[Ord. No. 157 §6.010, 7-11-1983]
There is hereby created the position of Animal Control Officer, who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Board of Aldermen. It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer to enforce the provisions and carry out the duties prescribed by this Article. The Animal Control Officer, and such assistants as he/she may designate, shall have the powers of police officers of this City insofar as may be reasonably necessary in carrying out the duties and functions of this Article.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.020, 7-11-1983]
The Mayor may, with the advice and consent of the Board, and the advice of the Animal Control Officer, establish a City pound under the supervision and direction of the Animal Control Officer, for the reception and humane care of sick, injured, diseased or impounded animals. The Animal Control Officer may establish rules and regulations to be approved by the Board of Aldermen. The City may utilize as an animal shelter any facility owned or operated by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine under the terms of, a contract or agreement to be approved by the City and the veterinarian.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.030, 7-11-1983]
The following terms, as used in this Article, shall be deemed to have the following meanings:
- CITY POUND
- A facility for the impoundment of animals in accordance with the provisions of this Article, whether said facility is owned, operated, constructed or maintained by the City of Hallsville, or by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine with whom the City has contracted to perform the service of animal impoundment.
- DOMESTICATED ANIMALS
- Those animals that have reproduced while in captivity in the U.S. for at least two hundred (200) generations (with the burden of such proof resting entirely on the owner). A particular animal shall not be regarded as domesticated unless both parents are domesticated animals.
- EXOTIC ANIMAL
- Any one of the following:
- 1. Any mammal not native to the continental United States;
- 2. Any mammal not generally accustomed to live in or near human populations;
- 3. Any mammal not considered to be a member of the class generally referred to as "domesticated animals";
- 4. Reptiles or poisonous arthropods;
- 5. All non-human primates;
- 6. All animals listed on the endangered species list as designated by the U.S. Department of Interior in the Endangered Species Act of 1969;
- 7. All animals protected from hunting and capture by federal and state law;
- 8. All predatory birds.
- Includes cattle, horses, mules, goats, sheep, hogs, rabbits and chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys or any other domestic fowl or domestic beast.
- Includes natural persons and business entities, their agents, officers, and anyone having an ownership interest therein.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.040, 7-11-1983; Ord. No. 6.040 and 6.100 §1, 1-9-1989; 6-3-1991]
No person shall own, keep, harbor or permit to be or remain on or about his/her premises any dog or cat over three (3) months of age upon which the animal license tax has not been paid.
No person shall own, keep, harbor or permit to be or remain on or about his/her premises any dog or cat which, if over (3) months of age, has not been vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian with a vaccine which will be effective during the full term for which said license is issued.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.050, 7-11-1983]
No person or corporation shall sell, or offer for sale, within the limits of the City of Hallsville, any exotic animal, as defined in Section 205.030 hereof.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.060, 7-11-1983]
At any time prior to the disposal of any animal, fowl or reptile, as herein defined, by the Animal Control Officer, the owner thereof may redeem such animal upon proof satisfactory to the Animal Control Officer of ownership thereof and upon paying a boarding fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) for each day or part of day said animal has been impounded.
[Ord. No. 360, 4-8-2019]
In addition to paying the fees prescribed in Subsection (1) hereof, if the animal is a domestic dog or cat, the owner thereof may redeem such animal only upon further proof satisfactory to the Animal Control Officer that the same has been vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian with a vaccine which will be effective during the full term for which the animal license tax, if any, is issued. If an owner seeks to redeem an animal required to be vaccinated for rabies and cannot present satisfactory proof of such vaccination, and that said vaccination, if any, will be effective during the full term for which the animal license tax was issued, then the Animal Control Officer shall, prior to releasing such animal, cause the same to be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian and the cost of such vaccination shall be paid by the owner.
At the end of no less than three (3) days, except as otherwise herein provided, if an impounded animal, fowl or reptile has not been redeemed, the Animal Control Officer is at liberty to dispose of such animal in any one of the following ways:
All fees collected by the Animal Control Officer shall be paid over to the City Clerk.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.070, 7-11-1983]
Each licensed veterinarian engaged in such practice within the City shall, upon application to the City Clerk, be appointed by the City Clerk as a Deputy Collector for the sole purpose of collecting the animal license tax and issuing a certificate and metallic tag, to be supplied by the City Clerk, evidencing payment of such tax. Such deputy collectors shall be accountable to the City Clerk for such metallic tags and certificates received, and all license taxes collected. It shall be a misdemeanor for any Deputy Collector to fail to pay over to the City Clerk the license tax herein provided to be paid to said City Clerk. In addition to penalties provided by law for misdemeanor, the City Clerk may revoke said Deputy Collector's appointment and remove him/her from office.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.080, 7-11-1983]
The City Clerk shall provide each Deputy Collector with a sufficient number of metallic tags of convenient size and shape, having cast thereon in sunken letters the number of the license and the year of issue, and take his/her receipt therefor. The Deputy Collector shall furnish to all animal owners paying the animal license tax one of such tags and a certificate of license, the license number of the tag to correspond with that on the certificate. The license certificate shall consist of an original and two (2) duplicate originals. The certificate shall contain the number of license, date of issuance, the name and address of the owner, and a description of the licensed animal. It shall bear the facsimile signature of the City Clerk, and shall be countersigned by the Deputy Collector. The Deputy Collector shall deliver the original of such license certificate to the owner upon payment of the license tax and vaccination of the licensed animal. One duplicate original shall be given to the Animal Control Officer and one duplicate original to the City Clerk.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.090, 7-11-1983]
Prior to issuing a license tax certificate and license tag, the Deputy Collector shall require the owner to present satisfactory evidence that the animal has been vaccinated for rabies and that said vaccination, if any, will be effective during the full term for which such animal license is issued. If the owner cannot present said satisfactory evidence of such vaccination, the Deputy Collector shall, before issuing a license certificate, cause the animal to be vaccinated for rabies at the expense of the owner. In evidence of such vaccination, the Deputy Collector shall issue to the owner an appropriate certificate of such vaccination bearing the date of vaccination, vaccination certificate number, and the name and address of the veterinarian.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.100, 7-11-1983; Ord. No. 6.040 and 6.100 §2, 1-9-1989; 6-3-1991]
Except as provided hereinafter, there is hereby levied for each domestic dog and cat over the age of three (3) months, harbored or owned within the City a license fee of five dollars ($5.00) for any period of time not to exceed one (1) year. Upon receipt of written verification of vaccination and upon payment of the applicable fee, the City shall issue a license for said domestic dog or cat to the applicant.
In the event the domestic dog or cat to be licensed has been neutered or spayed, and written verification of neutering provided by the applicant, the annual license fee for said neutered or spayed dog or cat shall be reduced from five dollars ($5.00) to three dollars ($3.00).
Any person violating, neglecting or refusing to comply with the requirement to purchase a City animal license shall pay an additional fee of twenty-five ($25.00) at the time the license exceeds sixty (60) days past one (1) year. City animal licenses are due in August of each year. If an animal is picked up running at large and is not licensed after the sixty (60) days the cost of the license is due in addition to the twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee and shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).
[Ord. No. 342, 12-11-2017]
[Ord. No. 157 §6.110, 7-11-1983]
No person shall, at any time, keep, harbor, or own, at one (1) location within the City, more than four (4) dogs or cats over the age of six (6) months. This provision shall not apply to a lawfully operated commercial kennel, a kennel maintained in connection with a small animal hospital, or the City Pound. All structures, pens, coops or yards wherein animals or fowl are kept or permitted to be, shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times, devoid of all rodents and vermin, and free from offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell or odor to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any inhabitant of the neighborhood. The interior walls of all such structures shall be whitewashed or painted annually or more often, as the Animal Control Officer shall direct. 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 Animal Control Officer may at any time inspect, or cause to be inspected, any structure or premises and issue any such order as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Section.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.120, 7-11-1983]
Any person who shall impound or confine, or cause to be impounded or confined, in any pound, or other place, any animal or creature, and fail to supply the same during such confinement with sufficient food and water, or shall cruelly overwork any domestic animal or shall cruelly drive or work the same when unfit for labor, or shall fail to provide the same with proper food, drink, shelter or protection from the weather, or shall cruelly abandon the same to die, or shall carry or cause the same to be carried, moved or kept in or upon any vehicle in a cruel or inhumane manner, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Nothing in this Section shall be construed so as to prevent a person from taking whatever action is necessary to defend himself, another individual or an animal when endangered by an animal attack.
The Central Missouri Humane Society shall have the power and be authorized to make recommendation to the Animal Control Officer or his/her authorized representative, that animals be removed from private owners and placed in the custody of said Animal Control Officer or his/her authorized representative in cases where the health or safety of the animal is, in the opinion of the Animal Control Officer or his/her representative, in immediate danger. Said Animal Control Officer or his/her representative shall have the power to remove such animals, except from houses, without the consent of the owners, for the protection of the animals, and shall have the right to retain custody of such animals until the threat to the health or safety of the animals, in the opinion of the Animal Control Officer or his/her representative, has been removed. Any expense incurred in such impoundment becomes a lien on the animal impounded and must be discharged before the animal is released from the custody of the Animal Control Officer or his/her representative. Fees for dogs, cats and other small animals shall be consistent with Section 205.060 of this Article. In the case of large animals, private livestock haulers, stables, and other services may be utilized by the Animal Control Officer or his/her representative. The actual cost to the City for these services shall be charged in lieu of the schedule set forth in Section 205.060.
When the impounded animal is not claimed by its owner and all impoundment costs satisfied within no less than three (3) days from the date of impoundment, such animal may be sold at public or private sale for fair consideration to a person capable of providing care consistent with this Article, with the proceeds of that sale applied first to discharge of the lien, and any balance to be paid over to the owner. If no purchaser is found, the animal may be disposed of in a manner consistent with Section 205.060 of this Article.
Any person who shall interfere with the Animal Control Officer or his/her authorized representative in the performance of his/her duties, as set forth in Subsections (B) and (C) above, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
Editor's Note: Original §6.130, Keeping of Livestock Within the City, was repealed 3-9-1998 by Ord. No. 214.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.140, 7-11-1983]
Every person owning land within the City upon which livestock is kept or permitted to be kept, by the landowner or otherwise, shall confine or restrict such livestock at all times to such property. Failure to so confine or restrict livestock kept or permitted to be kept within the City shall be a misdemeanor.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.150, 7-11-1983]
Every person owning land within the City upon which livestock is kept or permitted to be kept, by the landowner or otherwise, shall provide and maintain fences, corrals, tethers or similar devices to confine or restrict livestock to such property. Whenever it is determined that the aforementioned devices are lacking, inadequate, or not in good repair by the Animal Control Officer, such Animal Control Officer shall notify the landowner in writing he/she is not in compliance with this Article and shall order the landowner to provide, replace, reinforce or repair such devices within ten (10) days. Failure to comply with such order within ten (10) days shall be a misdemeanor.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.160, 7-11-1983]
Any livestock found upon property not owned or controlled by the livestock owner and not under the control of some competent person may be captured and impounded by the Animal Control Officer or any person designated by him/her. The owner of impounded livestock shall be liable for all reasonable charges for capturing and impounding such livestock, including all charges incidental thereto. In the event that impounded livestock is not claimed or charges associated with the impoundment of livestock are not paid within fifteen (15) days, the Animal Control Officer may direct that the livestock be sold at public auction, which shall occur no sooner than ten (10) days after notice of the time, date and place of sale, and a description of the livestock and location of capture has been posted in at least five (5) public places in the City. In case no bidders appear at such sale, the Animal Control Officer may sell the livestock at private sale, securing the best possible price. From the proceeds of any sale held hereunder, the Animal Control Officer shall first deduct his/her charges or expenses and pay his/her charges or expenses, and pay the balance into the City Treasury, and such sums shall become a part of the General Revenue Fund. If at any time prior to the sale, the owner of such livestock shall exhibit satisfactory proof of his/her ownership, he/she shall be entitled to redeem the livestock upon the payment of all fees and expenses. If, within three (3) months after the sale of the livestock, as above provided, the owner of any such livestock so sold shall exhibit to the Board satisfactory proof of his/her ownership, the proceeds coming into the City Treasury from such sale, after deduction of all charges and expenses, shall be refunded to him/her. Should the proceeds of the sale be inadequate to meet the City expenses, the owner shall be billed for the unpaid balance.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.170, 7-11-1983]
Any person who shall, within the City, load, unload or transfer from one vehicle to another vehicle any hogs, sheep, cattle or other livestock in any public place, street or thoroughfare or on any private premises, and any person who shall park or stand any vehicle in which hogs, sheep, cattle or other livestock are loaded on any public place, street or thoroughfare or on any unenclosed private premises for a longer period than one (1) hour shall, upon conviction, be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall prohibit loading, unloading or transferring of hogs, sheep, cattle or other livestock at any established and maintained stockyards, slaughterhouse, stable barns, or in any enclosed building.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.180, 7-11-1983; 2-4-1991]
Except as provided for hereafter, any animal, fowl or reptile which is found to be running at large upon any street or public place of the City of Hallsville shall be taken up by the Animal Control Officer and impounded in the City Pound. Any animal impounded pursuant to this Section shall be released to its owner only upon payment of the prescribed fee to the Animal Control Officer. Domestic cats are hereby exempted from the provisions of this Section, and, therefore, domestic cats shall not be subject to impoundment pursuant to this Article.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.190, 7-11-1983]
No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog which by loud, continual or frequent barking, howling or yelping, shall annoy or disturb any neighborhood or any person, or which habitually barks at or chases pedestrians, or vehicles, whatsoever, to the annoyance of such pedestrian or drivers of such vehicles; provided, however, that this Section shall not apply to the City Dog Pound.
[Ord. No. 330, 3-13-2017]
Any animal with the following characteristics shall be classified as dangerous by the Board of Aldermen.
Any animal which has inflicted a severe or fatal injury on a human being on public or private property. "Severe injury" means any physical injury resulting directly from an animal's bite, which results in broken bones or lacerations requiring stitches or staples or hospitalization. The victim receiving severe injuries as defined above must provide the City of Hallsville with a signed physician's statement documenting the injury and the treatment qualifying such as a severe injury.
Any animal which has bitten a human being, without provocation, on public or private property other than the property of the owner.
Any animal which, while on the owner's property, has bitten, without provocation, a human being other than the owner or a member of the owner's family who normally resides at the place where the animal is kept.
Any animal, which while off the owner's property, has killed a domestic animal, livestock or poultry without provocation.
Any animal which, when unprovoked, chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks or any public grounds, or private property other than the property of the owner, in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, regardless of whether or not a person is injured by said animal.
Any animal with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury, or to otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals.
[Ord. No. 330, 3-13-2017]
Any finding by the Chief of Police, a Police Officer or the City Administrator that an animal shall be designated as a "dangerous animal" shall be made by such person in a written notice prepared no later than ten (10) days after the incident occurred, based on one (1) or more of the proof provisions of Subsection (B).
The Police Chief, a Police Officer or the City Administrator may designate an animal as a "dangerous animal" upon a finding that an animal comes under the definition of dangerous animal based upon one (1) or more of the following:
Actions of an animal personally witnessed by the Chief of Police, a Police Officer or the City Administrator.
Findings of guilt by a judge or pleas of guilt by a person in Municipal Court or State Court involving an animal.
Police records of animal incidents, if deemed reliable and sufficient without additional information, or supplemented by additional information obtained later. Such Police records include records involving cases prosecuted in State Court or Municipal Court.
A written, acknowledged statement from a person who states under oath that said person has personally witnessed the actions of an animal that come within the provisions of dangerous animal, if deemed reliable and sufficient.
If the Police Chief, a Police Officer or the City Administrator determines that an animal comes within the provisions of dangerous animal and thus is a "dangerous animal," then that designation shall be made in a written notice which shall include the following information:
A description of the animal, including breed, color and gender if known;
The name and address of the owner, if known;
The dog or cat's license tag number (if any);
The facts upon which the person made the determination to designate the animal as a "dangerous animal"; and
The current location of the animal if different from the owner's address.
The written notice designating an animal as a "dangerous animal" shall be personally delivered to the animal's owner or to a member of the animal owner's family or household seventeen (17) years of age or older. The owner of the animal designated a "dangerous animal" may within five (5) days from the date of delivery of the notice file with the City Clerk a written request for an informal hearing before a Hearing Board composed of the Mayor and two (2) Aldermen to contest the facts and the designation of the owner's animal as a "dangerous animal." The two (2) Aldermen to hear the informal appeals with the Mayor shall be selected by the Board of Aldermen. If a written request for an informal hearing before the Hearing Board is filed with the City Clerk within the time permitted, the Hearing Board shall hold a hearing to determine if the animal is a "dangerous animal." The City Clerk shall provide at least five (5) days' notice of the date, time and location of the hearing to the animal owner by personal delivery of the hearing notice to the owner or to a member of the animal owner's family or household seventeen (17) years of age or older, or by certified mail to the animal owner (with delivery presumed two (2) days after the date of mailing). The hearing shall be open to the public, and all interested persons (including City personnel) shall be given an opportunity to present evidence on the issue of whether the animal is a "dangerous animal," provided that the Hearing Board may limit testimony and written evidence that appears to be cumulative or not relevant. The Hearing Board shall then decide at the conclusion of the introduction of the evidence at the hearing whether to uphold or set aside the designation of the animal as a "dangerous animal." The decision of the Hearing Board shall be set forth in writing within five (5) days of the hearing date and a copy shall be given to the animal's owner and to the Police Department.
If the Police Chief, a Police Officer or the City Administrator determines and designates an animal to be a "dangerous animal" under provisions of the City of Hallsville ordinances and that designation is not contested within the time allowed, or if the Hearing Board after the informal hearing upholds the designation made by a the Police Chief, a Police Officer or the City Administrator that an animal is a "dangerous animal" under the provisions of the City of Hallsville ordinances, then such designation or decision shall create a conclusive presumption that the animal designated as a "dangerous animal" is in fact and in law a "dangerous animal" under the provisions of the City of Hallsville ordinances, and the owner of such animal and the animal are subject to all the provisions of this Article. An animal designated a "dangerous animal" shall be subject to the provisions of this Article for the remainder of its life while kept within the City, regardless of who owns the animal. The provisions set forth in this Article shall be required to be complied with by the animal's owner and the animal beginning on the date set forth in the written notice designating the animal as a "dangerous animal," which date shall be no later than thirty (30) days from the date of delivery of the written notice as provided in Subsection (B) of this Section, or beginning on the date set by the Hearing Board in a decision where the Hearing Board upholds the "dangerous animal" designation made by the Police Chief, a Police Officer or the City Administrator, which date shall be no later than thirty (30) days from the hearing date.
[Ord. No. 330, 3-13-2017]
The owner of a dangerous animal or any person upon whose property is kept a dangerous animal shall confine such animal within a fully enclosed structure from which the animal cannot escape. The enclosure be secured to a floor or bottom or the sides must be embedded into the ground at a depth sufficient to keep the animal from burrowing under the fence. The sides of the enclosure must be of a height sufficient to keep the animal from jumping or climbing out or it must include a roof or top that will prevent the animal from escaping over the sides. The door of such enclosure shall be locked with a combination or keyed lock.
When confined within a building, no dangerous animal shall be kept in an area where windows or portions of doors are missing or any area where a window screen or screen door are part of the enclosure keeping the animal inside.
Any enclosure in which a dangerous animal is kept shall be identified by signs posted on the property advising others of the presence of a dangerous or vicious animal. Signs must have letters at least two (2) inches high containing the following: "BEWARE OF DANGEROUS ANIMAL OR DOG."
When a dangerous animal is not enclosed in a structure described above, the animal shall be muzzled and confined to a leash or tether no longer than six (6) feet and securely held by a person who is capable of restraining the animal. The muzzle shall be a cage-type muzzle that covers the mouth and the snout of the animal.
A person commits the offense of failing to confine a dangerous animal if an animal owned by him or her, or an animal upon any premises occupied by him or her or under his or her control, having been determined to be a dangerous animal is not confined in accordance of this Section.
[Ord. No. 330, 3-13-2017]
A dangerous animal may be put to death by the City of Hallsville, Missouri, under the following circumstances.
Upon a second conviction for failing to confine a dangerous animal for actions related to the same animal, regardless to whether charged and convicted in the first case is the same person that owns or is keeping the animal at the time the summons issued in the second case;
If the dangerous animal has committed severe injury to any person, as defined in this Article; or
With permission of the animals owner or person having the animal under his or her control.
[Ord. No. 330, 3-13-2017]
Any animal which bites, injures or attacks any person or any domestic animal shall be taken up immediately and impounded by the Chief of Police or any Police Officer of the City for a period of ten (10) days at a designated animal impoundment facility.
The expense thereof to be paid by the person possessing, owning or otherwise having under that person's control.
If at the end of ten (10) days the animal does not develop or manifest rabies, it may be redeemed by the owner upon payment of the boarding fee of ten dollars ($10.00) per day.
In the event the animal requires treatment by a veterinarian during its confinement, the owner of the animal shall be responsible for all such expenses.
If the owner does not retrieve the animal after the ten (10) days or does not compensate the impoundment facility for services, the animal will be transported to the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia, Missouri, or other facility that provided animal protective services for potential adoption.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.220, 7-11-1983]
No person keeping, harboring or owning a domestic dog shall allow such dog to run at large off of the premises of the owner, unless such dog is on a leash and under the control of some competent person, or unless such dog is under the control of a competent person and is obedient to the command of such person. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a dog in a vehicle being driven or parked upon the public streets.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.230, 7-11-1983]
No person shall refuse to deliver up to the Animal Control Officer or assistant Animal Control Officer any animal, fowl or reptile, when requested to do so under the provisions of this Article.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.240, 7-11-1983]
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove from the custody of the Animal Control Officer by force, deceit or otherwise, any animal which has been legally impounded by said officer, prior to obtaining the permission of the Animal Control Officer to remove such animal.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.250, 7-11-1983]
No owner or keeper of any dog over the age of three (3) months shall allow or permit such dog to be in any place in the City at any time without a collar or harness having attached thereto the license tag required by Sections 205.080 and 205.090; nor shall any resident or owner or keeper of any dog permit or allow such animal to wear any other tag other than the identical tag issued by the City Clerk or Deputy Collector for such animal. It shall be the duty of the police to report to the City Clerk, Deputy Collector or Animal Control Officer the owner or keeper of any dog permitting such dog to be in any place in the City at any time without a collar or harness having attached thereto the tag as herein provided. Dogs not displaying aforesaid tags shall be taken up and impounded by the Animal Control Officer.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.260, 7-11-1983]
No person shall remove or cause to be removed, the collar, harness or tag mentioned in Section 205.080 from any dog without the consent of the owner or keeper thereof.
[Ord. No. 157 §6.270, 7-11-1983]
Any person violating, neglecting or refusing to comply with any regulation, requirement or provision of this Article, where no penalty is otherwise provided, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00); or by imprisonment in the City Jail for a period of time not to exceed thirty (30) days; or by both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 209 §§1 — 3, 3-2-1998]
It shall be unlawful for a person who owns or is responsible for a dog to allow any such dog to defecate on any public property, street, sidewalk, or right-of-way or on the real property of another person.
It is a specific defense to a charge of violating this Article that the person charged immediately remove any such excrement and properly dispose of it in a sanitary manner.
Violation of this Article shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).
[Ord. No. 281 §§1 — 4, 7-28-2008]
Upon the City collecting and processing a dog running at large in the City of Hallsville, the City hereby assesses a fee for reimbursement of costs, to include but not be limited to the capturing, transporting, delivery, processing, holding, feeding, watering, kennel cleaning, vehicle cleaning, and ascertaining ownership to the owner of said dog.
Boarding cost is fifty dollars ($50.00) per day.
[Ord. No. 359, 4-8-2019]
These fees shall be calculated in addition to any fines and/or court costs assessed by the Circuit Court for any violation of the Animal Control Ordinances of the City of Hallsville, to include but not limited to dog running at large, unlicensed dog, and vicious dog.
[Ord. No. 359, 4-8-2019]
This Article may be amended in the future should the approximate costs change, by the City Administrator submitting an adjusted schedule to the Board of Aldermen.
The parent or guardian of a minor child is responsible for the adequate care of any animal owned by, in the control of, or harbored by that minor child.
All fines and penalties for a first finding of guilt under this Section may be waived by the court if 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. This Section shall not apply to the provisions of Section 578.007, RSMo., or Chapter 272, RSMo.
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this Section 578.009, RSMo., the court may order a person found guilty of animal neglect to pay all reasonable costs and expenses necessary for:
The care and maintenance of neglected 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; and
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect of the animals.
A person is guilty of animal trespass if a person having ownership or custody of an animal knowingly fails to provide adequate control for a period equal to or exceeding twelve (12) hours.
For a first conviction of animal trespass, each offense shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00). The second and all subsequent convictions shall be punishable by imprisonment or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both such fine and imprisonment. All fines for a first conviction of animal trespass may be waived by the court provided that the person found guilty of animal trespass shows that adequate, permanent remedies for trespass have been made. Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of trespassing animals may not be waived. This Section shall not apply to the provisions of Section 578.007 or Sections 272.010 to 272.370, RSMo.
A person commits the offense of animal abuse if he or she:
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 which results in substantial harm to the animal.
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.
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.
A person commits the offense of keeping a dangerous wild animal if he or she keeps any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, nonhuman 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.