City of Sikeston, MO
Scott County
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Section 205.230 Generally.

[R.O. 2009 § 6.24.010; Ord. No. 4126 § 8(A), 1980]
Every animal exposed to rabies shall be immediately confined by the owner who shall immediately notify a Public Safety Officer, City employee or Humane Officer of the animal's exposure. The owner shall immediately upon request surrender such animal to any Public Safety Officer or Humane Officer for confinement in a licensed veterinary hospital of the owner's choice in the local vicinity of Sikeston, Missouri, or surrender such animal for confinement in a City designated animal shelter. The animal shall be confined for a minimum period of ten (10) days. All costs of confinement shall be paid by the owner.

Section 205.240 Rabid Animals — Killing of — Restricted.

[R.O. 2009 § 6.24.020; Ord. No. 4126 § 8(B), 1980]
No persons shall kill a known or suspected rabid animal or an animal exposed to rabies nor remove such an animal from the City limits without permission of the Director of Public Works or his/her designee, except when it is necessary to kill such animal to prevent its escape or attack of any person or animal.

Section 205.250 Rabid Animals — Report of Remains.

[R.O. 2009 § 6.24.030]
The location of the remains of any dead animal known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies prior to death shall be reported to the Director of Public Works, Animal Control Officer or designee of the City and the remains shall be surrendered to the humane society for laboratory examination.

Section 205.260 Confinement of Animals For Observation, Diagnosis or Disposal.

[R.O. 2009 § 6.24.040]
Any animal that has been bitten or scratched by another animal that is known to be or suspected of being rabid or any animal that is known to be or suspected of being rabid and which shall have bitten or scratched a person or another animal shall immediately be confined in such a place as may be directed by the City Manager or his/her designee who shall have authority to promulgate rules and regulations concerning the confinement of such animals. If any such animal that has been thus scratched or bitten or which has scratched or bitten any other animal or any person is diagnosed as being rabid or evidences symptoms of rabies, such animal shall be maintained in isolated confinement for observation for such period of time as shall be ordered by a licensed veterinarian who shall have examined the animal at the direction of the City Manager. Following the observation period aforesaid, the confined animal shall either be released or destroyed, upon advice of the veterinarian, in which event, the carcass of any such destroyed animal shall be dealt with as directed by the examining veterinarian.

Section 205.270 Observation Period — Disposition of Animal Biting or Attacking Persons.

[R.O. 2009 § 6.24.045; Ord. No. 5527 §II, 1-6-2003]
Any dog or cat, which bites, injures or attacks any person, shall be placed under observation for a ten (10) day period immediately following the bite. A vaccinated animal shall be taken up and impounded at a veterinarian of the owner's choice or securely confined by the owner for a period of ten (10) days from date of bite, at the discretion of the responding officer. If, within such period of ten (10) days, such animal does not develop or manifest signs of rabies, it may be redeemed by the owner upon the payment of a daily boarding fee or the payment of usual and customary fees to the contractual animal shelter or pound or the veterinarian of the owner's choice. If such animal is not redeemed at the end of such ten (10) day period, it shall be humanely euthanized or released to the humane society. If such animal does develop signs of rabies, it shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer to cause such animal to be examined by a licensed veterinarian. If such dog or cat exhibiting symptoms or manifestations of being infected with rabies is confirmed by a licensed veterinarian, then such dog or cat shall be humanely euthanized and submitted for rabies laboratory diagnosis. Any other warm-blooded animal in which rabies is suspected, which bites, injures or attacks any person, may, upon the order of the court of competent jurisdiction, be impounded and humanely euthanized; and the brain and/or other structures submitted for rabies diagnosis.

Section 205.280 Destruction of Animals.

[R.O. 2009 § 6.24.050; Ord. No. 4126 § 8(E), 1980]
The City Manager or his/her designee shall have the authority to immediately destroy any animal which is determined to have bitten or scratched a human, if it has been determined that destruction of such animal is necessary. To determine whether such animal is rabid, the City Manager shall have the authority to promulgate rules and regulations concerning the handling and disposition of such animals.