City of Fredericktown, MO
Madison County
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Section 205.010 Definitions.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.010; Ord. No. 67-5 § 1; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this Section:
ANIMAL SHELTER
Any premises designated by action of the City for the purpose of impounding and caring for all dogs and cats found running at large in violation of this Chapter.
ANIMAL WARDEN
The person employed by the City as the officer charged with the enforcement of this Chapter and other City ordinances relative to dogs and cats.
AT LARGE
Any dog or cat shall be deemed to be "at large" when it is off the property of his/her owner and not under control of a competent person.
EXPOSED TO RABIES
A dog or cat has been "exposed to rabies" within the meaning of this Chapter if it has been bitten by, or fought with, or has come in close contact with a dog or other animal shown to be infected with the rabies virus as determined by standard laboratory testing.
KENNEL
Any person engaged in the commercial business of breeding, buying, selling or boarding dogs and cats.
OWNER
Any person owning, keeping or harboring a dog or cat.
RESTRAINT
A dog or cat is under restraint if he/she is controlled by a leash, at heel beside a competent person and obedient to that person's commands, on or within a vehicle being driven or parked on the streets or within the property limits of its owner or keeper.
SPAYED FEMALE
Any bitch which has been operated upon to prevent conception.

Section 205.020 Animal Warden — Enforcement Of Chapter.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.020; Ord. No. 67-5 § 2]
The provisions of this Chapter shall be enforced by the Animal Warden of the City.

Section 205.030 Animal Warden — Records.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.030; Ord. No. 67-5 § 16; Ord. No. 81-14 § 1, 7-13-1981; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
A. 
It shall be the duty of the Animal Warden to keep or cause to be kept accurate and detailed records of the licensing, impoundment and disposition of all dogs and cats coming into his/her custody.
B. 
It shall be the duty of the Animal Warden to keep or cause to be kept accurate and detailed records of all bite cases reported to him/her and his/her investigation of such bite cases.
C. 
It shall be the duty of the Animal Warden to keep or cause to be kept accurate and detailed records of all money belonging to the City, which records shall be open to inspection at reasonable times by such persons responsible for similar records of the City and shall be audited by the City annually in the same manner as other City records are audited.

Section 205.040 Animal Warden — Interference With.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.040; Ord. No. 67-5 § 15; Ord. No. 81-14 § 2, 7-13-1981; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
No person shall interfere with, hinder or molest the Animal Warden in the performance of any duty of such agent or seek to release any dog or cat in the custody of the Animal Warden, except as provided in this Chapter.

Section 205.050 Right Of Entry Of Animal Warden, Etc.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.050; Ord. No. 67-5 § 14; Ord. No. 81-14 § 3, 7-13-1981; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
For the purpose of discharging the duties imposed by this Chapter and to enforce its provisions, the Animal Warden or any Police Officer is empowered to enter upon any premises upon which a dog or cat is kept or harbored and to demand the exhibition by the owner of such dog or cat of the license for such dog or cat. The Animal Warden may also enter the premises where any dog or cat is kept in a reportedly cruel or inhumane manner and demand to examine such dog or cat and to take possession of such dog or cat when, in his/her opinion, such dog or cat should be removed from the premises.

Section 205.060 Licenses.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.060; Ord. No. 213 § 4; Ord. No. 67-5 §§ 3, 4; Ord. No. 72-5 §§ 1, 2; Ord. No. 78-2 § 4; Ord. No. 80-35 §§ 1, 2; Ord. No. 81-14 § 4, 7-13-1981; Ord. No. 94-05 § 1, 2-14-1994; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
A. 
Required — Certification Of Rabies Vaccination Required. No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog or cat within the City limits, unless such dog or cat is licensed and properly vaccinated with anti-rabies serum. A veterinarian's certificate of vaccination must accompany each application for license to the City Collector, or to such agent as shall be designated by the Board of Aldermen, and shall state the name and address of the owner and the name, breed, color, age and sex of the dog or cat. At the time of making application, a numbered metallic tag shall be issued to the owner.
B. 
Certain Dogs Exempt From Vaccination Requirement. Any dog less than four (4) months of age shall be exempted from the requirements of a rabies shot as provided in Subsection (A) of this Section and the City Collector shall issue a license upon the owner's promise to have the dog vaccinated for rabies after it has attained the age of four (4) months.
C. 
Fee. There shall be a yearly license fee of three dollars ($3.00) per dog or cat, payable at the date of the issuance of the license. No license shall be issued until such license fee, together with any penalty as hereinafter provided, shall be paid.
D. 
Term — Penalties For Late Applications. All dog or cat licenses shall be issued for one (1) year beginning with the first day of January. Applications for license may be made prior to and for thirty (30) days after the start of the licensing year without penalty, but when the application is made after thirty (30) days of the licensing year have elapsed, the applicant shall be assessed a penalty of two dollars ($2.00) in addition to the license fee of three dollars ($3.00), which said total sum of five dollars ($5.00) shall be collected at the time the application for license is made; provided however, that no penalty shall be assessed if the dog or cat did not become subject to licensing until after the start of the licensing year.
E. 
Tags.
1. 
Upon complying with the other provisions of this Section, there shall be issued to the owner a numbered metallic tag, stamped with the number and the year for which issued. The shape or design of such tag shall be changed from year to year.
2. 
Every owner shall see that the tag is securely fastened to the dog or cat's choke chain, collar or harness, which must be worn by the dog or cat at all times unless the dog or cat, accompanied by the owner, is engaged in hunting or other sport where a collar might endanger the dog's or cat's safety.
3. 
In the event that a metallic license tag issued for a dog or cat is lost, the owner may obtain a duplicate tag upon the payment of fifty cents ($0.50).
F. 
Transfer. If there is a change in ownership of a dog or cat during the license year, the new owner may have the current license transferred to his/her name, upon application being made for the change.
G. 
Use For Dog Or Cat Other Than Dog Or Cat Licensed. No person shall use for any dog or cat a license receipt of license tag issued for a different dog or cat.

Section 205.070 Owner To Keep Dog Or Cat Under Restraint.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.070; Ord. No. 67-5 §§ 5, 9; Ord. No. 00-26 § 1, 2-28-2001; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
The owner shall keep his/her dog or cat under restraint at all times and shall not permit such dog or cat to be at large, off the premises or property of the owner, unless under the control of a competent person.

Section 205.075 Keeping A Dangerous Dog, Penalty — Appeal To Contest Impoundment — Exception.

A. 
A person commits the offense of keeping a dangerous dog or cat if he or she owns or possesses a dog or cat that has previously bitten, attacked or aggressively pursued any person or domestic animal without provocation and that dog or cat bites any person on a subsequent occasion.
B. 
In addition to the penalty set forth in Section 100.220, if any dog or cat that has previously bitten, attacked or aggressively pursued any person or domestic animal without provocation bites, attacks or aggressively pursues any person on a subsequent occasion or if a dog or cat that has not previously bitten a person attacks and causes serious injury to or the death of any human, the dog shall be seized immediately by the animal warden. The dog or cat shall be impounded and held for ten (10) business days after the owner or possessor is given written notification and thereafter destroyed.
C. 
The owner or possessor of the dog or cat that has been impounded may file a written appeal to the municipal court to contest the impoundment and destruction of such dog or cat. The owner or possessor shall provide notice of the filing of the appeal to the animal warden who seized the dog or cat. If the owner or possessor files such an appeal and provides proper notice, the dog or cat shall remain impounded and shall not be destroyed while such appeal is pending and until the court issues an order for the destruction of the dog or cat. The court shall hold a disposition hearing within thirty (30) days of the filing of the appeal to determine whether such dog or cat shall be humanely destroyed. The court may order the owner or possessor of the dog or cat to pay the costs associated with the animal’s keeping and care during the pending appeal.
D. 
Notwithstanding any provision of this Section to the contrary, if a dog or cat attacks or bites a person who is engaged in or attempting to engage in a criminal activity at the time of the attack, the owner or possessor is not guilty of any offense specified under this Section, and is not civilly liable under this Section, nor shall such dog or cat be destroyed as provided in Subsection (B) of this Section. For purposes of this Section, the term “criminal activity” shall not include the act of trespass upon private property under Section 210.1070 as long as the trespasser does not otherwise engage in, attempt to engage in, or have intent to engage in other criminal activity.

Section 205.080 Animals — Keeping Prohibited.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.080; Ord. No. 87-24, 12-14-1987]
A. 
It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the City of Fredericktown, Missouri:
1. 
Any warm-blooded, carnivorous or omnivorous, wild or exotic animal (including but not limited to non-human primates, raccoons, skunks, foxes and wild and exotic cats; but excluding fowl, ferrets and small rodents of varieties used for laboratory purposes).
2. 
Any animal having poisonous bites.
3. 
Any pit bull dog; provided, that pit bull dogs registered with the City on December 14, 1987, may be kept within the City subject to the standards and requirements set forth in Section 205.075. "Pit bull dog" is defined to mean:
a. 
The bull terrier breed of dog;
b. 
Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog;
c. 
The American pit bull terrier breed of dog;
d. 
The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog;
e. 
Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed which breed or mixed breed is known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or bull terriers;
f. 
Any dog which has the appearance and characteristic of being predominantly of the breeds of bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier; any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers; or a combination of any other breeds.

Section 205.090 Female Dogs Or Cats In Heat.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.100; Ord. No. 67-5 § 9; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
Every female dog or cat in heat shall be kept confined in a building or secure enclosure, or in a veterinary hospital or boarding kennel, in such a manner that such female dog or cat cannot come in contact with another dog or cat, except for intentional breeding purposes.

Section 205.100 Impoundment — Generally.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.110; Ord. No. 67-5 §§ 6, 9; Ord. No. 81-14 § 5, 7-13-1981; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
A. 
Required — Disposition Of Impounded Dogs Or Cats Generally. Any unlicensed or licensed dog or cat found running at large shall be taken up by the Animal Warden and impounded in the shelter designated as the City Animal Shelter, and there confined in a humane manner for a period of not less than three (3) days and may thereafter be disposed of in a humane manner if not claimed by its owner. Dogs or cats not claimed by their owners before the expiration of three (3) days may be disposed of at the discretion of such authority, except as hereinafter provided in the cases of certain dogs or cats.
B. 
Transfer Of Title To Humane Society. The Animal Warden may transfer title of all dogs or cats held by the Animal Shelter to the Humane Society after the legal detention period has expired and the dog or cat has not been claimed by its owner. In the event of such transfer of title, it is expressly understood that the Humane Society shall pay for each such dog or cat's food, after the legal detention period, until it shall be removed from the City Animal Shelter.
C. 
Citation Of Owners In Lieu Of Impoundment. When licensed dogs or cats, unlicensed dogs or unlicensed cats are found running at large and their ownership is known to the Animal Warden, such dogs or cats and unlicensed dogs or cats need not be impounded, but the agent may, at his/her discretion, cite the owners of such dogs or cats and unlicensed dogs or cats to appear in court to answer to charges of violation of this Chapter.
D. 
Notification Of Owners. Immediately upon impounding dogs or cats, the Animal Warden shall make every possible reasonable effort to notify the owners of such dogs or cats so impounded and inform such owners of the conditions whereby they may regain custody of such dogs and cats.
E. 
Dangerous Dogs And Cats Or Females In Heat. Any dog or cat described in Sections 205.070, 205.075, 205.080 or 205.090 found at large shall be impounded by the Animal Warden and may not be redeemed unless such redemption is authorized by any court having jurisdiction.
F. 
Public Nuisances. Any dog or cat impounded for being a public nuisance may not be redeemed unless such redemption is authorized by any court having jurisdiction.
G. 
Destruction Of Dogs Or Cats For Humane Reasons. When, in the judgment of the Animal Warden, a dog or cat should be destroyed for humane reasons, such dog or cat may not be redeemed.

Section 205.110 Redemption Of Impounded Dogs And Cats.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.120; Ord. No. 67-5 § 7; Ord. No. 81-14 § 6, 7-31-1981; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
A. 
The owner shall be entitled to resume possession of any impounded dog or cat, except as hereinafter provided in the cases of certain dogs or cats, upon compliance with the license provisions in Section 205.060 and the payment of impoundment fees set forth herein. Proof of ownership might include a license receipt, affidavits of neighbors, a photograph, etc.
B. 
Any dog or cat impounded under the provisions of this Chapter and not reclaimed by its owner within three (3) days may be humanely destroyed by the Animal Warden, have its title transferred to the Humane Society as provided for in Section 205.100 or may be placed in the custody of some person deemed to be a responsible and suitable owner who will agree to comply with the provisions of this Chapter and such other regulations as shall be fixed by the City; provided, that if the dog or cat is one as to which the respective rights of the owner and the person in possession or custody are determined by State law, such law shall be complied with.

Section 205.120 Redemption — Fees.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.130; Ord. No. 67-5 § 8; Ord. No. 80-35 § 3; Ord. No. 81-14 § 7, 7-13-1981; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005; Ord. No. 12-11 § 1, 4-9-2012]
Any dog or cat impounded under this Chapter may be reclaimed as herein provided upon payment by the owner to the Animal Warden of the sum of seven dollars ($7.00) for each dog or cat, and the additional sum of seven dollars ($7.00) for each day such dog or cat is kept after the expiration date of the legal detention period. Impoundment fees set forth herein, and such additional sums as herein provided for keeping animals, shall be collected by the Animal Warden for the City.

Section 205.130 Rabies Control.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.150; Ord. No. 67-5 §§ 10, 12; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
A. 
Every dog or cat which bites a person shall be promptly reported to the Animal Warden and shall be securely quarantined at the direction of the Animal Warden for a period of ten (10) days and shall not be released from such quarantine except by written permission of the Animal Warden. At the discretion of the Animal Warden, such quarantine may be on the premises of the owner, at the shelter designated as the City Animal Shelter or, at the owner's option and expense, in a veterinary hospital of his/her choice. In the case of stray dogs or cats, or in the cases of dogs or cats whose ownership is not known, such quarantine shall be at the shelter designated as the City Animal Shelter.
B. 
The owner, upon demand by the Animal Warden, shall forthwith surrender any dog or cat which has bitten a human, or which is suspected as having been exposed to rabies, for supervised quarantine, the expense of which shall be borne by the owner. Such dog or cat may be reclaimed by the owner if it is adjudged free of rabies, upon payment of fees set forth in Section 205.120 and upon compliance with the licensing provisions set forth in Section 205.060.
C. 
When rabies has been diagnosed in a dog or cat under quarantine, or when rabies is suspected by a licensed veterinarian and the dog or cat dies while under such observation, the Animal Warden shall immediately send the head of such dog or cat to the State Health Department for pathological examination and shall notify the proper public health officer of report of human contacts and this diagnosis.
D. 
It shall be the duty of every licensed veterinarian to report to the Animal Warden any dog or cat considered by him/her to be a rabies suspect.

Section 205.140 Exemptions From Chapter.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.160; Ord. No. 67-5 § 13; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
Hospitals, clinics and other premises operated by licensed veterinarians for the care and treatment of animals are exempt from the provisions of this Chapter, except where expressly stated.

Section 205.150 Disposal Of Dog Or Cat By Chief Of Police At Owner's Request — Fee.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.170; Ord. No. 80-15 § 1; Ord. No. 80-34 § 1, 11-3-1980; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to receive and take into his/her possession, for the purpose of disposing of such dog or cat, any dog or cat submitted to the Chief of Police by the owner thereof for that purpose. The Chief of Police is authorized to charge a fee for such service in the amount of ten dollars ($10.00). The Chief of Police shall not accept a dog or cat from an owner for the purpose of disposing of the dog or cat unless and until the fee has been paid and the owner has filled out and signed the following agreement:
IMPOUNDED DOG/CAT
Name of Owner
Date of Impoundment
Collar
Male or Female
Breed of Dog/Cat
Disposition of Dog/Cat
Pen Number
Impoundment Fee
The undersigned represents and declares that he/she is the owner of the above animal and requests that said animal be put to death. The undersigned hereby releases the City of Fredericktown, Missouri, from any claims arising out of this request and agrees to indemnify the City of Fredericktown, Missouri, and hold the City of Fredericktown, Missouri, harmless from any claim arising out of this request.
  Owner of Dog/Cat

Section 205.160 Dog Nuisances.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.180; Ord. No. 00-100 § 1, 11-13-2000; Ord. No. 01-12 § 1, 3-26-2001; Ord. No. 06-56 § 1, 10-23-2006; Ord. No. 12-05 § 1, 2-16-2012]
It shall be an offense for any person to own, keep or harbor any dog that by loud and frequent barking, howling or yelping disturbs the peace of one (1) or more persons. The owner, upon demand by the Animal Warden, shall forthwith surrender any such dog.

Section 205.170 Animals And Fowl Control.

[R.O. 2013 § 230.010; Code 1975, § 4 — 1; Ord. No. 95-37 § 1, 7-24-1995; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005; Ord. No. 13-02 § 1, 1-14-2013]
A. 
No person shall permit any horse, sheep, livestock, barnyard animal, fowl or poultry or any non-domestic, dangerous or offensive animals owned, kept or harbored by him/her to run at large.
B. 
No person shall keep more than two (2) dogs and/or two (2) cats, except a litter of dogs or cats under the age of six (6) weeks, on any one (1) tract, lot or parcel of land within the City at one time. The keeping of more than two (2) dogs and/or two (2) cats except dogs or cats under the age of six (6) weeks on any one (1) tract, lot or parcel of land within the City at any one time shall be considered a nuisance. The Animal Warden may seize any dogs or cats kept in violation of this Section and shall hold said dogs and/or cats until such time as a hearing in the Municipal Court may be held. In the event that the person is found to have kept more than two (2) dogs and/or cats in violation of this Section, then, in addition to the other penalties provided herein, the individual shall be liable for all costs and expenses for the holding, care and extermination of the dog or cat.

Section 205.180 Riding Animals On Sidewalks; Hitching To Railings, Shade Trees, Etc.; Feeding On Street, Etc.; Riding Animals During Hours Of Darkness.

[R.O. 2013 § 230.020; Code 1952, Ch. 4, Art. 1, § 35; Ord. No. 14-43 § 1, 9-22-2014]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to lead, ride, drive or place any beast of burden on any paved sidewalk or footway, other than going into or out of a premises owned or occupied by him/her or his/her employer.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to hitch or fasten any animal to any railing, fence, tree, lamppost or awning post not belonging to him/her or his/her employer.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to feed any animal upon any street, alley or sidewalk.
D. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to lead, ride, drive or place any beast of burden on any street, alley or highway during the hours between thirty (30) minutes prior to sunset and thirty (30) minutes after sunrise.

Section 205.190 Slaughtering; Allowing Putrid Meat, Etc., To Remain On Premises.

[R.O. 2013 § 230.030; Code 1952, Ch. 5 § 31]
No butcher or other person shall kill or slaughter any beeves, hogs, sheep or other animals within the City, nor shall such butcher or other person at any time permit any putrid offal, carcass or part thereof, or putrid meat, matter, blood or liquid of any kind to be or remain in or about any house, shed, tenement or building, or upon any lot, yard or premises owned, occupied or controlled by him/her within the City or within one (1) mile of the limits of the City.

Section 205.200 Animal Cruelty.

[R.O. 2013 § 230.040; Code 1952, Ch. 4, Art. 1, § 22; Ord. No. 12-2 § 1, 1-23-2012]
A. 
No person shall perform any of the following acts pertaining to animals and fowl:
1. 
Cruelty To Animals. Overdrive, overload, drive when overloaded, overwork, torture, cruelly beat, mutilate or needlessly kill, or carry or transport in any vehicle or other conveyance in a cruel and inhumane manner, any animal or cause any of these acts to be done.
2. 
Fight Upon Exhibition. Maintain any place where fowl or any animals are suffered to fight upon exhibition, or sport upon any wager.
3. 
Poisoning Dogs. Poison any dog or distribute poison in any manner whatsoever with the intent of poisoning any dog.
4. 
Killing Birds. Frighten, shoot at, wound, kill, take, capture, ensnare, net, trap or in any other manner molest or injure any robin, lark, whippoorwill, finch, thrush, wren, martin, swallow, snowbird, bobolink, red-winged blackbird, oriole, kingbird, mockingbird or other songbird or insectivorous bird; or in any manner molest or injure the nest eggs, young or body of such bird.
B. 
"Animal" as used in this Section shall mean every living vertebrate except a human being.
C. 
If a person is adjudicated guilty of the offense of animal cruelty and the municipal court is satisfied that an animal owned or controlled by such person would in the future be subject to such neglect or abuse, such animal shall not be returned to or allowed to remain with such person, but its disposition shall be determined by the court.

Section 205.210 Animal Neglect.

[R.O. 2013 § 235.140; Ord. No. 67-5 § 11; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
A. 
A person commits the offense of animal neglect if he or she:
1. 
Has custody or ownership of an animal and fails to provide adequate care; or
2. 
Knowingly abandons an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care.
B. 
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 or Chapter 272, RSMo.
C. 
In addition to any other penalty imposed by this Section, the court may order a person found guilty of animal neglect to pay all reasonable costs and expenses necessary for:
1. 
The care and maintenance of neglected animals within the person's custody or ownership;
2. 
The disposal of any dead or diseased animals within the person's custody or ownership;
3. 
The reduction of resulting organic debris affecting the immediate area of the neglect; and
4. 
The avoidance or minimization of any public health risks created by the neglect of the animals.

Section 205.220 Disposition Of Carcasses.

[R.O. 2013 § 230.050; Code 1975, § 4-5; Ord. No. 05-62 § 1, 11-28-2005]
A. 
Every person owning or caring for any animal or fowl that has died from any cause shall dispose of the body thereof within twenty-four (24) hours after knowledge of such death, either by turning such body over to a person licensed to dispose of or transport it or by the owner or person entitled to such body causing the same to be buried within that time upon his/her own or any other lawfully available premises and any such body shall be buried to such a depth that no part thereof shall be nearer than four (4) feet to the natural surface of the ground and every part of such body shall be covered with at least four (4) feet of earth, in addition to any other materials that may be used for that purpose; provided, that any person so owning or controlling any dead animal that has not died of a contagious disease shall have the right to remove the hide or skin thereof on his/her own premises before burying such body as herein prescribed, but such skinning must be done and the disposition of such hide or skin and body must be made in a manner that will avoid the creation of any nuisance.
B. 
If an animal or fowl is not in the possession or custody of any person at the time of its death or if its owner or person caring therefor is not known, the carcass shall be removed by the Chief of Police.

Section 205.230 Trucks Hauling Livestock Or Containing Manure.

[R.O. 2013 § 230.060; Code 1952, Ch. 4, Article 1 § 33]
No person who shall engage in hauling chickens, geese or other fowl or livestock of any kind by truck of any kind or description shall be allowed to park or leave such truck or vehicle on any street, alley or sidewalk of the City at night whether loaded or empty, and no transfer of loaded trucks of livestock from one truck to another shall be made upon the thoroughfares of the City at any time. No truck containing manure from chickens, geese or any other fowl or animals shall be allowed to park or be left day or night at or near any business house or within four hundred (400) feet of any residence in the City. No one shall water or wash such animals and fowls or wash out such trucks upon the streets, alleys and sidewalks of the City at any time. Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.

Section 205.240 Keeping Animals Within City Restricted.

[R.O. 2013 § 230.070; Ord. No. 07-21 § 1, 7-9-2007; Ord. No. 12-2 § 2, 1-23-2012]
A. 
Keeping Animals Within City Restricted.
1. 
Except for dogs, cats and traditional household pets such as caged birds, similar caged animals and aquarium animals or as provided for in Subsection (A)(3) and (4), no person shall keep, raise, harbor, water or offer for sale any cattle, cow, bull, hog, horse, mule, jenney pony, donkey, sheep, pig, goat, chicken, rooster, goose, duck, turkey, rabbit, skunk, raccoon or any other domestic or wild animal or fowl within the City, unless such animal or fowl are kept in an enclosed area in a tract of land of three (3) or more acres in size.
2. 
Large animals [over fifty (50) pounds] shall be limited to two (2) per acre over a total of three (3) acres as required in Subsection (A)(1).
3. 
A license may be issued for the raising, harboring, watering and sale of no more than three (3) chickens or rabbits on a property of less than three (3) acres within the City limits to parents or guardians of minors participating in 4H or other similar educational programs requiring the raising of such animals. Applicants for such license shall complete a license application and provide certification acceptable to the City Clerk of the participation of a minor resident on the property in the 4H or other educational program and pay the license fee as prescribed by the Board of Aldermen of Fredericktown from time to time. Such license shall be valid only for the period the minor is involved in the education program or for a period of one (1) year, whichever is less. Licenses may be renewed.
4. 
Veterinary clinics or offices and commercial enterprises permitted in a commercial zone may be licensed for continuing operations including the temporary harboring, water, treatment and sale of animals of all kinds. Applicants for such license shall complete a one-time license application and pay the prescribed fee. Licenses for veterinary clinics, offices or commercial enterprises shall only be issued if such facilities meet all other City requirements.
B. 
Whenever any goat(s), hog(s) of any description, sheep, cattle, mule(s), domestic fowl or horse(s) shall be taken up and not immediately claimed, it shall be lawful for the Chief of Police to sell same at auction to the highest bidder, for cash, after having given five (5) days' notice published once in the paper officially publishing the business of the City. Such money shall go first toward the expense of caring for the animals, then to the owner or owners on proving ownership to the Chief of Police within thirty (30) days of said sale.
C. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to own, harbor, shelter, keep, control, manage or possess any cattle, cow, bull, hog, horse, mule, jenney pony, donkey, sheep, pig, goat, chicken, rooster, goose, duck, turkey, rabbit, skunk, raccoon or any other domestic or wild animal or fowl within the City within or under any building used for human habitation within this City.
D. 
Notwithstanding anything in this Section, Section 250.020 of this Code shall remain in full force and effect.
E. 
Animal Feces Removed By Owner — Possession Of Removal Equipment.
1. 
It is unlawful for any person owning or in control of any animal to allow or permit such animal to defecate upon any public property, street right-of-way, alley, sidewalk, condominium or subdivision common area or private property of another, unless the person owning or in control of the animal immediately removes and properly disposes of all feces deposited by the animal.
2. 
It is unlawful for a property owner to allow the accumulation of animal feces on their property and removal and disposal of same shall be done at least once every forty-eight (48) hours.
3. 
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, public easement or private property of another.