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All impounded dogs or other animals not reclaimed or redeemed within 72 hours may be destroyed in some humane manner by the agency designated in the joint powers agreement between the City and the County, or such agency may, after such dog or other animal is impounded for 72 hours, place the same with some responsible person and convey a valid title thereto. Such 72-hour period shall start to run on a currently licensed dog having thereon a license tag only after a postcard has been mailed by the agency to the owner at the address given on his application for a dog license; provided, that if such dog or other animal is seriously injured or ill, the agency may, with the consent of the public health veterinarian of the County, and to prevent further suffering, destroy such dog or other animal prior to the expiration of such 72-hour period.