City of Troy, MO
Lincoln County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Article I Generally

Section 205.005 Purpose.

Section 205.010 Definitions.

Section 205.015 Owner Accountability.

Section 205.020 Restrictions On Number of Dogs On Premises.

Section 205.030 Barking Dogs.

Section 205.040 Concealing Animals Is A Misdemeanor.

Section 205.050 Female Dogs To Be Confined.

Section 205.060 Vicious Dogs Prohibited — Exceptions.

Section 205.065 Keeping of Pit Bull Dogs Prohibited.

Section 205.070 Interference With The Dog Pound or Officers.

Section 205.080 Dog Litters.

Section 205.090 Quarantine of Dogs.

Section 205.100 Dogs Running At Large.

Section 205.110 Dog License Fee.

Section 205.120 Vaccination of Dogs.

Section 205.130 Dog Licenses' Term.

Section 205.140 Receipts and Dog Tags.

Section 205.150 Affixing Dog Tags.

Section 205.160 Duplicate Dog Tags.

Section 205.170 Dog Tags Are Not Transferable or Refundable.

Section 205.180 Establishment of A Dog Pound.

Section 205.190 Impoundment of Dogs.

Section 205.200 Impoundment When Ownership Is Known.

Section 205.210 Dog Impoundment Notice.

Section 205.220 Redemption From Dog Pound.

Section 205.230 Release From Dog Pound.

Section 205.240 Disposition of Unclaimed Dogs.

Section 205.250 Animal Neglect.

Section 205.255 Animal Trespass.

Section 205.260 Animal Abuse.

Section 205.270 Quarantine Order To Be Issued By Mayor — To Be Published and Posted.

Section 205.280 Keeping a Dangerous Wild Animal.

Section 205.290 Bullbaiting and Cockfighting.

Section 205.300 Abandonment of Birds or Animals in City Parks — Prohibited.

Section 205.305 Nuisance.

Section 205.310 Regulation of Animals Disturbing the Peace or Causing Property Damage.

Section 205.315 Failure to Control.

Section 205.320 Animal Waste Removed By Owner.

Article II Exotic Animals

Section 205.330 Intent.

Section 205.340 Definition.

Section 205.350 Prohibited and Restricted Exotic Animals.

Section 205.360 Pre-Existing Ownership or Possession of Exotic Animals.

Section 205.370 Permit/Registration Process.

Section 205.380 Exceptions.

Section 205.390 Costs.

Section 205.400 Breeding/Reproduction.

Section 205.005 Purpose.

[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
The purpose of this Chapter is to regulate and control the possession and ownership of dogs, cats and other animals in the City of Troy, Missouri (hereinafter the "City") to the end that the public health and safety of the residents of the City will be protected from the diseases of dogs, cats and other animals, particularly rabies; that there is proper responsibility by owners of animals for their care and for the damages caused by such animals, if any, and that the nuisance factor of dogs, cats and other animals running at large shall be controlled so that the owners of healthy dogs, cats and other animals will be enabled to more fully enjoy the benefits derived therefrom. The inoculating, licensing, impoundment and other provisions of this Chapter are for the purposes of controlling the incidence of rabies in dogs, cats and other animals in the City as well as promoting responsible pet ownership within the City. All violations of Sections or Subsections of this Chapter are punishable as set forth by State Statute or the Code of Ordinances of the City of Troy, Missouri, at the discretion of the Municipal Judge of the City of Troy unless otherwise mandated within the specific Section or Subsection of this Chapter.

Section 205.010 Definitions.

[R.O. 2006 §205.010; CC 1980 §420.010; Ord. No. 489, 4-19-1965; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980; Ord. No. 616, 11-21-1977; Ord. No. 1091, 4-20-2009]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following terms shall be deemed to have the meanings indicated below:
ADEQUATE CONTROL
To reasonably restrain, govern or control an animal so that the animal does not injure itself, any person, any other animal, or property.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
AFFECTED WITH RABIES
Infected with the rabies virus as determined by standard laboratory testing.
ANIMAL
Any living animal, domestic, farm or wild, excepting birds, fish, amphibians and farm animals.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
AT LARGE
When an animal is on any street, alley, or any other public place in the City and is not attached to a leash, the other end of which is securely held by a competent person, or when such animal is on private property within the City and either not attached to a leash, the other end of which is securely held by a competent person, or not so confined by a fence or restrained by an electronic fence meeting the requirements of this Chapter so as to prevent its straying from the premises. An animal which shall remain in an adequate enclosure or other confinement or restraint on the property of its owner without leash shall not be deemed to be running at large within the meaning of this definition.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
CAT
Any male or female member of the domestic feline family.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
COMPETENT PERSON
A person that is capable of restraining, controlling and governing a dog, cat or other domestic animal in his or her possession at the time of the event in question or to whose commands the dog, cat or animal is obedient.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
CONTROLLING PARTY
Any person or persons controlling, harboring, possessing, feeding, or having the management or care, in whole or in part, of any dog, cat, or other domestic animal at the time of the suspected offense.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
DOGS
Includes both male and female over six (6) months of age, except as otherwise herein specifically mentioned.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
Animals that are normally considered to be household pets and are legal to be owned as pets in the City. This includes dogs, cats, birds, fish, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, small rodents, other common pocket pets and non-poisonous reptiles under six (6) feet in total length.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
EXPOSED TO RABIES
When bitten by, or fought with, or has come in close contact with a dog or other animal shown to be infected with the rabies virus as determined by standard laboratory testing.
FAILURE TO CONTROL
Failure on the part of an owner, competent person or controlling party to exercise adequate control over or properly govern the behavior of an animal to the point that the animal bites, attacks or injures a person or other domestic animal or exhibits an unprovoked threat of attacking or biting a person, domestic animal or farm animal. This can occur anywhere in the City, including the owner's curtilage, unless the animal is protecting the owner.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
FARM ANIMAL
An animal normally raised on a farm or ranch and used or intended for use in farm or ranch production or as food or fiber.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
HARBORING
Any person or persons providing food or shelter for three (3) or more consecutive days for any animal.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
OWNER
In addition to its ordinary meaning of having proof of ownership, owner includes any person who keeps or harbors an animal or professes to be owning, keeping or harboring an animal.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
PIT BULL DOG
Any and all of the following dogs:
1. 
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dogs.
2. 
The American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dogs.
3. 
The American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dogs.
4. 
Dogs which have the appearance and characteristics of being predominately of the breeds of the dogs known as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier.
PUBLIC NUISANCE
Any animal that habitually barks, howls, whines, or makes other sounds that disturb a reasonable person's peace, or causes a foul or obnoxious odor to be emitted from the premises or damages the property of a person or entity which is not owned by the owner of the animal.
[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
PUPPIES
Any dog, either female or male, under the age of six (6) months.
RABIES
Hydrophobia.
VICIOUS DOG
Any of the following dogs:
1. 
Any dog, whether or not running at large and whether or not unrestrained, that without provocation has bitten any person not a trespasser causing serious physical injury to that person.
2. 
Any unrestrained dog, whether or not running at large, that without provocation has attempted to bite any person not a trespasser which would cause serious physical injury to that person.
3. 
Any unrestrained dog, whether or not running at large, that without provocation has placed any person not a trespasser in apprehension of immediate serious physical injury.
4. 
Any dog that has killed or caused serious injury to another dog, cat or other domestic animal without provocation
5. 
Pit bull dog.

Section 205.015 Owner Accountability.

[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
In an effort to promote personal accountability and responsible animal ownership, it is the intent of the Board of Aldermen to govern the behavior of animal owners so that animals in their care are kept and controlled in a manner that is amenable to the City and the residents within; therefore, all violations that are cited in this Chapter are to the owner regardless of whether the same or different animals are the subject of the offense. Therefore, as an example of this meaning, a violation of this Chapter shall be considered a second or subsequent violation regardless if the first violation involved a different animal. All violations under this Chapter are punishable as is set forth under this Chapter and State law at the discretion of the Municipal Judge, unless otherwise specified and directed by the Board of Aldermen within the certain Sections or Subsections.

Section 205.020 Restrictions On Number of Dogs On Premises.

[R.O. 2006 §205.020; CC 1980 §420.020; Ord. No. 616, 11-21-1977; Ord. No. 1104 §1, 8-17-2009]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to keep on their premises more than two (2) dogs or two (2) puppies, or any combination of dogs or puppies that exceed two (2).
B. 
However, a person may apply for a variance to keep a third (3rd) dog on their property. The variance will be issued if the City of Troy determines, in its sole discretion, that the facilities for keeping the dogs is adequate and it is not likely that the dogs will create a nuisance or disturb the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity. The variance may be revoked by the City if the City receives any complaints from any neighbors of the applicant concerning the conduct of the dogs or if the applicant violates any other rule of Chapter 205. In said event, the applicant shall have thirty (30) days to remove the dog from the City limits.

Section 205.030 Barking Dogs.

[R.O. 2006 §205.030; CC 1980 §420.030; Ord. No. 616, 11-21-1977]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to keep on their premises any dogs or puppies that continue to make loud barking, yapping or howling noise, and the keeping of said animal or animals who, by frequent or long continuing noise such as barking, yapping or howling, shall disturb the comfort or repose of any person in the vicinity, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Section 205.040 Concealing Animals Is A Misdemeanor.

[R.O. 2006 §205.040; CC 1980 §420.040]
It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to conceal an animal or animals.

Section 205.050 Female Dogs To Be Confined.

[R.O. 2006 §205.060; CC 1980 §420.060; Ord. No. 489, 4-19-1965]
All female dogs will be kept securely confined in an enclosed place while in heat.

Section 205.060 Vicious Dogs Prohibited — Exceptions.

A. 
It shall be unlawful to own, keep or harbor a vicious dog in the City of Troy except in accordance with the following provisions:
1. 
Leash and muzzle. No person shall permit a vicious dog to go outside its kennel or pen unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer than four (4) feet in length. No person shall permit a vicious dog to be kept on a chain, rope or other type of leash outside its kennel or pen unless a person is in physical control of the leash. Such dogs may not be leashed to inanimate objects such as trees, posts or buildings. In addition, all vicious dogs on a leash outside its kennel or pen must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient to prevent such dog from biting persons or other animals.
2. 
Confinement. All vicious dogs shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel, except when leashed and muzzled as above provided. Such pen, kennel or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to the sides. All structures used to confine vicious dogs must be locked with a key or combination lock when such dogs are within the structure. Said structure must have a secure bottom or floor attached to the sides of the pen or the sides of the pen must be imbedded in the ground no less than two (2) feet. Also, such structures must be adequately lighted and ventilated and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
3. 
Confinement indoors. No vicious dog may be kept on a porch, patio or any part of a house or structure that would allow the dog to exit such building on its own volition. In addition, no such animal may be kept in a house or structure when the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure.
4. 
Signs. All owners, keepers or harborers of vicious dogs within the City shall display in a prominent place on their premises a sign easily readable by the public using the words "Beware of Dog". In addition, a similar sign is required to be posted on the kennel or pen of such dog.

Section 205.065 Keeping of Pit Bull Dogs Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 1097 §1, 6-15-2009; Ord. No. 1118, 6-21-2010]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the City of Troy, Missouri, any pit bull dog, provided that pit bull dogs residing in the City on the effective date of this Section may be kept within the City subject to the standards and requirements herein set forth. "Pit bull dog" is defined to mean:
1. 
Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog;
2. 
The American pit bull terrier breed of dog;
3. 
The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog;
4. 
Any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier or American pit bull terrier as to be identifiable as partially of the breed of Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier or American pit bull terrier.
5. 
Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers or a combination of any of these breeds.
B. 
Pit bull dogs residing in the City of Troy on the effective date of this Section may be kept by their owners within the City subject to the following standards:
1. 
Pit bull dogs residing in the City on the effective date of this Section must be registered with the City by the owners within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this Section.
2. 
No person shall permit a pit bull to go outside its enclosure or pen unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer than four (4) feet in length. No person shall permit a pit bull dog to be kept on a chain, rope or other type of leash outside its enclosure or pen unless a person is in physical control of the leash. Such dogs may not be leashed to inanimate objects such as trees, posts, buildings, etc. In addition, all pit bulls on a leash outside the animal's enclosure or pen must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient to prevent such dog from biting persons or other animals.
3. 
All pit bulls shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or enclosure, except when leased and muzzled as above provided. Such pen, enclosure or structure must have secure sides and secure top attached to the sides. All structures used to confine pit bull dogs must be locked with a key or combination lock when such animals are within the structure. Such structure must have a secure bottom or floor attached to the sides of the pen or the sides of the pen must be embedded in the ground no less than two (2) feet. All structures erected to house pit bull dogs must comply with Section 205.060(2) of the Troy City Code. All structures must be adequately lighted and ventilated and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
4. 
No pit bull dog may be kept on a porch, patio or in any part of a house or structure that would allow the dog to exit such building on its own volition. In addition, no such animal may be kept in a house or structure when the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure.
5. 
All owners, keepers or harborers of pit bull dogs within the City shall within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this Section display in a prominent place on their premises a sign easily readable by the public using the words "Beware of Dog — Pit Bull". In addition, a similar sign is required to be posted on the enclosure or pen of such animal.
6. 
All owners, keepers or harborers of pit bull dogs must within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this Section provide proof to the City of public liability insurance in a single incident amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for bodily injury to or death of any person or persons or for damage to property owned by any persons which may result from the ownership, keeping or maintenance of such animal. Such insurance policy shall provide that no cancellation of the policy will be made unless ten (10) days' written notice is first given to the City. An effective insurance policy with the coverage and in the amounts specified herein must be maintained by the owner, keeper or harborer at all times.
7. 
All owners, keepers or harborers of registered pit bull dogs registered with the City must within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this Section provide to the City two (2) color photographs (two (2) different poses) of the animal clearly showing the color and approximate size of the animal.
8. 
The owner or harborer of a pit bull must have a microchip implanted in the dog for identification and the name and number of the microchip must be provided to the City at the time of registration of the pit bull.
9. 
All owners, keepers or harborers of pit bull dogs must within sixty (60) days of the incident report the following information in writing to the City as required hereinafter:
a. 
The removal from the City or death of a pit bull dog;
b. 
The birth of offspring of a pit bull dog;
c. 
The new address of a pit bull dog owner should the owner move from one address within the corporate City limits to another address within the corporate City limits.
10. 
No person shall sell, barter or in any way dispose of a pit bull dog registered with the City to any person within the City unless the recipient person resides permanently in the same household and on the same premises and the registered owner of such dog; provided that the registered owner of a pit bull dog may sell or otherwise dispose of a pit bull dog or the offspring of such dog to persons who do not reside within the City.
11. 
All offspring born of pit bull dogs registered with the City must be removed from the City within eight (8) weeks of the birth of such animal.
12. 
There shall be an irrebuttable presumption that any dog registered with the City as a pit bull dog or any of those breeds prohibited by this Section is in fact a dangerous dog or any of those breeds prohibited by this Section is in fact a dangerous dog subject to the requirements of this Section.
13. 
It shall be unlawful of the owner, keeper or harborer of a pit bull dog registered with the City of Troy to fail to comply with the requirements and conditions set forth in this Section. Any dog found to be the subject to a violation of this Section shall be subject to immediate seizure and impoundment.
14. 
Any person violating or permitting the violation of any provision of this Section shall upon conviction in Municipal Court be fined a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00), in addition to the fine imposed the Court may sentence the defendant to imprisonment for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days. In addition, the Court shall order the registration of the subject pit bull revoked and the dog removed from the City. Should the defendant refuse to remove the dog from the City the Municipal Court Judge may find the defendant owner in contempt and order the immediate confiscation and impoundment of the animal. Each day that a violation of this Section continues shall be deemed a separate offense. In addition to the foregoing penalties, any person who violates this Section shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food, handling and veterinary care, necessitated by the enforcement of this Section, and shall be ordered to reimburse any damages incurred by any person by reason of said violation.

Section 205.070 Interference With The Dog Pound or Officers.

[R.O. 2006 §205.080; CC 1980 §420.080; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to break open the pound or to attempt to do so, or to take or let out any dogs therefrom, or to take or attempt to take from any officer any dog taken up by him/her in compliance with this Chapter or in any manner to interfere with or hinder such officer in the discharge of his/her duties under this Chapter.

Section 205.080 Dog Litters.

[R.O. 2006 §205.090; CC 1980 §420.090; Ord. No. 616, 11-21-1977; Ord. No. 1104 §2, 8-17-2009]
In the event a female dog shall have a litter of puppies on any premises in the City not licensed as a kennel, the puppies shall be weaned and removed from the premises not later than ten (10) weeks from the date of birth.

Section 205.090 Quarantine of Dogs.

[R.O. 2006 §205.100; CC 1980 §420.100; Ord. No. 489, 4-19-1965]
Owners or keepers of a dog or dogs which have bitten a person, or which acts in a suspicious manner suggesting rabies, or is viciously inclined, either outside or within his/her respective family, either on the public streets or any private property, shall, upon receipt of written notice from the proper authorities, impound and quarantine the dog or dogs for a period of ten (10) days for rabies observation, and the dog or dogs impounded shall be kept in such a manner that neither human beings nor animals can be bitten during such period of observation.

Section 205.100 Dogs Running At Large.

[R.O. 2006 §§205.050, 205.110; CC 1980 §§420.050, 420.110; Ord. No. 515, 5-20-1968]
A. 
The running at large by dogs is prohibited. No dog shall be permitted to run at large within the limits of this City.
B. 
The restrictions imposed in Subsection (A), shall not prohibit the appearance of any dog upon the streets or public places, if the dog is on a leash and is kept under the control of the accompanying person.

Section 205.110 Dog License Fee.

[R.O. 2006 §205.120; CC 1980 §420.120; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
No dog owner shall keep any dog within the City after the first (1st) day of July, 1969, unless a license therefor has been first secured. Licenses shall be issued by the City Clerk for a fee of one dollar ($1.00) for each male or spayed female dog and one dollar ($1.00) for each unspayed female dog. Every application for a license shall be accompanied by a certificate from a qualified veterinarian showing that the dog to be licensed has been given a vaccination against rabies in compliance with this Chapter. An application for a license for a spayed female dog shall contain a statement from a qualified veterinarian indicating that the dog has been spayed and giving the date of the operation. Licenses shall expire on the thirtieth (30th) day of June next following their issuance.

Section 205.120 Vaccination of Dogs.

[R.O. 2006 §205.130; CC 1980 §420.130; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
No license shall be granted for a dog which has not been vaccinated against rabies as provided in this Chapter during the ninety (90) day period preceding the making of an application for such license except that when a dog is first licensed for an entire year hereafter, the license may be issued if the dog has been vaccinated within a period of six (6) months preceding the application for a license. Vaccination shall be performed only by a doctor qualified to practice veterinary medicine in the State in which the dog is vaccinated. A veterinarian who vaccinated a dog to be licensed in this City shall complete in duplicate a certificate of vaccination. One (1) copy shall be issued to the dog owner for affixing to the license application, and one (1) copy shall be retained in the veterinarian's files.

Section 205.130 Dog Licenses' Term.

[R.O. 2006 §205.140; CC 1980 §420.140; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
It shall be the duty of each owner of a dog to pay the license fee imposed in Section 205.110, to the City Clerk on or before the first (1st) day of July in each year, or upon acquiring ownership or possession of any unlicensed dog or upon establishing residence in the City. The City Clerk shall cause a notice of the necessity of paying such license fee to be printed in the official paper, one (1) time before the first (1st) day of July in each year.

Section 205.140 Receipts and Dog Tags.

[R.O. 2006 §205.150; CC 1980 §420.150; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
Upon payment of the license fee, the City Clerk shall execute a receipt in duplicate, the original receipt going to the person who pays the fee with the duplicate retained by the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall procure a sufficient number of suitable metallic tags, the shape of which shall be different from license year to license year, and an appropriate tag shall be given to the owner when the fee is paid.

Section 205.150 Affixing Dog Tags.

[R.O. 2006 §205.160; CC 1980 §420.160; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
The dog owner shall cause the tag to be affixed by a permanent metal fastening to the collar of the dog so licensed in such a manner that the tag may be easily seen by the officers of the City. The owner shall see that the tag is constantly worn by such dog.

Section 205.160 Duplicate Dog Tags.

[R.O. 2006 §205.170; CC 1980 §420.170; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
In case any dog tag is lost, a duplicate may be issued by the City Clerk upon presentation of a receipt showing the payment of the license fee for the current year. A charge of twenty-five cents ($.25) shall be made for each duplicate tag.

Section 205.170 Dog Tags Are Not Transferable or Refundable.

[R.O. 2006 §205.180; CC 1980 §420.180; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
Dog tags are not transferable and no refunds shall be made on any dog license fee because of leaving the City or death of the dog before the expiration of the license period.

Section 205.180 Establishment of A Dog Pound.

[R.O. 2006 §205.190; CC 1980 §420.190; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
The Board of Aldermen shall appoint an Animal Control Officer who shall attend to the maintenance of the holding facility. He/she will present a proper claim to the Board of Aldermen monthly for the necessary expenses which he/she may incur in so doing, and which claim, if allowed by the Board of Aldermen, shall be paid by the City Clerk.

Section 205.190 Impoundment of Dogs.

[R.O. 2006 §205.200; CC 1980 §420.200; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
Unlicensed dogs, or dogs found running at large shall be taken up by the Animal Control Officer and impounded in the shelter and there confined in a humane manner for a period of not less than one (1) week, and may thereafter be disposed of in a humane manner if not claimed by their owners. Dogs not claimed by their owners before the expiration of one (1) week, shall become the property of the City and disposed of at the discretion of the City, except as hereinafter provided in the case of certain dogs. To enforce this Section said officers are empowered to enter upon any private premises where they have reasonable grounds to believe there is an unlicensed dog.

Section 205.200 Impoundment When Ownership Is Known.

[R.O. 2006 §205.210; CC 1980 §420.210; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
When dogs are found running at large or are unlicensed, and their ownership is known to the poundmaster, such dogs need not be impounded, but the poundmaster may, in his/her discretion, cite the owners of such dogs to appear in court to answer to charges of violations of this Chapter.

Section 205.210 Dog Impoundment Notice.

[R.O. 2006 §205.220; CC 1980 §420.220; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
Immediately upon impounding dogs, the Animal Control Officer shall give notice of the impounding to the owner of such dog, if known. In case the owner is unknown, such officer shall post notice at the pound and at the City Hall that if the dog is not claimed within one (1) week of the posting of the notice, the dog will be disposed of in a humane manner.

Section 205.220 Redemption From Dog Pound.

[R.O. 2006 §205.230; CC 1980 §420.230; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980; Ord. No. 920 §1, 12-16-2002]
Any dog may be redeemed from the pound by the owner within the time stated in the notice by the payment to the City Clerk of the license fee for the current year with an impounding fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) plus an additional fee of seventeen dollars ($17.00) for the cost of care and confinement for each day that the dog is confined in the pound and in addition the payment of any expenses or costs incurred and paid out for the caring of said dog. The amount set forth above for the daily charge for care and confinement of the impounded dogs may be increased by resolution of the Board of Aldermen.

Section 205.230 Release From Dog Pound.

[R.O. 2006 §205.240; CC 1980 §420.240; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980]
Upon the presentation of a current license tag and a receipt for a dog license for the current year and for the fees provided in Section 205.220, the poundmaster shall release to any owner the dog claimed by him/her.

Section 205.240 Disposition of Unclaimed Dogs.

[R.O. 2006 §205.250; CC 1980 §420.250; Ord. No. 526-A, 5-19-1980; Ord. No. 920 §2, 12-16-2002]
Any dog which is not claimed by the owner may be painlessly killed and buried by an Animal Control Officer or, in the alternative at said officer's discretion, be placed with such person or organization as the officer deems appropriate.

Section 205.250 Animal Neglect.

A. 
A person commits the offense of animal neglect if he or she:
1. 
Has custody or ownership of an animal and fails to provide adequate care; or
2. 
Knowingly abandons an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care.
B. 
All fines and penalties for a first finding of guilt under this Section may be waived by the court if the person found guilty of animal neglect shows that adequate, permanent remedies for the neglect have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of neglected animals may not be waived. This Section shall not apply to the provisions of Section 578.007, RSMo., or Chapter 272, RSMo.
C. 
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this Section 578.009, RSMo., the court may order a person found guilty of animal neglect to pay all reasonable costs and expenses necessary for:
1. 
The care and maintenance of neglected animals within the person's custody or ownership;
2. 
The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
3. 
The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect; and
4. 
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect of the animals.

Section 205.255 Animal Trespass.

A. 
A person is guilty of animal trespass if a person having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate control for a period equal to or exceeding twelve (12) hours.
B. 
For a first conviction of animal trespass, each offense shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00). The second and all subsequent convictions shall be punishable by imprisonment or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both such fine and imprisonment. All fines for a first conviction of animal trespass may be waived by the court, provided that the person found guilty of animal trespass shows that adequate, permanent remedies for trespass have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of trespassing animals may not be waived. This Section shall not apply to the provisions of Section 578.007 or Sections 272.010 to 272.370, RSMo.

Section 205.260 Animal Abuse. [1]

A. 
A person commits the offense of animal abuse if he or she:
1. 
Intentionally or purposely kills an animal in any manner not allowed by or expressly exempted from the provisions of Sections 578.005 to 578.023 and 273.030, RSMo.;
2. 
Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal; or
3. 
Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care which results in substantial harm to the animal.
[1]
Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.

Section 205.270 Quarantine Order To Be Issued By Mayor — To Be Published and Posted.

Whenever rabies becomes prevalent in the City, the Mayor shall, according to the necessity of the case, issue a quarantine order, requiring every owner or person in charge of any dog or dogs within the limits of the City, to either kill or impound his/her dog or dogs, or to have such dog or dogs immunized. Said order shall be published once in the paper officially publishing the business of the City; and in the absence of such paper, shall be posted as in case of sales of personal property. The Mayor is authorized by proclamation, to terminate any such quarantine whenever, in his/her judgment, the necessity for it no longer exists.

Section 205.280 Keeping a Dangerous Wild Animal.

A person commits the offense of keeping a dangerous wild animal if he or she keeps any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, nonhuman primate, coyote, any deadly, dangerous, or poisonous reptile, or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight (8) feet long, in any place other than a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific, or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge.

Section 205.290 Bullbaiting and Cockfighting.

[R.O. 2006 §205.290]
Any person who shall keep or use, or in any way be connected with or interested in the management of, or shall receive money for the admission of any person to, any place kept or used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any bull, bear, cock or other creature, except dogs, and any person who shall encourage, aid or assist or be present thereat, or who shall permit or suffer any place belonging to him/her or under his/her control to be so kept or used, shall, on conviction thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Section 205.300 Abandonment of Birds or Animals in City Parks — Prohibited.

[R.O. 2006 §205.300; Ord. No. 847, 6-15-1998]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to leave or abandon any animal or bird in the City parks of Troy, Missouri.
B. 
Any person violating this Section shall be guilty of an infraction and shall be fined in an amount not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00).

Section 205.305 Nuisance.

[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
A. 
It shall be a public nuisance for any owner or controlling party to allow or permit an animal or animals to:
1. 
Habitually run at large three (3) or more times within a twelve-month period; or
2. 
Frequently and habitually bark, yelp or howl thereby causing the peace of any person to be disturbed more than six (6) times in a twelve-month period; or
3. 
Cause reasonably articulable fear or annoyance to a person in the immediate area by displaying aggressive behavior, including, but not limited to, growling, charging, showing of the teeth, hissing or raising of fur as determined by an Animal Control Officer or other empowered City official. An Animal Control Officer shall be allowed to testify in Municipal or State Court concerning any reasonable fear he or she felt in the presence of the animal; or
4. 
Cause damage to property of another person or entity which is not the owner of the animal.
B. 
If the Municipal Judge shall determine that a nuisance exists, then he/she shall find the owner or controlling party guilty and hold them responsible by imposing a fine between fifty dollars ($50.00) and five hundred dollars ($500.00) for any offense.
C. 
Each animal and each day of violation shall constitute a separate offense and shall carry separate punitive action.
D. 
Owners or controlling parties will also be required to remove from the City limits or humanely dispose of any vicious animal as determined by the Municipal Judge and/or Chief of Police.
E. 
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this Section, the owner or controlling party found guilty of the Subsections regarding nuisance animals shall be responsible to pay all reasonable costs and expenses necessary for the care and maintenance fees as well as fees for implantation of identifying technology imposed by the City animal shelter of neglected or abandoned animals during their impoundment and any damages caused by the owner or controlling party's animal.

Section 205.310 Regulation of Animals Disturbing the Peace or Causing Property Damage.

[R.O. 2006 §215.205; Ord. No. 1016, 8-7-2006; Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
A. 
No owner or controlling party shall own, keep or harbor upon his/her premises any animal that by loud or frequent or habitual yelping or howling or noise making, or by threat of attacking or biting, causes fear, annoyance or disturbs the peace of the neighborhood, or to persons passing upon the streets or sidewalks of the City, and the same is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.
B. 
An owner or controlling party of an animal shall not allow such animal to damage the property of another person or entity. An owner or controlling party of an animal is responsible for any property damage caused by the owner or controlling party's animal to the property of a person or entity which is not the owner or controlling party of the animal causing such property damage.
C. 
An owner or controlling party which violates any of the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) and no more than fifty dollars ($50.00). Each and every occurrence shall be an additional violation and separate offense subject to a fine.

Section 205.315 Failure to Control.

[Ord. No. 1218 §1, 11-16-2015]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for an owner or controlling party to commit the offense of "failure to control," which is defined as failure on the part of an owner, competent person or controlling party to properly govern the behavior of an animal to the point that the animal bites a person or other domestic animal or exhibits an unprovoked threat of attacking or biting a person, domestic animal or farm animal, regardless of whether the animal is on or off leash. The offenses in this Section require Municipal Court appearance. This can occur anywhere in the City, including the owner's curtilage, unless such actions are caused by a person unlawfully entering the owner or controlling party's private property.
B. 
If an animal was impounded as a result of an owner or controlling party's failure to control, then all fees associated with impoundment payable to the City shall be paid in addition to any fines imposed by the court.

Section 205.320 Animal Waste Removed By Owner.

[Ord. No. 1090, 4-20-2009]
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or in control of any animal to allow or permit such animal to defecate upon any public property, street right-of-way, alley, sidewalk, recreation area, subdivision common area or private property of another, unless the person owning or in control of the animal immediately removes and properly disposes of all waste deposited by the animal.

Section 205.330 Intent.

[Ord. No. 1109 §1, 9-21-2009]
It is the intent of the City of Troy to protect the public against health and safety risks that exotic animals pose to the community and to protect the welfare of the individual animals held in private possession. By their very nature, exotic animals are wild and potentially dangerous and do not adjust well to a captive environment.

Section 205.340 Definition.

[Ord. No. 1109 §2, 9-21-2009]
As used in this Article, the following term shall have the prescribed meaning:
EXOTIC ANIMAL
Any living member of the kingdom Animalia, including those born or raised in captivity, except the following, to which this Section does not apply:
1. 
The species Homo sapiens (humans);
2. 
The species Canis familiaris (domestic dogs, excluding hybrids with wolves, coyotes or jackals);
3. 
The species Felis catus (domestic cats, excluding hybrids with ocelots or margays);
4. 
The species Equus caballas (domestic horses);
5. 
The species Equus asinus (asses, donkeys);
6. 
The following members of the sub-family Bovine: the species Bos Taurus (cattle), the genus Bison (American Buffalo) and the genus Bubalus (water buffalo);
7. 
The species Ovis ammon aries (sheep);
8. 
The species Capra hircus (goats);
9. 
The subspecies Sus scrofa domestica (swine);
10. 
Domesticated races of the species Gallus gallus or Meleagris gallapavo (poultry);
11. 
Domesticated races of the species Mesocricetus auratus (golden hamsters);
12. 
Domesticated races of the subspecies Cavia aperea procellus (guinea pigs);
13. 
Domesticated races of rats and mice (white or albino, trained, laboratory reared);
14. 
Domesticated races of the species Chinchillas [a niger] (chinchillas);
15. 
Domesticated races of the species Oryctolagus cuniculus (rabbits);
16. 
Domesticated species of the family Camelid (including camels, llamas and alpacas);
17. 
All captive-bred members of the species of the families Psittacidae (parrots, parakeets), Anatidae (ducks), Fringillidae (finches), Columbidae (doves and pigeons) and Ratite (flightless birds, including ostriches, emus and rheas);
18. 
All captive-bred members of the species Serinius canaria of the class Aves (canaries);
19. 
Domesticated races of the species Carassius auratus (goldfish);
20. 
Captive-bred members of the superorder Teleostei of the class Osteichthyes (common freshwater and saltwater aquarium fish);
21. 
Captive-bred, non-poisonous members of the suborder Serpentes (snakes);
22. 
Captive-bred members of the suborder Cryptodira (turtles);
23. 
All species of the class Insecta (insects) not considered life-threatening to humans, specifically including, but not limited to, Apis mellifera (common honeybee);
24. 
All species of the class Arachnida (spiders, scorpions and related) not considered life-threatening to humans; and
25. 
Any other animal reviewed and approved by the Board of Aldermen to be exempted from this Section.

Section 205.350 Prohibited and Restricted Exotic Animals.

[Ord. No. 1109 §3, 9-21-2009]
A. 
Except in accordance with Section 205.360 (Pre-Existing Ownership or Possession of Exotic Animals) of this Article and Subsection (A)(17) of this Section, ownership or possession of the following exotic animals is prohibited in the City of Troy:
1. 
Family Canidae, other than Canis famitiaris (domestic dogs);
2. 
Family Felidae, other than Felis catus (domestic cats);
3. 
Family Ursidae (bears, including hybrids);
4. 
Family Mustelidae (wolverines);
5. 
Family Hyaenidae (hyenas);
6. 
Order Primates (monkeys, apes, etc.);
7. 
Order Proboscidae, Family Etephantidae (elephants);
8. 
Order Perissodactyla, Family Rhinocerotidae (rhinoceroses);
9. 
Order Artiodactyla, Family Suidae (warthogs) and Family Hippopotamidae (hippopotamuses);
10. 
Order Crocodilia (crocodiles, alligators and caimans);
11. 
Venomous reptiles, including all members of the following families:
a. 
Helodermidae (gila monsters and Mexican beaded lizards);
b. 
Viperidae vipers;
12. 
Crotalidae (pit vipers);
13. 
Hydrophilidae (sea snakes);
14. 
Elapidae (cobras, coral snakes and related); and
15. 
Any rear-fanged snakes of the family colubridae that are known to be life-threatening to humans including, but not limited to, the following:
a. 
Dispholidus typus (boomslang);
b. 
Thebtornis kirtlandii (twig snake);
c. 
Rhabdophis (keelbacks).
16. 
Any constricting snake greater than four (4) feet in length or twenty (20) pounds in weight;
17. 
Any species of the class Insecta (insects) considered life-threatening to humans in general;
18. 
Any species of the class Arachnida (spiders, scorpions and related) considered life-threatening to humans in general;
19. 
Any species of the genera Catoprion, Pygocentrus, Pygopristis, Rooseveltiella, Serrasalmus, Serrasalmo and Taddyella of the superorder Teleostei of the class Osteichthyes (piranhas); and
20. 
Any other exotic animal reviewed and not approved by the Board of Aldermen.
21. 
The Board of Aldermen may vote to exclude any specific individual exotic animal from the list above and add any additional restrictions on ownership or possession of that animal as the Board may choose, provided all provisions of Section 205.370 (Permit/Registration Process) are then followed.
22. 
Any constricting snake greater than four (4) feet in length or twenty (20) pounds in weight;
23. 
Any species of the class Insecta (insects) considered life-threatening to humans in general;
24. 
Any species of the class Arachnida (spiders, scorpions and related) considered life-threatening to humans in general;
25. 
Any species of the genera Catoprion, Pygocentrus, Pygopristis, Rooseveltiella, Serrasalmus, Serrasalmo and Taddyella of the superorder Teleostei of the class Osteichthyes (piranhas); and
26. 
Any other exotic animal reviewed and not approved by the Board of Aldermen.
27. 
The Board of Aldermen may vote to exclude any specific individual exotic animal from the list above and add any additional restrictions on ownership or possession of that animal as the Board may choose, provided all provisions of Section 205.370 (Permit/Registration Process) are then followed.
B. 
Anyone bringing into the City of Troy after the effective date of this Article a prohibited exotic animal as defined in Subsection (A) of this Section shall remove the exotic animal from the City within seven (7) calendar days of the discovery of the exotic animal or face the possibility of immediate seizure of the prohibited exotic animal and a fine for each exotic animal of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) plus two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per day for each day the exotic animal is in the custody of the City, plus any additional costs to the City that may arise in connection with seizure of the exotic animal.
C. 
Any exotic animal not listed in this Article must be reviewed by the Exotic Animal Review Committee and voted upon by the Board of Aldermen.
1. 
The Board of Aldermen may vote to exempt the exotic animal from this Article per Section 205.340; or
2. 
The Board of Aldermen may vote to approve the exotic animal with restrictions, including those contained in Section 205.370 (Permit/Registration Process); or
3. 
The Board of Aldermen may vote not to approve the exotic animal per Section 205.350(A)(16).
4. 
Any exotic animal not listed in this Article, but already present in the City, must be submitted to the Board of Aldermen within thirty (30) calendar days of the effective date of this Article or the owner or possessor may face the possibility of immediate seizure of the exotic animal and a fine for each exotic animal of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) plus two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per day for each day the exotic animal is in the custody of the City, plus any additional costs to the City that may arise in connection with seizure of the exotic animal.
5. 
Any exotic animal not listed in this Article must be reviewed by the Board of Aldermen before its arrival in the City or the owner or possessor may face the possibility of immediate seizure of the exotic animal and a fine for each exotic animal of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) plus two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per day for each day the exotic animal is in the custody of the City, plus any additional costs to the City that may arise in connection with seizure of the exotic animal.

Section 205.360 Pre-Existing Ownership or Possession of Exotic Animals.

[Ord. No. 1109 §4, 9-21-2009]
A. 
Any City resident having pre-existing ownership or possession of any exotic animal shall within sixty (60) calendar days of the effective date of this Article contact the City and commence the permit/registration process.
B. 
Failure to commence the permit/registration process for a pre-existing exotic animal within sixty (60) calendar days of the effective date of this Article shall be governed by Section 205.350(B).

Section 205.370 Permit/Registration Process.

[Ord. No. 1109 §5, 9-21-2009]
A. 
This permit/registration process shall apply to the following:
1. 
Those Section 205.350 exotic animals already present in the City before the effective date of this Article;
2. 
Those Section 205.350 exotic animals excluded from this list by the Board of Aldermen per Section 205.350(A)(17); and
3. 
Those exotic animals not listed in this Article, but reviewed and approved by the Board of Aldermen with restrictions.
B. 
Payment of the non-refundable permit fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) per exotic animal shall constitute the beginning of the permit/registration process. Any other cost incurred during this permit/registration process shall be the responsibility of the owner or possessor of the exotic animal. All permit fees shall be waived for owners or possessors of pre-existing exotic animals, provided the owner or possessor:
1. 
Complies with Section 205.360(A) and commences the permit/registration process within sixty (60) calendar days of the effective date of this Article, and
2. 
Complies with Subsection (E)(1) of this Section and completes the list of restrictions associated with the permit/registration process no later than ninety (90) days from the beginning of the permit/registration process, unless extended by the Board of Aldermen.
C. 
Applicants beginning the permit/registration process for an exotic animal shall be given a list of restrictions that must be in place before a permit will be issued.
D. 
Restrictions for the issuance of a permit for an exotic animal shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. 
Proof of insurance coverage with a minimum of one million dollars ($1,000,000.00) per claim to compensate any person for personal injury or property damage caused by the exotic animal or in lieu of insurance, a surety bond posted with the City in the same amount, conditioned upon payment of such damages.
2. 
At the direction of the City, installation of permanent signage at all points of entry to the property in question to identify the presence of the exotic animal to any law enforcement or emergency personnel having valid reason to enter the property.
3. 
Required signage shall consist of a minimum size of three (3) square feet and shall at a minimum identify the following in reflective letters of a contrasting color as to be easily read on the background of the sign:
a. 
The word "Warning" in all capitals at least four (4) inches high;
b. 
The common name of the exotic animal;
c. 
The location on the property of the exotic animal; and
d. 
The potential danger posed by the exotic animal (biting, clawing, venom, constriction, kicking, etc.).
4. 
Implantation by a veterinarian of a microchip under the skin of the exotic animal to aid in identification or approval by a veterinarian of a previously implanted microchip. The veterinarian can be chosen by the owner or possessor of the exotic animal if so approved by the City or can be referred to the owner or possessor by the City upon request.
5. 
Obtaining from a City-approved veterinarian a health certificate detailing the health and condition of the exotic animal.
6. 
Written emergency response plan, approved by the Exotic Animal Review Committee, in the event of any escape of the exotic animal, including a paragraph detailing owner or possessor's understanding and agreement that if the escaped exotic animal poses any immediate danger whatsoever to life, limb or property (other than property of the exotic animal owner), then it may be destroyed at that time by Law Enforcement Officers, emergency responders or any citizen having the means to do so. This emergency response plan shall be signed by the owner and notarized.
7. 
All exotic animals shall be housed in facilities designed with the characteristics and potential dangers of the particular exotic animal in mind.
E. 
Issuance Of A Permit.
1. 
When the exotic animal owner or possessor has completed the list of restrictions, but no later than ninety (90) days from the beginning of the permit/registration process, unless extended by the Board of Aldermen, the owner shall contact and arrange for an initial inspection by the City, which shall not unreasonably delay this initial inspection.
2. 
When the City has conducted its initial inspection and found the list of restrictions to have been completed in a satisfactory manner, it shall issue the permit to the owner or possessor of the exotic animal.
3. 
The initial term of this permit shall be one (1) year.
4. 
This permit shall be renewable every six (6) months for the lesser of the life of the exotic animal or the length of its residency in the City, upon payment of the one hundred dollar ($100.00) permit renewal fee and satisfactory completion of a follow-up inspection by the City of the facility housing the exotic animal.
5. 
This permit shall be presented for renewal prior to the expiration of the current term; otherwise, the permit is considered expired.
6. 
Any owner or possessor of an exotic animal and an expired permit for that exotic animal shall be in violation of this Article and the owner or possessor shall face the possibility of immediate seizure of the exotic animal and the imposition of a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) plus two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per day for each day the exotic animal is in the custody of the City, plus any additional costs to the City that may arise in connection with seizure of the exotic animal.
F. 
A permit holder shall correct within seven (7) calendar days any defects that may arise in connection with that permit or face seizure of the exotic animal and a fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) plus two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per day for each day the exotic animal is in the custody of the City, plus any additional costs to the City that may arise in connection with seizure of the exotic animal.

Section 205.380 Exceptions.

[Ord. No. 1109 §6, 9-21-2009]
A. 
This Article does not apply to the following:
1. 
Wildlife rehabilitators licensed by a State or Federal agency;
2. 
Veterinary clinics in possession of exotic animals for treatment or rehabilitation purposes;
3. 
Non-resident circuses, carnivals or traveling fairs for no longer than one (1) seven (7) day period per each separate location where such circus is held within the County per calendar year; and
4. 
Persons temporarily transporting exotic animals through the County, provided that such transport or time shall not exceed twenty-four (24) hours.

Section 205.390 Costs.

[Ord. No. 1109 §7, 9-21-2009]
A. 
In the event any investigation of an exotic animal facility (other than the inspection associated with the renewal of a permit in Section 205.370) is required or requested and the complaint is substantiated by the City, then the reasonable cost of the investigation shall be assessed against the owner or possessor of the exotic animal and a court order may be obtained to enforce this assessment.
B. 
If at any time it becomes necessary to impound or destroy an exotic animal pursuant to this Article, then the cost of such impoundment or destruction shall be assessed against the owner or possessor of the exotic animal and a court order may be obtained from the Troy Municipal Court to enforce this assessment.

Section 205.400 Breeding/Reproduction.

[Ord. No. 1109 §8, 9-21-2009]
A. 
Breeding or allowing the reproduction of prohibited exotic animals listed in Section 205.350(A) of this Article is prohibited, unless approved by the Board of Aldermen.
B. 
Any owner or possessor of an exotic animal found to be in violation of the above paragraph shall be in violation of this Article and the owner or possessor shall face the possibility of immediate seizure of the exotic animal and the imposition of a fine for each exotic animal of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) plus two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per day for each day the exotic animal is in the custody of the City, plus any additional costs to the City that may arise in connection with seizure of the exotic animal.