[R.O. 2008 §5-48; Ord. No. 1879 §1, 8-11-1997; Ord. No. 5383 §1, 8-11-2014]
A person is guilty of animal neglect if he/she has custody or ownership or both of an animal and fails to provide adequate care.
A person is guilty of abandonment if he/she has knowingly abandoned an animal in any place without making provisions for adequate care.
No person who is responsible for an animal shall:
Fail to provide adequate food, water and shelter for the animal for a period of more than twenty-four (24) hours.
Leave an animal without the apparent intent to recover or resume custody.
Fail to provide the animal with proper shelter.
Fail to provide the animal with the opportunity for adequate daily exercise.
Fail to provide the animal with veterinary care when needed to treat injury or illness unless the animal is instead promptly euthanized.
Transport an animal in an open vehicle from which it can escape or leave an animal enclosed in a vehicle without adequate ventilation and/or thereby subject it to excessive heat or cold.
Beat, torment or otherwise abuse an animal.
Cause, instigate, attend, umpire or permit any unlawful exhibition including any dogfight or other combat between animals or between animals and humans within the City limits. Any animal so used shall be seized and impounded. Animals seized shall not be returned to any person participating in or attending the unlawful exhibition.
A person is guilty of animal trespass if a person having ownership or control of an animal fails to provide adequate control for a period equal or exceeding twelve (12) hours.
Animal Abuse. A person is guilty of animal abuse if 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, 273.030 and 273.033, 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 which results in substantial harm to the animal.
Note — Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
[R.O. 2008 §5-49; Ord. No. 3034 §2, 1-6-2005]
It shall be unlawful for any owner or other person controlling or possessing any dog, cat or other animal to:
Leave a dog, cat or other animal tethered outdoors for eight continuous hours or for a total of twelve (12) hours in a twenty-four (24) hour period.
Tether a dog, cat or other animal except by means of a properly fitting harness or collar of nylon or leather construction and a tether in proportion to the size of the animal. The tether must be at least fifteen (15) feet in length with a swivel at both ends.
Tether a dog, cat or other animal outdoors under conditions where the animal or tether can become entangled on the tether, another animal or some other object or where the tether can restrict the animal's access to suitable, edible and sufficient food, clean water (cool in summer and unfrozen in winter) and appropriate shelter.
Tether a dog, cat or other animal outdoors in unsafe or unsanitary conditions or when said tether does not allow the animal to defecate or urinate in an area separate from the areas where it must eat, drink or lie down.
Expose a dog, cat or other animal to any weather conditions that cause immediate imminent threat to the animal's physical well-being.