Can the shelter charge an impoundment fee?

Can the shelter charge an impoundment fee?
Q:So my Nana offered to watch my cat while I moved. Well; without my knowledge she up and takes my cat to the pound. She has done this before and I had to pay to get him out and now I’m faced having to do same thing. Is this legal?

A:It is common for shelters to charge an impoundment fee to redeem animals. In fact, state and local laws often contain impoundment fee provisions. These laws also provide that after a specified period of time, the shelter can place the animal for adoption or have the animal euthanized. Therefore, it is extremely important for people to act quickly to retrieve their pets. It is generally not lawful for an individual who agreed to board an animal or a boarding facility to surrender animals in their care without the animal’s “owner’s” consent (unless, for example, the animal was abandoned). However, it can sometimes be difficult to prove that an animal was boarded when family members are involved who allege that the animal was given to them, already theirs, abandoned with them, etc. People who have had a bad boarding experience with a facility or a person (including a family member) should consider boarding their animals elsewhere.
Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott