ORDINANCE NO. 2006 - 
BILL NO. 2006 - 
 
 
An Ordinance of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri Amending Chapter 5, Licenses, 
by Adding Section 5-21 through 5-22 Regarding Animals and Fowl
WHEREAS, recent news has identified the "Pitbull Terrier" or "American 
Staffordshire Terrier" as a dangerous breed of dog.
 
WHEREAS, the City desires to ban said animals from the City limits.
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF 
CHILLICOTHE, MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Chapter 5, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Chillicothe, 
Missouri, 1999 Version is hereby amended by adding Section 5-21 & 5-22, and 
having Article I changes read as follows: 
Sec. 5-21. Limitations of particular breeds.
No person shall own, harbor or keep any canine exhibiting the dominant 
characteristics of the following breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier, 
Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or American Pit Bull Terrier within the City 
limits of Chillicothe; excepting any person lawfully owning or keeping 
such animal as of _____________, 2006. To be lawful, the dog must comply 
with all Animal & Fowl Ordinances, in addition to being:
1. Spayed or neutered;
2. Leashed and muzzled at all times while the dog is on public property 
or on private property not owned by the person in control of the animal;
3. The owner of a dog shall confine such dog within a fully enclosed 
structure from which it cannot escape. A fully enclosed structure shall 
mean a building with all doors, windows and other openings covered such 
that the dog cannot escape, or a pen having four walls, a top and bottom 
of sufficient strength that the dog cannot escape and that is located behind 
the front line of the main building on the lot and more than ten feet (10') 
from any lot line. The structure must be locked or otherwise secured against 
accidental entry by people or domestic animals with a key or combination 
lock when such animals are within the structure.
4. The owner shall show proof of liability insurance policy exhibiting no 
less than $100,000.00 coverage for any incident involving a dog.
Sec. 5-22. Penalty For Violation of Breed Limitations.
The penalty imposed for any violation of Section 5-21 shall be a fine of no 
less than $100.00 and up to $500.00 or incarceration up to one year in jail 
or both such fine and jail. Further, any person in violation of Section 5-21 
shall have no less than five (5) and no more than ten (10) days to remove 
the animal from the City. Failure to do so shall result in the euthanasia 
of the animal at the owner's expense. 
Section 2. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are, 
to the extent of such conflict, hereby repealed.
Section 3. If any clause, word, paragraph, section or other part or portion 
of this ordinance is held to be invalid, illegal, unlawful, or unconstitutional 
for any reason, the City Council hereby declares it would nevertheless have 
enacted the remaining portions thereof, and such remaining portions shall 
remain in full force and effect.
Section 4. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after
 _____________ which shall be the date of publication of this ordinance 
 as provided in the City Charter of the City of Chillicothe, Article IX, 
 Section 9-3 and the City Clerk is directed to so publish. 
PASSED AND APPROVED THIS DAY OF , 2006.
CITY OF CHILLICOTHE, MISSOURI
Todd Rodenberg, Mayor
ATTEST:
Rozanne Frampton, City Clerk