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BULLETSt. Louis City Revised Code Title 10.12 Cruelty to Animals and Birds

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Chapter 10.12
Cruelty to Animals and Birds

Sections:

10.12.010 Cruelty to animals--Penalty.
10.12.020 Fine and penalty disposition.
10.12.030 Tying calf and sheep legs.
10.12.040 Molestation of birds.
10.12.050 Excepted birds.
10.12.060 Sale or dyeing of newly hatched birds.

10.12.010 Cruelty to animals--Penalty.

Any person who shall overdrive, overload, drive when overloaded, ill-treat, torture, torment or unnecessarily or cruelly beat or needlessly mutilate or kill, or cause or procure to be overdriven, overloaded, driven when overloaded, ill-treated, tortured, tormented, or unnecessarily or cruelly beaten or needlessly mutilated or killed any dumb animal, shall, for every offense, be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in the city workhouse for a period not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(1948 C. Ch. 6 38: 1960 C. 514.010.)

V.A.M.S.:

563.670, 563.680 Cruelty to animals

Cases:

St. Louis may pass an ordinance making it a misdemeanor to overdrive, overload, ill-treat or cruelly beat any dumb animal. City of St. Louis v. Schoenbusch, 8 S.W. 791, 95 Mo. 618 (1888)

McQuillin:

24.283 Cruelty to animals

10.12.020 Fine and penalty disposition.

One-half of all fines and penalties imposed for the violation of Section 10.12.010, or any amendment thereto, or similar ordinance hereafter enacted, shall, when paid and received into the city treasury, be the property of and belong to the humane society of Missouri. On the first days of January, April, July and October of each year, the comptroller shall draw his warrant on the treasurer, in favor of the humane society, for the amount of such fines and penalties received into the treasury during the preceding three months, and deliver the same to the treasurer of the humane society.
(1948 C. Ch. 6 39: 1960 C. 514.020.)

10.12.030 Tying calf and sheep legs.

It is unlawful for any person to confine calves or sheep by tying their legs, or in any way confine them in close boxes, or otherwise, or to have in their possession any calves or sheep so confined excepting while conveying them to and from market or places of business. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(1948 C. Ch. 6 40: 1960 C. 514.030.)

10.12.040 Molestation of birds.

All persons are forbidden to molest, injure or disturb in any way any small birds in the city, or the nest, young or brood of any small birds in the city. If any person shall wilfully injure, molest, take or disturb in any way any small birds, except sparrows, pigeons and European starlings, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Ord. 50168 1 (41), 1961: prior: Ord. 45620 1 (41), 1951: 1948 C. Ch. 6 41: 1960 C. 514.040 (part).)

V.A.M.S.:

560.555 Injuring, capturing or stealing racing or homing pigeons

City Counselor Ops.: 8655, 8720

10.12.050 Excepted birds.

Birds protected by Section 10.12.040 are all varieties of birds, except hawks, sparrows, vultures, owls, pigeons and European starlings. Pigeons and European starlings may be humanely disposed of under the rules and regulations promulgated by the Health Commissioner for the disposal of pigeons and European starlings.
(Ord. 50168 1 (42), 1961: prior: Ord. 45620 1 (42), 1951: 1948 C. Ch. 6 42: 1960 C. 514.040 (part).)

City Counselor Ops.: 8655, 8720

10.12.060 Sale or dyeing of newly hatched birds.

It is unlawful to use as a toy or for display or decorative purposes or to sell or to expose for sale, or offer for sale or to subject to mistreatment or careless handling or to dye any live, newly hatched fowl or bird.
(1948 C. Ch. 6 43: 1960 C. 514.050.)

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