City of Sikeston, MO
Scott County
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Section 205.040 Definitions.

[R.O. 2009 §§ 6.08.010—6.08.150, 6.12.070; Ord. No. 4126 § 1(A—D), 1980; Ord. No. 5047 § 2, 2-24-1995; Ord. No. 5527 §II, 1-6-2003]
For the purpose of this Chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
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 or escape.
ADEQUATE FOOD
The provision, at suitable intervals of not more than twelve (12) hours, unless the dietary requirements of the species requires a longer interval, of a quantity of wholesome foodstuff, suitable for the species and age, enough to maintain a reasonable level of nutrition in each animal. All foodstuffs must be served in a safe receptacle, dish or container.
ADEQUATE HOUSING
The continuous provision of a sanitary facility, protection from the extremes of weather conditions, proper ventilation and appropriate space (depending on the species of animal) as defined by the regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), shelters in outdoor facilities for animals must contain a roof, four (4) sides and a floor and must provide the animals with adequate protection and shelter from the cold and heat; provide the animals with protection from the direct rays of the sun and the direct effect of wind, rain or snow.
ADEQUATE WATER
The provision of a supply of drinking water in a safe receptacle, dish or container, water shall be provided continuously or at intervals suitable to the species (intervals shall not exceed eight (8) hours).
ANIMAL
Every living vertebrate except a human being.
ANIMAL SHELTER
A facility which is used to house or contain animals and which is owned, operated or maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or other not-for-profit organization devoted to the welfare, protection and humane treatment of animals.
CAT
All domesticated or feral animals of the feline "felis catus" species, both male and female, unless otherwise specified.
DOG
All domesticated or feral animals of the canine "canis familiaris" species, both male and female, unless otherwise specified.
EXPOSED TO RABIES
An animal or human being shall be presumed to have been exposed to rabies within the meaning of this Chapter if the animal or human being has been bitten or scratched by any animal known or reasonably suspected to be infected with rabies.
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.
HARBOR
To feed or shelter an animal at the same location for three (3) or more consecutive days.
HUMANE KILLING
The destruction of an animal accomplished by a method approved by the American Veterinary Medical Associations Panel on Euthanasia (JAVMA 173:59-72, 1978) or more recent editions, but animals killed during the feeding of pet carnivores shall be considered humanely killed.
HUMANE OFFICER
Any agent designated by the City Manager to work under the supervision of the Director of Public Works or his/her designee in animal control work.
KENNEL
Any lot or premises on which are kept four (4) or more dogs or cats more than six (6) months of age.
OWNER
In addition to its ordinary meaning, any person who keeps or harbors an animal or professes to be owning, keeping or harboring an animal.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, firm, joint stock company, corporation, association, trust, estate or other legal entity.
PESTS
Birds, rabbits or rodents which damage property or have an adverse affect on the public health, but shall not include any endangered species listed by the United States Department of the Interior nor any endangered species listed in the Wildlife Code of Missouri.