UPDATE: Lake Saint Louis, MO

The Lake St. Louis Board of Aldermen have been discussing changes to the city’s dangerous dog ordinance over the past few months. The Current city code states a dog’s breeds shall not be considered in determining whether a dog is dangerous. The police chief proposed the wording of the ordinance be changed to read that breed “shall not be the only consideration.”

I received a copy of the proposed ordinance this morning that will be up for a second reading on February 6. The wording is very similar, but the clause regarding breed is completely removed. In addition, the proposed ordinance designates a dog that has caused a fatal injury as “vicious” rather than “dangerous.” The definition for “vicious animal” remains the same.

There is no reference to breed anywhere in the proposed ordinance, and I’m not sure of the significance of the removal of the clause in relation to breed not being a consideration in determining if a dog is dangerous or not. The clauses for both the current and proposed ordinances are below.

Current Ordinance:DANGEROUS ANIMAL: Any animal which, without justification, attacks a person or domestic animal causing physical injury or death or behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses an unjustified imminent threat of serious injury or death to one (1) or more persons or domestic animals. In reference to dogs, a dog’s breed shall not be considered in determining whether or not it is “dangerous”.

Proposed Ordinance:DANGEROUS ANIMAL: Any animal which, without justification, attacks a person or domestic animal causing physical injury or behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses an unjustified imminent threat of serious injury or death to one (1) or more persons or domestic animals.

Current and Proposed Ordinance
VICIOUS ANIMAL: Any animal which has inflicted a serious or fatal injury on a human, whether upon public or private property, provided that the victim has provided the municipal court a signed physician’s statement documenting the injury and its treatment, and qualifying the injury as a serious or fatal injury.

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