A person is guilty of animal neglect when he/she has custody or ownership or both of an animal and fails to provide adequate care or adequate control which results in substantial harm to the animal.
A person is guilty of animal abandonment when he/she has knowingly abandoned an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care.
Animal neglect or animal abandonment are ordinance violations. For a first (1st) offense of either violation, a term of imprisonment not to exceed fifteen (15) days, or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both such fine and imprisonment may be imposed. For a second (2nd) or subsequent violation of either offense, a term of imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days, or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both such fine and imprisonment may be imposed. All fines and penalties for a first (1st) conviction of animal neglect or animal abandonment may be waived by the court provided that the person found guilty of animal neglect or abandonment shows that adequate, permanent remedies for the neglect or abandonment have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned animals may not be waived.
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this Section, the court may order a person found guilty of animal neglect or animal abandonment to pay all reasonable costs and expenses necessary for:
The care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned animals within the person's custody or ownership;
The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect or abandonment; and
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect or abandonment of the animals.
A person is guilty of animal abuse when a person:
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.;
Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal; or
Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care or adequate control.
Note—Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.38.040]
The parent or guardian of a minor child is responsible for any animal owned by, in control of, or harbored by that minor child.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.38.070]
If a person is adjudicated guilty of animal neglect or animal abuse and the court having jurisdiction is satisfied that an animal owned by such person would in the future be subject to such neglect or abuse, such animal shall not be returned to or allowed to remain with such a person, but its disposition shall be determined by the court.
[R.O. 2009 § 6.38.090; Ord. No. 5053 §II, 5-1995; Ord. No. 5527 §II, 1-6-2003]
It shall be unlawful for any person to taunt, torment, tease, strike, interfere with, endanger, injure, kill or administer to or to subject to any desensitizing drug, chemical or substance any dog or animal while being used or employed by any Law Enforcement Officer or personnel in the discharge of her/his official duty or while such animal is in any public or private place or is being housed or kenneled in any public or private place.
Nothing in this Chapter shall apply to any treatment or care rendered by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine at the direction of an agency of the City. Conviction of the offense shall be a fine of no less than one hundred dollars ($100.00).
[R.O. 2009 § 6.36.030; Ord. No. 5527 §II, 1-6-2003]
It is unlawful to throw or deposit poisoned meat or any poison or harmful substance in any street, alley or public place or on any private premises within the City for the purposes of destroying any bird, dog, fowl or cat.