bag of cat food and a large and dirty litter box, cats interfered with pet owner’s ability to see where she was going, and pet owner nearly backed into police officer’s car.
State v. Fifteen Impounded Cats, 785 N.W.2d 272 (S.D. 2010)
Suggested by Marianne Jennings, Professor Emeritus; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ