SB 0291 Extends animal protections; entry on land permitted
Committee:AGRILR Number:L1148.01I
Last Action:04/12/95 - Hearing Conducted S Agriculture & Local Government Committee
Effective Date:August 28, 1995
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Current Bill Summary

SB 291 - This act expands the statutory protection of animals.

DEFINITIONS - "Abandoned", the leaving of an animal without adequate provisions for adequate care, is added to the definition section, as well as "certified animal control officer", a person certified by the Missouri Animal Control Assoc. to perform the duties of rabies or animal control, and "humane officer", a person employed by an incorporated humane society.

ENTRY ON LAND - Certain officials or licensed veterinarians may lawfully enter any land or building where an animal has been confined without adequate food, clean water, shelter or health care to provide such care. These officials or veterinarians may not enter if the animal is under a licensed veterinarian's care. Entry is not permitted if the building is a residence or a business unless accompanied by a court warrant.

DAMAGES/POSTING - Entrants are not liable for necessary damages, but shall be liable for willful damage to property. Notice of such entry and the care administered must be posted in a conspicuous place. If care has not been administered within 72 hours of the posting of official notice, such animal shall be presumed to be abandoned and may be impounded.

IMPOUNDING - Impounded animals shall be placed in the care of a licensed veterinarian, the animal control authority or an animal shelter and held for a minimum of 5 days after which time the animal may be humanely killed or put up for adoption.