City of Crystal Lake Park, MO
St. Louis County
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[CC 1995 §215.010; Ord. No. 192 §2, 9-21-1980]
The following words, when used in this Chapter, shall have the meanings set out herein:
AFFECTED WITH RABIES
Infected with the rabies virus as determined by standard laboratory testing
ANIMAL
Any living being other than human or plant life.
DOGS or CATS
All animals of the canine or feline species, both male and female, over the age of six (6) months.
EXPOSED TO RABIES
When bitten by, or fought with, or has come in close contact with a dog or other animal shown to be infected with the rabies virus as determined by standard laboratory testing.
IMMUNIZED
Immunized against rabies at the expense of the owner or custodian by the administration of antirabic virus by a licensed veterinarian.
KENNEL
Any person, house, dwelling or lot housing three (3) or more dogs or cats.
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.[1]
RABIES
Hydrophobia.
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.
TRESPASSER
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.
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Editor’s Note: The former definition of “pit bull dog,” which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 6-27-2016 by Ord. No. 549 §1.
The owner or keeper of any dog or cat in the City of Crystal Lake Park is hereby required to have such animals vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and to procure a certificate of such vaccination from the veterinarian and to present such certificate to the City Clerk on or before May first (1st) of each year; and the City Clerk shall register such certificate, which registration shall remain in force until the April thirtieth (30th) next following said registration; and upon registration, the City Clerk shall issue a tag evidencing the registration and certificate of vaccination, and the owner or keeper shall securely attach the tag so issued to a collar to be worn continuously by the animal for which the tag was issued. It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog or cat to permit such animal to remain in the City of Crystal Lake Park unless wearing the tag above provided for herein.
It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog or cat to permit the same to run at large within the City of Crystal Lake Park at any time. Any dog or cat found without the tag provided in Section 205.020, and any dog or cat found running at large, shall be impounded.
[CC 1995 §215.120; Ord. No. 192 §21, 9-21-1980]
A. 
If the owner of any dog shall allow it to go at large in the City, and in so doing it shall go upon the private premises of other people to their annoyance, such conduct is hereby declared to be a nuisance. Upon the occurrence of such nuisance the person offended shall ascertain the name of the owner of the dog in question, shall cause a written notice of such occurrence to be given to the owner of such dog, together with a copy of this Section free of charge to anyone requesting the same.
B. 
The head of any household where a dog is being kept shall be deemed to be the "owner" of such dog under this Section, and after receiving the notice provided by this Section, it shall be the duty of such head of the household to provide an effective means, other than keeping such dog in the home, of confining such dog to the premises where kept. Such head of the household shall be deemed to have allowed such dog to go at large whenever it is at large, if no such means has been provided.
A. 
It shall be unlawful to own, keep or harbor a vicious dog in the City of Crystal Lake Park except in accordance with the following provisions:
1. 
Leash and muzzle. No person shall permit a vicious 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 vicious 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. Such dogs may not be leashed to inanimate objects such as trees, posts or buildings. In addition, all vicious dogs on a leash outside its kennel or pen must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient to prevent such dog from biting persons or other animals.
2. 
Confinement. All vicious 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 vicious dogs must be locked with a key or combination lock when such dogs are within the structure. Said structure must have a secure bottom or floor attached to the sides of the pen or the sides of the pen must be imbedded in the ground no less than two (2) feet. Also, such structures must be adequately lighted and ventilated and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
3. 
Confinement indoors. No vicious dog may be kept on a porch, patio or 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 the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure.
4. 
Signs. All owners, keepers or harborers of vicious dogs within the City shall display in a prominent place on their premises a sign easily readable by the public using the words "Beware of Dog". In addition, a similar sign is required to be posted on the kennel or pen of such dog.
[CC 1995 §215.160; Ord. No. 192 §25, 9-21-1980]
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police, the City Police, and any other person of the City of Crystal Lake Park, especially designated by the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor for such purpose, to take up any dog or cat without the tag provided in Section 205.020, any dog or cat running at large, or any vicious dog in violation of Section 205.040 above and to impound the same. In effecting the capture of any dog or cat, the officers aforesaid are authorized and directed to use traps, nets, tranquilizer guns or any other humane method. Such officer is hereby authorized to enter upon any unfenced lot, tract or parcel of land for the purpose of seizing and impounding any dog so violating this Chapter.
Any officer performing duties under this Chapter shall be compensated from the City Treasury as provided from time to time by the Board of Aldermen. Such officer shall account to the City for all sums collected from owners or keepers under this Chapter and pay same into the City Treasury. Costs of feeding and keeping dogs or cats impounded shall be paid from the City Treasury.
Every officer impounding a dog or cat under this Chapter shall, within twenty-four (24) hours after such impounding, enter upon a registry open to the public and in plain public view at the City Hall of the City a description of such dog or cat, including breed, color and approximate size, and the date apprehended, and if the owner or keeper is known, the name and address of such owner or keeper; or the owner or keeper shall be given actual notice of the impoundment of such dog or cat before disposition of such dog or cat.
The owner or keeper of any dog or cat impounded under this Chapter shall pay to the Chief of Police, Police Officer, or other official especially designated to receive the same, a sum sufficient to reimburse the City for its costs in impounding such dog or cat and keeping it impounded.
[CC 1995 §215.190; Ord. No. 192 §28, 9-21-1980]
All unvaccinated dogs redeemed at the dog pound must be immediately vaccinated against rabies.
All impounded dogs shall be redeemed within one (1) week. Any such dog not redeemed within such time may be sold or euthanized.
A. 
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.
B. 
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.
C. 
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.
D. 
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:
1. 
The care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned animals within the person's custody or ownership;
2. 
The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
3. 
The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect or abandonment; and
4. 
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect or abandonment of the animals.
A. 
A person is guilty of animal abuse when a person:
1. 
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.;
2. 
Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal; or
3. 
Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care or adequate control.
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Note — Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
A. 
A person commits the offense of knowingly releasing an animal if that person, acting without the consent of the owner or custodian of an animal, intentionally releases any animal that is lawfully confined for the purpose of companionship or protection of persons or property or for recreation, exhibition or educational purposes.
B. 
As used in this Section, "animal" means every living creature, domesticated or wild, but not including Homo sapiens.
C. 
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a public servant acting in the course of such servant's official duties.
[CC 1995 §215.150; Ord. No. 192 §24, 9-21-1980; Ord. No. 284 §§1 — 2, 12-9-1991]
A. 
Any person having ownership, control or possession of a dog shall not permit the dog to go off the premises of the owner or keeper thereof unless the dog is secured or tied by means of a line or leash to effectively prevent the dog from biting, molesting, being with or approaching any person or other animal. It shall further be unlawful for any person having ownership, control or possession of a dog within the City, whether such animal is attached to a leash or running at large, to allow or permit such animal to defecate upon any private or public property other than such person's own premises unless such person shall remove the feces deposited by said animal within five (5) minutes and dispose of same.
B. 
Any person violating the provisions of this Section as amended hereby shall be subject to the fines and penalties as established in Section 100.220 of this Code.
Whenever rabies becomes prevalent in the City, the Mayor shall, according to the necessity of the case, issue a quarantine order, requiring every owner or person in charge of any dog or dogs within the limits of the City, to either kill or impound his/her dog or dogs, or to have such dog or dogs immunized. Said order shall be published once in the paper officially publishing the business of the City; and in the absence of such paper, shall be posted as in case of sales of personal property. The Mayor is authorized by proclamation, to terminate any such quarantine whenever, in his/her judgment, the necessity for it no longer exists.
No person may keep any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, non-human primate, coyote, any deadly, dangerous, or poisonous reptile, or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight (8) feet long, in any place other than a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific, or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge, unless such person has registered such animals with the local law enforcement agency in the County in which the animal is kept.
[CC 1995 §200.330; Ord. No. 192 §30, 9-21-1980]
Kennels shall be and hereby are prohibited within the City. The owner and/or operator of any kennel within the City in violation of this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and each day's operation shall be construed to be a separate offense.
[CC 1995 §215.110; Ord. No. 192 §20, 9-21-1980]
All female dogs in the City, licensed or unlicensed, shall be securely confined in an enclosed place while in heat.
[CC 1995 §215.135; Ord. No. 339 §1, 3-10-1999]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the City of Crystal Lake Park, Missouri:
1. 
Any warmblooded, carnivorous or omnivorous, wild or exotic animal (including, but not limited to, non-human primates, raccoons, skunks, foxes and wild exotic cats; but excluding fowl, ferrets and small rodents of varieties used for laboratory purposes).
2. 
Any animal having poisonous bites.
3. 
(Reserved)[1]
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Editor’s Note: Former Subsection (A)(3), which prohibited the keeping, harboring or owning of pit bull dogs , with certain exceptions, was repealed 6-27-2016 by Ord. No. 549 §1.
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Editor’s Note: Former Section 215.190, Keeping of Registered Pit Bulls, adopted CC 1995 §215.137, as amended, was repealed 6-27-2016 by Ord. No. 549 §1.
[CC 1995 §215.210]
No person shall keep a dog which by loud, frequent barking or howling disturbs the surrounding neighborhood, and no person shall keep a cat which by loud, frequent meowing or other noises disturbs the surrounding neighborhood.
[CC 1995 §215.220]
The keeping, sheltering and maintaining of more than three (3) cats or three (3) dogs over the age of six (6) months without a merchant's license from the City for the sale of the same shall be deemed a nuisance and is hereby prohibited.
[CC 1995 §215.030; Ord. No. 192 §5, 9-21-1980]
It shall be the duty of any person bitten in the City by an animal subject to rabies, and the duty of the parent or guardian of any minor child so bitten, and the duty of any doctor treating any such person or child to report the same to the County Department of Public Health immediately giving the name and address of the owner of such animal, the time and place of the occurrence, and a description of such animal.
[CC 1995 §215.040; Ord. No. 192 §6, 9-21-1980]
Any person having ownership, control or possession of such an animal subject to rabies that has bitten anyone shall immediately surrender said animal to the County Health Commissioner or confine it under his/her supervision, if he/she permits it.
[CC 1995 §215.050; Ord. No. 192 §7, 9-21-1980]
Any person destroying an animal affected with rabies or suspected of being affected with rabies shall immediately notify the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and shall surrender the carcass of such animal upon demand. The owner or custodian of any such destroyed animal shall immediately provide the said Department of Public Health with full particulars thereof, including the time, date, location, the names and addresses of any person bitten by said animal and also the name and address of the owner or person having custody of any animal exposed to the animal destroyed.
[CC 1995 §215.060; Ord. No. 192 §8, 9-21-1980]
Every owner or possessor of any animal which may die within the City, whether upon his/her premises or upon the premises of another, shall within twenty-four (24) hours after the death of such animal cause the carcass of said animal to be removed beyond the limits of the City.
[CC 1995 §215.070; Ord. No. 192 §16, 9-21-1980]
A. 
The provisions and requirements of this Chapter shall not apply to dogs that temporarily stray into the City from an adjoining municipality provided:
1. 
Such dog is owned by a resident of such other municipality, and
2. 
Such dog carries a tag showing that a license has been duly issued for it by such other municipality during the current year, and
3. 
Such other municipality has a similar or reciprocal provision in its ordinances extending similar benefits to residents of this City.