City of Charlack, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
Every person residing within the City who owns, controls, manages, possesses or has part interest in any dog or cat kept any time during the year or who permits a dog or cat to come upon, on or in and to remain in or about his/her home, place of business or other premises within the City shall be required to make application for and obtain a license for each such dog or cat.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
The application for a license for a dog or cat as required by Section 210.130 shall state the name and address of the owner of such animal, the animal's age, sex, color and species and the number and place of issuance of any previous license obtained for such animal. The Director of Public Works shall furnish numbered application forms for such purpose. Such forms shall be signed by the applicant. Separate applications shall be made for each animal.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
The Director of Public Works shall issue a dog or cat license to any person upon proper application, for which no fee shall be charged; however, no such license shall be issued unless the applicant shall produce a certificate from a competent licensed veterinarian that such dog or cat has been vaccinated against hydrophobia or rabies. Such vaccination shall be within the period of time prescribed by Section 210.290. Such license shall be issued for a three (3) year period.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
There shall be no charge for a license of 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 and assisting such blind person in going from place to place.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
The transfer of ownership or custody of any dog or cat shall be reported to the Director of Public Works by the transferee within ten (10) days after such transfer by written notice on forms supplied by the Director of Public Works.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
Every person residing within the City who owns, controls, manages, possesses or has part interest in any dog or cat kept any time during the year or who permits such animal to come upon, on or in and to remain in or about his/her home, place of business or other premises within the City shall have such dog or cat vaccinated by a competent veterinarian against hydrophobia or rabies at least once every twelve (12) months; provided however, that if such animal is vaccinated with an approved three (3) year serum, such animal need be vaccinated only every three (3) years.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
The Mayor shall have the power and authority at any time it shall deem it necessary for the protection of the public peace, health, welfare and safety against the disease known as rabies to issue an order to quarantine; and it shall be the duty of any person who owns, controls, possesses or has in custody any animal subject to rabies to comply strictly with such quarantine order. Notice of such quarantine order shall be given by posting copies thereof in at least six (6) public places within the City or by publication in some newspaper published within the City; however, the Mayor shall have power and authority at any time to cancel and recall such quarantine order.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
During the time any quarantine order enacted by the Mayor pursuant to Section 210.300 shall be and remain in force, all persons residing within the City owning dogs or cats are hereby required to keep such dogs or cats confined upon their premises, unless such dog or cat shall be attached to a leash not more than six (6) feet long, held by a competent person.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
A. 
The Director of Public Works is hereby empowered, authorized and directed to:
1. 
During the time any quarantine order enacted pursuant to Section 210.300 shall be in force, catch, confine and impound all dogs and cats, either licensed or unlicensed, found on any public streets, sidewalk, alleyway or place or upon private property other than that belonging to the owner of such dog or cat, unless such dog or cat is on a leash not over six (6) feet long.
2. 
Catch, confine and impound all animals whether running at large or on a leash suspected of being rabid whether they manifest such symptoms or not or affected with rabies or infected with any other disease transmittable to humans or any animal disclosing vicious propensities running at large.
3. 
Take into custody and impound and isolate for examination any animal known or suspected of having been exposed to rabies. Upon the failure of the owner or custodian of any such animal to surrender the animal, the Director of Public Works shall be authorized to enter the premises and take possession of any such animal. However, the power to impound diseased animals or animals suspected of being diseased or animals disclosing vicious propensities shall not be exercised when the owner or custodian of any animal affected by rabies or suspected of rabies or having been exposed to rabies or any animal disclosing vicious propensities shall confine and isolate such animal under the supervision of and in a manner satisfactory to the Director of Public Works.
4. 
Carefully examine any animal bitten by or exposed to any animal affected with rabies or suspected of being rabid and they shall have the power in their discretion to dispose of such animal; however, such animal shall not be disposed of if the owner thereof shall confine and isolate such animal under the supervision of and in a manner satisfactory to the Director of Public Works.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
Any animal impounded and isolated as provided by this Article for observation may, if the animal is determined not to have rabies, be redeemed following such observation period by the owner or other person having the right of possession of such animal upon the presentation to the Director of Public Works of a valid license, if required, and upon payment of the board bill and any fee for such observation.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
If any animal impounded and isolated pursuant to the provisions of this Article shall not be redeemed as provided by Section 210.330 within one (1) week following notification that the period of observation has ended, such animal shall, in the discretion of the Director of Public Works, be disposed of; however, such animal may be redeemed by any other person before its disposal on securing a license for such animal, if required, and paying the board bill and any fee for such observation.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
If it is necessary to dispose of or destroy any animal during the period of observation as provided by this Article, the owner or person having the right or custody to such animal shall not be exempt from payment of the fees charged in connection therewith.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
No private person shall destroy any animal suspected of being rabid unless it cannot be confined without undue risk of exposure to the disease. Any person destroying any animal affected with rabies or suspected thereof shall immediately notify the Director of Public Works and shall surrender the carcass of such animal upon demand. The owner or custodian of such destroyed animal shall immediately provide the Director of Public Works with full particulars thereof, including the time, date, location and names and addresses of persons having custody of any animal exposed to the animal destroyed.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
A. 
It shall be the duty of any person bitten by an animal or the parent or guardian of any minor child bitten by an animal to report the incident to the Director of Public Works immediately. Such report shall contain the name and address of the owner of the animal, the date and time bitten, the street location where bitten and the general description of the animal. The Director of Public Works shall immediately take such animal into custody or have the animal confined by the owner thereof as set out in this Article.
B. 
If the owner shall not confine such animal in a manner satisfactory to the Director of Public Works, such animal shall be forthwith surrendered upon demand. Upon the failure of such person to surrender any such animal, the Director of Public Works shall have the right to enter the premises and take possession of the animal.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
The City may contract with the County for the services, facilities or functions required for the enforcement of this Article upon the terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by and between the City Council and the County.
[Ord. No. 09-944, 6-16-2009]
The Director of Public Works shall be responsible for the administration of this Article and shall have the power necessary to effect that administration and enforcement thereof. The Director of Public Works is hereby authorized to charge a fee for the board of any animal impounded and isolated as suspected of being rabid under the provisions of this Article at a rate of ten dollars ($10.00) for the first (1st) day and five dollars ($5.00) for each subsequent day and is further authorized to collect a redemption fee for the same in the amount of ten dollars ($10.00) for the first (1st) day and five dollars (5.00) every day thereafter that such animal or fowl was kept at such pound.
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Editor's Note: Former Section 205.400, Regulation Of Pit Bull Dogs, was repealed 10-10-2017 by Ord. No. 17-12.