Two purposes are served:
- Protect people - Unvaccinated animals
may spread rabies, which is a disease that infects the central nervous system and ultimately results in death for humans. Loose animals are frequently a traffic hazard; uncontrolled animals may become
a nuisance to neighbors by damaging shrubs, lawns, chasing livestock, etc. Dog bites increase with the number of dogs running loose.
- Protect animals
- Animals can be harmed by other animals (diseased or vicious), motor vehicles, thieves, and from becoming lost. Uncontrolled animals are also an expensive problem. In addition to the costs
from injury and property damage, millions of tax dollars are spent each year
to shelter and humanly destroy homeless, unwanted or injured animals.
If your pet is missing, call Animal Control at 573-449-1888 to report it missing. It is always a good idea to visit the
animal shelter to look for your pet.
The shelter is located at 616 Big Bear Blvd.
A summons may be issued for violation of the Animal Control ordinances. The
maximum penalty upon conviction in Municipal Court is $500 and/or 30 days in
jail; the Boone County Associate Circuit Court penalty is $1,000 or imprisonment
for not more than one year or by both such fine and imprisonment.
A limited number of free spay/neuter vouchers are available to dog and cat owners who meet minimum income guidelines. Vouchers are limited to one household per year. There are a few 2012 vouchers left for both dogs and cats. For more information, please contact Animal Control at 573-449-1888.
Responsibilities Of Pet Owners:
Pets need . . .
- Love and attention daily
- Food and water daily
- To be kept clean, brushed and groomed
- To be disciplined
- Shelter from rain, snow, cold and drafts
- To receive regular veterinary care
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