City of Billings, MO
Christian County
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[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-1), 6-27-2006]
For the purposes of this Article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this Section.
ADEQUATE CARE
Normal and prudent attention to the needs of an animal, including wholesome food, clean water, shelter and health care as necessary to maintain good health.
ADEQUATE CONTROL
To reasonably restrain or govern an animal so that the animal does not injure itself, any person, any other animal or property.
ADOPTER
A person who is legally competent to enter into a contract, who is eighteen (18) years of age, who is adopting or buying a dog or cat from the City facility.
ANIMAL
Every living vertebrate except a human being.
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Any person or agent employed by the City to enforce this Chapter.
APPROVED VACCINE
Animal rabies vaccine licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by a licensed veterinarian.
AT LARGE
Any animal shall be deemed to be at large when he/she is off the property of his/her owner and not restrained by a competent person.
BREEDING
Not to exceed one (1) litter of offspring per household per permit year.
CASTRATED MALE
Any male dog or cat which has undergone surgical operation to render the animal unable to reproduce.
CAT
Member of the feline family over six (6) months of age.
DOG
Member of the canine family over six (6) months of age.
EXPOSED TO RABIES
When bitten by, or fought with, or has come in close contact with an animal showing symptoms of rabies.
HARBOR
To feed or shelter an animal at the same location for three (3) or more consecutive days.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The Department of Public Health and Welfare of the County.
HUMANE EUTHANASIA
The act or practice of putting an animal to death in a humane or instantaneous manner under guidelines and procedures established by rules promulgated by the Director of the Department of Agriculture of the State of Missouri.
IMPOUND
To apprehend, catch, trap, net or anesthetize by means of a gun or other mechanical device any animal.
IMPOUNDING FACILITIES
Any premises designated by the City for the purpose of impounding or harboring animals found in violation of this Chapter, as well as seized, stray, homeless, abandoned or unwanted animals.
KENNEL
An establishment kept and maintained for the purpose of breeding, selling or boarding dogs and/or cats, or an establishment kept and maintained for the purpose of training dogs or cats.
OWNER
In addition to its ordinary meaning, any person who keeps or harbors an animal or professes to be owning, keeping or harboring an animal.
RABIES CONTROL AUTHORITY
The Director of Public Health and Welfare of the County.
REGISTRATION, VACCINATION
The procedure of vaccinating for rabies and issuing an identification number and an appropriate certificate. The above words shall be interchangeable.
RESTRAINT
A dog is under restraint within the meaning of this Chapter if he/she is controlled by a leash, at heel of a competent person and obedient to that person's commands, or within a vehicle being driven or parked on the streets.
SPAYED FEMALE
Any female dog or cat which has undergone surgical operation to prevent conception.
STERILIZATION
The surgical removal of the reproductive organs in order to render the animal unable to reproduce.
TAG
Any metal object or badge issued by the City of Billings, regardless of shape or color, which bears an identification number and year of issuance.
VETERINARIAN
Any veterinarian in the County holding a current State license.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-2), 6-27-2006]
The owner or keeper of any dog or cat in the City of Billings is hereby required to have such animals vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and to procure a certificate of such vaccination from the veterinarian and to present such certificate to the City Clerk on or before June first (1st) of each year; and the City shall register such certificate, which registration shall remain in force until the May thirty-first (31st) next following said registration; and upon registration, the City Clerk shall issue a tag evidencing the registration and certificate of vaccination, and the owner or keeper shall securely attach the tag so issued and the tag issued by the veterinarian to a collar to be worn continuously by the animal for which the tag was issued. It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to permit such animal to remain in the City of Billings unless wearing the tag above provided for herein.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-3), 6-27-2006]
No person shall provide a facsimile or deface or change the tag issued in any manner which shall make or cause the tag to appear valid for a longer period of time than originally intended.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-4), 6-27-2006]
A tag shall not be transferred from the dog or cat for which it was issued to any other dog or cat.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-5), 6-27-2006]
No person shall own or keep within the City any dog or cat without first obtaining a license therefore from the City Collector.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-6), 6-27-2006]
A fee of three dollars fifty cents ($3.50) shall be paid for each spayed or neutered dog or cat licensed. A statement from a veterinarian showing proof for sterilization will be required at the time of obtaining a license. A fee of seven dollars ($7.00) shall be paid for each unfixed dog or cat. Lost or misplaced license tags will be replaced upon payment of a fee of one dollar ($1.00) for the replacement tag.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-7), 6-27-2006]
Each license issued pursuant to this Article shall be renewed annually prior to the first (1st) day of each June. There shall be a ten percent (10%) monthly penalty on all licenses purchased after said date.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-8), 6-27-2006]
The City shall, upon payment of the license fee required by this Article, deliver to the person making said payment a receipt therefore, showing for what purpose payment was made and for what year, together with a full description of the dog or cat for which said license fee is paid.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-9), 6-27-2006]
The City shall keep a list of all licensed dogs and cats in the corporate limits of the City, distinguishing the sex of each, together with the names of the owners or keepers thereof and file said list with the City who shall record the same in a file to be kept for that purpose.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-10), 6-27-2006]
It shall be the duty of the owner or keeper of any dog which has been vaccinated against rabies and upon which the license fee has been paid, pursuant to this Article, to furnish a collar to be worn by the dog on which shall be fastened a badge furnished by the veterinarian showing the rabies treatment and the years therefore and also to which shall be fastened a badge furnished by the City having an identification number and year of issuance. The absence of any such collar or badge from any dog shall be prima facie evidence that such dog has not been vaccinated nor the license fee paid.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-11), 6-27-2006]
It shall be unlawful for any owner to allow his/her animal to run at large.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-12), 6-27-2006]
Any dog or cat owned by temporary residents of the City may be deemed in compliance with this Chapter, if the dog or cat holds a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued by any graduate veterinarian. Dogs or cats not vaccinated shall be subject to the provisions of this Chapter within ten (10) days of date of arrival within the City.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-13), 6-27-2006]
No person shall keep any domestic animal which by frequent howling, barking, baying or yelping shall disturb the peace of the neighborhood.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-14), 6-27-2006]
The parent or guardian of any juvenile, sixteen (16) years of age or under, claiming ownership of any animal shall be deemed to be the owner of such animal and shall be charged for all penalties and pound fees imposed by this Article.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-15), 6-27-2006]
A. 
No person shall own, keep, harbor, maintain or allow to be upon any premises occupied by him/her or under his/her charge or control any guard dog (for the purposes of this Chapter here defined as a dog not owned by a governmental unit, which dog is professionally trained to guard public or private property) without such dog being confined behind a fence from which it cannot escape or within any part of a house or structure except when the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure; and must not be used or maintained in a manner which, as determined by the Police Department, endangers individuals on or off the premises guarded.
B. 
Any guard dog, including law enforcement dogs, used in the City by virtue of such use is hereby declared to be subject to the license and rabies vaccination requirements of this Chapter.
C. 
All guard dogs residing in or used as such in the City of Billings must be registered annually with the City.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-16), 6-27-2006]
There shall be no kennel within the City limits of Billings, Missouri, unless allowed by land development regulations. Kennel permit fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) will be required along with a required license from the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Animal Care Division.
[Ord. No. 1048 §§1 — 2(4-17), 6-27-2006]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for the occupant or occupants of any dwelling unit located in an area zoned "R-l" single-family dwelling or any subclassifications of such zoning districts to keep, maintain or harbor more than four (4) dogs or cats over the age of three (3) months on or about the lot or premises which comprises such dwelling unit.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for the occupant or occupants of any dwelling unit located in an area zoned "R-2" duplex or "R-3" apartments or any subclassification thereof to keep, maintain or harbor more than two (2) dogs or cats over the age of three (3) months on or about the premises which comprises such dwelling unit.