City of Eureka, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 2478, 3-19-2019]
(a) 
It shall be unlawful for the owner of a dog or cat, four (4) months of age or older, to fail to have each animal inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Terms of subsequent vaccine administration and duration of immunity must be in compliance with USDA licenses of vaccines used. Evidence of such rabies inoculation shall be entered on a certificate the form of which shall be approved by the St. Louis County Department of Health and which shall contain the microchip number of the animal if it has one and which shall be signed by the licensed veterinarian administering the vaccine. Veterinarians who inoculate a dog shall procure from the County Animal Control in the County where their office is located serially numbered tags, one (1) to be issued with each inoculation certificate. Only one (1) animal shall be included on each certificate. The veterinarian immunizing or microchipping an animal shall provide the Administrator of the County in which the animal resides with a certificate of immunization and microchip number.
(b) 
It shall be unlawful for any person to counterfeit or forge any certificate, permit, or tag, or making any misrepresentation in regard to any matter prescribed by this Chapter, or to resist, obstruct, or impede the City Marshal or his/her designee or any authorized officer in enforcing this Chapter, or refuse to produce for inoculation any animal in his/her possession, or who removes a tag from a dog for purposes of destroying or concealing its identity. Each day a person fails to comply constitutes a separate offense.
[Ord. No. 2478, 3-19-2019]
(a) 
Leash Required. It shall be unlawful to permit a dog, except when on a leash controlled by the owner or the owner's agent, to use or be upon any public street, sidewalk, parkway or public area within the City.
(b) 
Places Of Business And Public Buildings. It shall be unlawful for any person to bring or cause to be brought any animal into any shop, store, or retail place of business wherein the public is invited to do business or any public building. However, it shall not be considered a violation of this Subsection if any animal is under such person's control and is brought for the purposes of conducting business or inquiry wherein the physical presence of the animal is required.
(c) 
Schools And Parks. It shall be unlawful to permit any dog, even though on a leash, to go or be upon any school premises, public playground, public swimming pool or public park within the City or upon a path or sidewalk extending through or within any school premises, public playground, or public park within the City, unless otherwise permitted by the governmental authority owning or controlling the property.
(d) 
Length Of Leash. No leash shall be longer than ten (10) feet in length, and may be retractable.
(e) 
Exemptions. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to animals assisting persons with disabilities or to animals in the Canine Unit of the City Police Department.
(f) 
Removal Of Feces. It shall be deemed to be a public nuisance for any person to cause or permit any dog owned, controlled, or kept by such person to defecate upon any public street, sidewalk, or other public place, or upon any other premises not owned or controlled by the person owning, controlling, or keeping the dog.
[Ord. No. 2478, 3-19-2019]
No person shall, without the consent of the owner of the property concerned, permit any animal in such person's custody and control to enter upon the premises of another within the City. No dog or cat shall be allowed to injure, destroy or carry away any vegetable, plant, fruit, shrub, tree, flower or other things which may be on such premises or which may be planted or seeded there.
[Ord. No. 2478, 3-19-2019]
It is unlawful for any person having ownership, control, management, or possession of any animal to abandon such animal within the City.
[Ord. No. 2478, 3-19-2019]
It shall be the duty of any person bitten by any animal, and the owner of an animal biting a person or other animal, or the parent or guardian of any minor child bitten by an animal, to report the same to the City Marshal immediately. Such report shall contain the name and the owner of an animal biting a person or other animal, the address of the owner and of the animal, the day and time bitten, the location where bitten and a general description of the animal. The City Marshal may take the animal into custody. The owner of any animal that bites a person shall produce proof of the animal's current vaccinations, or lack thereof, immediately upon request of the person bitten or any law enforcement officer. It shall be unlawful to fail to report a bite or provide proof of the animal's current vaccinations as set forth herein.
[Ord. No. 2478, 3-19-2019]
Any person destroying an animal affected with rabies or suspected of being affected with rabies shall immediately notify the City Marshal and shall surrender the carcass of such animal upon demand. The owner or custodian of any such destroyed animal shall immediately provide the City Marshal with full particulars thereof, including the time, date, location, the names and addresses of any person bitten by the animal and also the name and address of the owner or person having custody of any animal exposed to the animal destroyed.
[Ord. No. 2478, 3-19-2019]
Guide dogs for the blind or hearing impaired, support dogs for the physically handicapped, and sentry, guard, or police-owned dogs are exempt from the provisions of this Chapter regarding vicious animals; provided, an attack or injury to a person occurs while the dog is performing duties as expected. To qualify for exemption under this Section, each such dog shall be currently inoculated against rabies in accordance with this Chapter and performing duties as expected. In the case of a sentry or guard dog, the owner shall keep the City advised of the location where such dog will be stationed. Each owner of such exempted dogs shall provide the Police Department and Fire District a categorized list of the exempted dogs.