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Frequently Asked Questions

The material in this question and answer series is for your information only. It is not legal advice and is not designed to be used in place of legal advice. You should consult your own attorney for legal advice. The St. Joseph Legal Department provides this series to provide a general summary of procedures concerning violations of city ordinances in the City of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is issued to inform generally, not to advise of specific rights. As with any general information, the answers given here may not specifically apply to you.
What do I do about a cat nuisance?
Cats that are causing real estate or personal property damage may be trapped with the use of a live-box trap from Animal Control & Rescue. An Animal Control Officer must witness the damage and obtain a statement from the complainant, prior to the shelter loaning a trap. There is a $50.00 damage deposit required, upon returning the trap in the same condition it was when borrowed, the $50.00 deposit is refunded.

If the complainant knows who the owner of the cat(s) is, the owner may receive a summons for allowing their cat to cause a nuisance.

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1. What qualifies as an emergency for calls that are after hours?
2. What are your adoption fees?
3. What are the redemption fees?
4. What do I do if I've lost my pet?
5. What do I do if I've found an animal?
6. What are the license requirements for a pet?
7. Is there a ban on pit bulls or other breeds?
8. Do you offer spay/neuter assistance?
9. Is there a leash law?
10. What do I do about a cat nuisance?
11. What can I do about a barking dog?
12. My neighbor doesn't pick up his pet's waste and now it stinks, what can I do?
13. How do you handle animal bites?
14. Is there a handling fee for unwanted animals?
15. Is there a handling fee for stray animals?
16. When do I need a breeders or litter permit?
17. Is it a crime to abandon an unwanted animal?