City of Marshfield, MO
Webster County
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Section 220.010 Definitions.

[R.O. 2014 §220.010; Ord. No. 592 §1, 4-11-1991]
As used in this Chapter, the following words shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this Section, unless the context otherwise indicates:
ANIMAL
Shall be construed to mean any four (4) legged beast of the animal world, or any bird, fowl or reptile, both male and female, otherwise lawfully within the City Marshfield, Missouri.
AT LARGE
Shall be construed to mean off the premises of the owner or keeper of such cat or other animal and not on leash control by some person physically able to prevent the cat or other animal from escaping.
CAT
Shall be construed to mean any of the family felidae or of the domestic cat, both males and females.
LEASH
Shall be construed to mean a leash, cord, chain, leather strap, or line for leading or restraining a cat or other animal, being no longer than twelve (12) feet in length.
OWNER
The word "owner" or "keeper" shall be construed to mean any person owning, keeping, bringing in, harboring or feeding a cat or other animal within the corporate limits of the City of Marshfield, Missouri.

Section 220.020 Owner To Restrain — Keeping On Leash.

[R.O. 2014 §220.020; Ord. No. 592 §2, 4-11-1991]
The owner or keeper of any cat or other animal within the limits of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, shall keep said cat or other animal restrained or confined on the premises occupied by the owner or keeper thereof, except that such owner or keeper may permit such cat or other animal to be held by leash when walking or running over any street, alley, thoroughfare or public park or grounds within the corporate limits of the City of Marshfield, Missouri.

Section 220.030 Running At Large — Impounding.

[R.O. 2014 §220.030; Ord. No. 592 §3, 4-11-1991; Ord. No. 875 §1, 3-25-1999]
Any cat or other animal running at large or in the violation of the leash law may be picked up and impounded by the City Police or any employee of the City, and the owner or keeper thereof shall be notified as soon as is reasonably possible. Any owner or keeper redeeming a cat or other animal from impoundment shall, before release, pay an impoundment charge of ten dollars ($10.00), plus boarding charges for each twenty-four (24) hours, or fraction thereof, that such cat or other animal has been impounded. If the owner or keeper of an impounded cat or other animal cannot be identified and found, or if an impounded cat or other animal is not redeemed by the owner or keeper within five (5) days after impoundment, such cat or other animal may be given up for adoption or disposed of in a humane manner by transporting and delivering said cat or other animal to the Greene County Humane Society. The cost of the same shall be charged to the owner or keeper thereof, if such owner or keeper can be identified.

Section 220.040 Interference With Officers.

[R.O. 2014 §220.040; Ord. No. 592 §4, 4-11-1991]
It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person to break open the pound or to attempt to do so, or to take or let out any cat or other animal therefrom, or to take or attempt to take from any City Officer or employee any cat or other animal taken up by such officer or employee in compliance with this Chapter or in any manner to interfere with or hinder such officer or employee in the discharge of that officer's or employee's duties under this Chapter.

Section 220.050 Annoying Cat or Other Animals.

[R.O. 2014 §220.050; Ord. No. 592 §5, 4-11-1991]
No person shall own, keep or harbor upon his/her premises any cat or other animal making loud or frequent or habitual yelping or howling or noise, or by threat of attacking or biting, causes fear, annoyance, or disturbs the peace of the neighborhood, or to persons passing upon the streets or sidewalks of the City, and the same is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.

Section 220.060 Abandonment of Cats and Other Animals.

[R.O. 2014 §220.060; Ord. No. 592 §6, 4-11-1991]
It shall be unlawful for any owner or keeper of a cat or other animal to abandon such cat or other animal within the corporate limits of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, or to knowingly permit or encourage any cat or other animal abandoned by such owner or keeper in the vicinity of the corporate limits of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, to stray within the corporate limits of said City.

Section 220.070 Catteries.

[R.O. 2014 §220.070; Ord. No. 592 §7, 4-11-1991; Ord. No. 875 §2, 3-25-1999]
Any person who shall own or keep or harbor upon his/her premises more than three (3) cats which are over the age of four (4) months shall be deemed to be the owner or keeper of a cattery. Catteries within the City of Marshfield, Missouri, are declared to be a public nuisance and shall hereafter be prohibited within the corporate limits of said City.

Section 220.080 Rabies Vaccination.

[R.O. 2014 §220.080; Ord. No. 592 §8, 4-11-1991]
The owner or keeper of any cat or other animal subject to contracting rabies and to vaccination against the same who shall own, keep or bring such cat or other animal within the corporate limits of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, shall have such cat or other animal vaccinated against rabies and display the proper metal tag as provided by the veterinary, and the owner or keeper thereof shall have in their possession a current certificate issued by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine, certifying that such cat or other animal has been vaccinated against the disease of rabies. Any cat or other animal which is found within the corporate limits of the City of Marshfield, Missouri, and which has not been so vaccinated against rabies may be impounded or destroyed in accordance with the terms of this Chapter.