Missouri House approves penalties for owners of biting pets

Monday, April 19, 2010 | 9:30 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Owners whose uncontrolled animals bite or injure someone else could be charged with a crime.

House members have approved the legislation, which sends it to the Senate. The bill would make it a misdemeanor if people do not control their animals and someone else is bitten or suffers other injuries.

Owners of wayward animals would face up to 15 days in jail and a fine of up to $300. Those who lose control of their pets twice could be sent to jail for up to six months and face a fine of up to $500.

But no penalties would apply if the person who was bitten had been taunting, provoking or attempting to hurt the animal.


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