The regulations in this chapter are enacted for the purpose of
regulating the ownership and possession of animals in order to protect and
promote the public health and safety and prevent the entrance of infectious,
contagious, communicable or dangerous diseases into Boone County, Missouri.
2.2 Authority: These regulations are enacted under authority vested in the County
Commission of Boone County, Missouri by section 192.300, RSMo, and sections
322.090 - .130, RSMo.
2.3 Definitions: As used in this chapter, unless the context clearly indicates
otherwise, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings:
2.3.1 Animal Control Officer - Any individual employed or appointed to
enforce the animal control regulations established by order of the Boone County
2.3.2 Dangerous Exotic Animal - Lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah,
margay, mountain lion, canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, bear, hyena, wolf,
coyote, nonhuman primate, or dangerous or venomous reptile, or any other exotic
animal declared by the Health Director to be dangerous.
2.3.3 Feral Cat - Any cat of any breed that is or becomes undomesticated,
untamed, wild or is not a pet.
2.3.4 Health Director - Any person appointed by the Boone County Commission
to supervise the administration of this chapter or such other person so designated
on a temporary basis by order of the Boone County Commission.
2.3.5 Health Official - An employee of the Boone County, Missouri Health
Department or any other person so appointed by the Health Director to administer
or enforce the provisions of this chapter.
2.3.6 Nuisance Dog - A dog of any breed which repeatedly demonstrates
threatening behavior by growling, or lunging, or chasing, or baring teeth, towards
an individual or individuals, or bicyclists, or motor vehicles, or domesticated
animals or livestock off the Owner’s property.
2.3.7 Own or Possess - A property interest in an animal, actual or claimed, or