City of Higginsville, MO
Lafayette County
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[Ord. No. 2571[1] §1, 3-2-2015]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDON
Leaving a dog, cat or other animal in the City and not providing food, water or shelter. This shall include not redeeming a dog, cat or other animal at an animal shelter or kennel.
ADEQUATE CARE
Normal and prudent attention to the needs of an animal or fowl, including that care which is normally necessary to maintain good health for the specific species of animal or fowl.
ADEQUATE FOOD
Wholesome food suitable for the species provided at suitable intervals in a sanitary manner in quantities sufficient to maintain good health in an animal or fowl considering its age and condition.
ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE
The provision to each healthy animal or fowl of all immunizations and preventative care required to maintain good health; space adequate to allow the animal or fowl rest and exercise sufficient to maintain good health; grooming as required so that they are free from dangerous matting which affects their health, and the provision to each sick, diseased, or injured animal or fowl of necessary veterinary care or humane death.
ADEQUATE SHELTER
A structurally sound, properly ventilated, safe, sanitary and weatherproof shelter suitable for the species, condition and age of the animal or fowl which provides access to shade from direct sunlight and regress from exposure to inclement weather conditions. The area where animals or fowl are kept must be kept free from unsanitary conditions, vermin-harboring debris, rodents, refuse, or any dangerous protuberance which can provide an opportunity for injury or a danger to the health of the animal or fowl.
ADEQUATE WATER
A continual access to or access at suitable intervals to a supply of clean, fresh, potable water provided in a sanitary manner suitable for the species, condition and age of the animal or fowl in sufficient amounts to maintain good health in the animal or fowl. Such water will be provided in a secure manner so that the container cannot be overturned.
ANIMAL
Any mammal, reptile, fowl, or bird, either male or female.
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
An agent designated by the Mayor or Chief of Police to enforce or assist in the enforcement of this Chapter.
AT LARGE
A dog, cat, or other animal shall be deemed to be at large when off the property of the owner and not under restraint.
DOG
For the purpose of licensing of the dog, a dog of either sex if over the age of four (4) months.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL (NON-FARM)
Any species of animal selectively bred by human beings through several generations for the qualities required for the animals to successfully live with human beings. This includes, but is not limited to, dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, birds, fish, and other animals which are commonly found in pet stores, were bred in captivity, and have never lived in the wild.
EXPOSED TO RABIES
When 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.
HUMANE MANNER
Care of an animal to include, but not be limited to, adequate heat, ventilation and sanitary shelter, wholesome food and water, consistent with the normal requirements and feeding habits of the animal's size, species and breed.
LIVESTOCK/DOMESTIC FARM ANIMAL
Domestic animals of types customarily raised or kept on farms, including horses and other equine; cattle and other bovine; goats, sheep and other ovine; swine; llamas and other camelids; ostriches, emus and cassowaries; including miniature, dwarf or pygmy variations of all the foregoing.
OWNER
The person having the right of property or custody of a dog, cat, or animal or who keeps or harbors a dog, cat, or animal or knowingly permits a dog, cat or animal to remain on or about any premises occupied by that person.
POULTRY
This term does not include domestic, non-farm animals as defined in this section. Domestic fowl, such as turkeys, chickens, ducks, peacocks, or geese and other birds commonly found on farms and not commonly kept in a primary residential structure, including peafowl. This definition does not include ostriches, emus, or cassowaries which are considered to be livestock.
RESTRAINT
A dog is under restraint if it is within a fully enclosed or fenced area or under the handheld leash of the owner or agent of the owner, or on a leash confining such dog to the yard of its owner.
SPAYED FEMALE DOG
A female dog certified by a licensed veterinarian to have been spayed.
VICIOUS DOG
If any dog attacks or attempts to attack any other dog or other animal while such dog is at large, or chases or otherwise attempts to catch a person, then such dog shall be conclusively presumed to be a vicious dog and to have vicious propensities and tendencies.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 210, Animals and Fowl, adopted and amended R.O. 2009 §§210.010 through 210.060, 210.080 through 210.120, and 210.140 through 210.380; CC1976 §§6-1 through 6-6, 6-19 through 6-23, 6-25 through 6-28, 6-41 through 6-50, 6-58 through 6-64, and 6-73 through 6-76; R.O. 1954 §§401, 402, 403, 404, 520, 521; 4-11-1978 by §1 of Ord. No. 935; 8-20-1979 by §1 of Ord. No. 998; and 9-17-1979 by §1 of Ord. No. 1001.