City of Town And Country, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 3689 §1, 8-14-2012]
The following words when used in this Chapter shall have the meanings set out herein.
DOGS OR CATS
All animals of the canine or feline species, both male and female.
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.
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.
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.
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Editor's Note — Ord. no. 3689 §1, adopted August 14, 2012, repealed section 205.020 "vaccination and tag". This section has been reserved for the city's future use.
[Ord. No. 3689 §1, 8-14-2012]
It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to permit the same to run at large within the City of Town and Country at any time.
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Editor's Note — Ord. no. 3689 §1, adopted August 14, 2012, repealed section 205.040 "vicious dogs prohibited — exceptions — impoundment; section 205.050 "duty to impound"; section 205.060 "cost of impoundment; section 205.070 "notice of impoundment"; section 205.080 "reimbursement of costs"; and section 205.090 "term of impoundment". These sections have been reserved for the city's future use.
[Ord. No. 3689 §1, 8-14-2012]
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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:
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The care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned animals within the person's custody or ownership;
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The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
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The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect or abandonment; and
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The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect or abandonment of the animals.
[Ord. No. 3689 §1, 8-14-2012]
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A person is guilty of animal abuse when a person:
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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.;
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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.
B. 
For purposes of this Section, "animal" shall be defined as a mammal.
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Note — Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
[Ord. No. 4394, 11-9-2020]
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Purpose. The purpose of this Section is to set minimum standards for the keeping of chicken hens in the City of Town and Country.
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Definitions. As used in this Section the following terms shall have the following meanings unless otherwise defined by context:
CHICKEN COOP
A structure used to safely and securely house chicken hens.
CHICKEN HEN
An adult, female chicken.
ROOSTER
An adult, male chicken.
C. 
General Standards. Any person keeping chicken hens as an accessory use on their property shall be subject to the following conditions:
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The keeping of chicken hens requires the installation of a chicken coop.
2. 
Chicken coops are permitted as conditional uses in the following zoning districts: Estate, Suburban Estate, Suburban Low and Suburban Medium.
3. 
A minimum lot size of two (2) acres is required for a chicken coop. The following number of chicken hens is permitted per lot:
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A maximum of four (4) chicken hens on lots greater than two (2) acres, but less than three (3) acres in size.
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A maximum of six (6) chicken hens on lots greater than three (3) acres in size.
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The raising of chicken hens shall only be permitted for private, non-commercial and non-breeding use.
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Chicken hens shall be securely constrained and enclosed in a chicken coop in such a way as to prevent their escape.
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Chicken hens are allowed to roam free only under direct supervision and shall not be permitted to leave the property owner's lot.
D. 
Maintenance. Chicken hens shall be kept and maintained in a clean and wholesome manner as follows:
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Any manure or other waste from the chicken hens shall be collected and properly removed from the subject property or tilled into the soil on the subject property promptly and regularly to alleviate offensive smells and prevent the spread of diseases.
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The property owner, tenant or custodian shall promptly comply with orders of the City and/or St. Louis County Department of Health in respect to any unsanitary condition found to exist.
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The presence of numerous flies or the presence of fly larvae in the vicinity of any chicken coop shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance and shall constitute a public nuisance.
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Any obnoxious odor or allergen arising from any condition existing with the chicken coop shall be evidence of a lack of sanitary maintenance and shall constitute a public nuisance.
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Deceased chicken hens shall be disposed of either through burial or incineration in accordance with Federal, State and county regulations.
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All chicken coops, refuse containers and feed containers intended for the use of chicken hens shall be constructed, maintained and kept in such a manner as to be completely rodent-proof.
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Chicken coops shall be kept in good repair and free of peeling paint, untreated or rotted wood and rust.
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The floors of every chicken coop shall be a minimum of one-foot off the ground, smooth, tight, and maintained so as to prevent accumulation of filth or water or harboring of vermin thereunder.
E. 
Prohibitions. The keeping of roosters in Town and Country is strictly prohibited.