Section 5-3 Disposition of animals biting or attacking persons.
Prior to the adoption of Ord. 21015 on 07/05/2011, Section 5-3 read as follows.
Except as provided in subsections (b), (c) and (d), any dog or cat which bites, injures or
attacks any person shall be immediately impounded for a period of ten (10) days. The animal
shall be impounded in Boone County, Missouri by the animal's owner with a veterinarian of the
owner's choice or with a veterinarian in another location approved by the director
health or the director's designee. It shall be unlawful for the animal's owner to refuse to
impound the animal. If the animal's owner does not impound the animal, the animal control
officer is authorized to impound the animal in the city pound. If, within the period of ten (10)
days, the animal does not develop or manifest rabies, it may be redeemed by the owner upon the
payment of the boarding fee and impoundment fee provided for in section 5-5 if the animal is in
the custody of the city, or the payment of usual and customary fees if the animal has been in the
custody of a veterinarian of the owner's choice. If the animal is not redeemed at the end of the
ten-day period, it shall be humanely disposed of, as provided for in this chapter. If the animal
develops signs of rabies, the animal control officer shall have the animal examined by a licensed
veterinarian. Any other warm-blooded animal which
that is suspected of having rabies or that
bites, injures or attacks any person may, upon the order of the
municipal judge, be
impounded and humanely euthanized, and the brain or other structures
subject to the provisions of article VII
Any trained dog maintained and utilized by the Columbia Police Department as a police
dog which has been vaccinated against rabies as required by this Code and which while under the
control or direction of the Columbia police bites or attacks any person shall be examined,
impounded or tested as the director
of public health deems appropriate.
If any dog or cat that has been vaccinated against rabies as required by this chapter bites
a veterinarian while the veterinarian is examining or treating the animal, the animal shall be
examined, impounded and tested only to the extent the veterinarian deems appropriate.
(d) In lieu of the impoundment requirements of subsection (a), a dog or cat that
or attacks any person may, at the discretion of an animal control officer, be impounded at its
owners place of residence, if all of the following requirements are met:
(1) The animal has been vaccinated against rabies, as required by this chapter;
(2) The animal was properly licensed by the city at the time of the incident;
(3) Neither the animal nor any other animal kept at the owners residence
has a history of
running at large;
(4) The animal does not have a history of causing injury to any person or animal;
(5) The animal's owner authorizes animal control officers to monitor the animal's
for ten (10) days;
(6) The animal's owner agrees to have the animal examined by a veterinarian on
day of impoundment
(7) No one is being charged with a violation of Sec.
5-57 involving the animal to be
(Code 1964, § 5.140; Ord. No. 11910, § 1, 6-6-88; Ord. No. 13168, §
1, 11-18-91; Ord. No.
14512, § 1, 6-5-95; Ord. No. 18576, § 1, 7-5-05)
Cross reference(s)--Vicious dogs generally, § 5-57.