City of Salisbury, MO
Chariton County
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[Ord. No. 519 § 1, 10-9-1997]
A. 
Every person owning or in possession of any dog within the City limits shall procure a license tag for such dog. The charge for such license shall be the sum of three dollars ($3.00) and a separate license shall be issued each year. The annual term of such license shall commence upon the 31st day of December.
B. 
All licensed dogs shall wear the tag evidencing purchase of the license.
C. 
No dog license or tag shall be issued until a certificate from a licensed veterinarian shall be provided. Such certificate shall certify that such dog has been vaccinated against rabies within one (1) year prior to the time of the application.
D. 
Any dog found not displaying a valid license tag may be impounded by the City. Any dog so impounded may be claimed by the lawful owner or person entitled to possession of such dog within one (1) week after its impoundment upon production of the following:
1. 
The payment to the City of fees as set out in the attachment to this Chapter, "Fees for the Salisbury Dog and Cat Pound";
2. 
Payment of the costs of vaccination against rabies if such dog has not been vaccinated within one (1) year prior to impoundment; and
3. 
Proof of ownership or the right to possession of such dog.
E. 
In the event that an impounded dog is not claimed within one (1) week of its impoundment, such dog may be humanely destroyed or delivered to an animal shelter for adoption.
F. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep or possess a dog without a license and any person found in violation shall be fined as provided in Section 100.220 of this Code.
[Ord. No. 519 § 1, 10-9-1997]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or in possession of any dog within the City limits to allow or fail to restrain such dog from:
1. 
Repeatedly barking, howling, yelping to the annoyance of others; or
2. 
Fighting with, biting or otherwise causing injury to another dog or person; or
3. 
Destroying or damaging the personal property of another.
B. 
Any person found in violation of this Section shall be fined an amount of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) and not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
As used in this Chapter, the following words shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this Section, unless the context otherwise indicates:
AT LARGE
Off the premises of the owner and not on a leash controlled by some person physically able to prevent the dog from escaping or from going off the premises of the owner. For purposes of this definition, a dog shall be considered at large even if on a leash not controlled by some person physically holding it if the leash allows the dog to enter an alley or street, or come within two (2) feet of a sidewalk, or otherwise enter an area used by the general public.
1. 
Any dog with the following characteristics shall be classified as "dangerous":
a. 
Any dog that has inflicted a severe or fatal injury on a human being on public or private property. "Severe injury" means any physical injury, resulting directly from a dog's bite, which results in broken bones or lacerations requiring stitches or patient hospitalization. The victim receiving severe injuries, as defined above, must provide the Chief of Police a signed physician's statement documenting injury and treatment qualifying such as a severe injury or sign an authorization for release of such statement.
b. 
Any dog that has killed a domestic animal, livestock or poultry without provocation while off the owner's property.
c. 
Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting or any dog trained for dog fighting.
d. 
Any dog that has bitten a human being without provocation on public or private property other than the property of the owner.
e. 
Any dog which, while on the owner's property, has bitten, without provocation, a human being other than the owner or a member of the owner's family who normally resides at the place where the dog is kept.
f. 
Any dog which, when unprovoked, chases or approaches a person upon the street, sidewalks, or any public grounds, or private property other than property of the owner in a menacing fashion or apparent attitudes of attack, regardless of whether or not a person is injured by said dog.
g. 
Any dog with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury or to otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals.
2. 
Exemptions to "dangerous dog" classification:
a. 
With the exception of Subsection (1)(a) of this definition, no dog may be declared dangerous if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner or keeper of the dog, or was teasing, tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog or has, in the past, been observed or reported to have teased, tormented, abused or assaulted the dog or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.
b. 
With the exception of Subsection (1)(a) of this definition, a Police Officer may, because of extenuating circumstances, determine from the investigation of an incident that an animal is not dangerous. However, the owner, being responsible for said dog, may be warned of the animal's tendencies and to take appropriate action to prevent subsequent incidences. This, however, does not exempt the owner from being cited for other animal control ordinance violations.
c. 
Dogs owned by governmental or Law Enforcement Agencies when being used in the services of those agencies are exempt.
DOG
All animals of the canine species.
NUISANCE DOG
Shall apply if the dog annoys a resident of the City:
1. 
By repeated barking, howling or yelping; or
2. 
By repeated fighting; or
3. 
By one (1) or more occasions of chasing in a threatening manner any person; or
4. 
By repeated acts of chasing vehicles, bicycles, or other means of locomotion while the vehicle, bicycle or other means of locomotion is traveling on a public road, street, or alley; or
5. 
By digging or destroying shrubbery, vegetation, or other property on property other than that of the owner; or
6. 
By tearing into solid waste trash bags on property other than that of the owner; or
7. 
By repeated snarling and showing it's teeth or lunging (even if otherwise restrained) in a threatening manner at persons who pass by on a public place (such as alleyways or sidewalks) or private property other than property of the owner, even if the dog is on the owner's premises; or
8. 
A female dog in season running at large.
OWNER
Shall be construed to mean any person owning, keeping or harboring a dog without regard to whether another person has a better ownership claim to the dog and without regard to the time period during which a dog is kept or harbored. For purposes of enforcement of this Chapter, the keeper of a dog shall include any adult member of a household on the premises on which the dog is kept even if actual ownership is by a minor.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
A. 
Subject to further restrictions set forth below, it shall be unlawful for any occupant or occupants of any residential dwelling unit to keep, maintain, or harbor more than four (4) dogs on or about the premises which comprises such dwelling unit.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for the occupant or occupants or owner of real property within the City to keep, maintain, or harbor dogs at another location within the City if the total number of dogs exceeds four (4) in number when the number of dogs at each premises at which the dogs are kept are added to provide a sum of the number of dogs kept, maintained, or harbored, unless the occupant, occupants, or owner is operating a licensed kennel.
C. 
For purposes of this Section, puppies under the age of eight (8) weeks are not counted to determine the total number of dogs.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003; Ord. No. 04-04-01, 4-8-2004]
A. 
No owner of a dog shall permit, suffer or allow the dog to run at large. This shall be an offense of absolute liability. The owner's good faith efforts to keep the dog confined shall not be a defense to any prosecution for the dog running at large. Any dog running at large is subject to immediate impoundment by Police Officers of the City or their delegate.
B. 
If a dog is in or on a vehicle parked within the City limits, the dog shall not be considered to be running at large; however, the owner subjects himself or herself to all the provisions of this Chapter, except that if the dog is ordinarily kept outside the City limits and is within the City limits less than eight (8) continuous hours no more than once each week, the owner has no requirements to obtain a City license or tag for the dog.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
Keeping a nuisance dog within the City limits is prohibited. The Mayor or the Chief of Police may at any time notify the owner of any dog that said dog is considered to be a nuisance. The notice shall be in writing directed to the owner and shall specify the behavior of the dog which caused the notice to be given. Proof of service of notice shall be by attestation of some City Official that the notice was delivered personally to the owner or some person over the age of fifteen (15) years then residing in owner's home or by ordinary United States mail. If a notice is sent by ordinary mail, it shall be presumed that the notice was timely delivered and received three (3) days after it was mailed.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
A. 
The owner shall have a right to a hearing before a board of three (3) members described below concerning the nuisance dog notice, provided that a request is made for the hearing in writing to the City Clerk within ten (10) days of the day on which the notice was personally served on the owner or within thirteen (13) days of the day on which the notice was mailed by ordinary mail to the owner. In the event there is no request for a hearing, or a hearing is held and the decision of the board becomes final, the declaration of the dog as a nuisance shall be final.
1. 
A Hearing Board, consisting of the Mayor, the Chief of Police, or their delegates, and an appointed resident of the City, shall be convened within ten (10) working days after receipt of a bona fide written request.
2. 
Pending the outcome of such a hearing, the dog must be controlled in such manner so as not to be an annoyance to any person.
3. 
The Hearing Board shall determine whether to declare the animal to be a "nuisance dog" based upon evidence and testimony presented at the time of the hearing by the owner, in addition to witnesses, police or any other person possessing information pertinent to such determination.
4. 
The Hearing Board shall issue written findings within five (5) days after the hearing. The owner or possessor of the animal found to be a nuisance shall be required to maintain the animal as herein further provided in this Section.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
Any owner whose dog has been determined to be a nuisance shall ensure that his or her dog does not repeat any of the actions or behavior for which the notice was given. If the owner fails to ensure that none of these reoccur, or if the behavior does reoccur, the dog may be immediately impounded as provided in Section 205.170, and either disposed of or redeemed by another as provided in Section 205.150 and Section 205.160. In addition, the failure to prevent the dog from repeating any of the nuisance activities shall be an offense punishable under the ordinances of the City of Salisbury.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
Keeping a dangerous dog within the City limits is prohibited, except as may be permitted by Section 205.110. The Mayor or the Chief of Police may at any time notify the owner of any dog that said dog is considered to be dangerous. The notice shall be in writing directed to the owner and shall specify the behavior of the dog which caused the notice to be given. Proof of service of the notice shall be by attestation of some City Official that the notice was delivered personally to the owner or some person over the age of fifteen (15) years then residing in owner's home or by ordinary United States mail. If a notice is sent by ordinary mail, it shall be presumed that the notice was timely delivered and received three (3) days after it was mailed.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
A. 
The owner shall have a right to a hearing before a board of three (3) members described below concerning the dangerous dog notice, provided that a request is made for the hearing in writing to the City Clerk within ten (10) days of the day on which the notice was personally served on the owner or within thirteen (13) days of the day on which the notice was mailed by ordinary mail to the owner. In the event there is no request for a hearing, or a hearing is held and the decision of the board becomes final, the declaration of the dog as being dangerous shall be final.
1. 
A Hearing Board, consisting of the Mayor, the Chief of Police, or their delegates, and an appointed resident of the City shall be convened within ten (10) working days after receipt of a bona fide written request.
2. 
Pending the outcome of such a hearing, the dog must be confined in such a manner so as not to be a threat to any person. The confinement may be on the owner's premises or with a licensed veterinarian.
3. 
The Hearing Board shall determine whether to declare the animal to be a "dangerous dog" based upon evidence and testimony presented at the time of the hearing by the owner, in addition to witnesses, police or any other person possessing information pertinent to such determination.
4. 
The Hearing Board shall issue written findings within five (5) days after the hearing. The owner or possessor of the animal found to be dangerous shall be required to maintain the animal as herein further provided in this Section.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003; Ord. No. 15-05-02, 5-13-2015]
A. 
In addition to requirements already set forth, all such owners of dangerous dogs shall be obligated to do the following:
1. 
Any such dog who bites or scratches a human being, whose behavior immediately prior to or during an incident resulting in a human being bitten or scratched is determined to be dangerous, shall be impounded for a ten-day rabies quarantine at the a veterinarian clinic within Chariton County, Missouri.
2. 
The owner or keeper shall notify the Police Department immediately if such dog is loose, unconfined or missing, has attacked another animal, or has attacked a human being.
3. 
Any such dog shall wear at all times a bright orange collar with a large brightly colored metal tag attached to the collar so the dog can readily be identified as a dangerous dog.
4. 
A sign shall be posted that reads “Beware of Dangerous Dog.”
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
A. 
A dog responsible for an unprovoked severe or fatal attack shall be humanely destroyed. If the dog has inflicted severe injuries on any person and if it is possible to safely take up and impound the dog, Police Personnel shall do so for the purpose of first determining whether the dog is diseased before disposing of the dog.
B. 
A dog responsible for a provoked severe or fatal attack shall be maintained as a dangerous dog.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
A. 
No person shall own, keep, harbor, maintain or allow to be upon any premises occupied by him or her or under his or her charge or control any guard dog (for the purposes of this Chapter here defined as a dog not owned by a governmental unit, which dog is used to guard public or private property) without such dog being confined behind a fence from which it cannot escape, or within any part of 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, and must not be used or maintained in a manner which, as determined by the Chief of Police, endangers individuals on or off the premises guarded.
B. 
Any guard dog, including law enforcement dogs, used in the City by virtue of such use is hereby declared to be subject to the license and rabies vaccination requirements of this Chapter.
C. 
All guard dogs residing in or used as such in the City of Salisbury must be registered annually with the City Police.
D. 
All dogs kept, maintained, or harbored on property that is not then being occupied as a dwelling for some resident of the City shall be presumed to be guard dogs unless kept at that location by a licensed kennel operator.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
Dogs specially trained for use by handicapped persons shall be subject to the same restrictions and regulations as other dogs within the City, except that such dogs shall be permitted to go into any public place while assisting the handicapped person to whom the dog is assigned.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
A. 
The Chief of Police, his/her officers or assistants, may kill a dog under the following circumstances:
1. 
If the dog, when unprovoked, has inflicted lethal injuries on any person, or if the dog has, when unprovoked, inflicted severe injury on any person as defined in Section 205.030, Subsection (1)(a) of the definition of "dangerous dog."
2. 
If a dog is found running at large without a licensed tag and also exhibiting conduct prohibited by this Chapter and cannot safely be taken up and impounded, the Chief of Police or any of his/her assistants may kill the dog.
3. 
If the dog has been impounded for one (1) week after notice of impoundment has been given to the owner, if the owner is known, and the dog is not redeemed, except that if the dog has immediately prior to impoundment bitten any person, the impoundment period shall be no less than ten (10) days from the date of the bite.
[Ord. No. 04-05-01 § 1; 5-13-2004]
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003; Ord. No. 06-05-01 § 2, 5-11-2006]
Except for dogs which have, when unprovoked, inflicted lethal or severe injury on any person and are thereafter impounded, at any time prior to killing or to the expiration of the time herein limited, the owner, upon satisfactory proof of ownership, may redeem his or her dog upon exhibiting proof of ownership to the keeper of the pound, and paying an impounding fee and boarding fee as determined by a schedule of impoundment fees, boarding fees, and other fees as may be approved from time to time by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Salisbury which shall be paid before the animal will be released. If the owner fails to redeem his or her dog within one (1) week after notice of impounding to the owner(s), if known, any person may, upon payment of the keeper's fees and procuring registration and license, if the dog be unlicensed, redeem such dog and have the same reregistered in his or her name. If the dog does not have identification sufficient to identify it to a particular owner, there shall be no obligation placed on the City to investigate further to determine ownership and it may be conclusively presumed the animal has no owner.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003; Ord. No. 06-05-01 § 4, 5-11-2006]
A. 
As permitted by this Chapter, Police Officers of the City or their delegates may humanely impound a dog and the owner shall be responsible for payment of reasonable cost of capture, transport, and impoundment of the dog according to a schedule of fees, boarding fees, and other costs as approved from time to time by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Salisbury.
1. 
If impoundment is necessary as determined by the person lawfully attempting to capture the dog, it is a violation of this Chapter to interfere with that person in the performance of his or her duties.
2. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to release or attempt to release any animal which is impounded in an impoundment facility.
3. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to turn loose a dog or cause a dog to be turned loose for the purpose of causing the dog to be impounded.
4. 
The Police Officers or their delegates shall have the right of entry to any property or premises for the purpose of examining and impounding any dog exposed to or exhibiting clinical symptoms of rabies.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or in anyway possess within the corporate limits of the City of Salisbury, Missouri:
1. 
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 other than in a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge.
2. 
Any animal having poisonous bites.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
Any animal which by its size, or behavior, or capability of inflicting severe or lethal injury to a person, or by being diseased presents a risk to the health or safety of any person, or by being an annoyance to other residents, or any combination of the forgoing may be declared a nuisance animal or a dangerous animal in the same manner as provided in Section 205.070 for declaring a dog a nuisance dog or in Section 205.100 for declaring a dog a dangerous dog, and the person keeping, maintaining, or harboring such animal shall be responsible for controlling, confining, or disposing of the animal in such a manner as to no longer be a nuisance or present a health or safety hazard to any person. For purposes of this Section, the word "animal" shall mean any animal other than human beings.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
Keeping of an animal in surroundings which emit or causes any offensive, disagreeable or nauseous smell or odor, whether the animal is inside or outside a pen or enclosure, is a nuisance and shall be abated after notice as set forth in Section 215.010 of the City Code, or the keeper of the animal shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Section 215.010.
[Ord. No. 05-12-01, 12-8-2005]
A. 
Definition. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DOMESTIC CAT
A member of the feline family over four (4) months of age which, for purposes of this Section, excludes exotic or wild cats as more particularly described and prohibited in Section 205.180.
B. 
Number Of Cats Allowed.
1. 
Subject to further restrictions set forth below, it shall be unlawful for any occupant or occupants of any property, including but not limited to residential dwelling units, to keep, maintain, or harbor more than four (4) cats on or about the premises which comprises such dwelling unit or other property.
2. 
A licensed business which has as its business and is licensed for the raising and keeping of domestic cats is exempted from the regulations on the number of cats allowed in a dwelling unit or on a property, except that such owner is still subject to other regulations, such as not permitting a nuisance and keeping destructive cats from running at large.
3. 
For purposes of this Section, kittens under the age of four (4) months are not counted to determine the total number of cats.
4. 
A cat found on a property is presumed to be kept on that property by the occupant(s) of the property unless identification on the cat establishes that the cat belongs to another.
C. 
Identification Tags Required For Domestic Cats If On Another's Property. Every person owning, keeping, or harboring or permitting a cat four (4) months of age or older shall use some means of identifying the cat if the cat is found to be off of that person's property. No person shall remove or cause to be removed the identification from any cat without consent of the owner or keeper thereof. If a cat found on a property is not claimed by the current occupant of the property on which the cat is found, and if the cat has no identification, it may be conclusively presumed the cat has no owner or keeper and may be impounded and disposed of the same as if it was a howling cat or destructive cat.
D. 
Howling Cats And Destructive Cats Prohibited.
1. 
No person shall keep a domestic cat which, by frequent howling, shall disturb the peace of the neighborhood; such disturbance shall be considered a nuisance. After notice issued by the Chief of Police to the owner or keeper of the cat, the owner or keeper shall immediately abate the nuisance.
2. 
No person shall keep a domestic cat which shall do damage to shrubbery, gardens or other property. If the cat urinates or defecates on property, it may be presumed that damage has been done.
3. 
Upon signed complaint by any resident of the City or Police Officer, a notice shall be issued to the owner or keeper of the cat which is a howling cat or a destructive cat. Thereafter, the offending cat shall not be permitted to run at large. This restriction shall be in addition to any action against the owner or keeper in Municipal Court for violation of Subsection (D)(1) and (2) above.
4. 
Cats which do damage to property as described above shall be subject to the same restrictions prohibiting dogs from running at large as set forth in Section 205.050. When used in this Section, "at large" shall be defined as set forth in Section 205.030 and "owner" shall be defined as set forth in Section 205.030 of the City Code.
E. 
Impounding Permitted. Police Officers of the City or their delegates may humanely impound a cat if off the owner or keeper's property without identification or is howling or destructive as defined above, and the owner or keeper shall be responsible for payment of the reasonable cost of capture, transport, and impoundment of the cat.
1. 
If impoundment is necessary as determined by the person lawfully attempting to capture the cat, it is a violation of this Chapter to interfere with that person in the performance of his or her duties or authority given under this law.
2. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to release or attempt to release any animal which is impounded in an impoundment facility or trap.
3. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to turn loose a cat or cause a cat to be turned loose for the purpose of causing the cat to be impounded.
4. 
The Police Officers or their delegates shall have the right of entry to any property or premises for the purpose of examining and impounding any cat exposed to or exhibiting clinical symptoms of rabies.
F. 
Redemption And Killing Of Unclaimed Cats. The owner or keeper of an impounded cat with identification may, within five (5) days after notice of impoundment given by ordinary mail at the owner or keeper's last known address or by personal service, redeem the cat by paying the then current charge of impounding and keeping the cat which shall be based on actual cost. If the owner fails to redeem his or her cat having identification within five (5) days after said notice, any person may, upon payment of the City's fees, redeem the cat and become owner of the cat. All cats with identification not redeemed after said five-day period may be humanely killed or disposed of by the City of Salisbury and the identified owner shall be obligated to pay the capture and impoundment cost.
G. 
Apprehension Of Cats Running At Large Or On Another's Property Without Identification. It shall be the responsibility of the affected person to apprehend the offending cats in the following manner. The City shall make available humane box traps to be used by the complainant to apprehend such cats. A reasonable deposit will be required for use of such traps. The City Police will pick up all cats apprehended and handle them in accordance with Subsection (E) of this Section permitting impounding of the animal, except that no impoundment shall need to extend beyond forty-eight (48) hours where the cat has no identification, and the cat may be redeemed in like manner as in Subsection (F) of this Section within the forty-eight (48) hours, or if not redeemed, humanely disposed of in like manner as set forth in Subsection (F) of this Section.
[Ord. No. 05-12-01, 12-8-2005]
All of the regulations pertaining to domestic cats as set forth in Section 205.210 shall in like manner apply to domestic ferrets.
A. 
A person commits the offense of animal neglect if he or she:
1. 
Has custody or ownership of an animal and fails to provide adequate care; or
2. 
Knowingly abandons an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care.
B. 
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.
C. 
Animal neglect or animal abandonment are ordinance violations. For a first 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 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 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. This Section shall not apply to the provisions of Section 578.007 or Sections 272.010 to 272.370, RSMo.
D. 
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:
1. 
The care and maintenance of neglected 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; and
4. 
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect of the animals.
A. 
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.
B. 
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. 
A person commits the offense of animal abuse if he or she:
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 which results in substantial harm to the animal.
[1]
Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
[Ord. No. 03-09-01 § 1, 9-11-2003]
No person shall keep or use or in any way be connected with or interested in the management of, or shall receive any money for the admission of any person to any place kept or used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any bull, bear, dog, cock or other creature, and no person shall encourage, aid or assist or be present at such fighting or baiting, or shall permit or suffer any place belonging to him/her or under his/her control to be so kept or used.
The parent or guardian of a minor child is responsible for the adequate care of any animal owned by, in the control of, or harbored by that minor child.
A. 
A person commits the offense of knowingly releasing an animal if he or she, 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.
[1]
Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
Any person in physical possession and control of any animal shall remove excreta or other solid waste deposited by the animal in any public or private area not designated to receive such wastes including, but not limited to, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, public parks or recreation areas and private property. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a guide dog accompanying any blind person.
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.
A person commits the offense of keeping a dangerous wild animal if he or she keeps any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, nonhuman primate, coyote, any deadly, dangerous, or poisonous reptile, or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight feet long, in any place other than a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific, or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge.