City of Vinita Park, MO
St. Louis County
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[CC 2000 §5-3-13; Ord. No. 1023 §13, 12-17-2001]
The Chief of Police or person designated by him/her may euthanize any dog, cat or other animal showing signs of rabies. The body of the animal shall be submitted for laboratory examination at a laboratory designated by the Chief of Police.
[CC 2000 §5-3-14; Ord. No. 1023 §14, 12-17-2001]
In addition to the power to impound, the Chief of Police shall have the power to examine any animal bitten by or exposed to any other animal showing signs or shown to have rabies by laboratory examination conducted in a manner approved by the Chief of Police for the diagnosis of rabies.
[CC 2000 §5-3-15; Ord. No. 1023 §15, 12-17-2001]
Any bite wound or other tissue invasion exposing an individual to the possibility of rabies or other zoonotic disease (hereinafter "inside") shall be immediately reported to the Vinita Park Police Department by the victim or parent or guardian of victim if victim is a minor child under seventeen (17) years of age and by the person responsible for the animal if the incident is known to him/her. Any animal bite or other incident which requires medical treatment shall be reported within twenty-four (24) hours to the Police Department by the treating physician or hospital caring for the patient and the patient himself/herself and the owner or person in control of the animal. It shall be unlawful for the person responsible for the animal involved in such incident to release it from his/her custody or allow such animal to be taken beyond the limits of the City unless impounded by a government agency for purposes of protection of the animal or the victim, such as St. Louis County Rabies Control.
[CC 2000 §5-3-16; Ord. No. 1023 §16, 12-17-2001]
A. 
Any person euthanizing an animal showing signs of rabies or suspected of being infected with rabies shall surrender the body of such animal upon demand of the Chief of Police. The owner or custodian of any such euthanized animal shall immediately provide the Chief of Police with full particulars thereof, including the names and addresses of any person(s) bitten by said animal, the time, date and place of euthanasia of the of the animal and also the name and address of a person having custody of any animal exposed to the animal euthanized.
B. 
Every veterinarian euthanizing a privately owned animal shall inquire of a person responsible for the animal whether the animal euthanized has bitten any human or animal in the preceding ten (10) days. If the answer is in the affirmative, the veterinarian shall forward the same information to the Chief of Police as is required when an animal with rabies is euthanized and provide the body of the animal to the Chief of Police for laboratory examination.
[CC 2000 §5-3-17; Ord. No. 1023 §17, 12-17-2001]
A. 
Any dog, cat, puppy or kitten which has bitten a human shall be confined for a clinical observation period of ten (10) days not including the day the bite occurred. The person responsible for the animal shall prevent contact by such animal with humans or other animals.
B. 
The confinement required under Subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) of this Section shall be accomplished in one (1) of the following manners:
1. 
The animal may be confined at impounding facilities for clinical observation and, if alive at the termination of this period, shall be returned to a person responsible for the animal after payment of the shelter service fee provided for in Section 205.120.
2. 
The animal may be confined for the clinical observation period, at the expense of a person responsible for the animal who so elects, by a veterinarian in St. Louis County selected by the person responsible for the animal.
3. 
The Chief of Police may authorize a person responsible for the animal to confine the animal to his/her residence or other suitable place for the clinical observation period, if the animal is to be confined in a secure indoor pen. If confinement is authorized under this Subdivision, the person responsible for the animal shall further assure that the animal shall only be allowed outside the above described pen if the animal is on a leash which is held by a person that is capable of and is in fact controlling the animal in question and then only for the animal's toilet purposes.
4. 
The death or any suspicious change in health or behavior of any such animal undergoing observation shall be reported immediately by the observing authority to the Chief of Police or his/her designated representative. In the event that a proper period of observation is undetermined or undeterminable for the species of animal involved in an incident, the Chief of Police is hereby empowered to order whatever laboratory examination of the animal or the animal's tissue is required by prudent medical practice for the protection of the victim; and no liability for damages shall arise from any injury to or the death of the animal occasioned by said laboratory examination.
[CC 2000 §5-3-18; Ord. No. 1023 §18, 12-17-2001]
Any person within the City having information or knowledge of any animal showing signs of rabies or having been exposed to rabies shall report such knowledge or information to the St. Louis County Department of Community Health and Medical Care immediately.
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.
[CC 2000 §5-3-19; Ord. No. 1023 §19, 12-17-2001]
A. 
For the purpose of containing and controlling the transmission of rabies, the Chief of Police may recommend a quarantine order affecting the entire City when he/she determines it is appropriate for controlling the transmission of rabies according to the severity of the situation.
B. 
The Mayor may issue a quarantine order pursuant to such recommendation. The quarantine order shall direct that all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, whether vaccinated and registered according to the provision of this Article or not, shall be confined in the home of a person responsible for the animal or tied up or placed on a leash under the direct physical control of a person that is capable of and is in fact controlling and governing the animal in question.
C. 
The Mayor may impose such other requirements by order which he/she determines are appropriate to assure the containment of rabies within the quarantined area in accordance with Sections 322.040 and 322.060, RSMo.
D. 
Every person responsible for an animal shall comply with the requirements of the quarantine order as it applies to that animal.
[CC 2000 §5-3-20; Ord. No. 1023 §20, 12-17-2001]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to conceal an animal or interfere with the Chief of Police or persons designated by him/her in the performance of their legal duties as provided in this Article.
B. 
The Chief of Police or persons designated by him/her shall have the right of entry onto any lots or lands for the purpose of collecting any dog, cat or other animal which is subject to impoundment pursuant to this Article. The Chief of Police or his/her duly appointed representative shall have the right of entry to any property or premises within any quarantined area during the period of such quarantine for the purpose of examining or obtaining any dog, cat or other animal suspected of having rabies, having been exposed to rabies or having bitten a person or other animal.