A person is guilty of animal neglect when he/she has custody or ownership or both of an animal and fails to provide adequate care or adequate control, including, but not limited to, knowingly abandoning an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care which results in substantial harm to the animal.
Animal neglect is a misdemeanor. All fines and penalties for a first (1st) conviction of animal neglect may be waived by the court provided that the person found guilty of animal neglect shows that adequate, permanent remedies for the neglect have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of neglected animals may not be waived.
A person is guilty of animal abuse when a person:
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.;
Purposely or intentionally causes injury or suffering to an animal;
Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care or adequate control.
For purposes of this Section "animal" shall be defined as a mammal.
Any person who shall keep or use, or in any way be connected with or interested in the management of, or shall receive money for the admission of any person to, any place kept or used for the purpose of fighting or baiting any bull, bear, cock or other creature, except dogs, and any person who shall encourage, aid or assist or be present thereat, or who shall permit or suffer any place belonging to him/her or under his/her control to be so kept or used, shall, on conviction thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor.
[CC 1987 §73.450]
No person in the City shall poison any dog or cat, or any other animal if known to belong to another person, or distribute poison in any manner whatsoever with the intent or for the purpose of poisoning any dog or cat, or any other animal known to belong to another person.