[CC 2000 §5-3-1; Ord. No. 1023 §1, 12-17-2001]
This Chapter shall be known and may be cited as "The Animal Control Code of the City of Vinita Park, Missouri".
[CC 2000 §5-3-2; Ord. No. 1023 §2, 12-17-2001]
Requirements are adopted in accordance with regulations adopted under Sections 322.090 through 322.130, RSMo., or as hereinafter may be amended.
[CC 2000 §5-3-3; Ord. No. 1023 §3, 12-17-2001]
The purposes of this Chapter include:
Prevention of the introduction or transmission of rabies.
Prevention of the introduction or transmission of other zoonotic diseases.
Protection and enhancement of the health and safety of humans by regulating animals whose conduct is generally harmful to humans.
Prevention of mistreatment of animals and protection and enhancement of the health and safety of animals.
[Ord. No. 1189 §1, 2-22-2011]
No portion of this Code shall require a cat or kitten on a leash except as it applies to Section 205.160, Section 205.110 and Section 205.220 through Section 205.300. No cat or kitten shall be required to have a leash or containment as long as they are on their owner's premises and they do not fall under the exceptions set out above.
[CC 2000 §5-3-4; Ord. No. 1023 §4, 12-17-2001]
The Police Officers and personnel designated as Animal Control Officers of the City of Vinita Park shall have the authority to enforce the Sections of this Chapter, except that Animal Control Officers shall not affect a physical arrest.
[CC 2000 §5-3-5; Ord. No. 1023 §5, 12-17-2001]
For the purpose of this Chapter, certain terms and words are hereby defined. Words used in the present tense include the future, the singular number includes the plural and the plural the singular, reference to the male gender includes the female and reference to any person or animal without specifying gender include both male and female. The word "shall" is mandatory and directory wherever it is used in this Chapter. Other words defined are:
- All members of the classification Felis domesticus, male or female, four (4) months of age or older.
- A certificate issued at the time of the vaccination of a dog or cat and bearing thereon information required by the City of Vinita Park but not limited to the signature of the veterinarian performing the vaccination, the registration number, the name, color, breed and sex of the dog or cat, the name and address of a person responsible for the dog or cat, the date of the vaccination and the type of vaccine administered.
- The Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines prepared by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc., issued January, 1989, attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference as though fully set out in this Chapter.
- All members of the classification Canis familiaris, male or female, four (4) months of age or older.
- To put to death in a humane manner, taking into account the circumstances necessitating the euthanasia and the need to protect the public health.
- EXPOSED TO RABIES
- When bitten by, or fought with, or has come in close contact with a dog or other animal shown to be infected with the rabies virus as determined by standard laboratory testing.
- To apprehend, seize, catch, trap, net, quarantine, tranquilize or confine an animal in a humane manner.
- IMPOUNDING FACILITY
- Any facility designated for the purpose of confining animals impounded pursuant to this Chapter.
- All members of the classification Felis domesticus, male or female, under the age of four (4) months.
- License tag issued by the City of Vinita Park for a specified dog or cat.
- PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR ANIMAL
- Includes any person, firm, association, partnership or corporation which owns, harbors, shelters, keeps, controls, manages, possesses or has a part interest in any animal. An occupant of any premises on which a dog or cat remains or customarily returns is a person responsible for it under this Chapter. If a person under the age of seventeen (17) years owns an animal subject to the provisions of this Chapter, the head of the household of which such person under the age of seventeen (17) years is a member shall be the person responsible for the animal under this Chapter. Such household head may himself/herself be under the age of seventeen (17) years and therefore subject to prosecution under this Chapter. If not a member of the household, a person under the age of seventeen (17) years shall himself/herself be the responsible person. There may be more than one (1) person responsible for an animal.
- All members of the classification Canis familiaris, male or female, under four (4) months of age.
- RABIES VACCINATION TAG
- Any object, regardless of shape and material, which bears a registration number and the words (or their abbreviation) "Rabies Vaccination Registration". A tag expires when the duration of the immunity as noted on the registration certificate is exceeded.
- The injection by a veterinarian of a specified dose of anti-rabies vaccine into the body of an animal. In order to be a valid vaccination under this definition, the anti-rabies vaccine shall be of a type specified by the compendium, stored in accordance with the manufacture's recommendation and administered in a manner and at the ages and frequency that is prescribed by the compendium.
- VACCINATION - REGISTRATION
- The procedure of vaccination against rabies including the issuance of the tag and certificate. The words "vaccination" and "registration" shall be interchangeable.
- Unless otherwise specifically indicated, veterinarian means any veterinarian holding a current Missouri license or any person acting under the direct supervision of a veterinarian who has a valid Missouri license.
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.
As used in this Section, "animal" means every living creature, domesticated or wild, but not including Homo sapiens.
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a public servant acting in the course of such servant's official duties.
Section 205.070 Animal Waste Prohibited On Public And Private Property — Exception And Penalty For Violations.
[Ord. No. 1359, 8-20-2018]
Any person in physical possession and control of any animal shall remove excreta or other solid waste deposited by the animal in any public or private area not designated to receive such wastes, including, but not limited to, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, public parks or recreation areas and private property. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a guide dog accompanying any blind person.
Any one person violating this provision, upon conviction, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed fifty ($50.00) dollars.
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 1359 also changed the title of this Section from "Animal Waste Prohibited on Public and Private Property — Exception" to "Animal Waste Prohibited On Public And Private Property — Exception And Penalty For Violations."