City of Owensville, MO
Gasconade County
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Section 210.010 Definitions.

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 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.

Section 210.020 Running At Large Prohibited — Impoundment.

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 Owensville at any time. Any dog or cat found running at large, shall be impounded.

Section 210.025 Vaccination Tag.

The owner or keeper of any dog or cat in the City of Owensville is hereby required to have such animals vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and to procure a tag evidencing the vaccination in addition to a certificate of such vaccination from the veterinarian. 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 Owensville unless wearing the tag above provided for herein.

Section 210.030 Responsibility of Parent or Guardian of Minor Owning.

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.

Section 210.040 Vicious Dogs Prohibited — Exceptions.

A. 
It shall be unlawful to own, keep or harbor a vicious dog in the City of Owensville 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.

Section 210.050 Duty To Impound.

It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police, the City Police, and any other person of the City of Owensville, especially designated by the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor for such purpose, to take up any dog or cat running at large, or any vicious dog in violation of Section 210.040 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.

Section 210.060 Notice of Impoundment.

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.

Section 210.070 Reimbursement of Costs.

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.

Section 210.080 Term of Impoundment.

It shall be the duty of any officer impounding any dog or cat under this Chapter to keep the same impounded for a period of seven (7) days, unless such dog or cat shall be reclaimed by his/her owner or keeper under Section 210.070 of this Chapter. If, after the expiration of seven (7) days from the date of such impoundment, such dog or cat shall not have been reclaimed, the same shall be disposed of or destroyed in a humane manner.

Section 210.090 Animal Abuse, Neglect and Abandonment.

[R.O. 2010 §210.015; Ord. No. 860 §1, 12-5-2005]
A. 
Animal Abuse, Neglect And Abandonment. 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 by the provisions of the Revised Statutes of Missouri; or
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.
B. 
Animal abuse is punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), a term of incarceration or both.
C. 
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.
D. 
A person is guilty of abandonment when he/she has knowingly abandoned an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care.
E. 
Animal neglect and abandonment, for the first (1st) offense, is punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00). All second (2nd) and subsequent offenses may be punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) or a term of incarceration, or both.
F. 
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this Section, the court may order a person found guilty of animal abuse, neglect or 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.
G. 
At no time shall the claim of non-ownership alone be a defense to any part of this Section or its subparts thereof.

Section 210.100 Knowingly Releasing An Animal.

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.

Section 210.110 Animal Waste.

[R.O. 2010 §210.065; Ord. No. 908 §1, 8-7-2006]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any individual to discard or deposit or allow any domesticated animal to deposit natural animal waste upon any property owned, managed or controlled by the City of Owensville or on private property which is designated for use by the general public.
B. 
Without limiting the generality of Subsection (A) above, this Section shall apply, but not limited to, the following locations: Parks, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, school yards, churches, sports fields or other locations frequented by the general public.
C. 
Violation of this Section shall be an infraction punishable by fine of up to two hundred dollars ($200.00).

Section 210.120 Quarantine Order To Be Issued By Mayor — To Be Published and Posted.

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.

Section 210.130 Keeping of Livestock — Definitions.

[R.O. 2010 §210.030; 2nd Ser. Ord. No. 426 §2, 4-14-1994]
A. 
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Chapter and for the purposes of the City Zoning Regulations, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK
Any animal which is normally considered domesticated but which is usually kept for purposes other than as a pet. This definition shall include but shall not be limited to cows, horses, pigs, chickens, goats and sheep.
B. 
The keeping of any domestic livestock in a prohibited zoning district shall be and is hereby declared a nuisance.

Section 210.140 Dangerous Wild Animals Prohibited.

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.

Section 210.150 Animals Causing Nuisance Prohibited.

[R.O. 2010 §210.045; Ord. No. 1054 §1, 5-17-2010]
A. 
It shall be awful for any individual to own or keep any public animal nuisance as defined in Subsection (B) herein.
B. 
PUBLIC NUISANCE ANIMAL: Any animal or animals that unreasonably annoy humans, endanger the life or health of other animals or persons or substantially interfere with the rights of citizens, other than their owners, to the enjoyment of life or property. The term "public nuisance animal" shall mean and include, but is not limited to, any animal that:
1. 
Is found at large off the premises of the owner;
2. 
Damages the property of anyone other than its owners;
3. 
Molests or intimidates pedestrians or passersby;
4. 
Chases vehicles;
5. 
Excessively makes disturbing noises, including, but not limited to, continued repeated howling, barking, whining or other utterances, causing unreasonable annoyance, disturbance or discomfort to neighbors or others in close proximity to the premises where the animal is kept or harbored;
6. 
Causes fouling of the air by odor and thereby creates unreasonably annoyance or discomfort to neighbors and others in close proximity to the premises where the animal is kept or harbored;
7. 
Causes unsanitary conditions in enclosures or surroundings where the animal is kept or harbored;
8. 
Is offensive or potentially dangerous to the public health, safety or welfare by virtue of the number and/or types of animals maintained;
9. 
Attacks other domestic animals.
C. 
An individual who violates any provision of this Section shall be punishable as provided in this Code and Missouri law, however, a fine imposed for the first (1st) such violation shall not be less than fifty dollars ($50.00); subsequent or continued violations may, in addition, also subject the owner to impoundment of the animal by a person having authority to impound such animal under Chapter 210 of the Owensville City Code.
D. 
At no time shall the claim of non-ownership alone be a defense to any part or subpart of this Section.

Section 210.160 Handling of Dogs Bitten By Rabid Animals.

[R.O. 2010 §210.100; 2nd Ser. Ord. No. 426 §2, 4-14-1994]
A. 
In the case of dogs known to have been bitten by a rabid animal, the following rules shall apply:
1. 
Unvaccinated dogs.
a. 
In the case of dogs which are not vaccinated and which have been bitten by a known rabid animal, the bitten or exposed dog should be immediately destroyed.
b. 
If the owner is unwilling to destroy the bitten or exposed animal, strict isolation of the animal in a kennel under veterinary supervision for a minimum of six (6) months shall be enforced.
2. 
Vaccinated dogs.
a. 
The dog shall be re-vaccinated and confined for a period of thirty (30) days following revaccination.
b. 
If the dog is not immediately revaccinated, the dog shall be confined in strict isolation in a kennel for six (6) months under the supervision of a veterinarian.
c. 
The dog shall be destroyed if the owner does not comply with item (a) or (b) of this Subsection.

Section 210.170 Redemption of Impounded Animals.

[Ord. No. 1185 §§1 — 2, 7-7-2014]
A. 
Any dog, cat or other animal captured or impounded under the provisions of this Code of Ordinances, determined not to be infected with rabies, may, within one (1) week of the impoundment of such animal, be redeemed by the owner or other person having the right of possession of such animal upon the presentation of a proper vaccination certificate and upon the payment to the City of the following fees:
1. 
An impoundment and/or adoption fee as follows:
Type
Fee
Dog (male or female)+ spay or neuter
$60.00
Cat (male or female)+ spay or neuter
$50.00
Adoption only
$20.00
2. 
Six dollars ($6.00) per day boarding fee; and
3. 
All other expenses incurred by the City in impounding in the manner provided herein.