[R.O. 2011 §210.010; Code 1967 §4-1; CC 1975 §5-1]
No cattle, hogs, horses, mules, sheep, goats or other animals, or domestic geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys or other domestic fowl, shall be permitted to run at large, within the corporate limits. Any such animal or fowl found running at large within the corporate limits shall be taken up by the Chief of Police or other person acting in his/her stead and placed in some secure enclosure at the expense of the City. This Section shall not apply to dogs, the running at large of which shall be governed by Section 210.160.
[R.O. 2011 §210.020; Code 1967 §4-2; CC 1975 §5-2]
It shall be lawful for any person who shall find any species of animal or fowl running at large outside of the enclosure provided for such animal or fowl by its owner and trespassing upon the land or premises of any such person to restrain such animal or fowl. Except as otherwise provided in this Article, upon so doing, such person shall forthwith notify the Chief of Police of such fact, and it shall be the duty of the Chief of Police, or some person acting in his/her stead, to go immediately to the place where such animal or fowl is restrained and take the same into his/her possession and place it in some secure enclosure at the expense of the City; provided, that any person who shall have restrained any animal or fowl under the provisions of this Section shall take good care of any such animal or fowl while the same is within his/her possession.
[R.O. 2011 §210.030; CC 1967 §4-3; CC 1975 §5-3]
Any person who shall obstruct or hinder the Chief of Police or other person authorized by the provisions of this Article in his/her attempt to restrain any stray animal or fowl shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.
[R.O. 2011 §210.040; Code 1967 §4-4; CC 1975 §5-4]
Any person who shall turn loose or cause to be turned loose any animal or fowl from any pen or enclosure, whether such pen or enclosure is the owner's or that provided by the City under the terms of this Article for restraining stray animals and fowl, shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.
[R.O. 2011 §210.050; Code 1967 §4-6; CC 1975 §5-5]
Any animal or fowl which shall trespass upon the land or premises of any person other than the owner thereof and damage or destroy any vegetable, fruit, vine, flower, shrub, pot plant, garden or flower bed, or vegetables standing or growing or placed thereon, may, when taken, be held by the person so taking the same until all damages caused by the animal or fowl are fully paid or settled by the owner of such animal or fowl before the Chief of Police or person acting in his/her stead shall be authorized to enforce or demand his/her right of possession of such animal or fowl.
[R.O. 2011 §210.060; Code 1967 §4-5; CC 1975 §5-6]
In case the owner of any animal or fowl restrained by the City as in this Article provided shall desire to redeem the same, he/she may do so at any time prior to the actual sale thereof, as provided in this Article, by proof of ownership to the satisfaction of the Chief of Police or person acting in his/her stead and the payment of all costs and charges against any such animal or fowl.
[R.O. 2011 §210.070; CC 1967 §4-7; CC 1975 §5-7]
Whenever any animal or fowl is taken up, as provided in this Article, the Chief of Police shall provide for, care and feed the same and sell the same separately at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, unless such animal or fowl is redeemed by the owner thereof prior to such sale. All money arising from such sale, after deducting the costs, shall be paid to the owner of any animal so sold, upon satisfactory proof of ownership being made to the Chief of Police. Upon any sale under the provisions of this Section, the Chief of Police or person acting in his/her stead shall give the purchaser, upon payment of the amount bid, a bill of sale in which shall be stated the amount of costs and charges attending the proceedings and the price paid, with a fair description of the animal or fowl. Such bill of sale shall be prima facie evidence of the regularity of the proceedings and the ownership of the animal or fowl.
[R.O. 2011 §210.080; Code 1967 §4-8; CC 1975 §5-8]
The Chief of Police or person acting in his/her stead shall give at least three (3) days' notice of any sale made under the provisions of this Article. The notice shall state the time and place of the sale and a description of the property to be sold and shall be given by at least three (3) insertions in some daily paper published and of general circulation within the City.
[R.O. 2011 §210.090; Code 1967 §4-9; CC 1975 §5-9]
In case of any dispute arising between two (2) or more persons as to the ownership of any animal or fowl taken up and in the hands of the Chief of Police, as provided in this Article, the Chief of Police may proceed to sell the same as in this Article provided, and after deducting the fees and costs of the sale and keeping of such animal or fowl, the Chief of Police shall pay the net proceeds thereof into the hands of the City Treasurer. At the time of making such payment, he/she shall file with the Treasurer a memorandum reciting the fact that the property of which the money is the proceeds is in dispute, giving the names of the parties claiming the same. The money shall be held by the City Treasurer and be paid by him/her to whichever of the parties is decided by a court of competent jurisdiction to be entitled thereto or to whichever party the disputing persons agree to be entitled thereto.
[R.O. 2011 §210.100; Code 1967 §4-10; CC 1975 §5-10]
It shall be unlawful for any person within the City to suffer or permit or to cause any horses, mules, asses, ponies or any cattle, of whatsoever kind, character or sex, to be staked out or herded upon any public street, avenue or alley in the City.
[R.O. 2011 §210.110]
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.
[R.O. 2011 §210.120; Ord. No. 2011-20 §1, 7-25-2011]
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 abandonment when he/she has knowingly abandoned an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care.
Animal neglect is an ordinance violation. All fines and penalties for a first conviction of animal neglect may be waived by the court provided that the person found guilty of animal neglect shows that adequate, permanent remedies for the neglect have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of neglected animals may not be waived.
Any person who shall keep or use, or in any way be connected with or interested in the management of, or shall receive money for the admission of any person to, any place kept or used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any bull, bear, cock or other creature, except dogs, and any person who shall encourage, aid or assist or be present thereat, or who shall permit or suffer any place belonging to him/her or under his/her control to be so kept or used, shall, on conviction thereof, be guilty of an ordinance violation.