172.08(2) (2) Any person may take up a ram described in sub. (1), and shall within 24 hours after taking up the ram do one of the following:
172.08(2)(a) (a) If the owner of the ram is known, notify the owner that the ram has been taken up and of the place where the ram is secured.
172.08(2)(b) (b) If the owner of the ram is unknown, file with the town clerk a notice of the taking up, describing the marks of the ram, natural and artificial, if any, and also post copies of the notice in 3 public places in the town.
172.08(3) (3) The owner of a ram taken up under this section may, within 6 days after the filing and posting of the notices under sub. (2), pay or tender to the town clerk the forfeiture under sub. (1) and 50 cents for the town clerk's fees. Upon payment of the forfeiture and fees, the ram shall be restored to the owner and the clerk shall immediately pay one-half of the forfeiture to the person who took the ram up and the other half to the county treasurer. If the ram's owner fails to pay the forfeiture and fees in the 6-day period under this subsection, the ram shall become the property of the person who took up the ram.
172.08 History History: 1993 a. 482; 1997 a. 254.
subch. II of ch. 172 SUBCHAPTER II
ANIMALS DOING DAMAGE
172.51 172.51 Animals distrained; proceedings.
172.51(1) (1) The owner or occupant of any lands may distrain any beast doing damage on the premises, either while upon the premises or upon immediate pursuit of the beasts escaping from the premises and before returning to the enclosure of or to the immediate care of the owner or keeper. The person distraining the beasts may keep the beasts upon the premises or in a public pound in the person's town, city or village of residence until the person's damages are appraised.
172.51(2) (2) If the owner of the beasts is known to the person distraining the beasts and resides within the same county, the person distraining the beasts shall give written notice to the owner in accordance with whichever of the following applies:
172.51(2)(a) (a) If the owner resides within the same town, city or village as the person distraining the beasts, notice shall be given within 24 hours, Sundays excepted, after the animal is distrained.
172.51(2)(b) (b) If the owner does not reside in the same town, city or village as the person distraining the beasts, notice shall be given within 48 hours, Sundays excepted.
172.51(3) (3) The notice under sub. (2) shall specify all of the following:
172.51(3)(a) (a) The time when and the place where the beasts were distrained.
172.51(3)(b) (b) The number of beasts distrained and the place of their detention.
172.51(3)(c) (c) That at a time, which shall not be less than 12 hours after the serving of the notice nor more than 3 days after distraining the beasts, and place designated in the notice, the person distraining will apply to the town chairperson, village president or city mayor or manager of the municipality where the beasts were found for the appointment of 3 disinterested freeholders of the town, city or village to appraise the damages.
172.51(4) (4) If the owner of the beasts is unknown or does not reside in the same county as the person distraining the beasts, the person distraining the beasts shall, in accordance with sub. (3) (c), apply for the appointment of appraisers without notice and within 24 hours after distraining the beasts.
172.51(5) (5) Upon application, the town chairperson, village president or city mayor or manager shall appoint in writing 3 disinterested freeholders of the town, city or village to appraise the damages. The appraisers shall receive 50 cents for the appointment.
172.51 History History: 1989 a. 56; 1997 a. 192 s. 12; Stats. 1997 s. 172.51; 1997 a. 254.
172.52 172.52 Appraisal. The freeholders appointed as appraisers under s. 172.51 shall be immediately notified and shall immediately repair to the place damaged by the animals and view the damages done. The appraisers may take evidence of any witnesses of the facts and circumstances necessary to enable them to ascertain the extent of the damages and the sufficiency of any line fence on the premises where the damage was done, if any dispute arises regarding the damages or line fence. The appraisers may administer oaths to the witnesses. The appraisers shall certify under their hands the amount of damages, the cost of keeping the beasts to that time, their fees for services as appraisers not exceeding $1 per day each, and their determination as to the sufficiency of the line fence, if in dispute. The appraisers' decision as to damages and sufficiency of the fence is conclusive.
172.52 History History: 1997 a. 192 s. 12; Stats. 1997 s. 172.52; 1997 a. 254; 1999 a. 32.
172.53 172.53 Impounding; care; expense.
172.53(1) (1) Unless the damages determined under s. 172.52, together with the fees of the appraisers and chairperson, president or mayor, have been paid within 24 hours after the appraisal, the person distraining the beasts shall cause the beasts to be confined in accordance with whichever of the following applies:
172.53(1)(a) (a) The beasts shall be put into the nearest pound in the distraining person's town, city or village of residence, if there is a pound.
172.53(1)(b) (b) If there is no pound in the distraining person's town, city or village of residence, the beasts shall be put in some other secure enclosure.
172.53(2) (2) The beasts shall remain confined until sold under ss. 172.54 to 172.56, until the damages, fees and costs of keeping the beasts after appraisal are paid or until they are otherwise seized or discharged according to law. The confined beasts shall be furnished with suitable food from the time of seizure until they are discharged or sold. The expense of feeding the beasts, after the appraisal, shall be added to the amount determined under s. 172.52 and paid as additional costs. If the beasts are put in a pound, the certificate of appraisal shall be delivered to the keeper of the pound.
172.53 History History: 1993 a. 184; 1997 a. 192 s. 12; Stats. 1997 s. 172.53; 1997 a. 254; 1999 a. 32.
172.54 172.54 Time and notice of sale. The poundmaster of any pound shall receive and keep any beasts delivered to the poundmaster under s. 172.53. Unless the beasts are seized or discharged according to law within 6 days, from the time of their delivery to the pound, the poundmaster shall sell at public auction the beasts or so many of them as is necessary to pay the damages, fees and costs enumerated under ss. 172.52 and 172.53. The poundmaster shall give 2 days' notice of the sale by notice posted upon the pound and at 3 public places in the town, city or village in which the pound is located.
172.54 History History: 1993 a. 482; 1997 a. 192 s. 12; Stats. 1997 s. 172.54; 1997 a. 254; 1999 a. 32.
172.55 172.55 Sale of animal not impounded. If in consequence of there being no pound within the distraining person's city, town or village of residence the beasts distrained under s. 172.51 are kept in some other enclosure and the beasts are not discharged in the manner provided under this chapter within 6 days after being placed in the enclosure, the sheriff or any constable of the county shall sell the beasts or so many of them as shall be necessary to pay the damages, fees and costs of keeping, upon the same notice as is required in case of a constable's sale of personal property taken by execution.
172.55 History History: 1997 a. 192 s. 12; Stats. 1997 s. 172.55; 1997 a. 254; 1999 a. 32.
172.56 172.56 Proceeds of sale.
172.56(1)(1) From the proceeds of the sale under s. 172.54 or 172.55, the person making the sale shall retain his or her fees, which shall be the same as are allowed to constables upon sales of personal property on execution, and the cost of keeping the beasts. The person making the sale shall pay to the person who distrained the beasts the damages certified under s. 172.52, with the fees of the appraisers and chairperson, president or mayor.
172.56(2) (2) Any surplus remaining after distribution of the proceeds under sub. (1) shall be paid to the owner of the beast, if known. If no owner appears at the time of sale or within one week after the sale, and claims the surplus, it shall be paid to the treasurer of the distraining person's town, city or village of residence. If the money is not applied for within one year after the sale, the treasurer shall place the money in the town treasury. If the owner applies for the surplus and gives proper proof of ownership within 6 years after its receipt by the treasurer, the surplus, less a 2% deduction for fees, shall be paid over to the owner.
172.56 History History: 1993 a. 184; 1997 a. 192 s. 12; Stats. 1997 s. 172.56; 1997 a. 254; 1999 a. 32.
172.57 172.57 Damaging, or taking animal from, pound. Any person who willfully damages any pound maintained or supported by any town, city, village or county or wrongfully and forcibly takes, drives or releases from the pound any animal lawfully confined in the pound shall forfeit not more than $50.
172.57 History History: 1981 c. 285; 1997 a. 192 s. 12; Stats. 1997 s. 172.57.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Sept. 3, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Sept. 3, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-3-14)