City of Republic, MO
Greene County
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[CC 1999 §16-22; Ord. No. 4735; Ord. No. 07-40 §1, 6-11-2007; Ord. No. 11-07 §2, 4-11-2011]
A. 
No person shall keep a cow, bull, mule, jack, horse, goat, swine or sheep on property for which the boundary fence enclosing such animal or animals is within one hundred (100) feet of a church, a school, a dwelling house of or a place of business of another person.
B. 
No person shall keep more than one (1) cow, bull, jack, horse, goat or sheep or any combination of such animals in an outdoor enclosure or pasture, unless such enclosure or pasture shall have an area of twenty-one thousand seven hundred eighty (21,780) square feet for each of such animals (one-half (½) acre); provided, that this area requirement shall not apply to the keeping of suckling offspring of a cow or mare.
C. 
All persons having above-mentioned animals on their property at the date of this Article (October 12, 1970) shall be exempt from its jurisdiction unless the original number of animals has been increased or changed.
D. 
No person shall keep geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys or other fowl on property for which the boundary fence enclosing such animal or animals is within eighty (80) feet of a church, a school, a dwelling house of or a place of business of another person. All persons having fowl on their property in conflict with this Section as of the date of adoption shall be exempt therefrom unless the number of fowl is increased or the activity ceases for a period of sixty (60) calendar days.
E. 
All animals are prohibited from running at large within the limits of the City other than on the premises of the owner thereof.
[Ord. No. 07-40 §1, 6-11-2007]
Notwithstanding Code Section 210.330, a trained service animal as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act may be kept in the City so long as the keeping of animal does not create a nuisance as defined by this Code or State law.
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Editor's Note — Ord. no. 11-07 §3, adopted April 11, 2011, repealed section 210.340 "domestic animals generally — running at large prohibited" in its entirety. Provisions concerning running at large other than on the owner's premise are now contained in section 210.330(E). Former section 210.340 derived from CC 1999 §4-4.
[CC 1999 §4-6]
No person shall turn loose or cause to be turned loose from any pen or enclosure any animal for the purpose of causing the same to be impounded.
[CC 1999 §4-51]
A. 
The keeping or harboring of dangerous animals, other than dogs, within the City is hereby prohibited. Other than as provided herein, the Animal Control Officer shall have the authority and responsibility to declare an animal dangerous because of past behavior, violations, potential spread of zoonotic disease or the inherently dangerous nature of the animal to persons. Such declaration shall be made in writing and shall include the date and reasons for the declaration. Upon request, the Animal Control Officer shall provide a copy of the written declaration to the requesting person. Such declaration shall be grounds for the impoundment and destruction of any such animal unless, without danger to the public, such animal can be, and is, removed from the City within forty-eight (48) hours after being declared dangerous. If such animal is found again in the City limits, it will be immediately seized and promptly destroyed or disposed of in some other manner as permitted by law including, but not limited to, giving such animal to a licensed refuge or zoo.
B. 
With the exception of insectivorous animals, it is unlawful to keep or harbor any carnivorous or omnivorous animal including, but not limited to, non-human primates; all non-domestic cats, including bobcats and lynx, ocelots, mountain lions, tigers, panthers, lions or any wild/domestic cat hybrids; wolves; wolf/dog hybrids with any percent of wolf percentage; raccoons; skunks; foxes; poisonous snakes; crocodiles; alligators; caimans; emu; eagles; hawks or other large fowl. This Article does not apply to domestic livestock, small fowl, domestic dogs, domestic cats and small rodents of varieties used for laboratory purposes. Snakes shall be kept in locked escape-proof cages, except when being handled. It shall be a violation of this Article for an owner, keeper, harborer or handler to permit a snake or lizard to escape.
C. 
Notwithstanding any other provision hereof to the contrary, the City Council may allow special events in which these prohibited animals are displayed after holding hearings to ensure the safety of such display.
A. 
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.
B. 
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.
C. 
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 one hundred eighty (180) days or a fine, not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), 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.
D. 
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:
1. 
The care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned 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 or abandonment; and
4. 
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect or abandonment of the animals.
A. 
A person is guilty of animal abuse when a person:
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 or adequate control.
B. 
For purposes of this Section, "animal" shall be defined as a mammal.
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Note — Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
[CC 1999 §16-4; R.O. 1916 §456]
No person shall keep or use or in any way be connected with, or interested in the management of, or shall receive any money for the admission of any person to any place kept or used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any bull, bear, dog, cock or other creature, and no person shall encourage, aid or assist or be present at such fighting or baiting, or shall permit or suffer any place belonging to him/her, or under his/her control, to be so kept or used.