City of Marshfield, MO
Webster County
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Section 225.010 Unlawful To Run At Large.

[R.O. 2014 §225.010; Ord. No. 23 §1, 3-26-1952]
It is hereby declared unlawful for any animal or animals of the species of horse, mule, ass, cattle, sheep, goat, swine, or domestic fowl of the species of goose, duck, turkey, guineas, or chicken to be or run at large within the corporate limits of the City of Marshfield.

Section 225.020 Restraining Animals and Fowl.

[R.O. 2014 §225.020; Ord. No. 23 §3, 3-26-1952]
The designated official shall immediately take up and restrain any animal or fowl found at large in violation hereof, and any person finding any animal or fowl, at large in violation hereof, of this Chapter, may take the same in charge and deliver it into the charge or possession of the designated official without unnecessary delay.

Section 225.030 Official To Care For Animal or Fowl.

[R.O. 2014 §225.030; Ord. No. 23 §4, 3-26-1952]
Upon taking charge or possession of any animal or fowl under the provisions hereof, of this Chapter, the designated official shall confine same in safe enclosure or pound, and shall properly care for and feed the same.

Section 225.040 Manner of Reclaiming.

[R.O. 2014 §225.040; Ord. No. 23 §5, 3-26-1952]
The owner, keeper or person in charge of any such impounded animal or fowl may reclaim the same at any time before the sale by paying all fees, costs and expenses as herein after provided and making satisfactory proof of ownership or authority.

Section 225.050 Unclaimed — Sale.

[R.O. 2014 §225.050; Ord. No. 23 §6, 3-26-1952]
If any such impounded animal or fowl shall not be reclaimed and redeemed as herein before provided, the designated official shall sell the same at public auction to the highest bidder for cash giving not less than five (5) days' notice of the time, terms and place of sale and the property to be sold by posting five (5) handbills in as many public places in the City, one (1) of which places shall be the Courthouse door.

Section 225.060 Sale To Cover Costs.

[R.O. 2014 §225.060; Ord. No. 23 §7, 3-26-1952]
Upon the sale of any such impounded animal or fowl the designated official shall from the proceeds pay all fees, expenses and costs, as herein provided, after which he/she shall pay the surplus thereof into the City Treasury, taking a receipt therefor.

Section 225.070 Owner May Collect Surplus From Sale.

[R.O. 2014 §225.070; Ord. No. 23 §8, 3-26-1952]
After the surplus from the sale of any impounded animal or fowl shall have been paid the City Treasury the owner or person in charge thereof, if properly authorized, may upon order of the Board of Aldermen, after making satisfactory proof, of ownership, receive the said surplus so deposited in the Treasury.

Section 225.080 Enforcement — Failure of Officer.

[R.O. 2014 §225.080; Ord. No. 23 §9, 3-26-1952]
It shall be the duty of the designated official to see that the provisions of this Chapter are properly enforced, and for any wilful or negligent failure to perform his/her duties hereunder, he/she shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction pay a penalty of not more than ten dollars ($10.00).

Section 225.090 Interfering With Official.

[R.O. 2014 §225.090; Ord. No. 23 §10, 3-26-1952]
If any person shall obstruct, resist, hinder, or interfere with the designated official while in the discharge of his/her duties under the provisions hereof, or shall break, injure, destroy, tear down, open or in any manner render useless or unsafe any pound or enclosure owned, kept, or hired by the City for the purpose of this Chapter, or shall take or release therefrom any animal or fowl taken up or restrained hereunder, he/she shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction pay a penalty of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each offense, and in addition the actual damages.

Section 225.100 Grazing Upon Streets.

[R.O. 2014 §225.100; Ord. No. 23 §11, 3-26-1952]
Every person who shall within the corporate limits of the City of Marshfield, herd or graze any animal or animals of the species of horse, mule, ass, cattle, sheep, goats, or swine upon any street, alley or common of said City or shall lariat out any animal or animals of said species so as to permit such animal or animals to graze upon any of the streets, alleys, or commons of said City, and every owner of any animal or animals of said species who shall knowingly permit any other person or persons to herd, graze, or lariat such animal or animals upon any street, alley or commons of the said City shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00).

Section 225.110 Duty of Officer — Enforcement.

[R.O. 2014 §225.110; Ord. No. 23 §12, 3-26-1952]
It shall be the duty of the designated official to see that the provisions of this Chapter are enforced, and in addition to arresting all violators thereof, said official shall take into his/her possession all animals found on the streets, alleys or commons of said City in violation of this Chapter and said animals shall be dealt with the same as animals found running at large in said City.

Section 225.120 Dangerous Animals — Prohibiting The Keeping or Harboring Thereof.

[R.O. 2014 §225.120; Ord. No. 978, 5-9-2002; Ord. No. 1037 §1, 10-9-2003; Ord. No. 1175 §1, 10-13-2005]
A. 
The keeping or harboring of dangerous animals, other than dogs, within the City is hereby prohibited. Other than as provided herein, the Animal Control Officer shall have the authority and responsibility to declare an animal dangerous because of past behavior, violations, potential spread of zoonotic disease or the inherently dangerous nature of the animal to persons. Such declaration shall be made in writing and shall include the date and reasons for the declaration. Upon request, the Animal Control Officer shall provide a copy of the written declaration to the requesting person. Such declaration shall be grounds for the impoundment and destruction of any such animals unless, without danger to the public, such animal can be, and is, removed from the City within forty-eight (48) hours after being declared dangerous. If such animal is found again in the City limits, it will be immediately seized and promptly destroyed or disposed of in some other manner as permitted by law including, but not limited to, giving such animal to a licensed refuge or zoo.
B. 
With the exception of insectivorous animals, it is unlawful to keep or harbor any carnivorous or omnivorous animal including, but not limited to, non-human primates; all non-domestic cats, including bobcats and lynx, ocelots, mountain lions, tigers, panthers, lions or any wild/domestic cat hybrids; wolves; wolf/dog hybrids with any percent of wolf percentage; raccoons; skunks, foxes, poisonous snakes, crocodiles; alligators; caimans; emu; eagles; hawks or other large fowl. This Section does not apply to domestic livestock, small fowl, domestic dogs, domestic cats and small rodents of varieties used for laboratory purposes. Snakes shall be kept in locked, escape-proof cages, except when being handled. It shall be a violation of this Article for an owner, keeper, harborer or handler to permit a snake or lizard to escape. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the provisions of this Section shall not apply to a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or any special events in which these prohibited animals are displayed after the Animal Control Officer has made sufficient investigation to ensure the safety of such display.
C. 
The keeping or maintaining of one (1) or more hives of any common honey bee or other bees kept for the production of honey or wax, or to maintain an apiary, shall be considered a violation of this Section, unless the following conditions have been met:
1. 
Hives shall not be located within one hundred (100) feet of any property line, public street, sidewalk or public way; and
2. 
Hives shall be kept only in areas zoned agricultural.

Section 225.130 Animal Neglect or Abandonment.

A. 
A person is guilty of animal neglect if he/she has custody or ownership or both of an animal and fails to provide adequate care.
B. 
A person is guilty of animal abandonment if 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 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 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 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. This Section shall not apply to the provisions of Section 578.007 or Sections 272.010 to 272.370, RSMo.
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:
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.

Section 225.135 Animal Trespass.

A. 
A person is guilty of animal trespass if a person having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate control for a period equal to or exceeding twelve (12) hours.
B. 
For a first conviction of animal trespass, each offense shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00). The second and all subsequent convictions shall be punishable by imprisonment or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both such fine and imprisonment. All fines for a first conviction of animal trespass may be waived by the court provided that the person found guilty of animal trespass shows that adequate, permanent remedies for trespass have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of trespassing animals may not be waived. This Section shall not apply to the provisions of Section 578.007 or Sections 272.010 to 272.370, RSMo.

Section 225.140 Animal Abuse. [1]

A. 
A person is guilty of animal abuse if a person:
1. 
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.;
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 which results in substantial harm to the animal.
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Note: Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.