City of Vinita Park, MO
St. Louis County
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No person may keep any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, non-human primate, coyote, any deadly, dangerous or poisonous reptile, or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight (8) feet long, in any place other than a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge, unless such person has registered such animals with the local law enforcement agency in the County in which the animal is kept.
[CC 2000 §5-3-30; Ord. No. 1023 §30, 12-17-2001]
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The keeping or harboring of dangerous animals within the City is hereby prohibited. Other than as to dogs, an Animal Control Officer shall have the authority to declare an animal dangerous whenever he/she determines, based on past or present behavior, past or present violation of this Article or the inherently dangerous nature of the animal, that the animal poses a threat to another animal, to any human being or to the public safety in general. Any animal which has been declared or determined to be a dangerous animal may be impounded immediately.
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Unless otherwise specifically permitted in this Article, the keeping or harboring of any carnivorous or omnivorous animal (including, but not limited to, non-human primates, raccoons, skunks, foxes, leopards, panthers, tigers and lions but excluding fowl, dogs, house cats and small rodents of varieties used for laboratory purposes) and any other animal having a poisonous bite is hereby prohibited within any residential area, which for purposes of this Section is defined as any area not zoned for business, commercial, agricultural or industrial purposes.
[CC 2000 §5-3-32; Ord. No. 1023 §32, 12-17-2001]
A. 
No livestock (as used herein, "livestock" includes, but is not limited to, the following animals: mules, cattle, sheep, goats and swine) or wild animals of similar or larger size shall be kept or maintained for feeding within two hundred (200) feet of the nearest portion of any building in any way used by human beings, other than the dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of any such animals. Beyond this limitation of two hundred (200) feet, not more than two (2) of the aforementioned animals shall be kept, provided that the limitation of two (2) such animals apply to a commercial stockyard or land zoned for agricultural use. Stables, coops, pens or other structures for the housing of any of the aforementioned animals shall comply with all zoning restrictions.
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In addition to above, a minimum of three-quarters (¾) of an acre, exclusive of front and side yards or buildings other than a stable and/or barn, shall be required to keep a horse. An additional one-half (½) acre shall be required for each additional horse.
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All manure accumulations in the area where livestock and other animals are kept shall be removed, stored or disposed of in such a manner as to prevent the breeding of flies and the spread of disease.
3. 
Wild animals not prohibited from being kept as pets shall also be so kept in compliance with the Statutes, regulations and treaties of the State of Missouri and the Federal Government.
[CC 2000 §5-3-33; Ord. No. 1023 §33, 12-17-2001]
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain any chicken coop, dove cote, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment for the housing of fowl or small animals, except dogs and cats, closer than seventy-five (75) feet to the nearest portion of any building occupied by or in any way used by human beings, other than the dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper or the animals or fowl or closer than twenty-five (25) feet to the property line of the lot on which such fowl or animals are kept for sale within a bona fide produce market, commission house or store for purposes of trade and while so kept are confined in small coops, boxes or cages or where such animals or fowl are kept for purposes of research in a laboratory.
[CC 2000 §5-3-34; Ord. No. 1023 §34, 12-17-2001]
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Odors. Every coop, dove tote, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment shall be kept so that no offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any inhabitants of the neighborhood.
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Disposal Of Manure. Every coop, dove cote, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment shall be provided with a watertight and flytight receptacle for manure of such dimension as to contain all accumulations thereof, which receptacle shall be emptied sufficiently often and in such manner as to prevent it from becoming a nuisance. Such receptacle shall be securely covered at all times, except when open during the deposit or removal of manure or refuse therefrom. No manure shall be allowed to accumulate except in such receptacle. All such manure, when removed from the receptacle, shall be buried with covering not less than six (6) inches of earth or, if used as fertilizer, thoroughly spaded into the ground or shall be removed from the property.
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Fowl — Maintenance Of Enclosures. All earthen yards or runways wherein fowl are kept or permitted to be shall be spaded and then limed once every three (3) months from the month of April through the month of December. For the purpose of killing flies and other insects, all structures, pens or coops wherein fowl are kept or permitted to be shall be sprayed with such substances as will eliminate such insects.
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Condition Of Enclosures. Any structure, pen, coop or yard wherein animals or fowl are kept or permitted to be shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, devoid of all rodents and vermin and free from objectionable odors. The enclosed area of all such structures shall be constructed in such a way as to be dry at all times on the inside. The person maintaining any aforementioned structure, pen, coop or yard in the City does, by such act of maintenance, authorize the Director of Health to, at any time, inspect any such structure or premises and issue any such order as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Section.
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Number Of Animals, Fowl. Except where fowl, rabbits or other small animals are kept for sale within a bona fide produce market, commission house or store for the purpose of trade and, while so kept, are confined in small coops, boxes or cages or where such animals or fowl are kept for purposes of research in a laboratory, it shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain, within two hundred (200) feet of the nearest portion of any dwelling or other building occupied by or in any way used by human beings except for a dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of such animals, more than fifteen (15) chickens or other domestic fowl four (4) months or more of age or fifty (50) chicks or more than ten (10) rabbits or other small animals over the age of four (4) months or more than twenty-five (25) rabbits or other small animals under the age of four (4) months.
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Potbellied Pigs. One (1) domesticated Vietnamese potbellied pig may be kept in residentially zoned areas of the City provided that males over the age of four (4) weeks and females over the age of one hundred twenty (120) days are neutered and adult pigs do not exceed ninety-five (95) pounds in weight. All such animals must be of proven purebred lincago and the owner must be able to produce litter papers to verify pedigree. In addition, pigs over the age of one hundred twenty (120) days must be registered and licensed as required of dogs. Fees for such license will be the same as for neutered dogs and the application for said license shall be accompanied by a certificate from a veterinarian stating the date neutered, the sex and description of the pig. Further, before said license is issued, a certificate of immunization from a licensed veterinarian that such Vietnamese potbellied pig has been vaccinated against pscudorabics must be submitted. All of this Chapter shall also apply to domesticated Vietnamese potbellied pigs where applicable.
1. 
Every pen, run, cage or yard wherein any Vietnamese potbellied pig is kept shall be maintained so that no offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell, odor or stench shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any neighbor(s). All waste materials shall be removed and disposed of at least every twenty-four (24) hours.
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No person shall permit any domesticated Vietnamese potbellied pig in their possession to run at large in or upon the public streets, open lots or private properties of the City, other than that of the owner.
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When any such animal is found running at large within the City, it shall be impounded and/or disposed of as set forth in Article II. of this Chapter and the provisions of said Sections applying to dogs, cats and other animals shall also apply to Vietnamese potbellied pigs.
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The license issued pursuant to this Chapter shall only be granted if it is found that the keeping or maintenance of said Vietnamese potbellied pig will not endanger the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Vinita Park. Such licenses shall expire and be renewed as set forth in this Chapter and are revocable by the City if the keeping of the animal is found to endanger the health, safety or welfare of the public or the animals themselves.
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No person shall confine or allow to be kept or confined any Vietnamese potbellied pig in the City of Vinita Park without constructing a house, building or pen on their property which shall not be kept closer than five (5) feet to any side or rear lot line of the lot or tract of ground upon which it is located. No potbellied pigs shall be kept or confined in any front yard.