9/11/06
Chillicothe, MO

Chillicothe City Council members will again discuss the possibility of banning pit bulls from the city at the meeting tonight (9-11). Since the last council meeting two weeks ago, members of a special committee called to study the issue had met and developed a proposal. What will now be considered is a ban on American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, or American pit bull terriers except for those which are lawfully owned as of a certain date yet to be determined. In order to be lawfully owned, according to the proposal, the dogs must be: *spayed or neutered *leashed and muzzled at all times when the dog is on public property or on private property not owned by the person in control of the dog; *confined within a fully enclosed structure from which it cannot escape *the owner show proof of liability insurance of no less than $100,000 coverage for any incident involving a dog. Please ask that the City Clerk forward your correspondance to all CC'd Council members. The ordinance they currently have in place is listed below contacts. City of Chillicothe 715 Washington Chillicothe, MO 64601 660 646 1877 FAX: 660 646 6811 888-756-0990 Roze Frampton City Clerk cityclerk@chillicothecity.org D. John Edwards, City Administrator cityadmin@chillicothecity.org City Attorney, Scott Washburn cityatty@chillicothecity.org Mayor Todd Rodenberg; FAX: 660-646-6811 Chuck Haney, Councilman-At-Large; Earle Teegarden, Jr., 1st Ward Councilman; Lonnie Sewell, 2nd Ward Councilman Tom Douglas, 3rd Ward Councilman; Pam Jarding, 4th Ward Councilwoman;
ARTICLE II. DOGS Sec. 5-24. Annual license. (a) Every person owning, keeping, harboring or permitting a dog to remain on his premises shall register and secure a license for such dog if over the age of six months. Dog licenses shall be issued by the City Treasurer upon payment of the license fee not to exceed $7.50 for each spayed or neutered male or female and a fee not to exceed $15.00 for each unneutered male or unspayed female. Application for a dog license shall be made by the owner on a printed form, provided by the city for that purpose, upon which he shall state his name and address and the name, breed, color and sex of each dog owned or kept by him. Before any dog license shall be issued the owner shall present to the licensing officer a certificate of vaccination from a licensed veterinarian showing that such veterinarian has vaccinated the dog sought to be licensed with an anti-rabies vaccine and certification from a veterinarian verifying neutering or spaying. This provision of the article shall not apply to a dog whose owner is a nonresident temporarily within the city not to exceed thirty (30) days and not to "leader" dogs which have been vaccinated and are trained and actually used to assist a handicapped person. However, "leader" dogs may be registered by the owner thereof, but no annual license fee shall be charged for same. Licenses shall be issued for the calendar year beginning January 1, after which the applicant shall be assessed a penalty of 50 percent if the dog was of the age of 6 months by March 1. This licensing provision shall become effective for the registration period beginning January 1, 1988. (b) If during the license period ownership of the dog is transferred to the new owner upon making application to the City Treasurer, the transfer fee shall be $5.00. (Ord.No. 92-31, 4-13-92, Revised Ord. 96-121, 10/14/96) Sec. 5-25. Dog tags. Upon payment of the license fee, the city treasurer shall issue to the owner a license certificate and a metallic tag for the dog so licensed. The shape of the tag shall be changed each year and shall have stamped thereon the year for which it was issued and the number corresponding with the number of the certificate. Every owner shall be required to provide each dog with a collar to which the license tag shall be affixed, and shall see that the collar and the tag are worn constantly unless the dog, accompanied by owner, is engaged in hunting or other sport where a collar might endanger the dog's safety. In this instance the owner shall produce the tag or other proof of ownership if so requested by the animal control officer. In case a dog tag is lost or destroyed, a duplicate shall be issued by the city treasurer upon presentation of a certificate showing the license fee paid for the current year, and the payment of three dollar ($3.00) fee for such duplicate. Dog tags shall not be transferable from one dog to another and no refunds will be made on any dog license tag because of the death or loss of the dog or the owner's leaving the city before the expiration of the license period. No person shall remove or cause to be removed the collar or tag from any dog without consent of the owner or keeper thereof. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91, Revised Ord. No. 96-121, 10/14/96) Sec. 5-26. Dogs at large. It shall be a violation of the Code of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri for an owner or keeper of a dog to let such dog run at large, which is defined to mean off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the keeper, owner, or responsible member of the household of the keeper or owner. A dog is under control if it is under the immediate and effective restraint of a responsible person. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-27. Impoundment of licensed dogs. Any licensed dog found running at large in the city will be humanely handled by the animal control officer taken up and secured at the animal control shelter. Notification will be made to the owner of the dog's impoundment. The licensee or person making claim for the dog shall be considered the owner or keeper of said dog by virtue of the license application or the claim made and will be cited for the offense of permitting a dog to run at large. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-28. Impoundment of unlicensed dog. Any dog running at large in the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, whose licensed applicant owner, or keeper cannot be found, or not wearing a collar bearing a dog license tag as provided and described herein, shall be taken up by the animal control officer and impounded at some suitable place for five days during which time it shall be the responsibility of the animal control officer to see that such dog is fed and watered. If an unlicensed dog is found running at large, but its ownership is known to the Animal Control Officer, impoundment shall be in accordance with Section 5-27. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-29. Redemption and fees. The owner of a dog or other animal shall be entitled to resume possession of any impounded dog or other animal before it is disposed of, upon compliance with the license provisions herein and the payment of the impoundment fees set forth in this article. The animal control officer shall require that such dog be vaccinated with anti-rabies vaccine as a condition for the release of such dog, and may require such other vaccinations of the animal when deemed necessary. Any pet impounded under the provisions of this ordinance may be redeemed by the owner or keeper upon payment of a redemption fine of $10.00 plus an additional fine of $5.00 per day of impoundment or any fraction thereof, to offset the costs of impoundment for the first offense. The second offense shall require a $20.00 redemption fine and an additional fine of $5.00 per day of impoundment or any fraction thereof, to offset the costs of impoundment. The third offense and every offense thereafter in any calendar year shall require a $60.00 redemption fine and an additional fine of $5.00 per day of impoundment or any fraction thereof to offset the costs of impoundment. Dogs or other animals not claimed in a timely fashion may be adopted upon payment of an amount not less than that due the City as redemption fees for a first time offense. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91, Revised Ord. No. 96-121, 10/14/96) Sec. 5-30. Humane destruction of impounded dogs. Any dog impounded under the provisions of this article and not reclaimed by the owner within five days may be humanely destroyed by a veterinarian or a qualified person designated by the city by injection of a substance that is considered to be humane, or placed in the custody of some responsible and suitable owner who will comply with the provisions of this article and pay the adoption fees and if such dog is an unspayed female, will agree to have such female spayed within 90 days. Diseased or dying dogs may be humanely destroyed at the time of collection except that if the owner can be discovered from the tags on the animal he will be notified prior to disposing of the animal. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-31. Humane destruction at request of owner. Any person having the right to have any dog killed and who shall request the humane destruction of such dog will be granted the services available for humane destruction of impounded dogs. Any person making such a request shall be responsible for all costs associated with same and these costs shall be paid prior to the performance of the services. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-32. Animal bite procedures. (a) Required confinement and notice of authorities. Any animal that shall bite any person or other animal, causing an abrasion of the skin, shall be immediately confined for a period of ten days. It shall be the duty of the person owning, harboring or permitting any animal to be about his premises to notify the animal control officer immediately upon knowledge or notice that such animal has bitten any person or other animal and if such animal has been or will be delivered to a veterinarian. (b) Required immediate veterinarian examination. All animals subject to confinement will as quickly as practicable be transported by the owner or if the owner is unavailable or unwilling, by the animal control officer to a licensed veterinarian for examination. All costs associated with this procedure shall be the obligation of the owner of the animal. (c) Home confinement. If upon examination the first offender animal is free of apparent signs of central nervous system disease, and has received rabies vaccination more than 30 days prior to the bite and not more remotely than one year, or has received a vaccination more remotely than one year and has a certificate from a licensed veterinarian certifying the continuing effectiveness of such vaccination the owner with facilities to and who will assure the animal control officer of his confinement to do so, will be permitted to confine the animal examined by a licensed veterinarian on the tenth day, with reports of the examination to be made expeditiously to the police department. If in home confinement of an animal is not maintained, it will be picked up by the animal control officer and confined in the facilities of a licensed veterinarian. (d) Veterinarian confinement. In all cases other than those described in subsection (c) above, the animal will be confined in the facilities of the licensed veterinarian. (e) Payment of all veterinarian charges. All inspection confinement charges of the veterinarian will be paid by the person owning or harboring the animal. If the animal is not claimed by the owner at the end of confinement period, the animal will be impounded by the city and released to the owner only upon payment of all veterinary charges and fees in Section 5-29. If not claimed within five days, Section 5-30 will apply. (f) Disposition of animal without quarantine observation - Prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person with notice or knowledge that an animal owned, harbored or permitted to remain about his premises has bitten any person, to dispose of such animal in any manner and a violation of the terms of this Section shall be deemed a violation subject to punishment under Section 1-10 of this Code. (g) Death while confined; duty to notify police department. The animal control officer or a veterinarian or owner shall notify the police department immediately of the death of any animal while under his observation or care. All animals which have bitten any person shall be secured in such a manner so as to prevent their biting other animals while such animal remains in the city pound or in the care of a veterinarian. (h) Destruction of dangerous animal prior to quarantine; laboratory examination of brain. If any dangerous, fierce or vicious animal cannot be safely taken up or impounded, such animal may be slain by any policeman. In all cases where the animal has bitten a person or caused an abrasion of the skin, is slain by any policeman, whether by order of court or otherwise, and a period of less than 15 days has elapsed since the day upon which such animal bit any person or caused an abrasion of the skin of any person, it shall be the duty of the chief of police to cause to be delivered without delay, the head with brain of such animal to the state division of health laboratory or other authorized laboratory for analysis. (i) Emergency epidemic controls. It shall be the duty of the mayor, whenever in his opinion the danger to the public safety from rabid animals is great and imminent, to publish his proclamation order requiring all persons owning, keeping or harboring any animal to securely muzzle or confine same, for the period prescribed in the proclamation. All animals not so muzzled or confined during such period shall be presumed to be an abandoned or unknown animal. (j) Disposition of animal bitten or scratched by another animal. If an animal which has either not been vaccinated for rabies or has not received timely booster vaccinations for same is bitten or scratched by an animal adjudged to be rabid, such animal shall be forthwith destroyed or held under six months quarantine by the owner in the same manner as other animals are quarantined. If an animal which has been vaccinated for rabies is bitten or scratched by an animal adjudged to be rabid, such animal be given a rabies booster vaccination and shall be watched for abnormal behavior for a period of 30 days. If an animal is bitten or scratched by an animal, and it is not known whether that animal is rabid, the bitten or scratched animal shall be quarantined for a period of six months. (k) Disposition of animals after quarantine. Any animal which becomes rabid during the period it is confined shall be killed and the health officer may order the chief of police to deliver the head with the brain of such animal to the state laboratory or other authorized laboratory for analysis. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-33. Injury to humans. No person will own, keep, possess, or harbor an animal which has a history of inflicting to any human being injury on two separate incidents reported to the animal control officer unless it can be proven that the animal was defending itself against unwarranted harassment by a human. No section of this ordinance shall be construed as preventing a person from exercising reasonable self-defense tactics to prevent an animal attack. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-34. Restrictions on vicious dogs. (a) Restraint Required. No person shall own a vicious dog without keeping it securely confined on owner's property. When the dog is off owner's property it must be muzzled. (b) Sign Required. It shall further be the duty of the owner and of the keeper of such a dog to post a notice on the premises conspicuously visible to the public and reading in letters of not less than two (2) inches high: "Bad Dog Here" or "Beware Bad Dog", or words of similar import. (Ord. 81-28, Sec. 12, 8-10-81) Sec. 5-35. Animals annoying humans by barking, howling, yelping, jumping upon, threatening, spreading garbage or attacking other domestic animals or fowls. It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor any animal which, by loud, frequent or habitual barking, howling, or yelping, shall annoy or disturb any neighborhood or person, or by habitually jumping upon or threatening person upon public streets shall cause persons thereon to be put in fear of injury or habitually spreads garbage or habitually attacks other domestic animals, pets or domestic fowls. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-36. Animals damaging property. It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor any animal which repeatedly does damage to shrubs, gardens or property. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-37. Female dogs in heat; running at large. It shall be unlawful for any owner, keeper, or person harboring any female dog to permit or suffer her to run at large within the city while she is in heat, whether she has the collar or tag required by the article on her or not. If the owner of such female dog cannot be immediately found, such dog shall be impounded by any police officer. Every female dog in heat shall be kept confined in a building or secure enclosure, or in a veterinary hospital or boarding kennel, in such manner that such female dog cannot come in contact with another animal, except for breeding purposes. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-38. Dogs without current vaccination. It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, harbor or permit a dog on his premises that does not have current and effective vaccination against rabies. (Ord.No. 91-14, 2-25-91) Sec. 5-39 - 5-43. Reserved.