[Ord. No. 229 §420.010, 9-12-1988]
The following words when used in this Chapter shall have the meanings set out herein:
- Non-human, animate being which is endowed with the power of voluntary motion. Animal life other than man.
- Any male or female member of the domestic feline family.
- Any animal of the genus and species known as canis familiaris whether male, female or neutered.
- EXPOSED TO RABIES
- A dog has been "exposed to rabies" if it has been bitten by any other animal known or recently suspected to be infected with rabies.
- HUMANE OFFICER
- Any person appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Board of Aldermen.
- LICENSED VETERINARIAN
- Any veterinarian duly licensed under the laws of the State of Missouri.
- In addition to its ordinary meaning, any person who keeps or harbors an animal or professes to be owning, keeping or harboring an animal.
- REGISTRATION TAG
- A metal or plastic tag issued to each owner who properly registers a dog pursuant to this Chapter.
- A dog is under "restraint" if it is properly confined as specified under this Chapter on the property of its owner, or is under the immediate and effective control of a responsible person at least seventeen (17) years of age or older.
- RUNNING AT LARGE
- Allowing a dog 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.
- SPAYED FEMALE DOG
- A female dog certified by a licensed veterinarian to have been spayed.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.020, 9-12-1988]
No person shall keep any dog or cat within the City without having said dog or cat registered and immunized as herein provided:
Registration. The owner or keeper of any dog or cat of the age of four (4) months or older shall register said dog or cat with the Humane Officer on or before June thirty-first (31st) of each year. The name and address of the owner or keeper of a dog or cat so registered and an accurate description of the dog or cat shall be entered into a book kept for such purpose by the Humane Officer, and a certificate of registration and a metal or plastic registration tag bearing identical numbers shall be issued to the said owner or keeper to be attached to a collar or other device and worn by the said dog or cat.
Immunization. Before any dog or cat shall be registered or a registration tag shall be issued as above provided, the owner or keeper of said dog or cat shall present to the Humane Officer a certificate of immunization issued and signed by a licensed and registered veterinarian stating that said dog or cat has been immunized against rabies for the current year, or that said animal has been permanently immunized against rabies. The owner or keeper of any such dog or cat shall keep on such dog or cat a collar or harness and shall securely fashion and keep attached to such collar a tag showing the current month and year of such vaccination and the owner's name and address.
Owner's records. Each owner or keeper of any such registered dog or cat shall keep said certificate of registration and certificate of immunization or a receipt showing proper vaccination of such dog or cat against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and upon request shall produce and present such documents to the Humane Officer, Mayor or a Police Officer of the City of Northmoor, Missouri, or such other designated City Official for inspection and/or copying.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.030, 9-12-1988]
No person other than authorized City officials shall remove or cause to be removed the collar, owner identification tag, registration tag or rabies vaccination tag from a dog or cat without the consent of the owner or keeper thereof.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.040, 9-12-1988; Ord. No. 2016-001, 8-9-2016; Ord. No. 2018-002, 4-10-2018]
The owner or keeper of any dog of the age of four (4) months or older shall pay an annual license fee as herein provided:
License Fee. The annual license fee for each male dog and each spayed female dog shall be ten dollars ($10.00) and for all other female dogs it shall be fifty dollars ($50.00).
When License Fee Payable. The license fee shall be due and payable on the first (1st) day of July of each year, provided, however, that if any person shall become the owner or keeper of any dog after the month of July in any year, such person shall pay the same fee thereon for the remainder of the year ending July first (1st) following as if such dog had been in the City on the preceding July, and such dog shall be fully subject to the provision of this Chapter. It shall be unlawful for any person to attach or suffer to be attached to any dog on which the tax has not been paid for the current year, the registration tag herein before described or any imitation thereof.
The Humane Officer shall keep a list of the persons paying such license fee, noting the date and amount of payment and report to the Board of Aldermen at each regular meeting the names of all persons who have paid such license fee during the preceding month and the amount collected. The license fee shall be paid by the Humane Officer into the City Treasury to the credit of the General Fund of the City.
Any owner or keeper of any dog who shall fail or refuse to pay such license fee when payment is due and demanded shall immediately surrender such dog to the Humane Officer, a Police Officer or such other person designated by the Mayor for the purpose of being redeemed, adopted or destroyed as specified in Section 205.110.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.050, 9-12-1988]
Each owner or keeper of any dog or cat within the City limits of the City of Northmoor, Missouri, shall keep said dog or cat confined within a fenced area capable of containing such dog or cat, or such dog or cat shall be properly staked or leashed so as not to escape; or under the effective safe control and restraint of a person at least seventeen (17) years of age at all times so that said dog or cat does not threaten, attack or injure any person, pet or other animal.
Any dog or cat not under proper restraint as herein specified shall be considered running at large.
No person owning or having charge or control of a dog or cat shall permit it to run at large, or permit such dog or cat to habitually jump upon or threaten persons on public streets, or cause persons thereon to be put in fear of injury within the City of Northmoor, Missouri.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.060, 9-12-1988]
All dogs and cats found running at large in the City of Northmoor, Missouri, may be apprehended by the Humane Officer, a Police Officer or such other person designated by the Mayor.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.070, 9-12-1988; Ord. No. 2019-018, 12-5-2019; Ord. No. 2020-001, 1-2-2020]
The owning, keeping or harboring of dangerous animals within the City is hereby prohibited.
The Chief of Police or his/her designee shall have the authority to declare an animal dangerous because of past behavior, violations of this Code, or the dangerous nature of the animal as to persons.
In the event of such declaration, the Chief of Police or his/her designee shall deliver, by hand delivery or mailing by regular mail to the address at which the animal is typically found, a notice to the owner, keeper or harborer of such animal declaring that the animal has been declared to be dangerous and that the animal must be immediately removed from the City, unless within ten (10) days from the date on such notice, the owner, keeper or harborer of such animal files a written request for an appeal of the declaration with the City Clerk; such appeal to be heard by the Board of Aldermen at a regular or specially called meeting. The appellant shall be entitled to at least five (5) days' notice of the hearing on such appeal. Notice shall be as otherwise provided hereinabove.
A declaration under Subsection (A)(2) above shall be grounds for the impoundment of the animal if the threat of injury by such animal is deemed by the Chief of Police or his/her designee to be imminent unless, without danger to the public, it can be and is removed from the City within forty-eight (48) hours. Any appeal as set forth in Subsection (A)(2) hereof shall not stop impoundment or removal from the City of such animal under this Section.
Any owner, keeper or harborer of an animal shall be responsible for all impoundment or other fees incurred by the City unless the Board of Aldermen finds the animal not to be dangerous as set forth herein.
The remedies and/or actions authorized herein shall be in addition to any other remedies and/or actions available to the City under this Code.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.080, 9-12-1988]
No person shall own, keep or harbor within the City of Northmoor, Missouri, any dog which, by loud, frequent or habitual barking, howling or yelping shall annoy or disturb any neighborhood or person.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.090, 9-12-1988]
The owner or keeper of any female dog in heat shall confine such dog within a building in such a manner that such dog will not be accessible to other dogs, except for planned breeding, and will not attract male dogs.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.120, 9-12-1988]
Every rabid dog or dog exposed to rabies, or whenever any dog has bitten, such dog shall be immediately confined by the owner, who shall promptly notify a Police Officer, the Humane Officer or the Mayor. The owner of such dog shall immediately and forthwith transport and deliver such dog to a duly licensed veterinarian in the State of Missouri for observation by such veterinarian for a period of ten (10) days or such a time as such veterinarian may determine necessary for the purpose of determining whether or not such dog is infected with rabies. Such dog shall not be released or returned to the City until certified by a licensed veterinarian to be free of rabies.
Any dog found to be infected with rabies shall not be returned into the City, but any such dog shall be destroyed forthwith in a manner as determined by such veterinarian. All costs of the transportation of any such dog to the veterinarian, impounding, observation, treatment and disposition, as stated herein, shall be paid by the owner of any such dog.
If any owner or keeper of any rabid dog, a dog exposed to rabies or any dog which has bitten a person shall fail to immediately and forthwith deliver such do to a veterinarian, as provided herein, after being requested to do so by the Humane Officer, a Police Officer or the Mayor, or if the owner is not immediately available, then, in that event, the Humane Officer, a Police Officer or such person designated by the Mayor shall forthwith and immediately take possession of such dog and deliver it to a licensed veterinarian for observation as specified herein. All of the costs incurred by the City in the apprehension, transportation and confinement of such dog as provided herein, including all the costs of any such veterinarian, shall be paid by the owner of such dog upon demand by the Humane Officer or the Mayor.
No person shall kill a rabid dog or a dog exposed to rabies, or a dog which has bitten a person, nor remove such a dog from the City without permission from the Humane Officer or the Mayor when it is necessary to kill such dog to prevent it from escaping or from biting any other animal or person.
The body of any dog or pet dead of rabies or having been exposed to rabies prior to death shall be surrendered by the owner upon demand of the Humane Officer or Mayor.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.130, 9-12-1988]
Whenever any dog or cat shall be found within the City without having proper registration or immunization tags attached to a collar or other device being worn by said dog or cat, such dog or cat may be taken up by the Humane Officer, a Police Officer or such other person designated by the Board of Aldermen for that purpose.
If the dog or cat impounded pursuant to this Section wears a license tag or if the owner can by any other reasonable means be identified and located, the Humane Officer or such other person designated by the Mayor shall make reasonable attempts to notify the owner, within twenty-four (24) hours, that his/her dog or cat has been impounded.
Any dog or cat, not redeemed by the owner within seven (7) days after the impoundment, may be disposed of by a humane method. Any dog or cat may be redeemed at any time during said seven (7) day period upon presentation to the Humane Officer or Mayor a certificate of immunization and a registration tag, together with a payment for all costs related to the impoundment of such dog or cat. Such payments received by the Humane Officer shall be paid into the City Treasury to the credit of the General Fund of the City.
Provided however, the dog or cat may be released for adoption by a new owner who shows evidence of ability and intention to provide the dog or cat with an appropriate home and humane care, and who has presented to the Humane Officer or Mayor a certificate of immunization and a registration tag (if a resident of the City of Northmoor, Missouri), together with a payment for all costs related to the impoundment of such dog or cat. Such payments received by the Humane Officer shall be paid into the City Treasury to the credit of the General Fund of the City. Provided however, that no unspayed female dog or cat shall be released for adoption unless a licensed veterinarian certified 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 or cat's first (1st) oestral period.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.140, 9-12-1988]
The Humane Officer, any Police Officer or such other person designated by the Mayor is authorized, with proper warrant, to enter any premises where a dog or cat is kept or harbored to inspect conditions under which a dog or cat is kept.
[Ord. No. 229 §420.160, 9-12-1988]
It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person or household to keep or harbor, whether owned or not, within the City limits of Northmoor, Missouri, more than a total of four (4) dogs or cats, or any combination thereof, except the owner shall have a reasonable time to dispose of a litter not exceeding ninety (90) days.
All fines and penalties for a first finding of guilt under this Section may be waived by the court if 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. This Section shall not apply to the provisions of Section 578.007, RSMo., or Chapter 272, RSMo.
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this Section 578.009, RSMo., the court may order a person found guilty of animal neglect to pay all reasonable costs and expenses necessary for:
The care and maintenance of neglected animals within the person's custody or ownership;
The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect; and
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect of the animals.
A person is guilty of animal trespass if a person having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate control for a period equal to or exceeding twelve (12) hours.
For a first conviction of animal trespass, each offense shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00). The second and all subsequent convictions shall be punishable by imprisonment or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both such fine and imprisonment. All fines for a first conviction of animal trespass may be waived by the court, provided that the person found guilty of animal trespass shows that adequate, permanent remedies for trespass have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of trespassing animals may not be waived. This Section shall not apply to the provisions of Section 578.007 or Sections 272.010 to 272.370, RSMo.
A person commits the offense of animal abuse if he or she:
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 which results in substantial harm to the animal.
Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
[CC 1964 §610.140]
No person shall, within the corporate limits of the City of Northmoor, set, maintain or use or cause to be set, maintained or used any steel trap or other device which may trap or ensnare dogs or other animals.