Full Statute Name:  Vernon's Annotated Missouri Statutes. Title XXXVIII. Crimes and Punishment; Peace Officers and Public Defenders. Chapter 578. Miscellaneous Offenses. 578.023. Keeper of dangerous wild animals must register animals, exceptions--penalty

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Primary Citation:  MO ST 578.023 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  January, 2015 Date Adopted:  1983
Summary:

This Missouri law states that no person may keep any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, nonhuman primate, coyote, any deadly, dangerous, or poisonous reptile, or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight feet long, in any place other than a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific, or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge, unless such person has registered such animals with the local law enforcement agency in the county in which the animal is kept. Violation is a class C misdemeanor.

Statute Text: 

(See also Chapter 578. Miscellaneous Offenses. Large Carnivores )

578.023. Keeper of dangerous wild animals must register animals, exceptions--penalty

<Text of section eff. until Jan. 1, 2017. See, also, section eff. Jan. 1, 2017.>

 

1. No person may keep any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, nonhuman primate, coyote, any deadly, dangerous, or poisonous reptile, or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight feet long, in any place other than a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific, or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge, unless such person has registered such animals with the local law enforcement agency in the county in which the animal is kept.

2. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

CREDIT(S)

(L.1983, S.B. No. 211, p. 937, § A(§ 9). Amended by L.2001, S.B. No. 462, § A.)


HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES


1995 Main Volume


L.2001, S.B. No. 462, § A, in subsec. 1, inserted “bear, nonhuman primate,” following “wolf,”, deleted “or” preceding and following “coyote”, and inserted “or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight feet long” following “poisonous reptile,”.

578.023. Keeping a dangerous wild animal, penalty

<Text of section eff. Jan. 1, 2017. See, also, section eff. until Jan. 1, 2017.>

1. A person commits the offense of keeping a dangerous wild animal if he or she keeps any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, nonhuman primate, coyote, any deadly, dangerous, or poisonous reptile, or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight feet long, in any place other than a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific, or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge, unless he or she has registered such animals with the local law enforcement agency in the county in which the animal is kept.

2. The offense of keeping a dangerous wild animal is a class C misdemeanor.

Credits
(L.1983, S.B. No. 211, p. 937, § A(§ 9). Amended by L.2001, S.B. No. 462, § A; L.2014, S.B. No. 491, § A, eff. Jan. 1, 2017.)

 

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