Cross Reference—Leaving animals in vehicles, see §210.480.
[Ord. No. 140 §1, 9-1-1995]
No wildlife or game shall be pursued, taken, killed, possessed or disposed of except in the manner, to the extent and at the time or times permitted by such rules and regulations of the State of Missouri; and any pursuit, taking, killing, possession or disposition thereof, except as permitted by such rules and regulations, are hereby prohibited.
[Ord. No. 140 §2, 9-1-1995]
Every person responsible for a dog, cat, puppy, kitten or other animal shall keep it from creating a nuisance.
Animal Nuisance Defined. A dog, cat, puppy, kitten or other animal creates a nuisance if it:
Soils, defiles or defecates on urban property other than property of a person responsible for the animal unless such waste is immediately removed by a person responsible for the animal and deposited in a waste container or buried on ground where the person responsible for the animal has permission or the right to bury it.
Damages public property or property belonging to a person other than a person responsible for the animal.
Causes unsanitary or dangerous conditions.
Causes a disturbance by excessive barking, howling, meowing or other noisemaking audible within one hundred (100) yards or other reasonable distance.
Chases vehicles, including bicycles.
Molests, attacks, bites or interferes with persons or other animals on public property or property not belonging to a person responsible for the animal.
Impedes refuse collection, mail delivery, meter reading or other public service activities by annoying persons responsible for such activities.
Tips, rummages through or damages a refuse container.
Urban Property Defined. For the purpose of Subsection (B)(1) of this Section, "urban property" is:
Property in areas developed for industrial uses;
Property in areas developed for commercial uses;
Property in areas developed for residential uses except those residential subdivisions with developed lots larger than forty-three thousand five hundred and sixty (43,560) square feet, one (1) acre; and
Property in areas with mixed uses shall be treated as urban property.
[Ord. No. 140 §3, 9-1-1995]
Every person responsible for a dog, cat or other animal shall keep it from being at large as defined in Section 205.040 of this Chapter.
[Ord. No. 140 §4, 9-1-1995]
A dog or puppy is at large when it is outside a cage or building from which it cannot escape unless:
It is attached to a leash held by a person that is capable of and is in fact controlling the dog or puppy in question.
It is within a vehicle from which the animal cannot escape while the vehicle is being driven, is parked or stopped.
It is not more than fifty (50) feet from a person to whose commands the dog or puppy is obedient if such dog or puppy is not annoying any human or domestic animal, or trespassing on private property, or in public areas where dogs or puppies are forbidden.
It is on the real property of a person responsible for it.
A dog or cat is at large if it is not kept securely confined while in heat or estrus. A dog or cat in heat or estrus is confined within the meaning of this Subsection only if:
Any animal other than a dog or cat is at large if it is not in a cage which restrains it from interfering with any person while it is in a place of public assembly or public commerce.
[Ord. No. 140 §5, 9-1-1995]
Section 205.030 of this Chapter does not apply to animals:
While being used in hunting, field trails and dog shows while on public land set aside for those purposes.
Used for tracking in conjunction with Police activities.
Of the canine corps of any Police Force of the City of Wildwood, St. Louis County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, any Federal law enforcement agency or the Armed Forces of the United States, while being used to conduct official business or being used for official purposes.
Which are trained to assist persons with impaired sight, hearing or other disability and are not at large when accompanying the person they are trained to assist. Full and equal access to all public facilities and transportation shall be allowed to such animals accompanying disabled persons.
[Ord. No. 140 §6, 9-1-1995]
A person commits the ordinance violation of animal neglect when he/she has custody or ownership or both of an animal and fails to provide adequate care or adequate control.
[Ord. No. 140 §7, 9-1-1995]
A person commits the ordinance violation of animal abuse when a person:
Intentionally or purposefully kills an animal in any manner not allowed by or expressly exempted from the provisions of this Chapter;
Purposely, intentionally or recklessly causes injury, suffering, or pain to an animal;
Abandons an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care;
Overworks or overloads an animal, or drives or works an animal unfit to work; or
Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care or adequate control.
[Ord. No. 140 §8, 9-1-1995]
As used in Section 205.070, the following terms mean:
- ADEQUATE CARE
- Normal and prudent attention to the needs of an animal, including wholesome food, clean water, shelter and health care as necessary to maintain good health in a specific species of animal.
- ADEQUATE CONTROL
- To reasonably restrain or govern an animal so that the animal does not injure itself, any person, any other animal, or property.
- Every living vertebrate except a human being.
- HUMANE KILLING
- The destruction of an animal accomplished by a method approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Panel on Euthanasia (JVMA 173; 59-72, 1978); or more recent editions, but animals killed during the feeding of pet carnivores shall be considered humanely killed.
- In addition to its ordinary meaning, any person who keeps or harbors an animal or professes to be owning, keeping, or harboring an animal.
- Any individual, partnership, firm, joint stock company, corporation, association, trust, estate, or other legal entity.