City of Poplar Bluff, MO
Butler County
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Section 205.010 Running at Large Generally.

[R.O. 2007 §7-1; Rev. Ords. 1951 §2.000; Ord. No. 7165 §§1 — 3, 3-1-2010]
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow or permit any livestock or swine owned, kept or harbored by him/her or under his/her control to run or be at large within the City.

Section 205.020 Fowl Not to Run at Large.

[R.O. 2007 §7-2; Ord. No. 3205 §3, 6-15-1964; Ord. No. 7165 §§1 — 3, 3-1-2010]
No person owning any chickens, guineas, geese, ducks, turkeys or other domestic fowl shall allow or permit the same to run at large except on premises owned or controlled by such person.

Section 205.030 Abusive Treatment of Animals.

[Ord. No. 7165 §§1 — 3, 3-1-2010]
A. 
Any person who cruelly, in a willful and malicious manner, kills, maims, wounds, beats or tortures any animal or other non-human living creature is guilty of an ordinance violation. The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to prevent or interfere with any scientific experiments or investigations, with the lawful taking of animals or other non-human living creatures or with the destruction of household or garden pests or creatures which have an adverse effect on the public itself.
B. 
If any person shall impound or confine, or cause to be impounded or confined, in any pound, or other place, any animal or creature, and fail to supply the same during such confinement with sufficient food and water, for a period of more than twenty-four (24) hours, or shall cruelly overwork any domestic animal, or shall cruelly drive or work the same when unfit for labor, or shall unnecessarily fail to provide the same with proper shelter or protection from the weather, or shall cruelly abandon the same to die, or shall carry or cause the same to be carried or moved on any vehicle or otherwise in an unnecessarily cruel or inhumane manner, such person shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation. The owner of any such animal, who shall cause or knowingly permit the same to be treated in any such manner as specified in this Subsection, shall also be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.
C. 
Except as necessary for:
1. 
Humane safety;
2. 
Abatement of nuisance;
3. 
Destruction of rats, mice and other pests;
4. 
Veterinary medical practice;
5. 
Termination of suffering, and
6. 
Performance of official duties by public officials,
it shall be unlawful to willfully:
1.
Injure or kill;
2.
Capture or trap;
3.
Expose a poisonous substance for; or
4.
Poison any animal;
and further, it shall be an unlawful act to attempt any of the aforesaid unlawful acts. Any person committing or attempting to commit the acts referred to hereinabove shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.
D. 
Any person who is the owner or keeper of any animal who shall leave said animal without demonstrated or apparent intent to recover or resume custody of said animal for a period of forty-eight (48) hours or who shall turn out or release said animal for the purpose of causing said animal to be impounded shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.
E. 
Any person who ties, chains, or in any other manner restrains an animal out-of-doors shall restrict the animal's range of movement to the boundary lines of the property that such person owns, or over which such person has possession or exercises dominion. The animal shall be outfitted with an appropriate collar that will not cause injury or discomfort to the animal. Any chain, rope or cord utilized to restrict the animal shall not be less than ten (10) feet in length. The owner or person responsible for said animal shall provide adequate shelter to protect the animal from the elements. Any person who violates the provisions referred to in this Subsection shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.
F. 
No person who is responsible for an animal shall:
1. 
Fail to provide the animal with opportunity for adequate daily exercise;
2. 
Fail to provide the animal with veterinarian care when needed to treat injury or illness unless the animal is properly euthanized; or
3. 
Transport an animal in an open vehicle from which it can escape.
G. 
No person shall cause, instigate or permit any dogfight, cockfight or other combat between animals or between animals and humans and any animal so used shall be seized and impounded. No person shall attend such unlawful exhibition or be umpire to such. Animals seized by the Animal Control Officers pursuant to this Subsection shall not be returned to any person participating in or attending the unlawful exhibition. Any person who violates the provisions referred to in this Subsection shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
H. 
A person found guilty of violating any Sections in this Chapter shall not be allowed to own an animal for a period of at least one (1) year. Any such person found to be in violation of this provision shall be fined no less than five hundred dollars ($500.00) and the prohibition on animal ownership shall be reinstated with a new date. Said person shall inform animal control when they move so they can be randomly checked for violations.

Section 205.040 (Reserved)

Section 205.050 Feeding on Streets.

[Ord. No. 7165 §§1 — 3, 3-1-2010]
It shall be unlawful for any person to feed upon the streets and avenues of the City any horses, mules, hogs, asses, cattle, birds or any animal.

Section 205.060 Loud, Noisy Animals.

[R.O. 2007 §7-6; Ord. No. 3827 §1, 12-7-1970; Ord. No. 7165 §§1 — 3, 3-1-2010]
Any person who shall willfully keep or permit to remain on his/her premises any animal, including dogs, that barks or howls, thereby creating a loud and unusual noise or otherwise emit loud and unusual noises, to the annoyance and disturbance of other inhabitants of the City shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.

Section 205.070 Sick, Injured and Unwanted Animals.

[R.O. 2007 §7-7; Ord. No. 4645 §4, 1-4-1982; Ord. No. 7165 §§1 — 3, 3-1-2010]
Police and Animal Control Officers may pick up and dispose of sick, injured and unwanted animals when so requested by the owners thereof. In the event that such animals are picked up and disposed of, the fee for such services shall be five dollars ($5.00) per animal, provided such animal has a valid City license.

Section 205.080 Exotic Animals.

[R.O. 2007 §7-8; Ord. No. 4518 §3, 10-6-1980; Ord. No. 7165 §§1 — 3, 3-1-2010]
It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor any non-human living creature that is not customarily regarded as capable of being domesticated or any non-human living creature whose size, inherent characteristics, physical attributes or dangerous propensities makes it a threat to human life or limb, whose nature precludes it being safely kept in captivity or to whom captivity would be detrimental to its health. Any said person violating this Section shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.

Section 205.090 Impoundment of Cats.

[R.O. 2007 §7-9; Ord. No. 5122 §l, 9-8-1987; Ord. No. 7165 §§1 — 3, 3-1-2010]
A. 
As used in this Section, the term "nuisance" shall include offensive or obnoxious smells or odors, noise and injury or destruction of property.
B. 
All persons owning, possessing or harboring a cat shall prevent such cat from creating a nuisance upon the property of another. Any owner of property within the City may, upon written and signed request, have the Animal Control Officer take up and impound any cat that is creating a nuisance upon the said property. The Animal Control Officer may take up and impound such cat in the manner described in Section 205.340 of this Chapter.