The following words, when used in this Chapter, shall have the meanings set out herein:
- DOGS or CATS
- All animals of the canine or feline species, both male and female.
- OWNER or KEEPER
- Any person having a right of property in a dog or cat, or who keeps or harbors a dog or cat, or who has it in his/her care or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog or cat to remain on or about any premises owned or occupied by him/her.
- RUNNING AT LARGE
- Allowing a dog or cat to be off the private premises of the owner or keeper, or his/her agent or servant, and not on a leash or confined to the arms, motor vehicle, trailer or other conveyance of the owner or keeper, his/her agent or servant.
- SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY
- Physical injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes serious disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part of the body.
- A person upon the premises of the owner or keeper of the dog in question without license or privilege to be upon said premises.
- UNRESTRAINED DOG
- Any dog running at large or a dog on the premises of its owner or keeper but not confined to said premises by a leash, fence, structure or other means that would prevent the dog from leaving such premises.
[CC 2000 §205.010]
An owner of any dog or cat that is kept anytime during the year within the City of Pagedale shall have such dog or cat vaccinated against rabies and registered. Such dogs or cats must be vaccinated at least once each year if a nerve tissue origin vaccine is used, unless a chicken embryo or other three (3) year type vaccine approved by the Health Department is administered, in which case the dogs or cats shall be inoculated at least once every three (3) years or if other vaccine approved by the Health Department is administered, then at the frequency approved by the Health Department.
Puppies and kittens shall be confined to their owner's premises.
Every dog or cat which has been vaccinated in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter shall at all times wear the registration tag issued.
It shall be unlawful for any person to own any dog or cat unless such dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies and wears a current, unexpired registration tag and the owner possesses a certificate issued in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.
[CC 2000 §205.015]
Registration tags shall not be transferred from dog to dog or cat to cat and no person shall affix a registration tag to a dog or puppy or cat or kitten other than the animal for which the tag was issued at the time of its rabies vaccination-registration, nor shall any person affix a registration tag to a dog or cat that has not been vaccinated against rabies, nor shall any person counterfeit, alter, obliterate or attempt to counterfeit, alter or obliterate any rabies-registration tags.
Female Dogs, Confinement. All female dogs or cats shall be kept securely confined in an enclosed place while in heat.
Animals Impounded, When — Where Kept.
The Health Department or other persons designated by it shall have the power to catch, confine and impound dogs, cats and other animals as follows:
Dogs or cats not wearing valid, unexpired vaccination-registration tag;
All female dogs or cats registered or unregistered, not securely confined in an enclosed place, while in heat;
All dogs and puppies which are at large;
All animals infected or suspected of being infected with rabies including animals known to have been bitten by a rabid animal, whether the animal to be impounded is running at large or on a leash or whether it is confined to its owner's premises;
All unconfined or unleashed animals with fierce or dangerous propensities;
Dogs or cats not vaccinated for rabies within the previous twelve (12) months with nerve tissue vaccine, nor within the preceding thirty-six (36) months with chicken embryo or Flury Strain vaccine, nor if another vaccine approved by the Health Department was used, within the proceeding time period, approved by the Health Department as the duration of effective protection against rabies which that vaccine gives; and
Dogs or other animals which have bitten a person or animal or which have been bitten by a dog or animal suspected of having rabies or which are suspected of having rabies or have been exposed to rabies.
Dogs or other animals impounded in accordance with this Section shall be impounded under the supervision of and in a manner satisfactory to the Health Department.
All dogs or cats shall be vaccinated and registered before being released to the owner. A fee covering the cost of vaccination-registration and shelter service shall be collected for each dog or cat so released to cover the cost of vaccination and registration. Dogs or cats that have been vaccinated and registered before becoming impounded shall be released to their owners within five (5) days after capture, upon payment of the shelter service fee. Every animal impounded under provisions of this regulation, which is found upon arrival at the pound to be diseased or injured and whose owner is unknown or relinquishes ownership in writing, shall be immediately euthanized.
It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog or cat to permit the same to run at large within the City of Pagedale at any time. Any dog or cat found without the tag provided in Section 205.020, and any dog or cat found running at large, shall be impounded.
[CC 2000 §205.020; CC 1990 §210.040]
The Mayor of the City is authorized to enter into contract with St. Louis County, Missouri, whereby said County is to furnish dog and cat catching services to the City of Pagedale.
[CC 2000 §205.030; Ord. No. 1025 §§1 — 3, 1-13-1994; Ord. No. 1212 §§1 — 2, 10-11-2001]
Every person responsible for a dog, cat, puppy, kitten or other animal shall keep it from creating a nuisance. A dog, cat, puppy or kitten or any other animal creates a nuisance if it:
Soils, defiles or defecates on urban property other than property of a person responsible for the animal unless such waste is immediately removed by such person responsible for the animal and deposited in a waste container.
Damages public property belonging to a person other than a person responsible for the animal.
Causes unsanitary or dangerous conditions.
Causes a disturbance by excessive barking, howling, meowing or other noisemaking.
Chases vehicles, including bicycles.
Molests, attacks, bites or interferes with persons or other animals on public property or property not belonging to a person responsible for the animal.
Impedes refuse collection, mail delivery or meter reading or other public service activities by annoying persons responsible for such activities.
Tips, rummages through or damages a refuse container.
For the purpose of Subsection (A)(1) of this Section, "urban property" is:
No person shall own, house or keep any dog within the City without maintaining liability insurance in an amount of not less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) per occurrence against any property damage or personal injury caused by such dog, regardless of whether or not such dog has any prior history of causing property damage or personal injury.
It shall be unlawful and a public nuisance for any person in charge of a residence to keep or allow to be kept more than two (2) dogs over the age of ninety (90) days at such residence.
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 which results in substantial harm to the animal.
A person is guilty of animal abandonment when he/she has knowingly abandoned an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care.
Animal neglect or animal abandonment are ordinance violations. For a first (1st) 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 (2nd) 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 (1st) 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.
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:
The care and maintenance of neglected or abandoned animals within the person's custody or ownership;
The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect or abandonment; and
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect or abandonment of the animals.
[CC 2000 §205.035]
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; or
Having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate care or adequate control.
Note — Under certain circumstances this offense can be a felony under state law.
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.
[Ord. No. 1301 §1, 4-14-2005]
Control Of Animals. It is unlawful for the owner of any animal to cause, permit or allow such animal to roam, run, stray or the be away from the premises of such owner unless the animal is under tethered control.
Removal Of Fecal Matter. It is unlawful for the owner or handler of any animal to fail to remove fecal matter deposited by their animal on public property or public easement or private property of another before the owner leaves the immediate area where the fecal matter was deposited.
Possession Of Removal Equipment. It is unlawful for the owner or handler of any animal to fail to have in their possession the equipment necessary to remove their animal's fecal matter when accompanied by said animal on public property or public easement or private property of another.
Set Aside Areas. The above prohibitions shall not extend to areas set aside and designated by the City as areas where animals can be off-leash for exercise or training.
Violations — Penalty. Any person violating this Section is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished: