The following words, when used in this Chapter, shall have the meanings set out herein:
- DOGS OR CATS
- All animals of the canine or feline species, both male and female.
- OWNER OR KEEPER
- Any person having a right of property in a dog or cat, or who keeps or harbors a dog or cat, or who has it in his/her care, or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog or cat to remain on or about any premises owned or occupied by him/her.
- RUNNING AT LARGE
- Allowing a dog or cat to be off the private premises of the owner or keeper, or his/her agent or servant, and not on a leash or confined to the arms, motor vehicle, trailer or other conveyance of the owner or keeper, his/her agent or servant.
- SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY
- Physical injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part of the body.
- A person upon the premises of the owner or keeper of the dog in question without license or privilege to be upon said premises.
- UNRESTRAINED DOG
- Any dog running at large or a dog on the premises of its owner or keeper but not confined to said premises by a leash, fence, structure or other means that would prevent the dog from leaving such premises.
- VICIOUS DOG
- Any of the following dogs:
- 1. Any dog, whether or not running at large and whether or not unrestrained, that without provocation has bitten any person not a trespasser causing serious physical injury to that person.
- 2. Any unrestrained dog, whether or not running at large, that without provocation has attempted to bite any person not a trespasser which would cause serious physical injury to that person.
- 3. Any unrestrained dog, whether or not running at large, that without provocation has placed any person not a trespasser in apprehension of immediate serious physical injury.
- 4. Any dog that has killed another dog, cat or other domestic animal without provocation.
- 5. Pit bull dogs.
[R.O. 2011 §6.04.010; Code 1950 §1505.1; Prior Code §5-1]
Any person owning, keeping or harboring within the City any domestic animal or fowl shall at all times keep the same within a yard, enclosure or other place surrounded by wire netting or other fence sufficient to prevent their escape therefrom, and it is unlawful to permit any such animal or fowl to run or be at large upon any public places within the City; provided that this Section shall not apply to the keeping of dogs or cats.
[R.O. 2011 §6.04.020; Code 1950 §1505.2; Prior Code §5-2; Ord. No. 4671 §1; Ord. No. 4766 §1]
It is unlawful to keep, maintain or allow to remain upon any one (1) lot, tract or parcel of ground within the City any sheep, goats, hogs, cows, horses or fowl, excluding ducks, parrots, parakeets, canaries or any similar small bird kept as a pet and capable of being domestically caged, except where such animals are kept in the conduct of a commercial enterprise or business at locations where such a business is permitted.
[R.O. 2011 §6.04.025; Ord. No. 6652 §1, 2006]
Unlawful. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or allow to remain upon any lot, tract or parcel of ground within the City a chicken, unless a permit to do so is issued as provided in this Section or is allowed under Section 210.020 of this Chapter. Any person violating any of the provisions of this Subsection shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined a sum not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00) per chicken that is in violation thereof.
Permits. The Director of Community Development is authorized to administer chicken permits, and to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to interpret and implement the provisions of this Section to secure the intent thereof and to promote the public health, safety and general welfare. An application for a chicken permit shall be submitted to the Director of Community Development, accompanied by a non-refundable application fee in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00) payable to the City. No permit shall be issued for more than seven (7) hen chickens on any platted lot or group of contiguous lots, parcels, or tracts of land, and no permit shall be issued for a rooster. A permit shall expire one (1) year after issuance. No more than five (5) permits shall be in effect in the City at any one time. No new permit shall be issued during a one (1) year period, which shall commence upon the passage of the ordinance codified in this Chapter.
Confinement. A chicken shall at all times be safely and securely confined in a coop or other enclosure at least sixteen (16) but not more than thirty-two (32) square feet. The coop or other enclosure shall provide sufficient rain shelter and at least two (2) linear feet of roosting space per chicken, and shall be located in the rear yard and at least ten (10) feet from the property line. A diagram that indicates the location of the coop or other enclosure, its size and distance from the property lines and other structures on the property shall be included with the chicken permit application. The coop or other enclosure shall be maintained in good repair, free of noxious odors, and in a clean and sanitary condition.
Nuisances. No chicken shall be allowed to create a nuisance, or disturb neighboring residents due to noise, odor, damage or injury.
Sale Of Chickens Or Eggs. No chicken kept on premises pursuant to a chicken permit or any egg produced by such a chicken shall be sold or offered for sale, including, but not limited to, by barter or exchange.
Inspections. The Director of Community Development or his/her designee shall inspect at least once every three (3) months the premises where any chicken is kept to determine whether there is compliance with this Section. There shall be a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee per inspection, which the chicken permit holder shall pay to the City.
Responsibility. The owner and occupant of premises where a chicken is kept, maintained or allowed to remain, and any holder of a permit for the chicken, shall be responsible for any violations of this Section.
[R.O. 2011 §6.04.030; Ord. No. 6479 §1, 2004]
It is unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or allow to remain on any one (1) lot, tract or parcel of ground within the City more than two (2) animals of the following types or any combination thereof: dogs, cats, monkeys or ducks as provided for in Section 210.020; excluding, however, the young of a litter of animals under three (3) months of age; it shall further be unlawful for any person to keep more than one (1) such pet per dwelling unit in multiple-family buildings of three (3) units or more; provided however, this Section shall not apply where such animals are kept in the conduct of a commercial enterprise or business at locations where such a business is permitted and duly licensed under Title VI of this Code.
[R.O. 2011 §6.04.040; Code 1950 §603.24; Prior Code §5-3]
It is unlawful for any person to have or permit to remain upon any lot or premises owned or occupied by him/her in the City any noxious or offensive hog pen or pig sty nearer to any church, or public, private or parochial school, private dwelling, hotel, tenement or lodging house than five hundred (500) feet, or during the time between the first (1st) day of April and November in each year, to keep or confine, or permit to be kept or confined, for a longer period than three (3) days, any swine in any pen or sty nearer to any church, or public, private or parochial school, dwelling, hotel, tenement or lodging house than five hundred (500) feet, or within fifteen (15) feet of any street, sidewalk or public thoroughfare.
[R.O. 2011 §6.04.050; Code 1950 §1505.3; Prior Code §5-4]
Any cattle, hogs, horses, mules, sheep, goats or other domestic animals, except dogs, found running at large, or tied, staked or pastured in, on or along any street, railroad right-of-way, thoroughfare or other public place in the City shall forthwith be taken up by the City and impounded in some secure place to be provided by the City.
[R.O. 2011 §6.04.060; Code 1950 §1505.4; Prior Code §5-5]
It is the duty of the Chief of Police to make diligent search for the owner of any animal impounded pursuant to Section 210.060 and, when found, to notify the owner of such impounding; and thereupon such owner or owners may appear at any time before such animal is sold and reclaim such animal upon payment to the Chief of Police of the expenses and penalties fixed and prescribed by the City.
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. 2011 §6.04.120; Code 1950 §1505.9; Prior Code §5-10]
It is unlawful for any person to molest, injure or disturb any small birds (except hawks, sparrows, vultures and owls) or the nest, young or brood of any such small birds within the City.
Every person owning or caring for any animal that has died from any cause shall dispose of the animal carcass within twenty-four (24) hours after knowledge of such death, either by arranging for a person permitted under Chapter 269, RSMo., to dispose of or transport it, or by the owner or person entitled to such body causing the same to be deposited in a permitted sanitary landfill notwithstanding any other provision of the law or rule to the contrary, allowing it to be buried in a sanitary landfill or buried, incinerated, composted, or disposed of in a manner approved by the State Veterinarian within the twenty-four (24) hour period upon his/her own or any other available premises, provided that such disposition is in accordance with the provisions of Subsection (2) of Section 269.020, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 6978 §1, 1-26-2015]
It shall be unlawful to:
Cause bodily injury or death to a police service animal;
Engage in any conduct likely to cause bodily injury or death to a police service animal;
Lay out, place or administer any poison, trap, substance or object which is likely to cause bodily injury or death to a police service animal;
Taunt, torment, strike or otherwise assault a police service animal;
Throw any object or substance at, or in the path of a police service animal;
Interfere with or obstruct a police service animal or attempt such interference or obstruction;
Interfere with a handler in such a manner as to inhibit, restrict or deprive the handler of his or her control of a police service animal;
Release a police service animal from its area of control or to trespass within such area;
Place any food, object or substance into a police service animal's area of control without the permission of the handler.
As used in this Section, "area of control" means a vehicle, kennel, pen, enclosure or other surroundings in which a police service animal is temporarily or regularly kept or maintained.
As used in this Section, "handler" means an officer of a law enforcement agency who has been trained in law enforcement activities, performs law enforcement-related duties and uses a police service animal in the performance of those duties.
As used in this Section, "police service animal" means any dog used by a law enforcement agency, which is specifically trained for law enforcement work, or any animal contracted to assist a law enforcement agency in the performance of law enforcement duties.
A police service animal must comply with immunization requirements provided for in Section 210.190; however, a police service animal, while under proper law enforcement supervision, is exempt from all other ordinances that usually apply to animals.
This Section does not apply to a Law Enforcement Officer or veterinarian that may perform euthanasia in emergency situations when delay would cause the dog or other police service animal undue suffering and pain.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.010; Prior Code §5-15; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
This Article shall be known and may be cited as "the Rabies Control Code".
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.020; Prior Code §5-16; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
Every resident person who owns, controls, manages, possesses or has part interest in any dog kept any time during the year shall have such dog inoculated against rabies, but such inoculation requirements shall not apply to dogs less than four (4) months of age. Such dogs must be inoculated at least once each year unless a three (3) year type vaccine, approved by the Director of Health, is administered, in which case the dogs shall be inoculated at least once every three (3) years.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.030; Ord. No. 6835, §1, 11-8-2010]
An annual license fee of three dollars ($3.00) for each male or female dog is imposed upon every resident person who owns, controls, manages, possesses or has part interest in any dog four (4) months of age or older, kept any time during the year, or upon every resident person who permits a dog four (4) months of age or older to come upon, on or in, and to remain in or about his/her home, place of business or other premises in the City. An applicant for a dog license for any dog shall present to the Director of Finance a certificate of inoculation against rabies signed by a licensed veterinarian, which certificate shall have been executed some time during the previous thirty-six (36) month period if a three (3) year type vaccine approved by the Director of Health was administered, or during the previous twelve (12) month period for all other vaccines, and which certificate shall bear thereon information as to the type vaccine used, sex of the dog, and, if a female, whether or not it has been spayed. The Director of Finance shall not issue a license unless such certificate shall be presented. Applications for a dog license shall be made, and the license obtained on or before the first (1st) day of March of each year, for the calendar year period. The full license fee shall be paid and collected for part of a year.
The transfer of ownership or custody of any dog shall be reported to the Director of Finance by the transferee within ten (10) days after such transfer by written notice, at which time the transferee shall pay the Director of Finance a transfer fee of twenty-five cents ($.25). There shall be no charge for a license for any dog duly and properly trained to assist blind persons when any such dog is actually being used by a blind person for the purpose of aiding or assisting such blind person in going from place to place. Any owner of a dog who suffers the loss of his/her dog license tag shall report such loss promptly to the Director of Finance, and exhibit the original license, at which time the owner shall be issued a new license tag at a cost of twenty-five cents ($.25).
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.040; Prior Code §5-18; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
The Director of Finance shall have prepared dog license plates made of metal or other suitable material to be issued to applicants securing a license. Such license plates shall be numbered and the numbers thereon shall correspond to the number appearing on the license and on the application for such license. Such license plate shall be securely fastened on the collar or harness of the dog for which the license is issued, and shall be worn at all times.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.050; Prior Code §5-18.1; Ord. No. 4480 §1]
Every resident person who owns, controls, manages or possesses any dog kept any time during the year shall have securely fastened on the collar or harness of the dog a tag which shall be worn at all times, which shall state the name and address of the owner of the dog.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.060; Prior Code §5-19; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
All female dogs shall be kept securely confined in an enclosed place while in heat.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.070; Prior Code §5-20; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
The Director of Health, Chief of Police or any person designated by either of them shall have the power to catch, confine and impound dogs and other animals as follows:
All dogs which are required to have licenses and which are without a license displayed in the manner provided herein; and all dogs running off the owner's premises and not securely led by leash;
All female dogs, licensed or unlicensed, not securely confined in an enclosed place while in heat;
All dogs or other animals affected with rabies and all dogs and other animals suspected of being exposed to or affected with rabies, including dogs or other animals known to have been bitten by a rabid animal, whether such dog or other animal is running at large or on a leash, and whether it is licensed or unlicensed;
All dogs with vicious propensities.
Dogs or other animals impounded in accordance with this Section shall be impounded in a place designated by and under the supervision of the Director of Health.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.080; Prior Code §5-21; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
The Director of Health or a person designated by the Director of Health shall dispose of any dog or other animal affected with rabies, and the Director of Health shall have the power to examine and impound any animal bitten by or exposed to any animal affected with rabies. The Director of Health shall have the power to require the owners of such dogs to take necessary measures to prevent further spread of rabies, and to dispose of any exposed animal if such necessary measures are not taken by the owners.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.090; Prior Code §5-21.1; Ord. No. 4437 §1]
In addition to its other authority in this Title, the Board of Health shall have jurisdiction under this Title to hear and determine wherein it is alleged that any dog has vicious propensities and is vicious. The Board of Health shall fix the time and place for the hearings and the procedures therein shall be governed by the Administrative Review Act under the terms of Chapter 536, RSMo.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.100; Prior Code §5-21.2; Ord. No. 4438 §1]
The Director of Health, or a person designated by the Director of Health, shall dispose of any dog found to be vicious under the terms of Section 210.260, and the Director of Health shall have the power to impound any such dog. The Director of Health shall have the power to require the owners of such dogs to take necessary measures to dispose of any such dog having been found to have vicious propensities, and the Director of Health is further authorized to dispose of such dog if necessary measures are not taken by the owner.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.110; Ord. No. 6229 §1, 2000]
It is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the City any pit bull dog, unless said pit bull dog is licensed and registered by the owner with the City and subject to the limitations, standards, requirements and conditions set forth in Subsection (2) of this Section.
Pit bull dog defined. "Pit bull dog" is defined to mean:
The bull terrier breed of a dog;
Staffordshire bull terrier breed of a dog;
The American pit bull terrier breed of a dog;
The American Staffordshire terrier breed of a dog;
Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed, which breed or mixed breed is known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers;
Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of the bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier; any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers; or a combination of any of these breeds.
Keeping of licensed pit bull. With respect to pit bull dogs licensed with the City, on the effective date of the ordinance codified in this Section, the keeping of such dogs shall be subject to the following limitations, requirements and conditions:
Registration. Within thirty (30) days after the passage of the ordinance codified in this Section, every keeper or owner of a licensed pit bull in the City shall register said dog with the Director of Community Development of the City on the "pit bull" 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 on the bulletin board on the first (1st) floor of the City Hall.
Leash and muzzle. No person shall permit a registered pit bull dog to go outside its kennel or pen unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer than four (4) feet in length. No person shall permit a pit bull dog 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 dog. Such dog may not be leashed to objects such as trees, posts, buildings, etc. In addition, all pit bull dogs on a leash outside the animal's kennel must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient to prevent such dog from biting persons or other animals.
Confinement. All pit bull dogs shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel, except when leashed and muzzled as above provided. Such pen, kennel or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to the sides. All structures used to confine pit bull dogs 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 the sides of the pen must be embedded in the ground no less than one (1) foot. All structures erected to house pit bull dogs 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. No pit bull dog may be kept on a porch, patio or in any part of a house or structure that would allow the dog to exit such building on its own volition. In addition, no such animal may be kept in a house or structure when screen windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure.
Signs. All owners, keepers or harborers of pit bull dogs within the City shall, within ten (10) days of the effective date of the ordinance codified in this Section, display in a prominent place on their premises a sign, reading in letters not less than two (2) inches high, "Beware Pit Bull Here", and easily readable by the public. In addition, a similar sign is required to be posted on the kennel or pen of such animal.
Insurance. All owners, keepers or harborers of pit bull dogs must, within thirty (30) days of the effective date of the ordinance codified in this Section, provide proof to the Director of Community Development of public liability insurance in a single incident amount of 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. Such insurance policy shall provide that no cancellation of the policy will be made unless ten (10) days' written notice is first given to the Director of Community Development of the City.
Reporting requirements. All owners, keepers or harborers of pit bull dogs must, within ten (10) days of any of the following incidents, report said information in writing to the Director of Community Development:
The removal from the City or death of a pit bull dog;
The birth of offspring of a pit bull dog;
The new address of a pit bull dog owner should the owner move from one address within the corporate City limits to another address within the corporate City limits;
The bodily injury to or death of a person caused by a pit bull dog.
Sale or transfer of ownership. No person shall sell, barter or in any other way dispose of a pit bull dog to any person within the City; provided that the owner of a pit bull dog may sell or otherwise dispose of a dog or the offspring of such dog to persons who do not reside within the City.
Animals born of dogs registered hereunder. All offspring born of pit bull dogs within the City must be removed from the City within six (6) weeks of their birth.
Failure to comply. It is unlawful for the owner, keeper or harborer of a pit bull dog within the City to fail to comply with the limitations, requirements and conditions set forth in this Section. Any dog 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 pit bull and the Director of Community Development is further authorized to dispose of such pit bull if necessary action is not taken by the owner.
Violations and penalties. Any person violating or permitting the violation of any provision of this Section shall, upon conviction in Municipal Court, be fined a sum not less than four hundred dollars ($400.00) and not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). In addition to the fine imposed, the court may sentence the defendant to imprisonment in the City Jail or other authorized penal institution for a period not to exceed one (1) year. In addition, the court shall order the registration of the subject pit bull dog revoked and the dog removed from the City. Should the defendant refuse to remove the dog from the City, the Municipal Court Judge shall find the defendant owner in contempt and order the immediate confiscation and impoundment of the animal. Each day that a violation of this Section continues shall be deemed a separate offense. In addition to the foregoing penalties, any person who violates this Section shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food, handling, veterinary care and testimony necessitated by the enforcement of this Section.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.120; Prior Code §5-22; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
Any dog captured and impounded as authorized by this Chapter and determined not to be affected with rabies by the Director of Health may be redeemed by the owner or other person having the right of possession of such animal upon the presentation of a proper license and upon payment of a redemption fee as established by the City. If the animal is not redeemed in the manner provided herein within five (5) days (excluding Sundays and holidays) after the animal's capture, such animal shall be disposed of as directed by the Director of Health. In case any impounded dog is unlicensed and uninoculated, the owner thereof may redeem such dog by filing an application for a license and paying the redemption fee, and depositing the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) with the Director of Finance. It shall be the duty of such owner to furnish an inoculation certificate to the Director of Finance within five (5) days thereafter, and upon furnishing such certificate the deposit shall be returned. Failure to exhibit such certificate to the Director of Finance within the required time shall subject the owner or person redeeming such animal to the penalties provided for the violation of this Code.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.130; Prior Code §5-23; Ord. No. 4270 §1; Ord. No. 4479 §1]
The redemption fee provided for by Section 210.290 shall be ten dollars ($10.00) for the first (1st) time any dog is impounded, twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for the second (2nd) time such dog is impounded and fifty dollars ($50.00) for each time thereafter such dog is impounded. This schedule of fees is to apply to any one (1) calendar year.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.140; Prior Code §5-24; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
Whenever rabies becomes prevalent within the City or nearby areas, or whenever, in the judgment of the Director of Health, there is a potential outbreak thereof, a quarantine order affecting any portion of the City may be issued by the Director of Health. The Director of Health shall take proper measures to inform the people of the City of the existence of the quarantine order and of the penalties for the violations of such order. A quarantine order shall direct the owner or person having custody of any dog to securely confine or restrain on a leash in the hands of a competent person such animal during the period of quarantine. The quarantine may be terminated by the Director of Health after the necessity therefor no longer exists. No quarantine shall remain effective for more than six (6) months from the date of the issuance of the quarantine order unless such quarantine order is specifically extended by order of the Director of Health.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.150; Prior Code §5-25; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
It is unlawful for any person to conceal an animal or interfere with the Director of Health or persons designated by the Director of Health in the performance of their duties as provided in this Chapter. If in pursuit of a dog or animal the Director of Health, or persons designated by the Director of Health, shall have the right of entry to any unenclosed lots or lands for the purpose of collecting any such stray, unlicensed dog, rabid or exposed to rabies, or any animal running at large. The Director of Health, or his/her duly appointed representative, shall have the right to require that a dog believed to be a stray, unlicensed or rabid animal or having been exposed to rabies be produced on any property or premises within any quarantine area during the period of any quarantine for the purpose of examining such dog suspected of having rabies or having been exposed to rabies. If the person believed to have custody of any dog believed to be a stray, unlicensed, rabid or exposed to rabies shall refuse to produce such animal within any quarantine area, then the Director of Health, or person designated by the Director of Health, shall have the right of entry on such premises.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.160; Prior Code §5-26; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
It is unlawful for any person having ownership, control, management or possession of any animal subject to rabies to abandon such animal in any locality in the City.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.170; Prior Code §5-27; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
It shall be the duty of any person bitten by any animal, or the parent or guardian of any minor child bitten by an animal, to report the same to the Director of Health immediately. Such report shall contain the name and address of the owner of the animal if known, the day and time bitten, the bodily area where bitten, and a general description of the animal.
The Director of Health shall immediately take such animal into custody or have the same confined by the owner thereof for ten (10) days under the supervision of the Director of Health to determine whether such animal be affected with rabies. If the owner shall not confine such animal in a manner satisfactory to the Director of Health, such animal shall be forthwith surrendered to the Director of Health, or to a person designated by the Director of Health, upon demand.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.180; Prior Code §5-28; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
It shall be the duty of every physician to report immediately to the Director of Health the full name, age and address of any person under the physician's care or observation who has been bitten by an animal affected with rabies or suspected of being affected with rabies, and every veterinarian treating or having under observation any animal affected with rabies or suspected of being rabid, or suspected of having been exposed to rabies, shall report to the Director of Health the license number of such animal and the owner's name and address.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.190; Prior Code §5-29; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
Any person destroying an animal affected with rabies or suspected of being affected with rabies shall immediately notify the Director of Health, and shall surrender the carcass of such animal upon demand. The owner or custodian of any such destroyed animal shall immediately provide the Director of Health with full particulars thereof, including the time, date, location, the names and addresses of all persons bitten by such animal, and also the name and address of the owner or person having custody of any animal exposed to the animal destroyed.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.200; Prior Code §5-30; Ord. No. 3895 §1]
When any fierce or dangerous dog or one that has previously bitten any person is kept upon any premises, it shall be the duty of the owner and of the keeper of such dog to post a notice on the premises conspicuously visible to the public and reading in letters not less than two (2) inches high "Bad Dog Here" or "Beware Bad Dog". In case a minor is the keeper or owner of such dog, the duty of posting this notice shall devolve upon the adult person in whose family the minor lives, or who is in charge of the premises where such dog is kept.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.210; Prior Code §5-31; Ord. No. 3895 §1; Ord. No. 4744 §1]
It is unlawful for any person owning, controlling, possessing or having the management or care, in whole or in part, of any dog, whether licensed or not, to fail to keep the dog on the premises of the owner or keeper thereof, unless being off the premises it is securely tied or led by a line or leash of a length of no more than six (6) feet.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.215; Ord. No. 6835 §1, 11-8-2010; Ord. No. 6944 §1, 11-12-2013]
Notwithstanding Section 210.380, the City Manager may designate an area of City property for off-leash dog use if the City Manager determines that there is a need for such an area and it will be maintained so as not to create a nuisance. The area shall be known as a "dog play area."
Use of a dog play area shall be subject to rules and regulations established by the City Manager to promote the health, safety and welfare of dog play area users and the general public.
Only dogs licensed by the City to use the dog play area shall be permitted therein.
The annual license fee for a resident to use a dog play area shall be forty dollars ($40.00) for the first dog and twenty dollars ($20.00) for each additional dog, which shall be in addition to the annual dog license fee required by Section 210.200. The dog tag issued to the applicant and worn by the dog as required by Sections 210.210 and 210.220 shall indicate that the dog is permitted to use the dog play area.
The annual license fee for a nonresident to use the dog play area shall be sixty dollars ($60.00) for the first dog and thirty dollars ($30.00) for each additional dog. The provisions of Sections 210.200 through 210.220 applicable to residents shall apply to nonresidents, except for the annual fee imposed on residents. The dog tag issued to the applicant and worn by the dog as required by Sections 210.210 and 210.220, and this Section, shall indicate that the dog is permitted to use the dog play area. The City Manager may limit the number of nonresident dog licenses issued in order to promote the health, safety and welfare of dog play area users and the general public.
The City Manager may enter into an agreement with a person to operate, manage or maintain a dog play area, and compensate such person in an amount not to exceed the total annual license fees paid to the City to use the dog play area.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.220; Prior Code §5-31.1; Ord. No. 5088 §1]
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any domestic animals or fowl in any premises within the City in any manner which will cause insanitary, unwholesome or offensive conditions to arise therefrom.
Whenever any person shall be convicted of a violation of this Section, the penalty may be as provided in Section 100.190 of the University City Municipal Code; provided that the minimum court fine shall be ten dollars ($10.00) for the first (1st) offense, twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for the second (2nd) offense, and fifty dollars ($50.00) for the third (3rd) such offense.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.230; Prior Code §5-32; Ord. No. 4478 §1]
Whenever any person shall be convicted of a violation of Section 210.380, the penalty may be as provided in Section 100.190 of the University City Municipal Code; provided that the minimum court fine shall be ten dollars ($10.00) for the first (1st) offense, twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for the second (2nd) offense and fifty dollars ($50.00) for the third (3rd) such offense. The minimum schedule of fees provided herein is to apply in any twelve (12) month period.
Section 210.420 Defecation On Private Property, Condominium Common Elements and Public Property Prohibited.
[R.O. 2011 §6.08.240; Prior Code §5-33; Ord. No. 5169 §1]
It is unlawful for any person owning, controlling, possessing or having the management or care, in whole or in part, of any animal, whether licensed or not, to allow or permit such animal to defecate upon any private property owned by another, condominium common elements, or public property, unless such person shall remove all feces so deposited by such animal.