CHAPTER 200: ANIMALS AND FOWL
ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL
SECTION 200.010: DEFINITIONS
Whenever in this Chapter the following terms are used, each shall have the meaning respectively ascribed in
ANIMAL: Any live, vertebrate creature, domestic or wild, other than humans.
ANIMAL SHELTER: The facility or facilities operated by Lawson, Missouri, or its authorized agents for the
purpose of impounding or caring for animals held under the authority of this Chapter or State law.
COMMERCIAL ANIMAL ESTABLISHMENT: Any pet shop, grooming shop, auction, riding school, stable, kennel,
guard dog service, dog trainer, business keeping animals in stock for retail or wholesale trade, or any
establishment performing one (1) or more of the principal activities of the aforementioned establishments.
DANGEROUS ANIMAL: Any animal having a disposition or propensity to attack or bite any person or other
animal without provocation, or which is wild by nature and of a species which, due to size, vicious nature or other
characteristics, constitutes a danger to human life, physical well-being or property.
11 Any dog that constitutes a physical threat to human beings or other animals, or has a disposition or
propensity to attack or bite any person or other animal without provocation, or a dog of a species which, due to
size, vicious nature or other characteristics, constitutes a danger to human life, physical well-being or property,
or any dog which has been known to bite or attack a human being or other domestic animals without provocation
one (1) or more times;
A.2. Any dog which, according to the records of the Supervisor of Animal Control, has killed a domestic
animal without provocation while off the owner's property; or
A.3. Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting or any dog trained for dog
FOWL: Any and all fowl, domesticated and wild, male and female, single and plural.
HARBORING: Any person who offers asylum, refuge or sanctuary to any animal on a basis so temporary as to
not be deemed to be owning or keeping shall be deemed to be harboring.
INDIVIDUAL: The word "individual", whenever used in this Chapter, shall mean one (1) adult and competent
KENNEL LICENSE (PERMIT): A kennel license is necessary for the care, breeding, showing or sale of dogs or
cats by an adult natural person who maintains a hobby-kennel or hobby-cattery containing more than two (2), but
not more than ten (10), animals over the age of six (6) months on the lot on which he is resident or on a
contiguous lot, which lot or lots are not zoned for business.
§ 200.010 Lawson City Code § 200.010
LARGE ANIMAL: Any swine, bovine, goat, sheep, beast of burden or any other domestic or wild animal of a
similar or larger size.
LICENSE TAG: Any system or systems of animal identification approved by the Finance Director which do not
involve alteration or permanent marking of an animal.
OWNING OR KEEPING: Any person who feeds or shelters any animal for three (3) or more consecutive days or
who professes ownership of such animal shall be deemed to be owning or keeping.
PERSON: A human being.
PIT BULL DOG:
.1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dog.
.2. The American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dog.
.3. Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed which breed or mixed breed is known as Pit
Bulls, Pit Bull dogs or Pit Bull Terriers.
.4. Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of the
Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, any other breed commonly
known as Pit Bulls, Pit Pull dogs or Pit Bull Terriers, or a combination of any of these breeds.
PUBLIC NUISANCE: Any animal (or group of animals which contains any animal) which:
.1. Molests any passerby or chases passing vehicles including bicycles.
.2. Attacks any other animal.
.3. Is in heat and not properly confined as provided in Section 200.300.
.4. Is at large in violation of Section 200.310.
.5. Damages public or private property.
.6. Barks, whines or howls in an excessive fashion which is hereby defined as continuous or untimely so as
to disturb the sleep of an individual who is a neighbor (a "neighbor" for this purpose is hereby defined as an
individual residing in a residence structure which is within one hundred (100) yards of property on which the
animal is kept or harbored) and who does in writing state that he will so testify if called upon to testify about such
matter under oath.
.7. Is ridden on public property without a permit or which obstructs or interferes with vehicular or pedestrian
.8. Causes injury to people.
.9. Threatens or causes a condition which endangers public health.
.10. Impedes refuse collection by ripping any bag or tipping any container of such.
SMALL ANIMAL: Any animal not within the definition of large animal, but including all dogs without reference to
SUPERVISOR OF ANIMAL CONTROL: The use of this title throughout this Chapter shall be a reference to the
Supervisor of Animal Control and staff assigned to work under the direct control of the Supervisor of Animal
Control who may act through staff to perform any duty under this Chapter unless otherwise specifically stated.
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VETERINARY MEDICAL CARE FACILITY: A facility which has the primary function of providing medical care for
animals and is operated by a currently licensed veterinarian.
WILD ANIMAL: Any animal which is predominantly free roaming as opposed to domesticated. (Ord. No. KK432
SECTION 200.020: DUTY OF SUPERVISOR OF ANIMAL CONTROL
Except where otherwise provided, it shall be the duty of the Supervisor of Animal Control, under the direction of
the Chief of Police, to administer and enforce the provisions of this Chapter directly or through staff assigned to
be supervised by said Supervisor of Animal Control. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.2, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.030: DUTY OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT
It shall be the duty of the Police Department to enforce the provisions of this Chapter and to assist the Supervisor
of Animal Control in enforcing the provision of this Chapter. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.3, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.040: SUPERVISOR OF ANIMAL CONTROL─RECORDS
The Supervisor of Animal Control shall keep a record in which he shall enter all his official transactions. Such
record shall be open to the inspections of any person as authorized or limited by the Revised Statutes of
Missouri, particularly Chapter 610 and such other enactments as may be or become applicable. (Ord. No.
KK432 §200.4, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.050: IMPOUNDMENT AND VIOLATION NOTICE
A. Any unrestrained dog, or any animal defined as a public nuisance by this Chapter, may be taken by the
Police or Supervisor of Animal Control and impounded in the animal shelter or at a designated holding place
and be there confined in a humane manner pending further action pursuant to this Chapter or other law. If an
owner or keeper is present, in lieu of impoundment, a general ordinance summons may be issued to that
person and said person may retain possession of the animal if it is the belief of the officer issuing such
summons that such possession is not in conflict with any other Section of this Chapter.
B. Whenever any animal is confined by authority of this Chapter, it shall be the duty of the Supervisor of
Animal Control to release the same upon satisfactory proof that the party claiming the animal is entitled to
possession thereof and upon payment to the City Treasurer of all applicable fees prescribed by Section 200.330
and the fee for any license that may be required by this Chapter. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.5, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.060: NOTIFICATION OF CAPTURE AND IMPOUNDMENT
After the impoundment of any animal where a general ordinance summons has not bee issued to the owner or
keeper, the Supervisor of Animal Control shall promptly notify the owner of such animal of its impoundment if the
owner can be determined and located by reasonable investigation; however, no liability shall attach to the City or
to the Supervisor of Animal Control or his staff for failure to give such notice. The owner or an impounded animal
who does not redeem his animal may still be proceeded against for violation of any applicable Section or
Sections of this or any other applicable ordinance. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.6, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.070: POWERS OF CITY ADMINISTRATOR (OR HIS DESIGNATE)
A. In the event that the City Administrator or his designate determines that a rabies or other zoonotic disease
control emergency exists, he shall so declare, stating the boundaries of the affected area and he is hereby
empowered to issue emergency regulations and take all steps necessary within the provisions of this Chapter
§ 200.070 Lawson City Code § 200.100
and State law to abate the threat. Such emergency steps and regulations shall be in effect only during the period
of the declared emergency.
B. The City Administrator or his designate is hereby empowered to issue standing regulations for rabies and
zoonosis control that he finds necessary to protect the public health, which standing regulations shall be filed
with the City Clerk. Such regulations shall be in keeping with the United States Public Health Service Guidelines
and Missouri State Law. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.7, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.080: PERMIT FOR ELIMINATION OF PESTS
The City Administrator (or his designate) is hereby authorized to issue a permit for the elimination of squirrels,
starlings or pigeons to any owner or owner's authorized agent, lessee or tenant of real estate in the City
frequented by squirrels, starlings or pigeons in numbers the director believes to be sufficient to create a public
nuisance on such real estate; or in cases where such public nuisance exists in a district of the City, such permit
may be issued to a duly licenses pest control or exterminating company for such district which shall be defined
on such permit. No permit shall be issued for a longer period than thirty (30) days. Retention of any such permit
shall be conditioned upon continuing compliance with advisory instructions issued and regulations adopted by
the City Administrator or his designate dealing with such activity, which regulations the City Administrator is
hereby authorized and directed to promulgate and to adopt by filing them with the City Clerk, which regulations
shall govern the trapping and disposal of squirrels, starlings and pigeons and shall be designed to ensure
humane and sanitary methods for such and for the protection of public health. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.8, 12-10-
SECTION 200.090: DANGEROUS AND PROHIBITED ANIMALS
A. The keeping or harboring of dangerous animals other than dogs within the City is hereby prohibited.
Other than as to dogs which are regulated by Section 200.270, the Supervisor of Animal Control shall have the
authority to declare an animal dangerous because of past behavior, violations or the inherently dangerous
nature of the animal as to persons. Such a declaration shall be grounds for the impoundment and destruction
of the animal unless, without danger to the public, it can be and is removed from the City within forty-eight (48)
B. The following animals are hereby declared to be dangerous and the keeping or harboring of such
animals within the City is prohibited, except as provided in Subsection (A) of this Section:
B.1. Lions, tigers, bears, leopards, ocelots, jaguars, cheetahs, margays, mountain lions, Canada lynx,
bobcats, jaguarundi, hyenas, wolves and coyotes;
B.2. Non-human primates, raccoons, skunks and foxes;
B.3. Any deadly, dangerous or poisonous reptile;
B.4. Any non-domestic cat, wild/domestic cat hybrid, wolf-dog hybrid or poisonous animal.
B.5. Any other animal which is inherently dangerous because of past behavior, violations of this Chapter or
the nature of the animal in relation to persons or domestic animals.
C. The animals listed in Subsection (B) of this Section may be kept in a properly maintained and licensed
zoological park, circus, scientific or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital or animal
refuge, only after such animals have been registered with the Supervisor of Animal Control. (Ord. No. KK432
§200.9, 12-10-90; Ord. No. KK624 §1, 7-21-97)
SECTION 200.100: PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
A. In the interest of public health, safety and the general welfare, to regulate or prohibit the keeping or running
§ 200.100 Animals and Fowl §
at large of any animal or fowl, any person keeping or harboring any animal or fowl in the City by so doing does
thereby authorize the Supervisor of Animal Control to enter without warrant upon private property he owns or
controls where such animal or fowl is to be found, in plain sight, other than within any residence structure, for the
purpose of enforcement of this Chapter and to seize such animal from said private property to abate ordinance
B. By the authority of this Section, any animal that is deemed by the Supervisor of Animal Control to be cruelly
mistreated in violation of this Chapter or suffering may be seized from the property of its owner or keeper to
abate the mistreatment or the suffering of that animal and it may be confined at the Municipal Animal Shelter or
other appropriate facility for disposition under the terms of this Chapter.
C. Any animal that has possibly exposed a person to rabies through a bite wound or other tissue invasion
and that is found on the property of the owner or keeper may be removed from that property by an Animal Control
Officer if such owner or keeper is not available, willing and able to surrender the animal for the observation
required by Section 200.380 or Section 200.390 of this Chapter.
D. Any female dog in season and not confined in a building or solid enclosure as required by Section
200.300 of this Chapter may be removed from the property of the owner or keeper to abate such nuisance.
E. Any dog on the property of an owner or keeper that is roaming free or that is not effectively physically
restrained shall be deemed to be in violation of Section 200.310 and may be removed from that property. (Ord.
No. KK432 §200.10, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.110: ABANDONMENT
It shall be unlawful for any owner or keeper to abandon any animal. For the purpose of this Section, to
"abandon" means for the owner or keeper to leave an animal without demonstrated or apparent intent to recover
or to resume custody; to leave an animal for more than twelve (12) hours without providing for adequate food and
shelter for the duration of the absence; or to turn out or release an animal for the purpose of causing it to be
impounded. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.11, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.120: KEEPING LIVESTOCK AND WILD BEASTS
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or harbor any hogs, pigs or other member of the
swine species of animals within the City.
B. No livestock (as used herein "livestock" includes, but it not limited to, the following animals: horses,
mules, cattle, sheep, goats) or wild animals of similar or larger size shall be kept, maintained, pastured or fed
within two hundred (200) feet of the nearest portion of any building in any way used by human beings, other than
the dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of any such animals. Beyond this limitation of two hundred (200)
feet, not more than two (2) of the aforesaid animals shall be kept, provided that the limitation of two (2) horses
shall not apply to a commercial riding stable licensed pursuant to Section 200.450 as a riding academy, nor
shall the limitation of two (2) such animals apply to a commercial stockyard or land zoned for agricultural use.
Stables, coops, pens or other structures for the housing of any of the aforementioned animals shall comply with
all zoning restrictions.
C. Livestock shall not be allowed to run at large and when legally kept must be restrained in a manner and
by such means as will prevent such animals from escaping, straying or running at large. Gates used to restrain
livestock shall be kept closed with a chain and padlock to minimize vandalism.
D. All manure accumulations in the area where livestock and other animals are kept shall be removed,
stored or disposed of in such a manner as to prevent attracting flies or the spread of disease.
E. Wild animals not prohibited from being kept as pets shall also be so kept in compliance with the Statutes,
regulations and treaties of the State of Missouri and the Federal Government. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.12, 12-10-
§ 200.130 Lawson City Code § 200.130
SECTION 200.130: SMALL ANIMALS AND FOWL IN PENS
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or maintain any animals or fowl of any type except dogs
or cats within the City unless the zoning classification for that area containing the owner's property is classified
Agricultural District "A-1" pursuant to the City of Lawson zoning regulations.
B. Location And Restraint Required. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain any chicken
coop, dove cote, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment for the housing of fowl or small animals, except dogs
and cats, closer that one hundred (100) feet to the nearest portion of any building occupied by or in any way used
by human beings, other than the dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of the animals or fowl, or closer than
twenty-five (25) feet to the property line of the lot on which such fowl or animals are kept for sale within a bona
fide produce market, commission house or store for purposes of trade and while so kept are confined in small
coops, boxes or cages, or where such animals or fowl are kept for purposes of research in a laboratory.
Animals and fowl so kept or maintained shall be enclosed on all sides and shall not be allowed to run or fly at
large except for homing pigeons.
C. Odors. Every coop, dove cote, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment shall be kept so that no offensive,
disagreeable or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience of any
inhabitants of the neighborhood.
D. Disposal Of Manure. Every coop, dove cote, rabbit hutch or other yard establishment shall be provided
within a watertight and fly-tight receptacle for manure of such dimension as to contain all accumulations thereof,
which receptacle shall be emptied sufficiently often and in such manner as to prevent its becoming a nuisance.
Such receptacle shall be securely covered at all times except when open during the deposit or removal of
manure or refuse therefrom. No manure shall be allowed to accumulate except in such receptacle. All such
manure, when removed from the receptacle, shall be buried with covering of not less than six (6) inches of earth,
or if used as fertilizer, thoroughly spaded into the ground, or shall be removed from the property.
E. Fowl─Maintenance Of Enclosures. All earthen yards of runways wherein fowl are kept or permitted to be
shall be spaded and then limed once every three (3) months from the month of April through the month of
December. For the purpose of killing flies and other insects, all structures, pens or coops wherein fowl are kept
or permitted to be shall be sprayed with such substances as will eliminate such insects.
F. Condition Of Enclosure. Any structure, pen, coop or yard wherein animals or fowl are kept or permitted to
be shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, devoid of all rodents and vermin, and free from
objectionable odors. The enclosed area of all such structures shall be constructed in such a way as to be dry at
all times on the inside. The person maintaining any aforementioned structure, pen, coop or yard in the City does
by such act of maintenance authorize the City Administrator or his designate to at any time inspect any such
structure or premises and issue any such order as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Section.
G. Number Of Animals, Fowl. Except where fowl, rabbits or other small animals are kept for sale within a
bona fide produce market, commission house or store for the purpose of trade and while so kept are confined in
small coops, boxes or cages; or where such animals or fowl are kept for the purposes of research in a
laboratory; or in areas zoned for agricultural use, it shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain, within
one hundred (100) feet of the nearest portion of any dwelling or other building occupied by or in any way used by
human beings, except for a dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of such animals, more than fifteen (15)
chickens or other domestic fowl four (4) months or more of age or thirty (30) chicks or other domestic fowl under
four (4) months of age or more than ten (10) rabbits or other small animals over the age of four (4) months or
more than twenty (20) rabbits or other small animals under the age of four (4) months. No rooster which crows
shall be kept within three hundred (300) feet of any residence or dwelling except that of the owner or keeper.
H. As to the keeping and harboring of chickens or other domestic fowl for whatever purpose maintained, the
City Administrator (or his designate) shall have authority to promulgate regulations to provide that such shall be
kept in such a manner as to prevent a nuisance or health hazard. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.13, 12-10-90)
§ 200.140 Animals and Fowl §
SECTION 200.140: CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
A. No owner or keeper of an animal shall fail to provide the animal with sufficient good and wholesome food
and water; proper shelter for the species with insulation if necessary for protection from the weather; adequate
bedding; and the opportunity for adequate daily exercise. An owner or keeper shall provide veterinary care when
needed to treat injury or illness unless the animal is instead promptly destroyed in a humane manner. Any
owner, keeper or harborer of an animal in this City by the act of owning, keeping or harboring such animal does
thereby authorize the Supervisor of Animal Control to enter the yard where such animal is kept if the Supervisor
of Animal Control reasonably believes that the animal is kept in an unlawful, cruel or inhumane manner and to
examine such animal and to seize and impound such animal at the Municipal Animal Shelter when, in said
examiner's opinion, it is being kept in an unlawful, cruel or inhumane manner.
B. No person shall beat, cruelly ill treat, torment, overload, overwork or otherwise abuse an animal or cause,
instigate or permit any dogfight, cockfight or other combat between animals or between animals and humans
and any animal so used shall be seized, impounded and promptly humanely destroyed. Nor shall any person
attend such unlawful exhibition or be umpire or judge at such.
C. The operator of a motor vehicle which strikes any animal shall, as soon as possible, report the accident to
the Police Department.
D. No person shall offer to give or give a live animal as a prize or as a business inducement.
E. Fowl younger than eight (8) weeks of age may not be sold or offered for sale in quantity of less than twenty
(20) birds to an individual purchaser. Vendors of such fowl shall provide and operate brooders or other heating
devices as may be necessary to maintain the fowl in good health and shall keep adequate food and water
available to the fowl. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.14, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.150: INJURING AND CAPTURING ANIMALS UNLAWFUL
Except as necessary for human safety, relocation of nuisance animals through the use of box traps, destruction
of rats, mice and other pests, veterinary medical practice, termination of suffering, and performance of official
duties by public employees, it shall be unlawful to deliberately injure or kill, capture or trap, expose a poisonous
substance for, or poison any animal and, further, it shall be an unlawful act to attempt any of the aforesaid
unlawful acts. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.15, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.160: DOG PENS, RUNS, CAGES─ODORS
Every pen, run, cage or other yard establishment wherein any dog is kept shall be maintained so that no
offensive, disagreeable or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance or inconvenience
of any neighbor. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.16, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.170: DISPOSAL OF MANURE
A. All manure accumulations in any pen, run, cage or yard establishment wherein a dog is kept shall be
removed or disposed of in such a manner as to prevent the breeding of flies.
B. It shall be unlawful for the person in control of a dog to allow the dog to deposit manure on public property
or on the private property of another person.
C. The owner or keeper of every animal, when such animal is off the property controlled by the owner or
keeper, shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by such animal on public walks, streets,
recreation areas or private property and it shall be a violation of this Chapter for such owner or keeper to fail to
remove or provide for the removal of such excreta before taking an animal from the immediate area where such
excretion occurred. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.17, 12-10-90)
§ 200.180 Lawson City Code § 200.240
SECTION 200.180: LICENSE─REQUIRED FOR DOGS AND CATS
It shall be the duty of every person owning, keeping or harboring in the City any dog or cat over one hundred
eighty (180) days old to procure a license therefor from the City Administrator or his designate. The receipt
issued for the license shall constitute a certificate of registry and evidence of licensure for the keeping of such
dog or cat within the City. The City Administrator may delegate authority to the Supervisor of Animal Control to
enforce any Section of this Chapter requiring licensure. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.18, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.190: NON-RESIDENTS
Any other Section of this Chapter notwithstanding, the licensing provision of this Chapter shall not apply to any
non-resident owner or keeper of a dog or cat while such non-resident is passing through the City, provided such
dog or cat shall remain on leash or otherwise effectively physically restrained as in a closed vehicle. (Ord. No.
KK432 §200.19, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.200: LICENSE FEE─EXCEPTION
For the issuance of each dog and cat license required by this Chapter, the owner or keeper shall pay to the City
such license fee as is provided for in Section 200.450, except that when any such owner, keeper or other
applicant for such license shall submit such proof as may be required by the City Administrator or his designate
that a dog is fully trained as a "seeing eye dog" or a "hearing dog" and is regularly used in the service of a blind
or deaf person or that a dog is owned by a governmental unit, then such license shall be issued without the
payment of such fee. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.20, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.210: LICENSING PERIOD
The licensure evidenced by the certificate of registry shall entitle an owner or keeper to keep the licensed dog or
cat in the City until the first (1st) day of July next following the date of issuance of the dog and cat license and
certificate. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.21, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.220: CERTIFICATION OF IMMUNIZATION─LICENSURE PREREQUISITE
Before the City Administrator or his designate issues any license or tag for a dog or cat, the owner or keeper
thereof shall file with the City Administrator or his designate a certificate from a licensed veterinarian showing
that within three hundred sixty-five (365) days next preceding the issuance of such license, the dog or cat was
immunized against rabies. The owner will also submit satisfactory proof (such as a certificate from a licensed
veterinarian) to the City Administrator or his designate as to whether or not a dog or cat has been spayed or
neutered if it is desired to obtain a license at the lower rate applicable to spayed or neutered animals. (Ord. No.
KK432 §200.22, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.230: RECORDS OF DOG AND CAT REGISTRATION
The City Administrator or his designate shall keep a record for a period of three (3) years giving the name and
address of the owner or keeper of each licensed dog or cat and the number of the certificate of registry, together
with a general description of the dog or cat. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.23, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.240: LICENSE TAGS─REPLACEMENT TAGS
At the time of the issuance of a license required by this Chapter, the City Administrator or his designate shall
deliver therewith a license tag showing the registration number and expiration date of the license. A
replacement license tag shall be furnished by the City Administrator or his designate to any such owner or
keeper upon application satisfactory to the City Administrator or his designate and payment of one dollar
§ 200.240 Animals and Fowl §
($1.00). Any change in the form of license tag or tags used shall first be approved by the City Administrator or his
designate as suitable for dogs or cats or both. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.24, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.250: WEARING OF LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION TAGS REQUIRED
A. No owner or keeper of any licensed dog shall allow or permit such dog to be outside the residence of said
owner or keeper at any time without having attached to a collar about the neck of such animal or to a secure body
harness the license tag provided for in Section 200.240 or the identification tag provided for in Section 200.410
(repealed by Ord. No. KK609, 4-21-97) except when such dog is being handled in the course of an organized
dog training or exhibition program.
B. The owner or keeper of any licensed cat shall either attach the license tag provided for in Section 200.240
to the animal with a neck collar or secure body harness or the owner or keeper shall retain such tag in
possession at his residence or shall display the tag upon request of any Police Officer or Animal Control Officer.
C. No person shall remove or cause to be removed the collar, harness or the license tag from any registered
dog or cat without the consent of the owner or keeper thereof. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.25, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.260: LIMITATION ON NUMBER OF DOGS AND CATS
A. It shall be unlawful and a public nuisance for any person in charge of a residence to keep or allow to be
kept more than two (2) dogs or two (2) cats, or any combination of such animals exceeding two (2) in number,
over the age of ninety (90) days at such residence unless the residence or all of the dogs and cats are kept there
are within one (1) or more of the following exceptions:
A.1. The residence is licensed as a commercial animal establishment.
A.2. All of the dogs and cats over one hundred eighty (180) days of age kept at the residence are licensed as
required under this Chapter and the person in charge of the residence upon the request of any City of Lawson
Animal Control Officer or Police Officer presents for inspection certificates of registry for all such animals
showing continuous licensure for all such animals from October 1, 1985, onward.
A.3. The individual in charge of the residence has a current kennel permit in which case the number of
animals shall not exceed ten (10) over the age of one hundred eighty (180) days.
B. When animals in excess of the limit established in the preceding Subsection are found at a residence, all
of the animals found at the residence may be removed to the Municipal Animal Shelter to be handled in
accordance with Section 200.320, except that the person in charge of the residence, if present, may designate
and retain up to two (2) licensed animals. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.26, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.270: DANGEROUS DOGS
A. A dog may be declared dangerous because of any one (1) or more of the following:
A.1. Any dog of a cross, ferocious or dangerous disposition as evidenced by past behavior.
A.2. Any dog which is of a species, size, vicious nature or other characteristic(s) that would constitute a threat
to physical well-being of human or animal life.
A.3. Any dog which is of a species, size, vicious nature or other characteristic(s) that would constitute a
danger to public or private property.
A.4. Any dog which has the disposition or propensity to attack unprovoked.
A.5. Any dog which has without provocation bitten a human being one (1) time.
§ 200.270 Lawson City Code § 200.270
B. The following constitutes prima facie evidence of a dangerous dog:
B.1. Records of animal control or the Police Department show a past history of violations of Subsection (A)
(1) through (4).
B.2. Evidence is presented in a court of competent jurisdiction and a judgment is entered into the court
record indicating the dog is considered by the court to be a dangerous dog.
B.3. An incident occurs during which a serious injury and/or death results.
C. Any dog found to be a dangerous dog under Subsection (A)(1) through (4) or Subsection (B)(1) through (2)
shall be required to be controlled under the following standards:
C.1. Leash. No person shall permit a dangerous dog to go outside its kennel or pen unless such dog is
securely leashed with a leash no longer than four (4) feet in length.
C.2. Confinement. When not on a leash being physically controlled by a person, a dangerous dog shall be
securely confined in a locked pen or kennel consisting of a structure which has secure sides and a secure top
attached to the sides and either a secure bottom attached to the sides or the sides of the pen must be
embedded in the ground at least two (2) feet. Such enclosures shall adhere to all building and zoning
regulations of the City. All such enclosures must be adequately lighted and ventilated and kept in a clean and
C.3. Confinement indoors. No dangerous dog may be kept on a porch, patio or in any part of a house or
structure that would allow the dog to exit such building on its own volition. In addition, no such dog may be kept
in a house or structure when the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are the only
obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure.
C.4. Signs. A conspicuous notice shall be posted consisting of a notice stating in two (2) inch high print on a
two (2) feet by three (3) feet sign, "DANGEROUS DOG".
D. Any dog found to be a dangerous dog under Subsection (A)(5) or Subsection (B)(3) may be humanely
killed as directed by a court of competent jurisdiction if it is found that the dog is too great a threat to human or
animal life to be released to the owner, keeper or harborer.
E. The Animal Control Officer or Police Department may take control of and remove to the animal shelter or
other facility providing adequate shelter, food and medical care any dog that is involved in an incident where the
owner, harborer or keeper has been issued a summons for a violation of any Section of Chapter 200 until such
time as the court disposes of the case involving the dog(s) in question. Within twenty-four (24) hours of the final
disposition of the case, the animal in question must be returned to the owner, harborer or keeper and any
applicable provisions of Chapter 200 shall apply except that a maximum fee of twenty dollars ($20.00) may be
charged for housing the dog.
F. The Animal Control Officer or the Police Department may destroy a dangerous dog as a last resort if it is
not reasonably possible to catch the dog without injury and/or death to human or animal life or damage to public
or private property within the City.
G. It shall be unlawful for any owner, harborer or keeper to fail to comply with any Subsection of this Section.
Failure to comply may result in the immediate impoundment of the dog(s) in question and revocation of their
H. Biting Dogs Running At Large. It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping or harboring any dog to
permit, suffer or allow said dog at large (as defined in Section 200.310(A)) within the City and if said dog causes
injury to a human by biting or scratching while running at large, said owner, keeper or harborer shall, upon
conviction, be punished pursuant to this Section and Section 200.420(A).
I. Penalty Section. Any violation of any parts of this Section shall be punishable pursuant to Section 200.420
(A). (Ord. No. KK432 §200.27, 12-10-90)
§ 200.280 Animals and Fowl §
SECTION 200.280: EXCESSIVE ANIMAL NOISE
A. No person shall own or keep any animal which by making excessive noise disturbs a
neighbor/neighborhood. The following definitions and conditions shall be specially applicable to enforcement of
the aforesaid prohibition of this Section:
EXCESSIVE NOISE: Any noise produced by an animal which is so loud and continuous or untimely as to disturb
the sleep of a neighbor.
NEIGHBOR: An individual residing in a residence structure which is within one hundred (100) yards of the
property on which the animal is kept or harbored and who does state that he will testify under oath to said animal
making excessive noise.
B. If a general ordinance summons is issued charging violation of this Section, a subpoena shall also be
issued to the disturbed neighbor to testify in the matter. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.28, 12-10-90; Ord. No. KK735, 7-
SECTION 200.290: DOGS OR OTHER ANIMALS PUTTING PERSONS IN FEAR OR BEING MAINTAINED AS
A. No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog or other animal which by jumping upon or threatening any
person upon a public street or sidewalk shall cause such person to be put in fear of injury. This Section shall
apply to any animal running at large (as defined by Section 200.310(A)) and to any animal while being walked on
a leash and the unprovoked attack by an animal on a leash upon any person shall constitute an assault or
battery by the person holding the leash and failing to prevent unprovoked attach by such animal.
B. It shall be a violation to maintain any animal within the City as a public nuisance as such is defined by the
Common Law of Missouri, the Statutes of Missouri or the ordinances of this City. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.29, 12-
SECTION 200.300: DOG IN HEAT
The owner, keeper or person harboring any female dog shall, during the period that such animal is "in heat",
keep it securely confined and enclosed within a building except when out upon such person's premises briefly
for toilet purposes while on lease or otherwise effectively physically restrained. For the purposes of this Section,
"briefly for toilet purposes" shall consist of a maximum time of fifteen (15) minutes on each separate occasion.
(Ord. No. KK432 §200.30, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.310: DOGS RUNNING AT LARGE PROHIBITED
A. It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping or harboring any dog to permit, suffer or allow said dog
to run at large within the City. For the purpose of this Section, any dog shall be deemed to have been permitted,
suffered or allowed by its owner, keeper or harborer to run at large when found outside of the residence structure
of the owner, keeper or harborer and not effectively physically restrained on a chain or leash or behind a suitable
fence or other proper method of physical restraint from which it cannot escape.
B. A legally blind person using a "seeing eye dog" in the customary manner shall be deemed to be in
compliance with this Section.
C. Official use of dogs by any governmental unit shall be deemed in compliance with this Section. (Ord. No.
KK432 §200.31, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.320: DISPOSITION OF ANIMALS
A. Impounded animals shall be kept for not less than seven (7) days except:
§ 200.320 Lawson City Code § 200.330
A.1. When given to be disposed of by an owner, keeper or harborer, in which case the animal shall be held
until the next calendar day before making a disposition;
A.2. When an animal arrives at the shelter in so sick or injured a condition that in the judgment of the
Supervisor of Animal Control or a licensed veterinarian, human compassion requires that the suffering be
promptly ended, in such instance said time period shall not apply and the animal will be humanely killed to
prevent needless suffering.
B. Whenever an animal shall remain in the animal shelter or at the place of impoundment of a designated
representative for a period longer than seven (7) days from the impounding of such animal (except those
animals impounded under authority of Section 200.380 or Section 200.390, in which case said period shall
begin upon the expirations of the applicable observation period therein provided), said animal shall be disposed
of in a humane manner by the Supervisor of Animal Control.
C. The Supervisor of Animal Control may, in lieu of having an unclaimed animal killed as provided herein,
give such animal into the custody of any adult requesting custody (animal adoption) of such specific animal as a
pet after viewing it, provided that in the judgment of the Supervisor said person will humanely care for such
animal and will not permit its use for laboratory or experimental purposes. If more than one (1) qualified person
requests an animal, the person making the highest and best bid shall receive the animal.
D. No animal will be given to the custody of a person who, in the judgment of the Supervisor, is requesting
the animal with the intent to sell it. Not more than two (2) animals may be given into the custody of any individual
or family per year.
E. After selection of a dog or cat, but prior to delivery of custody of the animal, the Supervisor of Animal
E.1. Collect all fees for boarding of said dog or cat and issue a receipt for such which shall constitute a
temporary permit to keep the animal without license for tag for ten (10) days if it is over one hundred eighty (180)
days old or for ten (10) days after the animal becomes one hundred eighty (180) days old, which date shall be
entered on the receipt based on the animal's age as estimated by the Supervisor of Animal Control and such
age shall be conclusively presumed correct for the purposes of and enforcement of this Chapter.
E.2. Collect a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) deposit for any unneutered or unspayed dog or cat and shall refund
this deposit if within one hundred eighty (180) days the animal is licensed and satisfactory proof from a licensed
veterinarian is submitted that such animal has been spayed or neutered.
E.3. Collect a five dollar ($5.00) deposit for any neutered or spayed dog or cat and shall refund this deposit if
the animal is licensed and refund is requested within the period the animal may be kept without license or tag
as indicated on the aforementioned temporary permit.
F. Any deposit provided for in Subsection (E) is forfeited to the City Treasury at the expiration of the applicable
time limit for claim. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.32, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.330: IMPOUNDED ANIMALS' FEES
A twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee shall be charged when any animal is picked up by the Animal Control Officer and
transported to the animal shelter or other City designated place of impoundment. The fee for the care of any
animal during the period of impoundment shall be at the rate of eight dollars ($8.00) for each day or portion of a
day that said animal is impounded; provided however, that such fee shall be increased by the actual amount of
any unusual expenses incurred either in the impoundment or the care of said animal. An owner or keeper must
pay these fees in full to obtain custody of his animal, but the payment is not required for animal adoption. (Ord.
No. KK432 §200.33, 12-10-90)
§ 200.340 Animals and Fowl §
SECTION 200.340: ZOO AND ANIMAL SHOW OPERATION
Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed to regulate the owning, keeping or display of animals by government
entities nor to prohibit the customary and humane presentation of any circus, rodeo, horse or stock show,
trained animal act, or other similar traveling or temporary animal display or act if conducted pursuant to all
applicable City ordinances and State laws applicable at the time of occurrence. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.34, 12-10-
SECTION 200.350: DEAD ANIMALS
A. Responsibility. The Supervisor of Animal Control or his designate shall be responsible for the removal of
all dead animals found within the City except as otherwise provided in this Section. In this Section, "dead
animal" shall mean one not killed for food or no longer fit for food.
B. Removal Of Large Dead Animals. All large dead animals shall be removed by the owner or proprietor of
the premises within twelve (12) hours after the death of such animal. If not so removed, such animal shall be
removed by the City Administrator or Animal Control Officer at actual cost to the property owner or proprietor.
C. Removal Of Small Dead Animals. For the removal of small dead animals from animal hospitals,
commercial establishments, laboratories and other similar places where animals are kept for commercial or
scientific purposes, the fee for each animal shall be five dollars ($5.00). For the occasional removal of small
dead animals from other premises, there shall be no charge.
D. Charges. Charges for dead animals' removal as required in Subsections (B) and (C) above are due and
payable upon billing by the Director of Finance or his designate.
E. Access. On occupied property, the owner or tenant thereof shall provide easy access to the subject
animal for purposes of its removal.
F. Notice. No person owning or having in his possession the carcass of any animal not to be used for food
shall permit the same to remain in or upon any street, sidewalk, park, public ground, private lot or other place
without at once giving notice to the Police Department. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.35, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.360: ANIMAL MARKETS
No horse market shall be conducted or maintained in any block of ground in the City where a majority of the
frontage of any side of such block is occupied and used for residential purposes. It shall further be unlawful to
offer any animal for sale at auction, unless the same is done in a barn, stable or other covered enclosure.
Where any animal is offered for sale at auction, the auctioneer so offering the same for sale shall first make a
minute description of such animal in a well bound book, which book shall be at all times open to inspection by
any officer of the City or Police Department. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.36, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.370: COMMERCIAL ANIMAL ESTABLISHMENT STANDARDS
Any person operating a commercial animal establishment shall keep and maintain the animals, and all
structures, pens or yards in which the animals are kept, in such a manner as to prevent a nuisance or health
hazard to humans and to avoid injury to these animals. All cages and holding areas must be properly sanitized
so as to keep the animals enclosed therein free of diseases. All such caged animals shall be provided with a
constant supply of wholesome food and water or in lieu of this, the proprietor shall prominently and publicly post
and shall follow a schedule for adequate feeding and watering. All disease-infested animals shall be removed
and treated to prevent the spread of disease or euthanized and if the owner or keeper fails or refuses to provide
for such, the Supervisor of Animal Control or designate may remove such animals to the Municipal Animal
Shelter or appropriate facilities for disposition as provided by this Chapter. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.37, 12-10-90)
§ 200.380 Lawson City Code § 200.390
SECTION 200.380: HUMAN EXPOSURE TO ZOONOTIC DISEASES BY ANIMALS
Any bite wound exposing an individual to the possibility of rabies or other zoonotic disease (thereinafter
"incident") shall be immediately reported to the Lawson, Missouri, Police Department by the victim and by the
owner, keeper or harborer of the animal if the incident is known to him/her. Any animal bite which requires
medical treatment shall be reported within twenty-four (24) hours to the Police Department by the treating
physician or hospital caring for the patient. It shall be the duty of the Police Department to promptly notify the
Supervisor of Animal Control of any such bite reported to the Police. It shall be unlawful for the owner, keeper or
person harboring the animal involved in such incident to release it from his custody, or to hide or conceal such
animal, or to take or allow such animal to be taken beyond the limits of the City unless so authorized by the Chief
of Police or City Administrator until an observation period stipulated by the City Administrator or his designate for
the particular species of animal is over or such period is ruled unnecessary by the City Administrator or his
designate. It shall be the duty of such owner or keeper, upon receiving notice of such incident, to immediately
place the animal involved in a duly licensed veterinary medical facility, the address of which must be furnished
the Supervisor of Animal Control at once, or in the Municipal Animal Shelter, or kept confined as agreed upon
with the Animal Control Officer where such animal shall be isolated and confined for observation. The owner or
keeper of an animal involved in a biting incident shall be liable for the cost of confinement and observation. The
death or any suspicious change in health or behavior of any such animal undergoing observation shall be
reported immediately by the observing authority to the City Administrator or his designated representative. In the
event that a proper period of observation is undetermined or undeterminable for the species of animal involved
in an incident, the City Administrator or Chief of Police is hereby empowered to order whatever laboratory
examination of the animal or the animal's tissues is required by prudent medical practice for the protection of the
victim and no liability for damages shall arise from any injury to or the death of the animal occasioned by said
laboratory examination. When an animal involved in an incident is outside the City, the City Administrator or the
Supervisor of Animal Control shall forward information concerning the incident to the appropriate authority of the
jurisdiction of residence of the owner, keeper or harborer of the appropriate State Health Department for
coordinated disease prevention. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.38, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.390: DOMESTIC DOG AND CAT BITES RESULTING IN HUMAN EXPOSURE TO RABIES
It shall be the duty of every owner or keeper of any dog or cat, upon receiving notice or having knowledge of the
involvement of his pet in a human exposure to the possibility of rabies or other zoonotic disease by biting
(hereinafter "incident"), to immediately place such animal in a duly licensed veterinary medical facility, the
address of which must be furnished to the Supervisor of Animal Control at once or in the Municipal Animal
Shelter, where such animal shall be isolated and confined for observation for ten (10) consecutive days from
and including the day of the incident. It shall be unlawful for the owner, keeper or person harboring the animal
involved in such incident to release it from his custody, or to hide or conceal such animal, or to take or allow
such animal to be taken beyond the limits of the City, unless so authorized by the City Administrator or his
designate, until the period of confinement and observation here required is completed. The owner or keeper of
such animal involved in an incident shall be liable for the cost of confinement and observation. The death or any
suspicious change in the health or behavior of any such dog or cat undergoing observation shall be reported as
soon as possible by the observing authority to the City Administrator or his designate. The City Administrator or
his designate is hereby authorized to authorize confinement other than described above as he finds medically
appropriate, providing such animal will be controlled and observed in accordance with the owner's signed or
verbal agreement, but only if such dog or cat has been vaccinated for rabies within the past twelve (12) months
and is duly licensed as provided by this Chapter. Unless determined otherwise by the City Administrator,
exceptions to the aforesaid confinement may be granted by the Supervisor of Animal Control in the following
.1. Where a female dog is nursing unweaned puppies or a female cat is nursing unweaned kittens.
.2. If the investigating Police Officer determines both:
.2.a. That the incident occurred while the animal involved was confined and legally kept upon the property of
the owner; and
§ 200.390 Animals and Fowl §
.2.b. That the person injured was upon the property without the express or implied consent of the owner and
was not there performing functions of a job.
However, if the person injured in an incident, or his parent or guardian in case of a minor, desires that the
animal be impounded (even though an exception to impoundment has been granted as aforesaid) and agrees
in writing to pay for its board during the period of confinement, it shall be impounded in the manner and for the
period specified earlier, unless determined otherwise by the City Administrator or Chief of Police upon review of
the facts and circumstances of the incident. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.39, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.400: DANGEROUS ANIMAL INVESTIGATION
A. If any dangerous, fierce or vicious dog, cat or other animal believed involved in an incident (as the term
"incident" is used in Sections 200.380 and 200.390) cannot be safely captured or prevented from escaping by
usual means, such animal may be slain by a Police Officer or Animal Control Officer if such is the Officer's
belief. In all cases where such animal may have exposed a person to rabies and is slain before the completion
of the observation period stipulated for the species by the City Administrator or his designate, it shall be the duty
of any person slaying such animal to forthwith deliver, or cause to be delivered, all the remains of such animal to
the Supervisor of Animal Control. A departure from this procedure must be requested of and authorized by the
City Administrator or his designate.
B. For the purpose of disease or injury control, the Supervisor of Animal Control is hereby empowered to
impound and observe pets in transit through Lawson, Missouri, at the request of any official animal control
agency, health officer, or law enforcement agency of another jurisdiction. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.40, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.410: RESERVED
Editor's Note─Ord. no. KK609, adopted April 21, 1997, repealed section 200.410: domestic animal avocation
permit, in its entirety. Former section 200.410 derived from ord. no. KK432 §200.41, 12-10-90.
SECTION 200.420: PENALTIES
A. Any person violating any provision of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon
conviction of such violation shall, unless another specific penalty or specific penalty range be provided by
another Subsection of this Section, be punished by a fine of not less than fifteen dollars ($15.00) nor more than
five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the Municipal Correctional Institution for a term not to
exceed ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
B. Any person violating any of the following Sections of this Chapter:
B.1. Section 200.180:License─Required For Dogs And Cats
B.2. Section 200.250:Wearing Of License Or Identification Tags Required
B.3. Section 200.310:Dogs Running At Large Prohibited
shall, upon conviction and after the court, subsequent to such conviction, has examined any prior conviction
record to determine if the person has previously been convicted of the same offense, be sentenced by the court
according to the following schedule of fines with reference to initial or subsequent violation of the particular
First (1st) offense $ 25.00
Second (2nd) offense 50.00
Third (3rd) offense 100.00
and for any subsequent offense 500.00
§ 200.420 Lawson City Code § 200.430
C. Any person violating any of the following Sections of this Chapter:
C.1. Section 200.110:Abandonment
C.2. Section 200.120:Keeping Livestock And Wild Beasts
C.3. Section 200.130:Small Animals And Fowl In Pens
C.4. Section 200.140:Cruelty To Animals
C.5. Section 200.160:Dog Pens, Runs, Cages─Odors
C.6. Section 200.170:Disposal Of Manure
C.7. Section 200.260:Limitation On Number Of Dogs And Cats
C.8. Section 200.280:Excessive Animal Noise
C.9. Section 200.290:Dogs Or Other Animals Putting Persons In Fear
C.10. Section 200.300:Dog In Heat
C.11. Section 200.370:Commercial Animal Establishment Standards
shall, upon conviction and after the court, subsequent to such conviction, has examined any prior conviction
record to determine if the person has previously been convicted of the same offense, be sentenced by the court
according to the following schedule of fines with reference to initial or subsequent violation of the particular
First (1st) offense $ 50.00
Second (2nd) offense 100.00
Third (3rd) offense 300.00
and for the fourth (4th) or any subsequent offense 500.00
D. Any person violating any of the following Sections of this Chapter:
D.1. Section 200.380:Human Exposures To Zoonotic Diseases By Animals
D.2. Section 200.390:Domestic Dog And Cat Bites Resulting In Human Exposure To Rabies
shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five hundred
dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the Municipal Correctional Institution for a term not to exceed ninety (90)
days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
E. Each day's violation of, or failure, refusal or neglect to comply with, any provision of this Chapter shall
constitute a separate and distinct offense. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.42, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.430: IDENTIFICATION AND RESTRAINT OF GUARD DOGS
A. Guard Dogs. Any "guard dog" (for the purpose of this Chapter here defined as a dog not owned by a
governmental unit which dog is used to guard public or private property) used in the City by virtue of such use is
hereby declared to be subject to the license requirements of this Chapter; must be vaccinated against rabies by
a licensed veterinarian; must, if brought into the City from without the State of Missouri, be accompanied by the
official health certificate required by the Code of State Regulations at 2 CSR 30-2.010 (8), which certificate shall
be exhibited upon the request of any City Animal Control or Police Officer; must be controllable by its keeper; and
must not be used in a manner which, as determined by the Supervisor of Animal Control, endangers individuals
not on the premises guarded. Any person operating a guard dog service
§ 200.430 Animals and Fowl §
in the City shall register such business with the Supervisor of Animal Control and shall list all premises to be
guarded with the Supervisor of Animal Control before such service begins.
B. In addition to all other requirements of this Chapter, each guard dog as defined at Section 200.270(C)
shall at all times, while being used as a guard dog, wear a collar bearing a bright red two (2) inch diameter disc
to warn the public. The Supervisor of Animal Control shall sell such disc for one dollar ($1.00) each or the owner
or keeper of each such dog may supply and use a disc of similar appearance subject to such being determined
to be similar in appearance and durability by the Supervisor of Animal Control.
C. Guard dogs as defined in Section 200.270(C) shall be effectively restrained to prevent escape when in
transit and while being loaded and unloaded at the premises guarded.
D. All guard dogs housed or used within the City of Lawson shall be considered a dangerous dog and shall
comply with Section 200.270(C)(1) through (4) if kept, housed or maintained on premises other than those
guarded by the dog.
E. Violation of any part of this Section 200.430 shall be punishable under Section 200.420(A). (Ord. No.
KK432 §200.43, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.440: RESCUE OF ANIMALS FROM VEHICLES
Whenever any animal is found confined in a motor vehicle in a public place under weather conditions that
endanger its life as determined by the Supervisor of Animal Control, the Supervisor of Animal Control is hereby
authorized to enter such vehicle and rescue such animal and thereafter impound it in accordance with Section
200.320. A prominent written notice shall be left on or in the vehicle advising that the animal has been removed
under the authority of this Section and impounded in accordance with Section 200.320 at the Municipal Animal
Shelter. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.44, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.450: LICENSING FEES
Male and neutered female dogs $ 1.25
Unneutered female dogs 2.25
Male and neutered female cats 1.25
Unneutered female cats 2.25
Kennel permit (For kennel permit fee see Section 200.410)(Repealed by KK609, 4-21-97)
NOTE: After July first (1st) of each year, a delinquent fee of one dollar fifty cents ($1.50) will be assessed in
addition to the license fee.
Commercial riding stable/riding academy 75.00
(Ord. No. KK432 §200.45, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.460: RESERVED
SECTION 200.470: COMMERCIAL RIDING STABLE/RIDING ACADEMY
Space reserved for future ordinance
§ 200.480 Lawson City Code § 200.490
SECTION 200.480: RESERVED
SECTION 200.490: KEEPING OF PIT BULL DOGS PROHIBITED
A. It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the City of
Lawson, Missouri, any Pit Bull dog, provided that Pit Bull dogs residing in the City on the date of passage of this
Chapter may be kept within the City subject to the standards and requirements herein set forth. (For definition of
"Pit Bull Dog" see Section 200.010.)
B. Pit Bull dogs residing in the City of Lawson at the time of passage of this ordinance may be kept by their
owners within the City, subject to the following standards.
B.1. Pit Bull dogs residing in the City at the time of passage of this Chapter must be registered with the City
by the owners within ten (10) days of passage of this Chapter.
B.2. Lease and muzzle. No person shall permit a Pit Bull dog to go outside its kennel or pen unless such
dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer than four (4) feet in length. No person shall permit a Pit Bull dog
to be kept on a chain, rope or other type of leash outside its kennel or pen unless a person is in physical control
of the leash. Such dogs may not be leashed to inanimate objects such as trees, posts, building, etc. In
addition, all Pit Bull dogs on a leash outside the animal's kennel must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient
to prevent such dog from biting persons or other animals.
B.3. Confinement. All Pit Bull dogs shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked
pen or kennel, except when leashed and muzzled as above provided. Such pen, kennel or structure must have
secure sides and a secure top attached to the sides. All structures used to confine Pit Bull dogs must be locked
with a key or combination lock when such animals are within the structure. Such structure must have a secure
bottom or floor attached to the sides of the pen or the sides of the pen must be embedded in the ground no less
than two (2) feet. All structures erected to house Pit Bull dogs must comply with all zoning and building
regulations of the City. All such structures must be adequately lighted and ventilated and kept in a clean and
B.4. Confinement indoors. No Pit Bull dog may be kept on a porch, patio or in any part of a house or
structure that would allow the dog to exit such building on its own volition. In addition, no such animal may be
kept in a house or structure when the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are the only
obstacle preventing the dog from exiting the structure.
B.5. Signs. All owners, keepers or harborers of Pit Bull dogs within the City shall, within ten (10) days of the
effective date of this Chapter, display in a prominent place on their premises a sign easily readable by the public
using the words "Beware of Dog─Pit Bull". In addition, a similar sign is required to be posed on the kennel or
pen of such animal.
B.6. Insurance. All owners, keepers or harborers of Pit Bull dogs must, within ten (10) days of the effective
date of this Chapter, provide proof to the City of Lawson of public liability insurance in a single incident amount of
fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) for bodily injury to or death of any person or persons or for the damage to
property owned by any persons which may result from the ownership, keeping or maintenance of such animal.
Such insurance policy shall provide that no cancellation of the policy will be made unless ten (10) days' written
notice is first given to the City of Lawson.
B.7. Identification photographs. All owners, keepers or harborers of registered Pit Bull dogs must, within ten
(10) days of the effective date of this Chapter, provide to the City Administrator or his designate two (2) color
photographs (two (2) different poses) of the animal clearly showing the color and approximate size of the animal.
B.8. Reporting requirements. All owners, keepers or harborers of Pit Bull dogs must, within ten (10) days of
the incident, report the following information in writing to the City Administrator or his designate as required
§ 200.490 Animals and Fowl §
B.8.a. The removal from the City or death of a Pit Bull dog;
B.8.b. The birth of offspring of a Pit Bull dog;
B.8.c. The new address of a Pit Bull dog owner should the owner move within the corporate City limits.
B.9. Sale or transfer of ownership prohibited. No person shall sell, barter or in any other way dispose of a Pit
Bull dog registered with the City to any person within the City unless the recipient person resided permanently in
the same household and on the same premises as the registered owner of such dog; provided that the
registered owner of a Pit Bull dog may sell or otherwise dispose of a Pit Bull dog or the offspring of such dog to
persons who do not reside within the City.
B.10. Animals born of Pit Bull dogs. All offspring born of Pit Bull dogs registered with the City must be
removed from the City within six (6) weeks of the birth of such animal.
B.11. Irrebuttable presumptions. There shall be an irrebuttable presumption that any dog registered with the
City as a Pit Bull dog or any of those breeds prohibited by this Article is in fact a dog subject to the requirements
of this Section.
B.12. Failure to comply. It shall be unlawful for the owner, keeper or harborer of a Pit Bull dog registered with
the City of Lawson to fail to comply with the requirements and conditions set forth in this Chapter. Any dog found
to be the subject of a violation of this Chapter shall be subject to immediate seizure and impoundment. In
addition, failure to comply will result in the revocation of the license of such animal resulting in the immediate
removal of the animal from the City. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.49, 12-10-90)
SECTION 200.500: SEVERABILITY
It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Council that the Sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and
phrases of Chapter 200 entitled "Animals and Fowl" are severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence,
paragraph or Section of this Chapter shall be declared unconstitutional by the valid judgment or decree of any
court of competent jurisdiction, such unconstitutionality shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses,
sentences, paragraphs and Sections of this Code, since the same would have been enacted by the Council
without the incorporation in this Code of any such unconstitutional phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or
Section. (Ord. No. KK432 §200.50, 12-10-90)
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