Update: Jefferson City has a vicious animal ordinance
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 02:22:25 GMT —
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:50 p.m.
After a dog was shot and killed this week in Jefferson City a number viewers are wanting to know if there is a vicious dog ordinance in Jefferson City.
KRCG's Fact Finder team caught up with the Animal Control to find if there is an ordinance and what it consist of.
Jefferson City does have a vicious animal ordinance.
It says that once a court deems an animal vicious the owner must follow a set of rules.
"You have to have signs posted. you have to carry $100,000 of liability insurance for your dog to still be in your presence, Director of Animal Control Protection Karen Jennings said. Also if your dogs and on a leash it has to be muzzled, things like that."
Some other requirements for vicious animals include:
Kennels must be at least six feet in height, the kennel or cage must be locked when other animals are around, and a sign should be posted warning people to be aware of a vicious animal.
I found out that there is actually only one court-declared vicious animal in the entire city.
The animal shelter said this is because owners normally get rid of their vicious animals because they can't afford to comply to the long list of rules.
So how is a animal determined to be vicious?
"A vicious animal is one that has attacked or puts reasonable fear in a person for their safety, Jennings said.
Jefferson City does not have any breed-specific regulations, meaning pit bulls are only declared vicious on a case by case basis.
The city of Ashland is the only nearby city that outlaws pit-bulls.
Jennings said if your dog isn't declared vicious you still need to follow the city's pet requirements.
"All dogs in the city have to have one year rabies vaccinations if they're over four months of age. There is a leash law for cats and dogs, Jennings said. You have to pick up after your animal; there can't be feces in your yard. Those are the most common codes we have to deal with."
Police tell KRCG they are wrapping up their investigation into this week's dog shooting.
We could know more by Thursday, if police believe the man who shot the dog did break the law.
We checked and found out that the dog, Neiko, had not been deemed viscous by the courts.
Although the dog's owner has since been cited for harboring a vicious animal.
If you would like to see the entire list of the city's vicious animal rules click here.
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 8:20 p.m.
An 11-year old boy is still loosing sleep over what happened Sunday afternoon to his dog Nieko.
The boy's dog got loose and ran up the street into a neighbor's yard, and before the 11-year old could get to his dog the neighbor shot and killed it.
The neighbor said the dog was trying to attack his wife.
But the owners don't believe that.
11-year old Tyler Surface is devastated because his dog Nieko was shot and killed right in front him Sunday.
"It made me feel like my brother just got shot. I love that dog, Stacy Walsh son Tyler Surface said.
The owners admit that their dogs got loose.
So they sent their son up the street after them.
"My son got across the street up by the first white house and he saw the man lift the gun up and he heard it fire, Owner of the dog Stacy Walsh said.
Police told her the man shot the dog twice.
"The man came out of his back door and shot him in the head. The wife was in the front yard and she said that my dog tried to attack her, Walsh said. But my dog isn't aggressive. If she would of came towards him he would of ran."
Walsh said even after their neighbor shot and killed their dog she received a ticket.
"They gave me a ticket for harboring a vicious dog, Walsh said.
Stacy Walsh told KRCG she feels like she has been cheated and wants something done to the man that shot their dog.
"He should go to jail. My son had to see it, Walsh said. My son is going to carry that with him for the rest of his life.
I went to the neighbor's home to try to speak with him to find out his side of the story, but their was no answer.
Police tell me that their have been no charges filed yet and they're still investigating what exactly happened.
"People need to remember there is always another side to the story typically. Our job is to find as many facts as possible before we present that case in a complete package to the prosecutors office, if that's necessary, Jefferson City Police Dept. Cpt. Shoemaker said.
Shoemaker said he wants everyone to know that the dog wasn't a puppy.
"This was not a small dog, this was a 74-pound dog. So I just wanted to dispel the rumor that this was a small puppy or small animal of any kind. Shoemaker said.
Police are still investigating what exactly happened.
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 1:25 p.m.: KRCG is talking to Jefferson City Police today about the rules for discharging a firearm inside city limits and rules about killing a dog. This story is bringing up memories of another dog shooting in October, where a neighbor shot a dog that was being walked by a 9-year-old.In that case, authorities charged a man with unlawful use of a firearm. Original Story: 11-year old Tyler Surface is devastated because his dog Nieko was shot and killed right in front him Sunday.
I feel like my brother just got shot. I love that dog, Tyler Surface said.
Tyler's mom said their dog got loose and ran up the street into their neighbor's yard.
But before Tyler could get there and bring their dog home, a man shot it.
"The man came out of his back door and shot him in the head. The wife was in the front yard and she said that my dog tried to attack her, Owner of the dog Stacy Walsh said. But my dog isn't aggressive. If she would of came towards him he would of ran."
Walsh said she feels cheated because she received a ticket and nothing was done to the man that shot their dog.
Walsh told KRCG she got a ticket for harboring a vicious animal.
She said her dog was never vicious and wants justice for what happen to their animal.
KRCG is investigating further Tuesday, talking with police and neighbors, to find out exactly what happened.
Tell us what you think. Do you think Walsh should get a ticket for what happened or do you think something should be done to the neighbor?