City of Creve Coeur, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 205.010 Definitions.

[R.O. 2008 §5-1; Ord. No. 1879 §1, 8-11-1997; Ord. No. 3034 §1, 1-6-2005; Ord. No. 5238 §1, 1-9-2012]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have these 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.
AFFECTED WITH RABIES
Infected with the rabies virus as determined by standard laboratory testing.
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
A person or agency designated by the City Administrator to carry out the responsibilities of this Code from time to time.
AT LARGE (AS APPLIED TO ANIMALS)
Any animal shall be deemed at large when it is off the premises of its owner's real property and not restrained by a competent person.
BOARDING KENNEL
A place or establishment, other than a pound or animal shelter, where animals, not owned by the proprietor are sheltered, fed and watered in return for a consideration; however, "boarding kennel" shall not include hobby or show breeders who board intact females for a period of time for the sole purpose of breeding such intact females, and shall not include individuals who temporarily, and not in the normal course of business, board or care for animals owned by other individuals.
CAT
All domestic species or varieties of the Felis domesticus, male or female, above the age of four (4) months.
CERTIFICATE
A certificate issued under the County Rabies Control Code at the time of the vaccination of a dog or cat, bearing thereon the signature of the vaccinator, the registration number, the name, color, breed and sex of the dog or cat, the name and address of the person responsible for the animal, the date of the vaccination and the type of vaccine administered.
COMPETENT PERSON
A person who is capable of controlling and governing the dog in question and to whose command the dog is obedient.
CONFINEMENT
The ten (10) day clinical observation period following a bite incident during which an owner of an animal is to prevent contact by such animal with humans or other animals. The animal may, at the expense of the owner, be confined at the County impounding facility, by a veterinarian or at the owner's residence with the approval of the Director.
DIRECTOR
The Director of the St. Louis County Department of Health or any person or agent employed by the County Department of Health to enforce the County Rabies Control Code and the provisions of this Chapter.
DOG
All domesticated members of the Canis familiarize, male or female, four (4) months of age or older.
EXOTIC ANIMAL
Includes:
[Ord. No. 5335 §1, 9-23-2013]
1. 
Any mammal not generally accustomed to living in or near human populations.
2. 
Any mammal not considered to be a member of the class generally referred to as domesticated animals.
3. 
All animals listed on the endangered species list as designated by the United States Department of Interior in the Endangered Species Act of 1969.[1]
4. 
All animals protected from hunting and capture by Federal and State law.
5. 
All predatory birds.
6. 
Those animals declared inherently dangerous pursuant to Section 205.170(C).
EXPOSED TO RABIES
When bitten by, or fought with, or has come in close contact with a dog or other animal shown to be infected with the rabies virus as determined by standard laboratory testing.
FOAL
A horse under the age of one (1) year.
FOWL
Chicken roosters, ducks, geese, peacocks and pigeons.
GUARD DOG
A dog not owned by a governmental unit, which dog is used to guard public or private property.
HARNESS
A combination of leather or nylon straps and buckles which, when fitted around the neck and torso of the dog or cat, helps to distribute the pulling force more evenly across the shoulders.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT, COMMISSIONER OR HEALTH COMMISSIONER
The Department of Public Health of St. Louis County, the Commissioner of Public Health of St. Louis County or any person or agent employed by the St. Louis County Health Commissioner to enforce the County Rabies Control Code.
HOUSEHOLD
Those members of a family including servants and attendants living in the same dwelling unit.
HUMANE EUTHANASIA
The act or practice of putting an animal to death in a humane or instantaneous manner under guidelines and procedures established by rules promulgated by the Director.
HUMANE KILLING
The destruction of an animal accomplished by a method approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Panel on Euthanasia (JAVMA 173: 59-72, 1978); or more recent editions, but animals in accordance to local custom and practice killed during the feeding of pet carnivores shall be considered humanely killed.
IMPOUND
To apprehend, catch, trap, net, tranquilize, confine any animal by the authorization of the Director or his/her agent or by any employee or agent of the City.
IMPOUNDING FACILITIES
Any premises designated by the City for the purpose of impounding and caring for all animals in violation of this Chapter.
KITTEN
All domestic species or varieties of the Genus fells, male or female, under the age of four (4) months.
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.
PUP OR PUPPY
All domesticated members of the Canis familiarize, male or female, under four (4) months of age.
QUARANTINE
An order issued by the County Department of Health or the County Council for a geographic area for the purpose of containing and controlling the transmission of rabies.
SERVICE DOG
A dog that is being or has been specially trained to do work or perform tasks which benefit a particular person with a disability. Service dog includes:
1. 
Guide dog: A dog that is being or has been specially trained to assist a particular blind or visually impaired person.
2. 
Hearing dog: A dog that is being or has been specially trained to assist a particular deaf or hearing-impaired person.
3. 
Medical alert or respond dog: A dog that is being or has been trained to alert a person with a disability that a particular medical event is about to occur or to respond to a medical event that has occurred.
4. 
Mobility dog: A dog that is being or has been specially trained to assist a person with a disability caused by physical impairments.
SEVERE INJURY
Any physical injury resulting directly from an animal's bite, which results in broken bones, contusions or lacerations that require medical treatment from a health care professional.
TAG
Any object regardless of shape, size and material which bears a registration number and the words (or abbreviations) "rabies vaccination-registration" and which is issued by the Director of the Department of Health. A tag expires when the duration of the immunity noted on the registration certificate is exceeded.
TETHERING
Attaching a dog or cat to a stationary object or pulley run by means of a chain, rope, tether, cable or similar restraint. "Tethering" does not include the use of a leash to walk a dog.
VACCINATE
The injection by a veterinarian or his/her authorized agent of a specified dose of anti-rabies vaccine into the body of a dog or cat.
VACCINATION REGISTRATION
The procedure of vaccinating for rabies and issuing an identification number and an appropriate certificate under the County Rabies Control Code. The words "vaccination" and "registration" shall be interchangeable.
VETERINARIAN
Any veterinarian holding a current State license and operating on a participating basis with the Health Department as required by and provided in the County Rabies Control Code.
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Editor's Note: See Public Law 91-135.