Platte City, MO
Platte County
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[CC 1992 §205.130; Ord. No. 445 §2, 5-23-1988; Ord. No. 1163 §1, 3-30-2000]
Each residential unit shall not be allowed more than two (2) dogs and two (2) cats within the City limits of Platte City, Missouri, except that puppies or kittens may remain with their mothers until they reach the age of ten (10) weeks. Law enforcement dogs possessed by Law Enforcement Officers certified by the Department of Public Safety and Seeing Eye Dogs or other similar dogs used to assist disabled persons and possessed by such persons shall not be counted for the purposes of this Section.
[CC 1992 §205.140; R.O. 1979 §11.210; Ord. No. 1427 §1, 7-15-2005]
No owner or person having custody shall keep or harbor any animal which shall annoy or disturb any person by loud, frequent or habitual barking, howling or yelping or by habitually jumping upon or threatening persons or in other ways being a public nuisance.
[CC 1992 §205.150; Ord. No. 457 §4, 10-11-1988]
No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog or other animal or fowl in such a manner as to hinder, obstruct or interfere with access to an outside utility meter, outside meter pit, utility pole, manhole, mailbox or trash set out for public collection by any authorized public utility or postal service employee. Any dog or other animal or fowl so owned, kept or harbored as to hinder, obstruct or interfere with access to an outside utility meter, outside meter pit, utility pole, manhole, mailbox or trash set out for public collection by any authorized public utility or postal service employee may be removed by the humane officer of City Police Officer(s) and taken to the City pound where it will be impounded and treated as an unrestrained dog or animal under this Chapter.
[CC 1992 §205.160; R.O. 1979 §11.220; Ord. No. 1285 §1, 1-29-2003; Ord. No. 1427 §1, 7-15-2005]
A. 
A dog owner or person having custody of an animal shall keep his/her dog under restraint at all times. It shall be the duty of a humane officer to pick up all dogs not under such restraint and such officer is hereby authorized to enter upon private property for the purpose of carrying out such duty.
B. 
A owner or person having custody of every animal, when such animal is off the property controlled by the owner, shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by such animal on public property, public walks, public street, public parks, public cemetery, rights-of-way and on private property.
[CC 1992 §205.170; R.O. 1979 §11.230; Ord. No. 1427 §1, 7-15-2005]
The owner or person having custody of any female dog in heat shall confine her within a building in such manner that such dog will not be accessible to other dogs except for planned breeding and will not attract male dogs.
[CC 1992 §205.180; R.O. 1979 §11.240]
A. 
Any Police Officer or humane officer is authorized to enter any premises where a dog is kept or harbored, to inspect conditions under which the dog is kept and to require the owner to exhibit a license for the dog.
B. 
No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with any Police Officer or humane officer in the performance of his/her duties.
[CC 1992 §205.190; Ord. No. 516 §2, 5-21-1990]
A. 
No person shall keep any dog or cat within the City without having the dog or cat licensed and registered as herein provided.
B. 
The owner or keeper of any dog or cat of the age of three (3) months or older shall register such dog with the City Collector.
1. 
The name and address of the owner or keeper shall register an accurate description of the dog or cat and shall be entered on a book kept for such purposes by the City Collector.
2. 
A certificate of registration and a metal tag bearing identical numbers shall be issued to the owner or keeper to be attached to a collar or other device and worn by such dog or cat.
C. 
Before any dog or cat shall be registered or before a certificate or tag shall be issued as provided in this Section, the owner or keeper shall present to the City Collector a certificate of immunization issued and signed by a licensed and registered veterinarian for the current year or that such dog or cat has been permanently immunized against rabies.
[CC 1992 §205.200; R.O. 1979 §11.310; Ord. No. 362 §1, 4-14-1982; Ord. No. 1349 §1, 3-11-2004]
A. 
The license fee for each dog or cat shall be five dollars ($5.00) for all neutered or spayed animals and ten dollars ($10.00) for those dogs or cats not neutered or spayed. This license shall be renewed annually.
B. 
The fee for issuing a replacement for a lost metallic license tag shall be one dollar ($1.00).
C. 
Any owner or keeper of any dog or cat who shall fail or refuse to pay such tax when payment is demanded shall forthwith surrender such dog or cat to the Director of Public Safety or other humane officer for the purpose of destroying such dog or cat.
[CC 1992 §205.210; R.O. 1979 §11.320; Ord. No. 640 §1, 1-14-1993]
A. 
The City Collector shall keep a list of the persons paying the license fee required by Section 205.150 noting the date and amount of payment.
B. 
The fee shall be due and payable on January first (1st) of each year, provided that if any person shall become the owner or keeper of any dog or cat after the month of January in any year, such person shall pay the same fee thereon for the remainder of the period ending January first (1st) following as if such dog or cat had been in the City on the preceding January and such dog or cat shall be fully subjected to the provisions of this Chapter.
C. 
The fee shall be paid by the City Collector into the City Treasury to the credit of the General Fund.
[CC 1992 §205.220; R.O. 1979 §11.330]
The Director of Public Safety or other humane officer having control of the City pound may deliver and sell any dog or cat held in the City pound after a period of one (1) week to any person who in the judgment of said Director of Public Safety or officer will humanely care for such animal.
[CC 1992 §205.230; R.O. 1979 §11.400]
Dogs or cats not licensed pursuant to this Chapter or found not under restraint or abandoned may be seized and impounded by any Police Officer or humane officer. Impoundment shall be in the City pound as designated by the Board of Aldermen.
[CC 1992 §205.240; R.O. 1979 §11.410]
If the dog or cat impounded pursuant to Section 205.180 wears a license tag or if the owner can by any other reasonable means be identified and located, the owner shall, within twenty-four (24) hours, be notified that his/her dog or cat has been impounded. If such owner is not located, a notice shall be posted on the exterior door or window of City Hall.
[CC 1992 §205.250; R.O. 1979 §11.420]
A. 
If a dog or cat is not redeemed by the owner within one (1) week after the impoundment, the dog or cat may be disposed of in one (1) of the following ways, but not in any other way:
1. 
Destruction, using a method approved by the Humane Society of the United States.
2. 
Release for adoption to a new owner who shows evidence of ability and intention to provide the dog or cat with an appropriate home and humane care; provided, that no unspayed female dog or cat shall be released for adoption, unless a licensed veterinarian certifies in writing that he/she has been paid in full for spaying of the dog or cat and will perform the operation within thirty (30) days or before the dog's first (1st) menstrual period or the cat's first (1st) oestral period.
B. 
Destruction under Subsection (A)(1) above shall be performed by a humane officer or Police Officer of this City.
[CC 1992 §205.260; Ord. No. 1111 §§3 — 4, 7-29-1999; Ord. No. 1349 §2, 3-11-2004]
A. 
An owner redeeming an animal from impoundment shall pay, before release, all costs incurred by the City for impoundment and shall purchase any applicable licenses. An owner redeeming an animal shall in addition to the costs and license fees pay an impoundment fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) for the first (1st) occurrence, seventy-five dollars ($75.00) for the second (2nd) occurrence, and two hundred dollars ($200.00) for the third (3rd) and subsequent occurrences.
B. 
All costs, license fees and impoundment fees payable shall be delivered to the City Treasurer and credited to the General Fund.
[CC 1992 §205.270; R.O. 1979 §11.500]
A. 
Every rabid dog or cat or dog or cat exposed to rabies or any disease which shall reasonably be determined by the humane officer to be of danger to any person or any animal shall be immediately confined by the owner who shall promptly notify a Police Officer or humane officer of such fact.
B. 
The owner shall, upon demand by any Police Officer, surrender any such dog or cat for quarantine in the City pound, Humane Society animal shelter or licensed veterinary facility; provided, that if the owner elects to place the dog or cat in a veterinary hospital, he/she may do so notifying the Director of Public Safety of the facility wherein such dog or cat is confined.
C. 
The cost of such confinement shall be paid by the owner of such animal.
[CC 1992 §205.280; R.O. 1979 §11.510]
Every dog or cat confined under Section 205.220 shall be confined for a period not less than ten (10) days nor more than two (2) weeks, but shall be released earlier if certified by a licensed veterinarian to be free of rabies or other disease.
[CC 1992 §205.290; R.O. 1979 §11.520]
A. 
No person shall kill a rabid animal or an animal exposed to rabies, nor remove such animal from the City, without permission from the Mayor.
B. 
The prohibition contained in Subsection (A) of this Section shall not apply to any dangerous, fierce or vicious animals which cannot safely be taken up or impounded or to a situation wherein it is necessary to kill such animal to prevent it from escaping or from biting any other animal or person, in which case the animal shall be destroyed and the brain or carcass thereof delivered to a duly licensed veterinary for examination.
[CC 1992 §205.300; R.O. 1979 §11.530]
The body of any animal dead of rabies or having been exposed to rabies prior to death shall be surrendered by the owner to a Police Officer or other humane officer upon demand of the Mayor.
[CC 1992 §205.310; R.O. 1979 §11.540]
A. 
Whenever any animal has bitten a person, the owner of such animal shall immediately and forthwith transport and deliver such animal to a duly licensed veterinarian for observation by such veterinarian for a period of ten (10) days or such time as such veterinarian may determine necessary for the purpose of determining as to whether or not such animal is infected with rabies.
B. 
Any animal found to be infected with rabies shall not be returned again into the City, but such animal shall be destroyed forthwith in a manner as determined by said veterinarian.
C. 
All of the costs of transportation of any animal to the veterinarian, impounding, observation, treatment and disposition, as stated above, shall be paid by the owner of any such animal.
D. 
Such costs, if paid by any other person, may be recovered against the owner of such animal in a civil suit.
[CC 1992 §205.320; Ord. No. 398 §6, 7-9-1985]
A. 
If any owner of an animal that has bitten a person shall fail to immediately and forthwith deliver such animal to a veterinarian, as provided in Section 205.260, after being requested to do so by the Director of Public Safety, Police Officer or other humane officer, the Director of Public Safety shall forthwith and immediately take possession of such animal and deliver it to a licensed veterinarian within the County or at such other place as may be designated by the Board of Aldermen for the purpose of placing such animal under the care and jurisdiction of such veterinarian for observation for a period of ten (10) days or until such time as such veterinarian shall be able to determine such animal is infected with rabies.
B. 
All of the costs incurred by the Director of Public Safety in the apprehension, transportation and confinement of such animal with said veterinarian as provided, including all of the costs of any such veterinarian, shall be paid by the owner of such animal upon demand by the Director of Public Safety.
C. 
In the event that the owner shall fail and refuse to pay such costs, such costs may be recovered in a civil suit by the City against the owner of such animal.