City of Higginsville, MO
Lafayette County
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[Ord. No. 2571 §2, 3-2-2015]
The owner of any dog, cat or other animal which bites any person, regardless of the circumstances, or irrespective of whether such dog is vaccinated and registered, shall be required to place such dog, cat or other animal in the custody of the Animal Control Officer for confinement in a manner satisfactory to the Animal Control Officer and in a manner that will prevent contact with people and other animals for a period of ten (10) days following the evening of the day of the bite for the purpose of clinical observation. All expenses shall be borne by the owner of the dog, cat or other animal. If such dog, cat or other animal develops clinical symptoms suggestive of rabies, it shall be allowed to die a natural death, or, if for any reason, such dog, cat or other animal dies while in confinement, its head shall be removed by a licensed veterinarian and submitted to a qualified laboratory. If, at the end of such ten-day period, such dog, cat or other domestic animal is alive and healthy, it may be released to its owner.
[Ord. No. 2571 §2, 3-2-2015]
Every rabid animal or animal exposed to rabies shall be immediately confined by the owner, who shall promptly notify a Police Officer or an Animal Control Officer. The owner shall, upon demand by the Health Officer, surrender such animal for quarantine in the animal shelter, a humane society animal shelter, or a licensed veterinary hospital, provided that if the owner elects to place the animal in a hospital, he/she shall be responsible for all costs. The animal may be quarantined a maximum of ten (10) days but shall be released earlier if certified by a licensed veterinarian to be free of rabies.
[Ord. No. 2571 §2, 3-2-2015]
The body of any animal dead of rabies or having been exposed to rabies prior to death shall be surrendered by the owner upon demand of the Health Officer.
[Ord. No. 2571 §2, 3-2-2015]
No person shall kill a rabid animal or an animal exposed to rabies, nor remove any such animal from the City, without permission from the Health Officer, except when it is necessary to kill such animal to prevent it from escaping or biting any other animal or person.