Hazelwood Police Department

Animal Control Unit




Animal Control Officer/ Code Enforcement Officer

The City of Hazelwood employs a full-time Animal Control Officer. The officer works various hours throughout the week, including day and afternoon shifts. The Animal Control Officer can be reached by calling 314.513.5062

The Animal Control duties include:

* Patrol city wide for stray dogs and cats.  Dogs and cats must be confined at all times.

* Ensure all domestic pets are properly vaccinated for the rabies virus

* Ensure all domestic pets are properly licensed annually with the City of Hazelwood.  (City tags are free of charge- must show current proof of rabies inoculation.  Tags run from June 1 – May 31)

* Nuisance wildlife trapping/removal ONLY if animal has gained access to your home/ garage/ shed, or has burrowed a nest under porches or patios.

* Animal bite investigations.

* Animal neglect/abuse investigations.

* Enforces the City of Hazelwood “dangerous animal ordinance” which includes keeping of “pitbull” type dogs.  A special permit is required to keep these animals- no exceptions (ordinance below)

* Enforcement of all animal related ordinances.

* Enforcing ordinance for grass/weeds violations.

* Enforce parking violations- unlicensed/expired license plates.

* Assist with traffic control when necessary.

SECTION 210.130: DANGEROUS ANIMALS—GENERALLY

DANGEROUS ANIMALS—GENERALLY

Classification. The Director of Public Works or his designated representative shall classify any animal with the following characteristics as a "dangerous animal" for purposes of this Section and Section 210.140 of this Code:

Any animal which has inflicted a severe or fatal injury on a human on public or private property. "Severe injury" means any physical injury resulting directly from an animal's bite, which results in broken bones or lacerations requiring stitches, or hospitalization. The victim receiving severe injuries as defined above, must provide the Police Chief with a signed physician's statement documenting the injury and the treatment qualifying such as a severe injury, or sign an authorization for the release of such statement.

Any animal which has attacked or bitten a human being or domestic animal, without provocation, on public or private property other than the property of the owner.

3. Any animal which, while on the owner's property, has attached or bitten, without provocation, a human being other than the owner or a member of the owner's family who normally resides at the place where the animal is kept, or domestic animal.

4. Any animal which, while off the owner's property, has killed a domestic animal, livestock, or poultry without provocation.

Any animal owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of fighting or any animal trained for fighting

6. Any animal which, when unprovoked, chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds, or private property other than that property of the owner, in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, regardless of whether or not a person is injured by said animal.

Any animal with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury, or to otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals.

8. In addition, in any administrative or judicial proceeding relating to the provisions of this Section, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that any of the following are dangerous animals and may only be owned or maintained within the City in strict compliance with all provisions of this Section:

Any "bull terrier" breed of dog, which shall be defined as any Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog, and/or, any American pit bull terrier breed of dog, and/or any American Staffordshire terrier breed of a dog, and/or, any mixed breed of dog which contains, as an element of its breeding, genetic components of the aforementioned bull terrier breed of dog, and/or, any dog which has the appearance and characteristics and is known by the owner to be predominantly of the breeds of the bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier; and/or any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers, or a combination of any of these breeds.

Notice. Within five (5) working days after classifying an animal as a "dangerous animal", the Director of Public Works or his designated representative shall notify the animal's owner of such classification, in writing. The notice shall identify the requirements and conditions for maintaining a dangerous animal as set forth in this Section and Section 210.140. If the owner cannot be located, the animal may be immediately impounded and notice shall be posted at the owner's last known address.

C. Appeal And Hearing. If the circumstances surrounding the classification as a dangerous animal under any of the definitions listed in Subsection (A) of this Section are in dispute or if the animal owner contests the classification, then the owner has the option of submitting, within five (5) working days of Notice of said classification, a written request to the Director of Public Works for a hearing to contest the "dangerous animal" classification.

The City Manager shall, within ten (10) working days after receipt of a bona fide written request, designate a Hearing Officer to conduct the hearing and render a decision.

Pending the outcome of such a hearing, the animal must be confined in such a manner so as not to be a threat to any person. The confinement may be on the owner's premises or with a licensed veterinarian.

The Hearing Officer shall determine whether to declare the animal to be a "dangerous animal" based upon evidence and testimony presented at the time of the hearing, in addition to witnesses, animal control personnel, Police or any other person possessing information pertinent to such determination. The hearing shall be informal and strict rules of evidence shall not apply. The owner may be represented by counsel, present oral and written evidence, and cross examine witnesses.

The Hearing Officer shall issue a decision after the close of the hearing and notify the owner in writing of the decision. The owner or possessor of the animal found to be a "dangerous animal" shall be required to maintain the animal as herein provided in this Code.

Any person aggrieved by the determination of the Hearing Officer may appeal the decision to the Circuit Court of St. Louis County pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 536, RSMo.; provided however, that any appeal must be filed with the Circuit Court within five (5) days of the date of the Hearing Officer's decision.

Exemptions To Dangerous Animal Classification.

No animal may be declared a "dangerous animal" if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner or keeper of the animal, or was teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the animal, or has, in the past, been observed or reported to have teased, tormented, abused or assaulted the animal or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.

The Director of Public Works may, because of extenuating circumstances, determine from the investigation of an incident, that an animal is not dangerous. However, the owner, being responsible for said animal, shall be warned of the animal's tendencies and shall take appropriate action to prevent subsequent incidences. This, however, does not exempt the owner from being cited for other animal control ordinance violations.

Animals owned by governmental or law enforcement agencies when being used in the services of those agencies are exempt.

4. Actions to be taken for dangerous animals causing severe or fatal injuries.

An animal responsible for an unprovoked severe or fatal attack shall be humanely destroyed.

b. An animal responsible for a provoked severe or fatal attack should be maintained as a dangerous animal pursuant to Section 210.140 of this Code. (CC 1997 §6.13; Ord. No. 2129- 89, 1-4-89; Ord. No. 3031-99 §1, 1-20-99)SECTION 210.140:

DANGEROUS ANIMALS--OWNERS' RESPONSIBILITIES

From and after June 1, 1999, owners or keepers of an animal that has been declared a "dangerous animal" may maintain the dangerous animal only subject to the following limitations, requirements and conditions:

Registration. Within ten (10) days of June 1, 1999, or the acquisition of a dangerous animal, every owner or keeper of a dangerous animal in the City shall register said animal with the Director of Public Works of the City on the "dangerous animal" registry. Failure to so register shall constitute a violation of this Section. Notice of this requirement shall be given by posting a copy of this Section in City Hall.

Rabies quarantine impoundment. Any dangerous animal which bites or scratches a human, or any animal which is determined to be dangerous because of such biting or scratching of a human, shall be impounded for a ten (10) day rabies quarantine in accordance with the provisions of Section 210.050 of this Code.

Collar. Any dangerous animal shall wear at all times, a bright orange collar with a large brightly colored metal tag attached to the collar so the animal can readily be identified as a dangerous animal.

Loose, unconfined or missing dangerous animal. The owner or keeper shall notify the Police Department immediately if a dangerous animal is loose, unconfined or missing, has attacked another animal or has attacked a human being.

Reporting requirements. The owner or keeper shall notify the Public Works Department within twenty-four (24) hours:

Death or transfer of ownership. If a dangerous animal has died or has been sold or given away, or otherwise transferred in ownership or possession. If the animal has been sold, given away, or otherwise transferred in ownership or possession, the owner or keeper shall provide the Public Works Department with the name, address and telephone number of the new owner or keeper, and, if the dog is kept within the City limits of Hazelwood, the new owner or keeper must comply with the requirements of this Chapter.

Birth. All offspring born of dangerous animals within the City must be removed from the City within two (2) months of their birth.

New address. Of the new address of a dangerous animal owner or keeper should the owner or keeper move from one address within the corporate City limits to another address within the corporate City limits.

Confinement.

All dangerous animals MUST be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen, kennel or other structure, except when leashed and muzzled as provided herein. The pen, kennel or other structure must be suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent the animal from escaping. Such pen, kennel or other structure must have minimum dimensions of five (5) feet by ten (10) feet and must have secure sides and secure top attached to all sides. The pen, kennel, or other structure must be locked with a key or combination lock when dangerous animals are confined within. The pen, kennel, or other structure must have a secured bottom or floor attached to all sides; however, if it has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded in the ground no less than twelve (12) inches. The enclosure must also provide protection from the elements for the animal.

The enclosure, when occupied by a dangerous animal, shall not be occupied by any other animal. If the dangerous animal is a female with offspring under three (3) months of age, the offspring may occupy the same enclosure as the mother.

All structures erected to house dangerous animals MUST comply with all zoning and building regulations of the City. All such structures must be adequately lifted and ventilated and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.

No dangerous animal may be kept on a porch, patio, or in any part of a house or structure that would allow the animal 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 animal from exiting the structure.

Signs. The owner or keeper shall display a sign on his premises that there is a dangerous animal on the property and which bears a symbol warning children of the presence of a dangerous animal. This sign shall be visible and capable of being read from the public highway or thoroughfare from which the property is entered. In addition, a similar sign is required to be posted on the kennel or pen or fenced yard of such animal.

Leash and muzzle. A dangerous animal may be off the owner's premises if it is muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length and under the control of a responsible person. The muzzle must not cause injury to the animal or interfere with its vision or respiration but must prevent it from biting any person or animal.

9. Insurance. The owner or keeper of a dangerous animal shall present to the Public Works Department proof that the owner or keeper has procured liability insurance in a single incident amount of at least one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00), for bodily injury to or death of any person or persons or for damage to property owned by any persons which may result from the ownership, keeping or maintenance of such animal covering the twelve (12) month period during which licensing is sought. An effective insurance policy with the coverage and in the amounts specified herein must be maintained by the owner or keeper at all times. This policy shall contain a provision requiring the City of Hazelwood receive ten (10) days' written notice by the insurance company prior to any cancellation, termination, or expiration of the policy.

Photographs. All owners or keepers of dangerous animals, must, within ten (10) days of such classification, provide the Public Works Department with two (2) color photographs (one (1) showing the left profile and the other showing the right profile) of the animal, clearly showing the color, distinguishing markings, and approximate size of the animal.

Compliance, violations and penalties.

It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of a dangerous animal within the City of Hazelwood to fail to comply with requirements and conditions set forth in this Section. Any animal found to be in violation of this Section may be, in addition to other penalties provided by the Municipal Code, subject to immediate seizure and impoundment for a minimum of ten (10) days or the time necessary for the owner or keeper to show compliance with this Section, whichever is shorter.

b. Any person found guilty of violation any provision of this Section shall be punished as provided in Section 100.130 of this Code. In addition to any penalty as provided above, the Court shall order the registration of the subject dangerous animal revoked and the animal revoked from the City. Should the defendant refuse to remove the animal from the City, the Municipal Court Judge may find the defendant owner in contempt and order the immediate confiscation and impoundment of the animal. Each day that a violation of this Section continues shall be deemed a separate offense. In addition to the foregoing penalties, any person who violates this Section shall pay all expenses, including shelter, food, handling, veterinary care and testimony necessitated by the enforcement of this Section. (CC 1997 §6.14; Ord. No. 2129-89, 1-4-89; Ord. No. 3031-99 §2, 1-20-99)

 

SECTION 210.015:     ANIMAL NEGLECT -- PENALTIES

A.     A person is guilty of animal neglect when he has custody or ownership or both of an animal and fails to provide adequate care or adequate control, including, but not limited to, knowingly abandoning an animal in any place without making provisions for its adequate care which results in substantial harm to the animal.

B.     All fines and penalties for a first (1st) conviction of animal neglect may be waived by the court provided that the person found guilty of animal neglect shows that adequate, permanent remedies for the neglect have been made.  Reasonable costs incurred for the care and maintenance of neglected animals may not be waived.

 

SECTION 210.030:     ANNUAL RABIES INOCULATION REQUIRED 

The owner or custodian of any dog or cat found or kept within the City shall be required to have such animal inoculated against rabies.  (CC 1997 §6.3; Ord. No. 286, 6-11-58; Ord. No. 800, 7-15-70)

SECTION 210.040:     LICENSE

The owner or custodian of any dog or cat within the City shall secure an annual license for such dog or cat from the City, on or before June first (1st) of each year.  No fee shall be charged for such license.  The City shall register all dogs and cats so licensed and issue to the owner or custodian of each dog and cat a numbered metal tag to be kept attached to such animal at all times.  Before any license is issued pursuant to this Section, the owner or custodian shall show satisfactory evidence of compliance with Section 210.030.  (CC 1997 §6.4; Ord. No. 1693-83, 12-21-83)

SECTION 210.050:     CONFINEMENT -- IMPOUNDMENT -- PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION

A. All dogs and cats within the City shall be confined in an enclosure on the property of the owner or custodian.  However, they may be permitted out of such enclosure when on a leash and in the charge of some responsible person.  All dogs and cats found contrary to the provisions of this Section shall be taken up and impounded

 

SECTION 210.080:     LIMITATION OF NUMBER OF CATS OR DOGS

No one shall keep, board or otherwise have on their property more than two (2) dogs and one (1) cat or two (2) cats and one (1) dog, unless a kennel is authorized in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 405:  Zoning Regulations.  (CC 1997 §6.8; Ord. No. 1202-76, 10-20-76; Ord. No. 3997-08 §1, 9-3-08)

SECTION 210.100:     DEFECATION ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, CONDOMINIUM COMMON ELEMENTS AND PUBLIC PROPERTY PROHIBITED 

 

It shall be unlawful for any person owning or in control of any animal to allow or permit such animal to defecate upon any private property owned by another, condominium common elements, or public property, unless such person shall remove all feces so deposited by such animal.  (CC 1997 §6.10; Ord. No. 1208-77, 1-5-77)SECTION 210.110:     PERMITTING ANIMALS TO CREATE A NUISANCE PROHIBITED

A.     Every person responsible for any animal shall keep it from creating a nuisance.

B.     An animal creates a nuisance if it:

     1.     Soils, defiles, or defecates on urban property other than the property of a person responsible for the animal, or common elements of a condominium, unless such waste is immediately removed by a person responsible for the animal and deposited in a waste container or buried on ground where the person responsible for the animal has permission or the right to bury it.

     2.     Damages public property or property belonging to a person other than a person responsible for the animal, or common elements of a condominium.

     3.     Causes unsanitary, or dangerous conditions.

     4.     Causes a disturbance by excessive barking, howling, meowing, or other noise making.

     5.     Chases vehicles, including bicycles.

     6.     Molests, attacks, bites, or interferes with persons or other animals on public property, property not belonging to a person responsible for the animal, or common elements of a condominium.

     7.     Impedes refuse collection, mail delivery, or meter reading or other public service activities by annoying persons responsible for such activities.

     8.     Tips, rummages through, or damages a refuse container.

     9.     Contributes to rodent or insect problems.  (CC 1997 §6.11; Ord. No. 1822-85, 7-17-85) 

SECTION 210.120:     KEEPING OF NON-DOMESTIC ANIMALS REGULATED

A.     For the purpose of this Code, the term non-domestic animal includes all felines (other than the domestic house cat), non-human primates, bears, wolves, coyotes, foxes, venomous and constricting reptiles, and any crossbreed of such animals which have similar characteristics to the animals specified herein.

B.     It shall be unlawful for any person to bring into, send into, receive into, buy, sell, or possess, in the City, a non-domestic animal as defined herein, without first applying for and obtaining a permit from the City Manager.  No permit shall be granted without documentation that the keeping of said animal would be in full compliance with the provisions of the Animal Control Code of St. Louis County and the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

C.     Exemptions.  The provisions of this Section shall not apply to the keeping of non-domestic animals in the following cases:

     1.     The uninterrupted transportation of non-domestic animals through Hazelwood, Missouri.

     2.     The keeping of such animals in zoos, bona fide educational or medical institutions, museums, or any other place where they are kept as live specimens for public view, or for the purpose of instruction or study.

     3.     The keeping of such animals for exhibition to the public by a circus, carnival, or other exhibit or show.

     4.     The keeping and offering for sale of such animals by a bona fide commercial pet shop establishment.  (CC 1997 §6.12; Ord. No. 1822-85, 7-17-85)