City of Louisiana, MO
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Editor's Note — Ord. no. 03-2008, adopted February 11, 2008, repealed ch. 210 and enacted new provisions set out herein. Former ch. 210 derived from Code 1968 §§4-1 — 4-9, 4-11 — 4-14, 4-16 — 4-17; CC 1988 §§4-3, 4-5 — 4-6, 4-26 — 4-38; ord. no. 6484A, 7-8-1996; ord. no. 6485A §4-34, 7-8-1996; ord. no. 6507, 11-12-1996; ord. no. 6589 §§1 — 5, 8-9-99; ord. no. 6590 §1, 8-9-1999; ord. no. 6591 §§1 — 5, 8-9-1999; ord. no. 6645 §1, 3-11-2002; ord. no. 6665, 10-14-2002; ord. no. 6668 §1, 11-12-2002; ord. no. 24-2004, 8-9-2004; ord. no. 03-2005, 3-14-2005.
Cross References — Persons riding animals to obey traffic regulations, §310.030; vehicle drivers to take precautions approaching visually handicapped persons with guide dogs, §345.120.
Article I In General

Section 210.010 Definitions.

Section 210.020 Animal Neglect.

Section 210.025 Animal Trespass.

Section 210.030 Animal Abuse.

Section 210.040 Unlawful To Let Animals Run At Large, Penalty.

Section 210.045 Responsibility of Parent or Guardian of Minor Owning.

Section 210.050 Keeping and Maintenance of Livestock and Fowl Unlawful.

Section 210.060 Dangerous Animals.

Section 210.070 Owner Responsible For Actions.

Section 210.080 Disposition of Dead Animals.

Section 210.090 Prohibiting Animals in The City Cemetery and City Parks.

Article II Dogs and Cats

Section 210.100 Determination of Owner.

Section 210.105 (Reserved)

Section 210.110 Minimum Standard of Care For Dogs, Cats, Domestic Pets and Farm Animals.

Section 210.115 Community Cats.

Section 210.120 License and Registration — Generally.

Section 210.130 License and Registration — Fee — Certificate.

Section 210.140 Permitting Unlicensed Dog or Cat To Remain On Premises.

Section 210.150 Pound To Be Provided.

Section 210.160 Deceptive Practice.

Section 210.165 Surrending Of Dog Or Cat.

Section 210.170 Impoundment of Dogs and Cats Running At Large.

Section 210.180 Additional Adoption Requirements.

Section 210.190 Proclamation By Mayor Regarding Rabies.

Section 210.200 Harboring Sick Animals.

Section 210.210 Commercial Kennels/Pet Shops/Humane Shelters.

Section 210.220 (Reserved)

Section 210.230 Barking Dogs.

Section 210.240 Keeping of Wild, Exotic, Deadly, Dangerous, Poisonous, Endangered, Protected, Fighting or Animals Trained For Fighting Prohibited — Exceptions.

Section 210.250 Violation and Penalty.

Section 210.010 Definitions.

[R.O. 2008 §210.010; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 26-2016 § 1, 6-20-2016; Ord. No. 32-2016, 9-20-2016]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have these prescribed meanings:
ADEQUATE CONTROL
A reasonably sufficient restraint on an animal so as to prevent that animal from harm or to prevent that animal from causing harm to the general public or property.
ANIMAL
Any legally authorized domestic pet, farm or work animal as permitted by this Chapter and Chapter 405, Zoning Code of Louisiana.
AVIARY
Any commercial operation and/or facility purposely designed to provide cover or protection for birds against injury, danger or discomfort.
COMMUNITY CAT
A cat that is abandoned, stray, lost, or feral.
COMMUNITY CAT CAREGIVER
A person, who in accordance and pursuant to a policy of trap-neuter-return, provides care, including food, shelter, or medical care to a community cat, while not being considered the owner, custodian, controller, harborer, or keeper of a community cat.
CONSUMER
Any individual purchasing an animal.
EAR TIPPING
The removal of a one-quarter-inch tip of a community cat's ear, performed while the cat is under anesthesia, in compliance with any applicable Federal or State law, under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, designed to identify the community cat as being sterilized and lawfully vaccinated for rabies.
FOWL
Any type or kind of bird.
HARBORING
Purposefully providing food or shelter to any domestic animal.
HUMANE SHELTER
Any facility purposely designed to provide cover or protection for animals against injury, danger or discomfort.
KENNEL
Any facility purposely designed or used for the care, keeping, confining or breeding of animals.
PERSON
An individual or firm or partnership or corporation or any combination thereof.
PET DEALER
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or other association which engages in the sale of any animals to the consuming public for any purpose at any time. (Such definition shall further include duly incorporated humane shelters or societies dedicated to the care of unwanted animals which make such animals available for adoption whether or not a fee for such adoption is charged.)
QUARANTINE
To hold in segregation from the general population any animal because of the presence or suspected presence of a contagious or infectious disease.
RUN AT LARGE
Any animal not on the property of such animal's owner without some sort of verbal or physical restraint.
TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN
The process of humanely trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, ear tipping, and returning community cats to the trapping location.
VETERINARIAN
A licensed veterinarian.

Section 210.020 Animal Neglect.

[R.O. 2008 §210.020; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 33-2016, 9-20-2016]
A. 
Trap-Neuter-Return does not constitute abandonment.
B. 
All provisions of State Statute Section 578.009, RSMo., Animal neglect — penalties, are hereby adopted as municipal ordinance, and violations of which shall be punishable in accordance with Section 100.170 of the Municipal Code.

Section 210.025 Animal Trespass.

[Ord. No. 34-2016, 9-20-2016]
All provisions of State Statute Section 578.011, RSMo., Animal Trespass — Penalty, are hereby adopted as municipal ordinance, and violations of which shall be punishable in accordance with Section 100.170 of the Municipal Code.

Section 210.030 Animal Abuse.

[R.O. 2008 §210.030; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 35-2016, 9-20-2016]
All provisions of State Statute Section 578.012, RSMo., Animal abuse — penalties, are hereby adopted as municipal ordinance, and violations of which shall be punishable in accordance with Section 100.170 of the Municipal Code.

Section 210.040 Unlawful To Let Animals Run At Large, Penalty.

[R.O. 2008 §210.040; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 04-2011 §1, 4-11-2011; Ord. No. 36-2016, 9-20-2016]
A. 
Any person, owner, keeper, firm, partnership or corporation who purposely lets out, turns out, sets free, or in any way permits any animal under its control to run at large, uncontrolled and unobstructed within the corporate limits of the City of Louisiana for any purpose shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. It is hereby made the duty of the City's Animal Control Officer or his/her designee, on his own view or when notified by any other person that any such animal is running at large, to restrain such animal forthwith, and such Animal Control Officer or his/her designee shall within three (3) days give notice thereof to the owner, if known, stating therein that such animal has been impounded and whether or not such animal has caused any damage or harm to any person, property or thing. It shall be an affirmative defense to any prosecution under this Section if the animal escapes the keeper's custody by way of any accident on a public road or highway, or as a result of no fault or negligence of the owner, keeper, person, firm, partnership or corporation, provided, however, that such owner, keeper, person, firm, partnership or corporation shall be held financially liable for any damage or harm to any person, property or thing caused by said animal.
1. 
Habitual Offender. Any such owner, keeper, person, firm, partnership or corporation who habitually violates the provision of this Section may, at the discretion of the Animal Control Officer or his/her designee, also be charged with animal neglect or abandonment and/or animal abuse and upon conviction be punished as provided herein. A "habitual offender" is anyone who has two (2) prior convictions for letting an animal run at large for events occurring at two (2) separate times within a ten-year period.
2. 
Penalty. As a condition to any probation, the defendant shall be ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined by the Municipal Court to any victim for any property damage or injury to any person. Any person convicted as a habitual offender shall be sentenced to at least forty-eight (48) hours in the City Jail, and such jail sentence may only be suspended if the animal in question is permanently and effectively removed from the defendant's control, or right to control.
B. 
This Section shall not apply to community cats.

Section 210.045 Responsibility of Parent or Guardian of Minor Owning.

[Ord. No. 37-2016, 9-20-2016]
The parent or guardian of a minor child is responsible for compliance with all provisions of Chapter 210 for any animal owned by, in the control of, or harbored by that minor child.

Section 210.050 Keeping and Maintenance of Livestock and Fowl Unlawful.

[R.O. 2008 §210.050; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 35-2015 §1, 9-14-2015]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to keep or harbor horses, cattle, hogs, goats, sheep, turkey, guinea fowl, geese or any livestock or fowl other than hen chickens in any lot or enclosure in the City of Louisiana, except in agricultural zones as provided in Chapter 405, Zoning Regulations, and any person, firm or corporation owning or occupying any such tract of land who shall be convicted of permitting the maintenance of such unlawful act shall be declared guilty of an ordinance violation. In addition to any remedial provisions required by the City, any person, firm or corporation owning or occupying any such tract of land who shall be convicted of permitting the maintenance of such nuisance shall be declared guilty of an ordinance violation and may be punished as provided in Section 100.170 of the City Code.
B. 
Keeping of five (5) or less hen chicken(s) allowed for by annual permit.
1. 
A chicken permit must be obtained annually from the City Clerk. Any violation of the listed regulations for keeping chicken(s) may result in revocation of the chicken permit and no future permit(s) issued.
a. 
Chicken permit fees shall be ten dollars ($10.00) per chicken annually, and may by modified by City Council.
b. 
Plans or drawings of proposed chicken enclosures, chicken tractors, pens, or hen houses along with a non-refundable inspection fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) shall be submitted along with the permit application.
c. 
Chicken enclosure locations, including all chicken tractors, hen houses, pens, etc., must be inspected and approved prior to issuance of a permit.
d. 
The permit holder is responsible for timely renewal of the permit; no notifications will be sent upon expiration. Expired permits will require a new inspection and remittance of inspection fee if 30 days or more past expiration date.
e. 
Anyone keeping or harboring chickens in violation of this section shall be subject to penalties as set out in Section 210.050(A).
f. 
Pens, chicken tractors, enclosures, and hen houses are subject to inspection by any enforcement officer or inspection authority of the City of Louisiana at any time.
2. 
The maximum number of chickens allowed is five (5) per tract of land regardless of how many dwelling units are on the tract.
a. 
Chicken permits are allowed only upon owner-occupied properties.
b. 
No permit shall be issued for non-owner-occupied properties or vacant lots not attached to the owner-occupied property.
3. 
Only female chickens shall be allowed. There shall be no restriction on chicken breeds.
4. 
It shall be unlawful to engage in chicken breeding or fertilizer production for commercial purposes.
5. 
Slaughter may occur for personal use provided it is conducted in a sanitary manner, does not generate noise that creates a nuisance, and is not visible from adjacent properties or any public area right-of-way.
6. 
Chickens shall be kept in a secured enclosure or fenced area at all times. Chickens shall be secured within a henhouse or chicken tractor during non-daylight hours.
7. 
Enclosures shall be kept in a clean, dry, odor-free, neat and sanitary condition at all times.
8. 
Henhouses, pens, and chicken tractors shall provide adequate ventilation and adequate sun and shade and shall be impermeable to rodents, wild birds and predators, including dogs and cats.
9. 
Henhouses and chicken tractors shall be designed to provide safe and healthy living conditions for the chickens while minimizing adverse impacts to other residents in the neighborhood.
a. 
A henhouse or chicken tractor shall be enclosed on all sides and shall have a roof and doors. Access doors shall be able to be shut and locked at night. Openings, windows and vents shall be covered with predator- and bird-proof wire of less than one-inch openings.
b. 
Henhouses, chicken tractors and chicken pens shall not be located to the defined front of the property.
c. 
Henhouses, chicken tractors and chicken pens shall be located at least ten (10) feet from the property line and at least twenty-five (25) feet from any adjacent residential dwelling, church, school or place of business.
d. 
Henhouses, chicken tractors and chicken pens shall not be located on slope areas equal to or greater than 10% or areas that normally drain onto the non-owner property adjacent.
10. 
Any enclosed chicken pen shall consist of sturdy wire or wood fencing. The pen shall be covered with wire, aviary netting or solid roofing.
11. 
Odors from chickens, chicken manure or other chicken-related substances shall not be detectable at the property boundaries.
12. 
All uses shall operate in accordance with City noise standards.
13. 
The chicken owner shall take necessary action to reduce the attraction of predators and rodents and the potential infestation of insects and parasites. Chickens found to be infested with insects and parasites that may result in unhealthy conditions to human habitation may be removed by the Animal Control Officer.
14. 
The chicken owner shall provide chickens access to feed and clean water at all times. The feed and water shall be unavailable to rodents, wild birds and predators.
15. 
The chicken owner shall provide for the storage and removal of chicken manure. All stored manure shall be covered by a fully enclosed structure with a roof or lid over the entire structure. No more than three (3) cubic feet of manure shall be stored. All other manure not used for composting or fertilizing shall be removed. The henhouse, chicken tractor, chicken pen and surrounding area shall be kept free from trash and accumulated droppings.
16. 
No dog or cat which kills a chicken shall, for that reason alone, be considered a dangerous or aggressive animal.
17. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep chickens in violation of any provision of this article.
18. 
It shall be unlawful for any owner of property to allow chickens to be kept on the property in violation of the provisions of this article.
19. 
Any violation of this article that constitutes a health hazard or interferes with the use or enjoyment of neighboring property is a nuisance and may be abated under the general nuisance abatement provisions of the City.
20. 
Each day that a violation of this article continues is a separate offense.
21. 
All other applicable City codes shall apply.

Section 210.060 Dangerous Animals.

[R.O. 2008 §210.060; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 10-2009 §§1 — 2, 6-8-2009; Ord. No. 54-2016, 12-12-2016]
A. 
Definitions Of Dangerous Animals. For the purposes of this Section, a "dangerous animal" shall be any animal with any of the following characteristics:
1. 
Any animal which has inflicted severe or fatal injury on a human being. "Severe injury" means any physical injury resulting directly from an animal's bite which results in broken bones or lacerations requiring stitches or in-patient hospitalization;
2. 
Any animal which has maimed, attacked or killed a domestic animal, livestock or poultry without provocation while outside the owner's property;
3. 
Any animal owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of animal fighting or any animal trained for fighting;
4. 
Any animal which, while on public or private property to include the property of the owner, 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 animal is kept;
5. 
Any animal which, when unprovoked, chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks or any public grounds or private property, other than the property of the owner, in a menacing fashion or an apparent attitude of attack, regardless of whether a person is injured by said animal.
B. 
Procedure For Declaring A Dangerous Animal.
1. 
Should a written complaint be filed with the Animal Control Officer or a Police Chief by an offended party alleging any of the circumstances as set forth in Subsection (A) hereof, the Animal Control Officer or Police Chief shall prepare a report and issue a notice and summons to the owner or possessor of said animal that proceedings will be initiated to declare the animal dangerous. The Animal Control Officer or Police Chief will advise the owner or possessor of said animal that, unless said owner or possessor appears, the Court's action may include destruction of the subject animal.
2. 
If the Animal Control Officer or Police Chief has probable cause to believe that the animal in question is vicious and may pose a threat of serious harm to human beings or other domestic animals, the Animal Control Officer or Police Chief will require subsequent actions:
a. 
The animal must be confined immediately and removed from City limits within twelve (12) hours after deemed vicious by the Animal Control Officer or Police Chief.
b. 
If the owner cannot remove the animal within twelve (12) hours, then the animal will be taken into possession by the Animal Control Officer to the City Pound.
(1) 
When the animal is taken into custody by the City, the City will take proper care of the animal but assumes no liability nor will there be a daily fee to hold such animal.
3. 
The Municipal Court shall determine whether the animal in question is dangerous within the meaning of this Section after hearing testimony of witnesses.
4. 
Should a hearing be held by the Municipal Court and the Court determines that the animal is a dangerous animal, then the animal and its owner/possessor shall be subject to the provisions of this Section, and the Court shall make such orders as will effectuate the terms of this Section.
5. 
Any animal found by the Municipal Judge to be deemed not a dangerous animal but was found previously by the Animal Control Officer or Police Chief as vicious may be returned into the City limits if said animal was removed prior to hearing.
C. 
Action To Be Taken For Dangerous Animals.
1. 
An animal responsible for an unprovoked severe or fatal injury shall be destroyed.
2. 
In all other cases, a dangerous animal shall be removed from the City and shall not be permitted to be harbored, kept or possessed within the City limits of Louisiana, Missouri, unless the owner of such animal satisfies all of the requirements of this Section.
D. 
Owner's Responsibilities. The owner of a dangerous animal that desires to maintain the animal within the City limits of Louisiana, Missouri, rather than remove the animal from the City shall:
1. 
Annually register said animal with the City Clerk by paying a license fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00);
2. 
Provide to the City Clerk during registration two (2) color photographs of the animal showing left and right profiles;
3. 
Cause said animal to wear at all times a bright orange collar with a license registration tag attached to it so that it can be readily identified as a dangerous animal;
4. 
Confine such animal upon the owner's premises either indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent the animal from escaping. Such pen must be approved in writing by the Chief of Police or his/her designee and must be at least five (5) feet by ten (10) feet and must have secure sides and a secure top. If the pen has no bottom that is secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded into the ground no less than twelve (12) inches. The enclosure, when occupied by the dangerous animal, must not be occupied by any other animal. When the dangerous animal is female and has a litter of young which are under three (3) months of age, the young may occupy the same enclosure as the mother;
5. 
Display a sign upon his/her premises stating that there is a dangerous animal on the property. The sign shall be visible and capable of being read from the public street that abuts the property; and
6. 
Provide at registration to the City Clerk proof of liability insurance coverage in an amount of at least one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) covering any loss or injury caused by the animal that has been designated a dangerous animal. The insurance policy shall require a notice to be sent to the City Clerk should the policy be canceled, terminated or expired.
E. 
Penalty For Non-Compliance.
1. 
It shall be unlawful for a person to keep a dangerous animal within the City limits of Louisiana, Missouri, and fail to comply with the provisions of this Section. Persons found guilty of violating the provisions of this Section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or a jail sentence not to exceed thirty (30) days or both such fine and confinement.
2. 
Any animal found to be a dangerous animal and kept in the City of Louisiana, Missouri, in violation of the provisions of this Section shall be seized and impounded until the owner thereof complies with the provisions of this Section. If the owner fails to comply with the provisions of this Section within ten (10) days of the seizure of the animal, the animal shall be destroyed.

Section 210.070 Owner Responsible For Actions.

[R.O. 2008 §210.070; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
Every animal owner or keeper is responsible for the actions of such animal and for any damage it may do to any person, property or thing.

Section 210.080 Disposition of Dead Animals.

[R.O. 2008 §210.080; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
Any person owning or having control of any animal dying within the City shall, within twenty-four (24) hours after its death, remove such carcass from the City limits. Except by a taxidermist that is legally registered and licensed by the City of Louisiana, under no circumstances shall the skin of such dead animal be removed or any dissection or division of such animal be made until it shall have been removed from the City limits. If such dead animal is not in the possession of anyone nor under the control of anyone at the time of its death, then the Animal Control Officer shall remove it as above required.

Section 210.090 Prohibiting Animals in The City Cemetery and City Parks.

[R.O. 2008 §210.090; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 01-2011 §1, 1-10-2011]
A. 
A person commits the offense of allowing prohibited animals on public property, private property belonging to others, the City Cemetery or City Parks if:
1. 
Being the owner, keeper or possessor of any dog, cat or other domestic animal, he/she allows such animal to enter or remain in/on public property, private property belonging to others, the City Cemetery or any City Park of the City of Louisiana without such animal being under restraint or on leash; and/or
2. 
Such owner, keeper or possessor as aforesaid in Subsection (1) of this Section shall be required to have on his/her person a device to retrieve, cover, store and dispose of such domestic animal's solid waste and such owner, keeper or possessor further shall be required to retrieve, cover, store and dispose of such waste if excreted by such animal immediately upon excretion while within the confines of a park of the City of Louisiana, the City Cemetery, public property or the private property of others.
3. 
Any person guilty of violating this offense shall be held to the standard of strict liability whereby knowledge as to the presence of the animal in such cemetery, park, public property or private property of others is not a necessary element to this offense.
4. 
Any person deemed guilty of violating this Section shall be guilty of an ordinance violation and shall be punished by a fine not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) and not more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00).
5. 
This Section specifically excludes the presence of any animal used to assist a handicapped person in his/her daily activities, to include, but not be limited to, dogs used to assist the blind.

Section 210.100 Determination of Owner.

[R.O. 2008 §210.100; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
Any person, firm, partnership or corporation keeping or harboring any dog or cat shall be deemed the owner thereof and responsible for such dog's or cat's actions.

Section 210.105 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Section 210.105, Maximum Number Of Dogs And Cats Kept At Any Single Residence Or Business, adopted and/or amended 6-13-2011 by Ord. No. 12-2011 § 1, was repealed 6-20-2016 by Ord. No. 27-2016 § 1.

Section 210.110 Minimum Standard of Care For Dogs, Cats, Domestic Pets and Farm Animals.

[R.O. 2008 §210.110; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
A. 
It shall be an unlawful act for any owner or keeper of any animal within the corporate limits of the City of Louisiana who fails to provide the herein described minimum standards of animal care. In addition to the remedial provisions set forth in this Chapter, anyone convicted of a violation of this Section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punished as provided in Section 100.170 of the City Code.
B. 
Minimum Standards Of Animal Care. The owners of animals, kennels, pet shops, humane shelters, aviaries and animal dealers shall comply with the following minimum standards of care for every animal owned or in their custody or possession.
1. 
Housing.
a. 
Animals shall be housed in primary enclosures, pens or cages, appropriate to the species, which shall be constructed so as to be structurally sound. Such enclosures shall be maintained in good repair to contain the animal housed inside and protect it from injury. Surfaces shall have an impervious surface so as not to permit the absorption of fluids and which can be thoroughly and repeatedly cleaned and disinfected without retaining odors.
(1) 
The primary dwelling of the owner shall be considered the primary enclosure for any privately owned house pets.
b. 
Primary enclosures, pens or cages housing the animals shall provide sufficient space to allow each animal adequate freedom of movement to make normal postural adjustments, including the ability to stand up, turn around and lie down with its limbs outstretched. If the flooring is constructed of metal strands, such strands must either be greater than one-eighth (1/8) inch in diameter (nine (9) gauge wire) or shall be coated with a material such as plastic or fiberglass and shall be constructed so as not to allow passage of the animal's feet through any opening in the floor of the enclosure. Such flooring shall not sag or bend substantially between structural supports.
c. 
Housing facilities shall be adequately ventilated at all times to provide for the health and well-being of the animal. Ventilation shall be provided by natural or mechanical means such as windows, vents, fans or air conditioners. Ventilation shall be established to minimize drafts, odors and moisture condensation.
d. 
The temperature surrounding the animal shall be compatible with the health and well-being of the animal. Temperature shall be regulated by heating and cooling to sufficiently protect each animal from extremes of temperature and shall not be permitted to fall below or rise above ranges which would pose a health hazard to the animal. This shall include supplying shade from sunlight by natural or artificial means.
e. 
The indoor facilities housing the animals shall be provided with adequate lighting sufficient to permit routine inspection and cleaning and be arranged so that each animal is protected from excessive illumination which poses a health hazard to the animal.
f. 
The indoor and outdoor facilities housing the animals, including the primary enclosure or cage, shall be designed to allow for the efficient elimination of animal waste and water in order to keep the animals dry and prevent the animal from coming into contact with these substances. If drains are used, they shall be constructed in a manner to minimize foul odors and back-up of sewage. If a drainage system is used, it shall comply with Federal, State and local laws relating to pollution control.
g. 
In the event that a pet dealer has a pregnant or nursing animal on his/her premises, the pet dealer shall provide a birthing box for such animal.
C. 
Sanitation. Housing facilities, including primary enclosures and cages, shall be kept in a clean condition in order to maintain a healthy environment for the animal. This shall include removing and destroying any agents injurious to the behalf of the animal and periodic cleanings. The primary enclosure or cage shall be constructed so as to eliminate excess water, excretions and waste material. Under no circumstances shall the animal remain inside the primary enclosure or cage while it is being cleaned with sterilizing agents or agents toxic to animals or cleaned in a manner likely to threaten the health and safety of the animal. Trash and waste products on the premises shall be properly contained and disposed of so as to minimize the risks of disease, contamination and vermin.
D. 
Feeding And Watering.
1. 
Animals shall be provided with wholesome and palatable food, free from contamination and of nutritional value sufficient to maintain each animal in good health.
2. 
Animals shall be adequately fed at intervals not to exceed twelve (12) hours or at least twice in any twenty-four (24) hour period in quantities appropriate for the animal species and age, unless determined otherwise by and under the direction of a duly licensed veterinarian.
3. 
Food receptacles shall be provided in sufficient number, of adequate size and so located as to enable each animal in the primary enclosure or cage to be supplied with an adequate amount of food.
4. 
Animals shall be provided with regular access to clean, fresh water supplied in a sanitary manner sufficient for its needs, except when there are instructions from a duly licensed veterinarian to withhold water for medical reasons.
E. 
Handling. Each animal shall be handled in a humane manner so as not to cause the animal physical injury or harm.
F. 
Veterinary Care.
1. 
All animals shall be inoculated as required by State and local law. Veterinary care appropriate to the species shall be provided without undue delay when necessary. Each animal shall be observed each day by the pet dealer or by a person working under the pet dealer's supervision.
2. 
Within five (5) business days of receipt, but prior to the sale of any animal, the pet dealer shall have a duly licensed veterinarian conduct an examination and tests appropriate to the age and breed to determine if the animal has any medical conditions apparent at the time of the examination that adversely affect the health of the animal.
a. 
For animals eighteen (18) months of age or older, such examination shall include a diagnosis of any congenital conditions that adversely affect the health of the animal. Any animal found to be afflicted with a contagious disease shall be treated and caged separately from healthy animals.
3. 
If an animal suffers from a congenital or hereditary condition, disease or illness which, in the professional opinion of the pet dealer's veterinarian, requires euthanasia, the veterinarian shall humanely euthanize such animal without undue delay.
4. 
In the event an animal is returned to a pet dealer due to a congenital or hereditary condition, illness or disease requiring veterinary care, the pet dealer shall, without undue delay, provide the animal with proper veterinary care.
G. 
Humane Euthanasia. Humane euthanasia of an animal shall be carried out in accordance with the requirements of this Chapter.
H. 
Records Of Purchase And Sale. Each pet dealer shall keep and maintain records for each animal purchased, acquired, held, sold or otherwise disposed of. The records shall include the following:
1. 
The name or address of the person from whom each animal was acquired. If the person from whom the animal was obtained is a dealer licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture, the person's name, address and Federal dealer identification number. In the case of any animal in the custody or possession of the pet dealer and the source of origin is unknown, the pet dealer shall state the source of origin as unknown, accompanied by the date, time and location of receipt. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Subsection, no pet dealer shall knowingly buy, sell, exhibit, transport or offer for sale, exhibition or transportation any stolen animal. No pet dealer shall sell any animal that is not of good health and physical condition unless the facts and details of such health and/or physical problems are presented to the prospective buyer in writing before the purchase of such animal, further no pet dealer knowingly sell any cat or dog younger than eight (8) weeks of age.
2. 
The origin source of each animal if different than the person recorded in Subsection (H)(1) one of this Section.
3. 
The date each animal was acquired.
4. 
A description of each animal showing age, color, markings, sex, breed and any inoculation, worming or other veterinary treatment or medication information available. Records shall also include any other significant identification, if known, for each animal, including any official tag number, tattoo or implant.
5. 
The name and address of the person to whom any animal is sold, given or bartered or to whom it is otherwise transferred or delivered. The records shall indicate the date and method of disposition.
6. 
Records for each animal shall be maintained for a period of two (2) years from the date of sale or transfer, whichever occurs later. During normal business hours, the records shall be made available to any person authorized by law to enforce the provisions of this Article.
a. 
Records for private sales or trades between individuals shall be kept and maintained and be made available to all authorized persons for the specified period of liability of six (6) months.

Section 210.115 Community Cats.

[Ord. No. 38-2016, 9-20-2016]
A. 
The following actions shall be permitted in pursuance of the Trap-Neuter-Return Program:
1. 
Trapping, for the sole purpose of sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, and ear tipping community cats.
2. 
An ear-tipped cat received by local shelters will be returned to the trapping location unless veterinary care is required. A trapped ear-tipped cat will be released on site unless veterinary care is required.
3. 
Community cat caregivers are empowered to reclaim impounded community cats, without proof of ownership solely for the implementation of the process of the Trap-Neuter-Return Program.
B. 
The Mayor will enter into a mutual agreement with a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization at the term of no less than five (5) years for the initial term. Subsequent terms may have variable time lengths. The non-profit organization will be held to the task of overseeing the Trap-Neuter-Return Program. The mutual agreement must be approved by the City Council prior to the Mayor entering into said agreement.

Section 210.120 License and Registration — Generally.

[R.O. 2008 §210.120; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
A. 
All persons owning, keeping, harboring or protecting a dog or cat within the City limits shall register and license the same with the City Clerk on or before the first (1st) day of June of each year and shall keep, upon or around the neck of such animal, the tag which shall be issued by the City Clerk. It shall be the duty of the City Clerk, ten (10) days prior to the first (1st) day of June of each and every year, to notify all owners and keepers of dogs and cats within the City limits, by publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the City, that a dog or cat tax is due and payable on or before such date.
B. 
The only exceptions to the above are as follows:
1. 
Dogs or cats under four (4) months of age;
2. 
Dogs or cats brought into the City limits for dog or cat "shows"; and
3. 
Operators of a kennel as defined within this Chapter.

Section 210.130 License and Registration — Fee — Certificate.

[R.O. 2008 §210.130; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 09-2009 §1, 6-8-2009; Ord. No. 53-2016, 12-12-2016]
A. 
In order that an owner or keeper of any dog or cat may have the same registered, the following fee shall apply and be paid to the City Collector on or before the first day of June:
1. 
A one-year license for each dog and cat which has been spayed or neutered for the sum of five dollars ($5.00); or
2. 
A one-year license for each dog and cat which has not been spayed or neutered for the sum of thirty-five dollars ($35.00); or
3. 
A three-year license for each dog and cat which has been spayed or neutered for the sum of ten dollars ($10.00).
B. 
Such license or registration shall not be issued for any dog or cat unless such owner or keeper shall submit to the City Collector a certificate by a licensed veterinarian that such dog or cat has been vaccinated for rabies, and is designed to be effective for the full term for which such license or certificate is issued. Any person or keeper applying for a license or registration for a neutered male or spayed female dog or cat shall first produce and show to the City Collector a certificate from a licensed veterinarian setting forth that such dog or cat has been neutered or spayed. Upon the payment of the above-stated amount, the City Collector shall deliver to the owner or keeper of such dog or cat a certificate in writing, which certificate shall show that such person has registered such dog or cat and which shall contain a description of the dog or cat and a number by which it has been registered. The City Collector shall also give to such owner or keeper a metal tag or check upon which shall be stamped the year for which such tax has been paid and a number corresponding with the certificate of registration.
C. 
Any dog or cat registered on or after the first day of January of any year and prior to the first day of June of any year shall pay a fee of one-half (1/2) of that imposed for a full year.
D. 
The certificate of registration referred to in this Section shall entitle such person to keep such dog or cat for a period of either one (1) year or three (3) years, dependent upon registration applied for, from the first day of July of the year of such registration and payment.
E. 
Duplicate tags or checks may be obtained from the City Collector by the payment of the sum of one dollar ($1.00).
F. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove or cause to be removed from any dog or cat, without the consent of the owner or keeper of such animal, the tag or check or other evidence of the payment of and registration of such dog or cat.
G. 
It shall be the duty of each and every owner or keeper of a dog or cat to make certain that proper identification, as stated in Section 210.130, is on such dog or cat at all times, except when such dog or cat is within the confines of the owner's or keeper's or person's home, and that home must be the place in which the owner, person or keeper of such dog or cat resides.

Section 210.140 Permitting Unlicensed Dog or Cat To Remain On Premises.

[R.O. 2008 §210.140; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 39-2016, 9-20-2016]
A. 
No person, keeper or owner shall suffer or permit any dog or cat not registered and licensed as provided in this Chapter to be or remain in or about the premises occupied or inhabited by such person, owner or keeper.
B. 
This Section shall not apply to community cats.

Section 210.150 Pound To Be Provided.

[R.O. 2008 §210.150; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
A. 
A suitable and appropriate animal shelter, as approved by the City Council, shall be provided by the City upon a site and at a cost determined by the City Council. The Mayor shall appoint a suitable person by and with the consent of the City Council to serve as Humane Officer of the City. Such Humane Officer shall be a member of the Police Department of the City and under the direct supervision of the Chief of Police and shall be assisted, when so requested by the Humane Officer, by any and all members of the Police Department.
B. 
The Humane Officer shall be provided the necessary equipment and clothing by the City which is required to execute the duties of his/her office. The cost of such equipment and clothing shall be as provided by the City Council.
C. 
The Humane Officer shall have the right to enter upon any private property or public property within the City in order to examine or capture any animal which such officer reasonably believes to be in violation of this Chapter; provided however, that such officer shall not have the right to enter any house which is in use as a residence without first having secured a search warrant.
D. 
No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with such Humane Officer in the performance of his/her duties.

Section 210.160 Deceptive Practice.

[R.O. 2008 §210.160; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
A. 
It shall be a deceptive practice for any owner to sell animals within the corporate limits of the City of Louisiana without complying with the provisions and requirements of Chapter 210.
B. 
Within five (5) days prior to the offering any animal for sale, the owner shall have the animal examined by a licensed veterinarian. The name and address of the examining veterinarian, together with the findings made and treatment, if any ordered as a result of the examination, shall be noted on the animal history and health certificate for each animal.
C. 
Except for minor injuries or wounds, no individual owner of any animal or any owner of a kennel, pet shop or humane shelter or any operator thereof, other than a licensed veterinarian, may manipulate or apply any apparatus or appliance for addressing any disease, pain, deformity, defect, injury, wound or physical condition of any animal after purchase of the animal for the prevention of or to test for the presence of any disease, pain, deformity, defect, injury, wound or physical condition in an animal after its purchase. These prohibitions include, but are not limited to, the giving of inoculations or vaccinations after purchase, the diagnosing, prescribing and dispensing of medication to animals and the prescribing of any diet or dietary supplement as treatment for any disease, pain, deformity, defect, injury, wound or physical condition.
D. 
The Humane Officer of the City of Louisiana shall provide each owner or operator of a kennel, pet shop or humane shelter with notification forms to be signed by the owner or operator of a kennel, pet shop or animal shelter and the consumer at the time of purchase of an animal. The notification from shall provide the following:
1. 
The full text of the rights and responsibilities of the owner of any pet shop, kennel or humane shelter and the consumer provided by this Section;
2. 
The full text and description of the recourse to which the consumer is entitled as provided by this Section; and
3. 
The owner or operator of a kennel, pet shop or humane shelter shall obtain the signature of the consumer on the form and shall also sign the form at the time of purchase of an animal and shall provide the consumer with a signed copy of the form and retain a copy of the form on the pet shop premises. No owner of a kennel, pet shop or humane shelter may construe or use the signed notification form as an abdication of the consumer right to recourse.
E. 
The owner or operator of a kennel, pet shop or humane shelter shall have any animal that has been examined more than fourteen (14) days prior to the date of purchase re-examined by a veterinarian for the purpose of disclosing its condition within seventy-two (72) hours of the delivery of the animal to the consumer, unless the consumer has waived the right to the re-examination in writing.
F. 
It shall be the responsibility of the consumer to obtain such certification within the required amount of time provided by this Subsection, unless the owner or operator of the pet shop or the employee thereof selling the animal to the consumer fails to provide the notice required pursuant to Subsection (D) of this Section.
G. 
The veterinarian shall provide to the consumer in writing and within the seven (7) days after the consumer consults with the veterinarian any certification that is appropriate pursuant to this Section upon the determination that such certification is appropriate. The certification shall include:
1. 
The name of the owner;
2. 
The date or dates of examination;
3. 
The breed, color, sex and age of the animal;
4. 
A statement of the findings of the veterinarian;
5. 
A statement that the veterinarian certifies the animal to be "unfit for purchase";
6. 
An itemized statement of veterinary fees incurred as of the date of certification;
7. 
If the animal may be curable, an estimate of the possible cost to cure or attempt to cure the animal;
8. 
If the animal has died, a statement establishing the probable cause of death; and
9. 
The name and address of the certifying veterinarian and the date of the certification.
H. 
The consumer and the owner of a kennel, pet shop or humane shelter shall be entitled to appeal the decision resulting from the hearing of the Code Appeals Board to the Municipal Court of the City of Louisiana, and the consumer and the owner of a kennel, pet shop or humane shelter shall comply with the final decision rendered by the Municipal Court pending further appeals filed with the Circuit Court.
I. 
Any owner or operator of a kennel, pet shop or human shelter or employee thereof shall be guilty of a deceptive practice if the owner or operator or employee thereof secures or attempts to secure a waiver of any of the provisions of this Section except as specifically authorized under Subsection (E) of this Section.
J. 
The City's Humane Officer may investigate and pursue enforcement against any kennel, pet shop or humane shelter reported by a consumer.

Section 210.165 Surrending Of Dog Or Cat.

[Ord. No. 40-2016, 9-20-2016]
A. 
An owner may surrender a dog or cat to the animal pound if the following conditions are met:
1. 
Owner must reside in the City; and
2. 
The dog or cat must have written proof that its vaccinations are up-to-date; and
3. 
The animal does not have any life-threatening disease(s); and
4. 
Owner pays a surrender fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00).

Section 210.170 Impoundment of Dogs and Cats Running At Large.

[R.O. 2008 §210.170; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 02-2010 §1, 2-8-2010; Ord. No. 03-2011 §1, 4-11-2011; Ord. No. 41-2016, 9-20-2016]
A. 
Every dog or cat, except community cats, found running at large within the City shall be impounded within the City pound and kept or restrained in such shelter for a period of one (1) week, unless sooner claimed. If any dog or cat so impounded has been registered with the City of Louisiana, reasonable attempt to notify the owner or keeper of such animal shall be made.
1. 
Any animal owner or keeper who receives actual or constructive notice of impoundment hereunder and fails to claim the animal in a timely manner shall be declared guilty of a misdemeanor. Any owner or keeper claiming such impounded dog or cat shall be entitled to redeem and reclaim such dog or cat during regular office hours of the Court Clerk within a three-day period by paying an impoundment fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) for the first day of confinement plus ten dollars ($10.00) per each additional day for the boarding of such dog or cat. No dog or cat shall be released from impoundment unless the claimant exhibits or purchases a current registration certificate, check or tag for every such animal, nor without proof of all necessary vaccinations. Impounded animals may be claimed at all other times through the City Police Dispatcher or such other person so designated for processing claims by paying the City Police Dispatcher or such other designated official the aforementioned confinement and impoundment fees and by exhibiting a current registration certificate, check or tag as well as proof of necessary vaccinations for each impounded animal claimed.
2. 
If an animal is not redeemed by the owner or appears to have no owner within five (5) days after impoundment, the animal may be disposed of in one of the following ways, but no other way:
a. 
Release for adoption by a new owner who shows evidence of ability and intention to provide the animal with an appropriate home and humane care; provided that no unspayed female or unneutered male shall be released for adoption until spaying or neutering has been performed by a licensed veterinarian, or, if too young, the fee for such spaying or neutering has been paid, with a certification letter received from a licensed veterinarian so that it will be brought in for spaying at the age of six (6) months; register the animal with the City if residing in City limits, and by payment of thirty-five dollars ($35.00); or
b. 
Transferred to a recognized non-profit organization that relocates animals; or
c. 
Euthanasia, using a method approved by the Humane Society of the United States.
B. 
No animal shall be released from the City shelter without proof of all necessary vaccinations.
C. 
The Animal Control Officer shall make every reasonable effort to determine the owner of any impounded dog or cat and notify said owner, person or keeper. In an effort to accomplish this task, the Animal Control Officer shall make a weekly report to the Chief of Police of any and all dogs or cats impounded from the previous week, along with an abbreviated description of dogs or cats. Any person, owner or keeper may inspect such dogs or cats at the animal shelter by making suitable arrangements through the Chief of Police or with the Animal Control Officer.

Section 210.180 Additional Adoption Requirements.

[R.O. 2008 §210.180; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 42-2016, 9-20-2016]
A. 
The City pound shall agree to give title, possession and control of the animal so long as the adopter complies with the terms and conditions of the adoption agreement as follows:
1. 
Owner who shows evidence of ability and intention to provide the animal with an appropriate home and humane care.
2. 
Unspayed female or unneutered male must be spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian prior to release for adoption paid for by the adoptee, or, if too young, the fee for such spaying or neutering be paid, with a certification letter received from a licensed veterinarian so that it will be brought in for spaying at the age of six (6) months.
3. 
Register the animal with the City if residing in City limits.
4. 
Payment of adoption fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00).

Section 210.190 Proclamation By Mayor Regarding Rabies.

[R.O. 2008 §210.190; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 43-2016, 9-20-2016]
The Mayor, in his/her discretion, or when, in his/her opinion, the interest of the public requires it, may issue a proclamation notifying the citizens of the City owning or keeping dogs or cats to muzzle them and keep them securely tied upon their own property during a specified period of time set out in such proclamation. This proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the City. Any dogs or cats found running at large during this time and not muzzled shall be exterminated by the Chief of Police or any City Police Officer. If they are running at large and muzzled, they will be impounded.

Section 210.200 Harboring Sick Animals.

[R.O. 2008 §210.200; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 44-2016, 9-20-2016]
If there is a doubt or question as to whether or not a dog or cat is sick, diseased or rabid, the Mayor or the Animal Control Officer shall request that such dog or cat be restrained by the owner or keeper of said animal for a required number of days as recommended by a licensed and practicing veterinarian.

Section 210.210 Commercial Kennels/Pet Shops/Humane Shelters.

[R.O. 2008 §210.210; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
A. 
Any person which harbors more than five (5) animals over the age of four (4) months upon one (1) property, including "pet shops", shall be deemed as operating a commercial kennel. Any person desiring to operate a commercial kennel within the City shall first apply for and must be granted a special use exception for the purpose of operating a commercial kennel. The owner of such commercial kennel, as designated by the Board of Adjustment bylaws, shall remit a fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) to the City Clerk for the special use. The location of the proposed commercial kennel shall be inspected by the Humane Officer or his/her designee who will determine that such location will not be a nuisance to the neighborhood. Upon approval of the location by the Humane Officer or his/her designee, the applicant shall procure a commercial kennel license by applying to the City Clerk, the applicant shall pay the current kennel license fee and such owner must also obtain a City business license as required by City Code Section 605.010(A), the City Clerk shall then issue the commercial kennel license. If, at a later date, the Humane Officer or his/her designee shall find that the operation of such kennel has become a nuisance to the neighborhood, such kennel license shall be revoked.
B. 
All animals offered for sale by such commercial kennel or pet shop shall have all pertinent records concerning the animal's health and place of origin readily available on the premises at all time and shall produce the same upon demand.
C. 
All animals within such kennel or pet shop which are over the age of four (4) months shall have a rabies inoculation.
D. 
Any person having or conducting a licensed commercial kennel or pet shop shall keep the same and maintain the same in a clean and humane manner and keep the same free from offensive odors and failure to comply with this Subsection (D) shall subject such person to the loss of such person's kennel/pet shop license.
E. 
The Humane Office or his/her designee shall quarterly inspect all licensed commercial kennels located within the corporate limits of the City of Louisiana. The owner shall remit an inspection fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to the City Clerk for each inspection. Such fee shall be deposited with the account of the Police Department to be used for the operation and maintenance of the City pound. Failure to allow an inspection of the premises for which a commercial kennel license has been issued shall be a violation and cause for summary revocation of the kennel license, without need for a prior hearing. If, upon an inspection, a commercial kennel premises is found not be satisfactory, the Humane Officer or his/her designee may, after opportunity for a hearing, revoke the license issued therefore.
1. 
The Humane Officer or his/her designee shall immediately impound any animal where there is suspected neglect or abuse and such animal shall be housed within the confine of the City pound.
2. 
If the Humane Officer or his/her designee have reason to believe such animal impounded is in need of medical care, the Humane Office or his/her designee shall arrange for a licensed veterinarian to attend to such animal.
3. 
Any and all expenses in connection with the housing and medical care of such impounded animals shall be charged to the owner of such animals.
a. 
In the event the owner refuses to pay such charges, the Chief of Police shall certify the cost to the City Clerk who shall cause a special tax bill to be prepared against the property for the cost of such owner. Such special tax bill shall be issued by the City Clerk and delivered to the City Collector on or before the first (1) day of June of the following year. The Collector shall collect such tax bill along with other taxes assessed against the property. Such tax bill if not paid when due shall bear interest at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum.
4. 
Appeals to the decision of the Humane Officer or his/her designee shall be filed in the office of the City Clerk within two (2) workdays of the notification of such decision. Such appeals shall be heard by the City of Louisiana Appeal Board.
F. 
Where an inspection reveals a violation of any City code in connection with the kennel, the Humane Officer or his/her designee shall issue the owner thereof a citation specifying such violation and shall include a reasonable time for such violation to be corrected. If the violation is not corrected within said time, the Humane Officer or his/her designee shall issue a second (2nd) citation to such owner and refer the matter to the City Attorney for prosecution.
G. 
Any person whose kennel license has been revoked shall immediately remove all animals connected with that kennel from the City.

Section 210.220 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Section 210.220, Non-Commercial Kennels/Humane Shelter, adopted R.O. 2008 § 210.220, as amended, was repealed 6-20-2016 by Ord. No. 27-2016 § 1.

Section 210.230 Barking Dogs.

[R.O. 2008 §210.230; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008; Ord. No. 45-2016, 9-20-2016]
Any dog within the City limits which, by continual barking, howling or yelping during the nighttime or daytime, shall annoy the neighborhood is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, and any person keeping or harboring such a dog shall be subject to a fine, upon being found guilty, by the Municipal Court and it is hereby unlawful for any owner or keeper of such a dog to allow such a dog to become a public nuisance or fail to prevent such dog from such actions. In addition to any penalties that may be imposed under this Section, the Animal Control Officer of the City or his/her designee shall have the power to impound.

Section 210.240 Keeping of Wild, Exotic, Deadly, Dangerous, Poisonous, Endangered, Protected, Fighting or Animals Trained For Fighting Prohibited — Exceptions.

[R.O. 2008 §210.240; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, possess, own or transport any wild, exotic animal or fowl or any animal or fowl trained or used for fighting or any deadly, dangerous, poisonous, endangered or protected animal or fowl within the City limits of the City of Louisiana, Missouri, whether gratuitously or for a fee. Provisions of this Section shall not apply to properly maintained and accredited zoological parks, circuses, scientific or educational institutes, research laboratories or veterinary hospitals or trained guard dogs, further the provisions of this Section shall not apply to the transportation of any legally taken game or fur-bearing animal or the transportation of any animal being removed as a danger or pest.
1. 
Guard dogs shall be exempt only when utilized in such a fashion that such guard dog or dogs cannot, under any circumstance or condition, gain access to the general public off the premises where they are to be utilized or at such times when the general public has access to said premises.
B. 
A "wild animal" and/or "exotic animal" is defined as live non-human primate; native and/or foreign wildlife; poisonous reptiles, venomous snakes, constrictor reptiles six (6) feet or more in length, crocodilian reptiles two (2) feet or more in length. An animal trained for fighting shall be any animal or any type or kind that has been trained for or used for the purpose of fighting or attacking other animals or people.

Section 210.250 Violation and Penalty.

[R.O. 2008 §210.250; Ord. No. 03-2008, 2-11-2008]
In addition to the remedial provisions set forth in this Section in order to protect, promote and preserve the public health and safety, it is hereby declared that any person owning any animal, kennel, pet shop or humane shelter within the City and permitting any violation of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as provided in Section 100.170 of the City Code.