City of Bridgeton, MO
St. Louis County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.110, 9-20-1989]
This Chapter shall be known and may be cited as "The Animal Control Code of the City of Bridgeton, Missouri".
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.115, 9-20-1989]
Requirements are adopted in accordance with regulations adopted under Sections 322.090 through 322.130 RSMo., or as hereinafter may be amended.
[Ord. No. 89-81, §4.120, 9-20-1989]
A. 
The purposes of this Chapter include:
1. 
Prevention of the introduction or transmission of rabies.
2. 
Prevention of the introduction or transmission of other zoonotic diseases.
3. 
Protection and enhancement of the health and safety of humans by regulating animals whose conduct is generally harmful to humans.
4. 
Prevention of mistreatment of animals and protection and enhancement of the health and safety of animals.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.125, 9-20-1989]
The Police Officers and personnel designated as Animal Control Officers of the City of Bridgeton shall have authority to enforce the Sections of this Chapter, except that Animal Control Officers shall not affect a physical arrest.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.130, 9-20-1989; Ord. No. 94-43 §1, 6-1-1994]
For the purpose of this Chapter, certain terms and words are hereby defined. Words used in the present tense include the future, the singular number includes the plural, and the plural the singular; reference to the male gender includes the female, and references to any person or animal without specifying gender include both male and female; the word "shall" is mandatory and directory wherever it is used in this Chapter. Other words defined are:
CAT
All members of the classification Felis domesticus, male or female, four (4) months of age or older.
CERTIFICATE
A certificate issued at the time of the vaccination of a dog or cat and bearing thereon information required by the City of Bridgeton but not limited to the signature of the veterinarian performing the vaccination, the registration number, the name, color, breed and sex of the dog or cat, the name and address of a person responsible for the dog or cat, the date of the vaccination, and the type of vaccine administered.
COMPENDIUM
The Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines prepared by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc., issued January, 1989, attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference as though fully set out in this Chapter.
COOP/HOUSING, HUTCH, or OTHER YARD STRUCTURE
The entirety of the enclosure within which small mammals and fowl are proposed to be housed or actually housed.
[Ord. No. 15-24 §1, 9-16-2015]
DANGEROUS ANIMALS
As used in this Section, "dangerous animals" is defined to mean:
1. 
Any animal with the known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack without provocation, to cause injury, or to otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals; or
2. 
Any animal which, without provocation, has attacked or bitten a human being or domestic animal; or
3. 
Any animal which, without provocation, chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public or private property in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack.
DOG
All members of the classification Canis familiaris, male or female, four (4) months of age or older.
EUTHANIZE
To put to death in a humane manner, taking into account the circumstances necessitating the euthanasia and the need to protect the public health.
EXPOSED TO RABIES
Any vaccinated or unvaccinated animal which has been bitten, has been fighting with or has had contact with:
1. 
An animal known to have rabies; or
2. 
An animal which shows or has shown signs of rabies.
FOWL
Domestic birds not used for slaughter, which are maintained for private, noncommercial and nonbreeding use, and may include poultry such as chickens or turkeys, game birds such as pheasants or partridges, other wildfowl like guineafowl or peafowl, and waterfowl such as ducks or geese.
[Ord. No. 15-24 §1, 9-16-2015]
FOWL AND SMALL MAMMAL PERMIT
A permit issued by the City of Bridgeton authorizing an individual to raise female fowl and small mammals, other than cats and dogs, in pens domestically for private, noncommercial uses.
[Ord. No. 15-24 §1, 9-16-2015]
FOWL TRACTOR
A small, mobile enclosure, which is utilized during daylight hours and is moved every day or week as needed for fowl to have fresh grass underneath them.
[Ord. No. 15-24 §1, 9-16-2015]
IMPOUND
To apprehend, seize, catch, trap, net, quarantine, tranquilize, or confine an animal in a humane manner.
IMPOUNDING FACILITY
Any facility designated for the purpose of confining animals impounded pursuant to this Chapter.
KITTEN
All members of the classification Felis domesticus, male or female, under the age of four (4) months.
LICENSE
License tag issued by the City of Bridgeton for a specified dog or cat.
PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ANIMAL
Includes any person, firm, association, partnership, or corporation which owns, harbors, shelters, keeps, controls, manages, possesses, or has a part interest in any animal. An occupant of any premises on which an animal subject to the provisions of this Chapter remains or customarily returns is a person responsible for it under this Chapter. If a person under the age of seventeen (17) years owns an animal subject to the provisions of this Chapter, the head of the household of which such person under the age of seventeen (17) years is a member shall be the person responsible for the animal under this Chapter. Such household head may himself be under the age of seventeen (17) years and therefore subject to prosecution under this Chapter. If not a member of the household, a person under the age of seventeen (17) years shall himself be the responsible person. There may be more than one person responsible for an animal.
[Ord. No. 15-24 §2, 9-16-2015]
PUPPY
All members of the classification Canis familiaris, male or female, under four (4) months of age.
RABIES VACCINATION TAG
Any object, regardless of the shape and material, which bears a registration number the words (or their abbreviations); "Rabies Vaccination Registration". A tag expires when the duration of the immunity as noted on the registration certificate is exceeded.
VACCINATE
The injection by a veterinarian of a specified dose of anti-rabies vaccine into the body of an animal. In order to be a valid vaccination under this definition, the anti-rabies vaccine shall be of a type specified by the compendium, stored in accordance with the manufacturers's recommendation, and administered in a manner and at the ages and frequency that is prescribed by the compendium.
VACCINATION-REGISTRATION
The procedure of vaccination against rabies including the issuance of a tag and certificate. The words "vaccination" and "registration" shall be interchangeable.
VETERINARIAN
Unless otherwise specifically indicated, veterinarian means any veterinarian holding a current Missouri license, or any person acting under the direct supervision of a veterinarian who has a valid Missouri license.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.135, 9-20-1989]
A. 
Every person who is responsible for any puppy or kitten shall have such puppy or kitten vaccinated against rabies and registered as provided in this Section on or before the puppy or kitten reaches four (4) months of age, but not earlier than three (3) months of age.
B. 
Every dog and cat shall be vaccinated as indicated by the Compendium. No dog or cat shall be exempted from this Section due to advanced age.
C. 
At the time of the vaccination of any dog or cat, the veterinarian shall deliver a rabies vaccination tag and rabies vaccination certificate to the person responsible for the dog or cat. It is the responsibility of every person responsible for a dog or cat to attach the tag to the collar or harness of the vaccinated dog or cat and determine that such collar or harness is worn by that dog or cat at all times when the animal is outside the residence of a person responsible for the dog or cat. Any dog or cat found without a tag may be deemed to be not vaccinated under this Chapter.
D. 
A copy of the certificate given to a person responsible for the dog or cat shall be retained by the person responsible for the dog or cat for inspection by the Chief of Police or his authorized representative or any Police Officer.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.140, 9-20-1989]
A. 
The person responsible for a dog or cat shall register said animal with the City by showing proof of current rabies vaccination of said animal and for a fee of two dollars ($2.00) obtain a license for said dog or cat. The receipt issued shall constitute a certificate of registry and evidence of licensing for the keeping of such dog or cat within the City. The license shall be affixed to the dog or cat collar or harness at all times. The two dollar ($2.00) fee shall be waived for a fully trained "seeing eye dog" regularly used in the service of a blind person or for a dog owned by a government unit.
B. 
A dog or cat brought into the City which has been vaccinated in accordance with the requirements of the Compendium shall be licensed within thirty (30) days of initial entry into the City. All other dogs or cats brought into the City shall be vaccinated and licensed immediately. This licensing shall be accomplished in either of the following ways:
1. 
A person responsible for the dog or cat may have the animal vaccinated by a veterinarian.
2. 
A person responsible for the dog or cat may present a valid vaccination registration certificate from a licensed veterinarian licensed by a State of the United States (regardless of whether that veterinarian has been licensed in Missouri) to a veterinarian which registers dogs and cats for St. Louis County.
3. 
Upon presentation of such a document, the person responsible for the animal shall be issued a license, to expire December thirty-first (31st) of the year, upon payment of the license fee established in this Section.
C. 
The City may hold inoculation clinics for the purpose of obtaining compliance with this Section.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.145, 9-20-1989]
A. 
Registration tags shall not be transferred from one animal to another animal.
B. 
No person shall affix a license tag to a dog or cat other than the dog or cat for which the tag was issued at the time of its rabies vaccination-registration.
C. 
No person shall affix a license tag to a dog or cat that has not been vaccinated against rabies.
D. 
No person shall counterfeit, alter, obliterate or attempt to counterfeit, alter or obliterate any rabies tag or license tag.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.150, 9-20-1989]
A. 
The Chief of Police or other persons designated by him shall have the power to impound dogs and cats and other animals as follows:
1. 
Dogs and cats not wearing a valid, unexpired vaccination-registration tag, as required in Section 210.060 and dogs and cats not wearing a valid City license tag as required in Section 210.070.
2. 
All dogs and cats, registered or unregistered, not securely confined in an enclosed place, while in heat or estrus.
3. 
All dogs, cats, puppies and kittens or other animals which are at large contrary to the requirements of Section 210.240 or which have been at large and are immediately pursued by an employee of the City, regardless of whether the animal is at large at the time it is apprehended.
4. 
All dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, fowl and other small mammals for which there is no person apparently responsible.
[Ord. No. 15-24 §3, 9-16-2015]
5. 
All dogs, cats and other animals exposed to or suspected to be exposed to or infected with rabies, including dogs, cats, or other animals known to have been bitten by a rabid animal, whether the dog, cat or other animal to be impounded is at large or on a leash or whether it is confined to its owner's premises or whether it is vaccinated.
6. 
Dogs and cats which have not been vaccinated within the seventy-two (72) hour period following release from any impounding facility as required by Section 210.110.
7. 
Bad animals which are not confined in the manner prescribed in Section 210.220 or which have at any time escaped from confinement as required in Section 210.220 whether or not the animals are so confined at the time of impounding.
8. 
Dogs and cats not vaccinated for rabies.
9. 
Unconfined animals in quarantine areas.
10. 
Dogs, cats, or other animals which have bitten a person or animal.
11. 
Dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, fowl and other small mammals for which there is no responsible person who can provide adequate shelter or food.
[Ord. No. 15-24 §4, 9-16-2015]
12. 
Animals whose owners have voluntarily and intentionally relinquished control to the Chief of Police.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.155, 9-20-1989; Ord. No. 04-34 §4, 5-19-2004]
A. 
Dogs, cats and other animals impounded pursuant to this Section shall be impounded in the City Animal Shelter or the St. Louis County Animal Shelter.
B. 
A person responsible for an animal which has been impounded under this Chapter who wishes to have it returned to him or her shall request the return of the animal within five (5) days (including Sundays and holidays) of impounding.
[Ord. No. 15-24 §5, 9-16-2015]
C. 
If the Chief of Police is of the opinion that such release will not impair the safety of the public, the animal will be returned to a person responsible for it who makes such a request upon payment of a shelter service fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for each day or fraction of a day during which the animal was impounded.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.160, 9-20-1989]
A. 
If an animal is not claimed in the manner provided in Section 210.100 within five (5) days (including Sundays and holidays) such animal may be transferred to a humane adoption group approved by the Chief of Police or by such other manner as is approved by the Chief of Police.
B. 
If an animal which is subject to the vaccination requirements of this Chapter is returned to a person responsible for it following impoundment and is not currently vaccinated, the animal must be vaccinated by a veterinarian selected by the person responsible for the animal following the release of the animal upon the following conditions:
1. 
The person responsible for the animal shall have the animal vaccinated within seventy-two (72) hours following return of the animal to him. Failure to so vaccinate the animal shall be a separate violation of this Chapter and will subject the animal to further impoundment until the vaccination-registration is completed.
2. 
Every animal impounded under provisions of this Chapter which is found upon arrival at the place of impounding to be diseased or injured, whose owner is unknown or relinquishes ownership may be immediately euthanized.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Section 6 of Ord. No. 15-24, adopted 9-16-2015, changed the title of this section from “Claiming Dog or Cat – Disposition” to “Claiming Animal – Disposition.”
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.165, 9-20-1989]
No person shall make any false representation to any person employed or otherwise working at a place of impounding for the purpose of obtaining possession of an animal to which he is not legally entitled.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.170, 9-20-1989]
The Chief of Police or person designated by him shall euthanize any dog, cat, or other animal showing signs of rabies. The body of the animal shall be submitted for laboratory examination at a laboratory designated by the Chief of Police.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.175, 9-20-1989]
In addition to the power to impound, the Chief of Police shall have the power to examine any animal bitten by or exposed to any other animal showing signs of rabies or shown to have rabies by laboratory examination conducted in a manner approved by the Chief of Police for the diagnosis of rabies.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.180, 9-20-1989]
Any bite wound or other tissue invasion exposing an individual to the possibility of rabies or other zoonotic disease (hereinafter "incide") shall be immediately reported to the Bridgeton Police Department by the victim or parent or guardian of victim if victim is a minor child under seventeen (17) years of age and by the person responsible for the animal if the incident is known to him. Any animal bite or other incident which requires medical treatment shall be reported within twenty-four (24) hours to the Police Department by the treating physician or hospital caring for the patient. It shall be unlawful for the person responsible for the animal involved in such incident to release it from his custody or allow such animal to be taken beyond the limits of the City.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.185, 9-20-1989]
A. 
Any person euthanizing an animal showing signs of rabies or suspected of being infected with rabies shall surrender the body of such animal upon demand of the Chief of Police. The owner or custodian of any such euthanized animal shall immediately provide the Chief of Police with full particulars thereof, including the names and addresses of any person(s) bitten by said animal, the time, date, and place of euthanasia of the animal, and also the name and address of a person having custody of any animal exposed to the animal euthanized.
B. 
Every veterinarian euthanizing a privately owned animal shall inquire of a person responsible for the animal whether the animal euthanized has bitten any human or animal in the preceding ten (10) days. If the answer is in the affirmative, the veterinarian shall forward the same information to the Chief of Police as is required when an animal with rabies is euthanized and provide the body of the animal to the Chief of Police for laboratory examination.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.190, 9-20-1989]
A. 
Any dog, cat, puppy, or kitten which has bitten a human shall be confined for a clinical observation period of ten (10) days not including the day the bite occurred. The person responsible for the animal shall prevent contact by such animal with humans or other animals.
B. 
The confinement required under Subsections (1), (2) and (3) of this Section shall be accomplished in one of the following manners:
1. 
The animal may be confined at impounding facilities for clinical observation and, if alive at the termination of this period, shall be returned to a person responsible for the animal after payment of the shelter service fee provided for in Section 210.100.
2. 
The animal may be confined for the clinical observation period, at the expense of a person responsible for the animal who so elects, by a veterinarian in St. Louis County selected by the person responsible for the animal.
3. 
The Chief of Police may authorize a person responsible for the animal to confine the animal to his residence or other suitable place for the clinical observation period, if the animal is to be confined in a secure indoor pen. If confinement is authorized under this Subsection, the person responsible for the animal shall further assure that the animal shall only be allowed outside the above described pen if the animal is on a leash which is held by a person that is capable of and is in fact controlling the animal in question and then only for the animal's toilet purposes.
C. 
The death or any suspicious change in health or behavior of any such animal undergoing observation shall be reported immediately by the observing authority to the Chief of Police or his designated representative. In the event that a proper period of observation is undetermined or undeterminable for the species of animal involved in an incident, the Chief of Police is hereby empowered to order whatever laboratory examination of the animal or the animal's tissues is required by prudent medical practice for the protection of the victim; and no liability for damages shall arise from any injury to or the death of the animal occasioned by said laboratory examination.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.195, 9-20-1989]
Any person within the City having information or knowledge of any animal showing signs of rabies or having been exposed to rabies shall report such knowledge or information to the St. Louis County Department of Community Health and Medical Care immediately.
[Ord. No. 89-81, §4.200, 9-20-1989]
A. 
For the purpose of containing and controlling the transmission of rabies, the Chief of Police may recommend a quarantine order affecting the entire City when he determines it is appropriate for controlling the transmission of rabies, according to the severity of the situation.
B. 
The Mayor may issue a quarantine order pursuant to such recommendation. The quarantine order shall direct that all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, whether vaccinated and registered according to the provisions of this Chapter or not, shall be confined in the home of a person responsible for the animal, or tied up or placed on a leash under the direct physical control of a person that is capable of and is in fact controlling and governing the animal in question.
C. 
The Mayor may impose such other requirements by order which he determines are appropriate to assure the containment of rabies within the quarantined area, in accordance with RSMo. Sections 322.040 and 322.060
D. 
Every person responsible for an animal shall comply with the requirements of the quarantine order as it applies to that animal.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.205, 9-20-1989]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to conceal an animal or interfere with the Chief of Police or persons designated by him in the performance of their legal duties as provided in this Chapter.
B. 
The Chief of Police or persons designated by him shall have the right of entry onto any lots or lands for the purpose of collecting any dog, cat, or other animal, which is subject to impoundment pursuant to this Chapter. The Chief of Police or his duly appointed representative shall have the right of entry to any property or premises within any quarantined area during the period of such quarantine for the purpose of examining or obtaining any dog, cat, or other animal suspected of having rabies, having been exposed to rabies, or having bitten a person or other animal.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.210, 9-20-1989]
A. 
No person who is responsible for an animal shall:
1. 
Fail to provide adequate food and shelter for the animal for a period of more than twenty-four (24) hours;
2. 
Leave the animal without the apparent intent to recover or resume custody;
3. 
Fail to provide the animal with proper shelter for the species;
4. 
Fail to provide the animal with opportunity for adequate daily exercise;
5. 
Fail to provide the animal with veterinary care when needed to treat injury or illness unless the animal is instead promptly euthanized;
6. 
Transport an animal in an open vehicle from which it can escape.
B. 
No person shall beat, torment, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse an animal, or cause, instigate or permit any dogfight, cockfight, or other combat between animals or between animals and humans and any animal so used shall be seized and impounded. No person shall attend such unlawful exhibition or be umpire at such. Animals seized by the Chief of Police pursuant to this Subsection shall not be returned to any person participating in or attending the unlawful exhibition, in accordance with RSMo. Sections 578.009-578.012, 578.018, 578.021.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.215, 9-20-1989; Ord. 94-43 §2, 6-1-1994]
A. 
Prohibition of Dangerous Animals — Exceptions.
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to own, harbor or have the care or custody of a dangerous animal as defined under Section 210.050 of this Chapter, within the corporate limits of the City of Bridgeton, Missouri, unless said dangerous animal is licensed and registered by the owner with the City, as provided herein and is in strict compliance with the limitations, standards, requirements and conditions set forth in Subsection (E) of this Section.
2. 
Unless otherwise specifically permitted in this Chapter, the keeping or harboring of any carnivorous or omnivorous animal (including but not limited to non-human primates, raccoons, skunks, foxes, leopards, panthers, tigers and lions, but excluding fowl, dogs, house cats and small rodents of varieties used for laboratory purposes) and any other animal having a poisonous bite is hereby prohibited within any residential area, which for purposes of this Section is defined as any area not zoned for business, commercial, agricultural or industrial purposes.
B. 
Declaring an Animal Dangerous. If the Chief of Police or his designated representative has cause to believe that an animal is dangerous, the Chief or designated representative may find and declare that the animal is a dangerous animal and therefore subject to the terms and restrictions of this Section.
C. 
Notice of Declaring an Animal Dangerous. After declaring an animal dangerous, the Chief of Police or his designated representative shall notify the animal's owner in writing of the declaration. The notice shall identify the requirements and conditions for maintaining a dangerous animal as set forth in this Section. If the owner cannot be located, the animal may be immediately impounded and notice shall be posted on the owner's last known address.
D. 
Rights of Owner — Hearing Process.
1. 
The owner of an animal declared dangerous shall have the right to file, within five (5) days after receiving notice, a written request with the Chief of Police, for a hearing to contest the dangerous animal declaration. The Administrative Assistant to the Mayor shall designate a Hearing Officer to conduct the hearing and render a decision.
2. 
The hearing shall be informal and strict rules of evidence shall not apply. the owner may be represented by counsel, present oral and written evidence, and cross-examine witnesses.
3. 
The Hearing Officer shall issue a decision after the close of the hearing and notify the owner in writing of the decision.
4. 
If the Hearing Officer upholds the dangerous animal decision, the owner shall comply with all of the requirements and conditions for maintaining a dangerous animal as set forth in this Section.
5. 
Any person aggrieved by the determination of the Hearing Officer may appeal the decision to the Circuit Court of St. Louis County pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 536 RSMo., provided however, that any appeal must be filed with the Circuit Court within five (5) days of the date of the Hearing Officer's decision.
E. 
Dangerous Animals — Registration — Conditions Required to Keep. From and after June 1, 1994, the owner of a dangerous animal may maintain a dangerous animal only subject to the following limitations, requirements and conditions:
1. 
Registration. Within ten (10) days of June 1, 1994, or the acquisition of a dangerous animal, every keeper or owner of a dangerous animal in the City shall register said animal with the Chief of Police of the City on the "dangerous animal" registry. Failure to so register shall constitute a violation of this Section. Notice of this requirement shall be given by posting a copy of this Section in City Hall.
2. 
Leash and Muzzle. No person shall permit a dangerous animal to go outside its kennel or pen unless such animal is securely leashed with a leash no longer than four (4) feet in length with a minimum tensile strength of three hundred (300) pounds. No person shall permit a dangerous animal to be kept on a chain, rope or other type of leash outside its kennel or pen unless a person is in physical control of the leash and animal. Such animal may not be leashed to objects such as trees, posts, buildings, etc. In addition, all dangerous animals on a leash outside the animal's kennel must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient to prevent such animal from biting persons or other animals. The muzzle must not cause injury to the dangerous animal or interfere with its vision or respiration, but must prevent the dangerous animal from biting any human or animal.
3. 
Confinement. All dangerous animals shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel, except when leashed and muzzled as above provided. The pen, kennel or structure must be suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent the dangerous animal from escaping. Such pen, kennel or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to the sides and must have minimum dimensions of five (5) feet by ten (10) feet. All structures used to confine dangerous animals must be locked with a key or combination lock when such animals are within the structure. Such structure must have a secure bottom or floor attached to the sides of the pen or if the structure has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides of the pen must be embedded in the ground no less than one (1) foot. All structures erected to house dangerous animals must comply with all zoning and building regulations of the City. All such structures must be adequately lighted and ventilated and kept in a clean and sanitary condition. The structure, when occupied by a dangerous animal, shall not be occupied by any other animal. If the dangerous animal is a female with offspring under two (2) months of age, the offspring may occupy the same enclosure as the mother. No dangerous animal may be kept on a porch, patio or in any part of a house or structure that would allow the animal to exit such building on its own volition. In addition, no such animal may be kept in a house or structure when the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the animal from exiting the structure.
a. 
Any dangerous animal found off the premises of a person responsible for it and not confined as indicated above may be seized by any Police Officer or other agent authorized by the Chief of Police, whether or not it has been returned to its enclosure at the time of impoundment. If impounded pursuant to this Subsection, the animal shall not be returned to a person responsible for it unless a court so orders.
4. 
Signs. All owners, keepers or harborer of dangerous animals within the City shall display in a prominent place on their premises a sign reading, in letters not less than two (2) inches high "Beware of Dangerous Animal" and easily readable by the public. The owner shall also display a sign with a symbol warning children of the presence of a dangerous animal. In addition, a similar sign is required to be posted on the kennel or pen of such animal.
5. 
Insurance. All owners, keepers or harborer of dangerous animals must provide proof to the Chief of Police of public liability insurance in a single incident amount of not less than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) for bodily injury to or death of any person or persons or for damage to property owned by any persons which may result from the ownership, keeping or maintenance of such animal. An effective insurance policy with the coverage and in the amounts specified herein must be maintained by the owner, keeper or harborer at all times. Such insurance policy shall provide that no cancellation, termination or expiration of the policy will be made unless ten (10) days written notice is first given to the Chief of Police of the City.
6. 
Photographs. All owners, keepers or harborer of dangerous animals must provide to the Chief of Police four (4) color photographs, in two (2) different positions, clearly showing the color, markings and approximate size of the animal.
7. 
Reporting requirements. All owners, keepers or harborer of dangerous animals must, within ten (10) days of any of the following incidents, report said information in writing to the Chief of Police:
a. 
The removal from the City or death of a dangerous animal;
b. 
The birth of offspring of a dangerous animal;
c. 
The new address of a dangerous animal owner should the owner move from one address within the corporate City limits to another address within the corporate City limits.
8. 
Loose, unconfined or missing dangerous animal. The owner, keeper or harborer shall notify the Police Department immediately if a dangerous animal becomes loose, unconfined or missing, has attacked another animal or has attacked a human being.
F. 
Sale or Transfer of Ownership. No person shall sell, barter or in any other way dispose of a dangerous animal to any person within the City; provided that the owner of a dangerous animal may sell or otherwise dispose of an animal or the offspring of such animal to persons who do not reside within the City.
G. 
Offspring of Dangerous Animals. All offsprings born of dangerous animals within the City must be removed from the City within two (2) months of their birth.
H. 
Failure to Comply. It shall be unlawful for the owner, keeper or harborer of a dangerous animal within the City to fail to comply with the limitations, requirements and conditions set forth in this Section. Any animal found to be the subject of a violation of this Section shall be subject to revocation of the license and/or registration of the animal and immediate seizure and impoundment. The owner shall be required to take necessary action to dispose of such dangerous animal and the Chief of Police is further authorized to dispose of such dangerous animal if necessary action is not taken by the owner.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.220, 9-20-1989]
No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog or other animal which, by jumping upon or threatening persons upon public streets, shall cause persons to be put in fear of injury.
[Ord. No. 89-81, §4.225, 9-20-1989; Ord. No. 04-65, 12-15-2004]
A. 
Every person responsible for a dog, cat or other animal shall keep it from being at large as defined below.
B. 
An animal is at large when it is outside a cage or building from which it cannot escape unless:
[Ord. No. 15-24 §7, 9-16-2015]
1. 
It is attached to a leash held by a person that is capable of and is in fact controlling the animal in question.
2. 
It is within a vehicle from which the animal cannot escape while the vehicle is being driven, parked or stopped.
3. 
It is on the real property of a person responsible for it.
C. 
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 paragraph only if:
1. 
It is kept in the residence of a person responsible for it and it can neither escape nor be reached by animals outside the residence; or
2. 
It is on a leash on the premises of a person responsible for it and is supervised by a person responsible for it, briefly, for toilet purposes only.
3. 
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.
D. 
Above does not apply to animals:
1. 
While being used in hunting, field trials and dog shows while on public land set aside for those purposes;
2. 
Used for tracking in conjunction with Police activities;
3. 
Of the Canine Corps of any Police Force of the City of St. Louis, 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.
E. 
Notwithstanding any provision of the above, animals which are trained to assist persons with impaired sight, hearing, or with other disabilities are not at large when accompanying a person they are trained to assist.
[Ord. No. 89-81, §4.230, 9-20-1989]
A. 
Every person responsible for a dog, cat, puppy, kitten or other animal shall keep it from creating a nuisance.
B. 
A dog, cat, puppy, or kitten or any other animal creates a nuisance if it:
1. 
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.
2. 
Damages public property or property belonging to a person other then a person responsible for the animal.
3. 
Causes unsanitary or dangerous conditions.
4. 
Causes a disturbance by excessive barking, howling, meowing or other noisemaking.
5. 
Chases vehicles, including bicycles.
6. 
Molests, attacks, bites, or interferes with persons or other animals on public property not belonging to a person responsible for the animal.
7. 
Impedes refuse collection, mail delivery, or meter reading or other public service activities by annoying persons responsible for such activities.
8. 
Tips, rummages through, or damages a refuse container.
C. 
For the purpose of Subsection (B) above, "urban property" is:
1. 
Property in areas developed for industrial uses;
2. 
Property in areas developed for commercial uses; or
3. 
Property in areas developed for residential uses except those residential neighborhoods developed solely with detached single-family dwellings on lots larger than seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet.
4. 
Property in areas with mixed uses shall be treated as urban property.
[Ord. No. 89-81, §4.235, 9-20-1989]
No person shall own or keep any animal which, by making excessive noise, disturbs a neighborhood.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.240, 9-20-1989]
Every pen, run, cage or other yard establishment wherein any dog is kept shall be maintained so that no offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any neighbor. Every pen, run, cage or other yard enclosure shall be located at a minimum distance of fifty (50) feet away from the next nearest adjoining residence or dwelling.
[Ord. No. 90-26, §1, 3-7-1990]
A. 
All manure accumulations in any pen, run, cage or yard establishment wherein a dog is kept shall be removed or disposed of in such a manner as to prevent the breeding of flies.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for the person in control of a dog or other animal to allow the dog or other animal to deposit manure on public property or on the private property of another person.
C. 
The owner or keeper of every animal, when such animal is off the property controlled by the owner or keeper, shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by such animal on public walks, streets, recreation areas or private property; and it shall be a violation of this Chapter for such owner or keeper to fail to remove or provide for the removal of such excreta before taking an animal from the immediate area where such excretion occurred.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.250, 9-20-1989]
It shall be unlawful and a public nuisance for any person in charge of a residence to keep or allow to be kept more than three (3) dogs or three (3) cats, or any combination of such animals exceeding three (3) in number, over the age of ninety (90) days at such residence unless the residence is zoned agricultural pursuant to the zoning ordinances of Bridgeton, Missouri.
[1]
Editor's note — Ord. No. 94-43 §3, adopted June 1, 1994, repealed section 210.300 which derived from Ord. No. 89-81 §4.255, 9-20-1989. Dangerous animal provisions are now set out in Section 210.220 of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.260, 9-20-1989]
Except as necessary for human safety, abatement of nuisance, destruction of rats, mice and other pests, veterinary medical practice, termination of suffering, and performance of official duties by public employees, it shall be unlawful to willfully injure or kill, capture or trap, expose a poisonous substance for, or poison any animal, and further it shall be an unlawful act to attempt any of the aforesaid unlawful acts. However, nothing herein contained shall be deemed to prohibit the lawful hunting of wild animals in accordance with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, rules and regulations.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.265, 9-20-1989]
A. 
No livestock (as used herein "livestock" includes but is not limited to the following animals: Mules, cattle, sheep, goats and swine) or wild animals of similar or larger size shall be kept or maintained for feeding within two hundred (200) feet of the nearest portion of any building in any way used by human beings, other than the dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of any such animals. Beyond this limitation of two hundred (200) feet, not more than two (2) of the aforementioned animals shall be kept, provided that the limitation of two (2) horses shall not apply to a riding stable, nor shall the limitation of two (2) such animals apply to a commercial stockyard or land zoned for agricultural use. Stables, coops, pens or other structures for the housing of any of the aforementioned animals shall comply with all zoning restrictions.
1. 
In addition to above, a minimum of three-quarters (3/4) of an acre, exclusive of front and side yards or buildings other than a stable and/or barn, shall be required to keep a horse. An additional one-half (½) acre shall be required for each additional horse.
2. 
All manure accumulations in the area where livestock and other animals are kept shall be removed, stored or disposed of in such a manner as to prevent the breeding of flies and the spread of disease.
3. 
Wild animals not prohibited from being kept as pets shall also be so kept in compliance with the Statutes, regulations and treaties of the State of Missouri and the Federal Government.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.270, 9-20-1989; Ord. No. 15-24 §8, 9-16-2015]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or raise any fowl or small mammals other than dogs or cats on a parcel or to keep or maintain any coop/housing, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment for the housing of fowl or small mammals, except dogs and cats, in any manner not explicitly prescribed in this Section.
B. 
Permit Required.
1. 
Any person owning a single-family dwelling desiring to keep any small mammals or fowl within the City limits may file a written application for a fowl and small mammal permit, utilizing the prescribed form and including all required information, with the City Clerk. Tenants of such dwellings shall be required to provide written permission from the property owner in order to seek a fowl and small mammal permit. The tenant and property owner shall be considered co-applicants. The cost of the application shall be ten dollars ($10.00).
2. 
The application shall include a written description of the number and type of small mammals or fowl being proposed for keeping, and the proposed location, dimensions, and construction materials of the proposed coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment; a scaled site plan or aerial photo indicating the proposed location and orientation, distance to property lines, and distance to structures on adjacent properties constructed for the habitation of humans; fully detailed drawing depicting all facades of the proposed coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment, to include dimensions, construction materials, and colors; the names and telephone numbers of at least two (2) persons who can respond to any emergency involving the small mammals or fowl in the owner's absence; and written permission from all property owners of properties abutting the property on which the coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment is proposed.
3. 
Upon receipt of the application, the City Clerk or his or her designee will review the application to determine its completeness, and will forward all complete and fully compliant applications to the City of Bridgeton Building Code Official for examination.
4. 
The Building Code Official shall examine the application; verify that the application satisfies the requirements of this Section, and forward compliant application to the City Clerk for permit issuance.
5. 
Upon receipt of confirmation from the Building Code Official that the application is compliant, the City Clerk or his or her designee shall, in a timely manner, issue a fowl and small mammal permit to the property owner/tenant for construction of the coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment and keeping of small mammals and/or fowl.
6. 
Upon receiving the fowl and small mammal permit, the applicant shall build the coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment according to the requirements specified within this Section and as approved by the City Clerk and Building Code Official. Within five (5) days of completion of the construction of the coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment, the applicant shall contact the City Clerk to request an inspection of the completed structure to ensure it was constructed as approved.
7. 
By applying for a fowl and small mammal permit under this Section, the property owner/tenant authorizes City Officials at all reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to enter upon and inspect the property with respect to which such permit is applied for to determine whether the keeping of fowl or small mammals violates this Section or any other applicable ordinances.
8. 
Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to preclude the enforcement of any violation of any City ordinances committed in connection with the keeping of small mammals or fowl, notwithstanding the issuance of such fowl and small mammal permit.
9. 
Fowl and small mammal permits shall not be transferable in cases of a change in occupancy or property ownership.
C. 
Appeal of Denial of Fowl and Small Mammal Permit.
1. 
Any applicant denied a fowl and small mammal permit by the City Clerk or his/her designee may appeal such denial to the City Council as provided in this Section. Any such appeal shall be taken within thirty (30) days of the date of denial of an application for a fowl and small mammal permit by filing with the City Engineer a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof. All such appeals shall be transmitted to the City Council with all the papers constituting the record upon which the action appealed from is taken. Six (6) affirmative votes of the City Council shall be required to grant a variance from or reverse a decision made by the City Clerk or his/her designee denying a fowl and small mammal permit.
2. 
The City Council may impose such conditions and restrictions upon the premises benefited by a variation as may be necessary to prevent injurious effects therefrom upon other property or activities in the neighborhood and to better carry out the general intent of the regulations.
3. 
In the event that any application for an appeal of a fowl and small mammal permit denial or variance of this Chapter is denied by the City Council, a reapplication concerning the same property or site shall not be accepted until six (6) months following the date of final action by the City Council on the previous application for appeal or variance has elapsed, unless it can be shown to the satisfaction of the City Engineer or his/her designated representative that:
a. 
A significantly different plan is proposed; or
b. 
New facts or other pertinent information have been discovered that were not previously presented and were not reasonably capable of discovery by the applicant prior to the previous application.
D. 
Revocation of Fowl and Small Mammal Permit and Appeal of Revocation.
1. 
A fowl and small mammal permit may be revoked at any time, without a hearing, if the City determines in its sole discretion that an infectious avian agent of potential significant copathogenicity, such as avian flu, is identified within the continental United States. At such time, the owner shall take such steps as health officials of the local, County, State or Federal government instruct with regard to the quarantine or destruction of any such chicken or coop.
2. 
Except as provided above, if the holder of a fowl and small mammal permit allows an unsanitary condition, or any violation of this Section to exist for more than fourteen (14) calendar days after notice from the City, then such permit for keeping small mammals or fowl may be revoked after hearing, upon a determination by the City Clerk or his/her designee, that said coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment are being maintained in an unsanitary condition, or in violation of this Section, or other laws applicable to said structure. All small mammals or fowl and coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment shall be disposed of or removed from the City not more than fourteen (14) calendar days following receipt of notice of revocation after hearing, unless circumstances warrant earlier removal at the sole discretion of the City Clerk.
3. 
Misstatements of fact on an application for permit or the failure to comply with any of the requirements of this Section shall warrant revocation by the City Clerk or his or her designee following a hearing as described in this Section.
4. 
Should, for any reason, the keeping of fowl or small mammals cease for a period of six (6) months, the permit to keep such fowl or small mammals shall be considered voluntarily surrendered, and any coop/housing, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment for the housing of fowl or small mammals shall be removed within ten (10) business days subsequent to such surrender.
E. 
Lot Requirements — Required Facilities — Running At-Large Prohibited.
1. 
Small mammals and fowl shall be limited to parcels that are zoned as single-family residential and have an occupancy permit issued for the same.
2. 
On parcels from ten thousand eight hundred ninety (10,890) square feet in area up to fourteen thousand five hundred nineteen (14,519) square feet in area, a maximum of six (6) female fowl shall be permitted. On parcels greater than fourteen thousand five hundred twenty (14,520) square feet in area, a maximum of fifteen (15) female fowl shall be permitted. Roosters, peacocks and guinea fowl shall be prohibited on all parcels.
3. 
A maximum of ten (10) rabbits or other small mammals over the age of four (4) months or a maximum of twenty-five (25) rabbits or other small mammals under the age of four (4) months shall be allowed per parcel of land.
4. 
All parcels on which fowl or small mammals are kept or raised shall be equipped with a coop/housing, hutch or yard establishment which meets the requirements of this Chapter. All small mammals and fowl permitted to be kept in the City shall either be securely restrained and enclosed in a coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment upon the premises of the owner or shall roam freely within a fenced area on the premises of the owner, and shall not be permitted to be at-large. No parcel shall house more than one (1) coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment, which shall not count towards maximum number of accessory structures allowed on the premises. The coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment, and fowl tractor, shall be located in the rear yard behind the rear building line, and shall conform to the following provisions:
a. 
Shall be located a minimum of five (5) feet from the side property lines.
b. 
Shall be located a minimum of five (5) feet from the rear property line.
c. 
The ground on which the coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment is located shall be of level grade or graded in a direction away from property lines to prevent run off to adjacent properties.
d. 
Shall not be located nearer than twenty-five (25) feet to any portion of any dwelling, residence or living quarters of persons other than that of the property owner.
e. 
Shall not exceed a total of one hundred forty (140) square feet of floor space and may not exceed eight (8) feet in height. The structure shall allow a minimum of four (4) square feet of floor space per mammal or bird and shall not exceed two (2) vertical levels.
f. 
Shall be completely enclosed including a roof to prevent small mammals or fowl from escaping the structure. The structure shall be designed and maintained in such a way as to be impermeable to rodents, wild birds, and predators, including, but not limited to, cats, coyotes, dogs, raccoons and skunks. Coops/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment shall consist of a sound structure and maintain continuity of building materials as determined by the Building Code Official or his/her designee.
5. 
Feed and any other food sources provided to the fowl or other small mammals shall be stored in predator-proof containers.
F. 
Small Mammals and Fowl in Pens Requirements — Exceptions.
1. 
Permit and lot requirements contained in this Section shall not apply to small mammals and fowl, which are raised and/or kept for sale within a bonafide farm or produce market, or stored for purpose of trade and while so kept are confined in small coops, boxes or cages, or where such small mammals or fowl are kept for purposes of research in a laboratory.
G. 
Small Mammals and Fowl in Pens Requirements — Such Mammals, Fowl, and Pens Existing Prior to the Adoption of Requirements.
1. 
Persons keeping any small mammals or fowl prior to the adoption of this Section by the City of Bridgeton shall come into conformance with the requirements of this Section within the following schedule:
a. 
Application for fowl and small mammal permit shall be filed within three (3) months of ordinance adoption;
b. 
Maximum number of allowable fowl or small mammal requirements shall be met within twelve (12) months of ordinance adoption;
c. 
Coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment size and design requirements shall be met within twelve (12) months of ordinance adoption; and
d. 
All other requirements shall be satisfied within thirty (30) days of ordinance adoption except as granted through the appeal process authorized in this Section.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.270, 9-20-1989; Ord. No. 15-24 §9, 9-16-2015]
A. 
Odors. Every coop/housing, hutch or other yard establishment shall be kept so that no offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any inhabitants of the neighborhood.
B. 
Disposal of Manure. Every coop/housing, hutch or other yard establishment shall be provided with a watertight and flytight receptacle for manure, of such dimension as to contain all accumulations thereof, which receptacle shall be emptied sufficiently often and in such manner as to prevent it from becoming a nuisance. Such receptacle shall be securely covered at all times, except when open during the deposit or removal of manure or refuse therefrom. No manure shall be allowed to accumulate except in such receptacle. All such manure, when removed from the receptacle, shall be buried with covering not less than six (6) inches of earth, or, if used as fertilizer, thoroughly spaded into the ground, or shall be removed from the property. Manure shall not be dumped in common ground, sewer systems or in streams or creeks.
C. 
Maintenance of Enclosures. All earthen yards or runways wherein fowl or other small mammals are kept or permitted to be shall be spaded and then limed once every three (3) months from the month of April through the month of December. For the purpose of killing flies and other insects, all structures, coops/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment wherein fowl or other small mammals are kept or permitted to be shall be sprayed with such substances as will eliminate such insects.
D. 
Condition of Enclosure. Any coop/housing, hutch, or other yard establishment wherein mammals or fowl are kept or permitted to be shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, devoid of all rodents and vermin, and free from objectionable odors. The enclosed area of all such structures shall be constructed in such a way as to be dry at all times on the inside. The person maintaining any aforementioned structure, pen, coop or yard in the City does, by such act of maintenance, authorize the Director of Health to, at any time, inspect any such structure or premises and issue any such order as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Section.
E. 
Disposal of Deceased Small Animals and Fowl. Deceased small animals and fowl shall be disposed of either through burial or incineration in accordance with Federal, State, City, and County regulations.
[Ord. No. 89-81 §4.275, 9-20-1989]
Any person violating any Section of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction of any such violation be punished in accordance with Chapter 100, Section 100.080 of this Code.