Pet Owners Reminded of Leashing Requirements

Pet owners are asked to follow city ordinances regarding the leashing of pets after recent incidents led to injuries for both pets and people.

April 16, 2019 | 2 min reading time

The City of St. Louis Department of Health is asking all pet owners to follow city ordinances regarding the leashing of pets after recent incidents led to injuries for both pets and people.

Title 10 of the City’s code states dogs must be leashed whenever they are in or on a public street, park, or other public places. The leash may not be more than six feet long and must be held by a responsible party capable of controlling the dog. Following this ordinance helps protect the health and safety of the public and the animals. The only exception to the leash law is when the dog and owner are utilizing a City-designated dog exercise park.

A leash law violation is one common type of report investigated by Animal Care and Control officers. Ordinance violation investigations also include:

  • Unable to verify rabies vaccination
    • Dogs and cats in the City of St. Louis must be vaccinated against rabies
    • Vaccinations are typically given every one or three years
    • Check with your veterinarian regarding your pet’s next vaccination date
  • No registration certificate
    • Owners will receive a registration certificate when their pet is vaccinated
    • Certificate can be inspected by an authorized representative of the Commissioner of Health or any police officer
  • No registration tag
    • Owners receive a star-shaped City registration tag at the time of vaccination
    • Registration tag must be worn on collar or harness at all times by pet

It is crucial to report animal incidents to the Animal Care and Control division of the Department of Health. The best way to start a report is to contact the Citizens’ Service Bureau at 314-622-4800 and select Option 2. If a bite or an attack occurs outside of business hours, please call the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department at 314-231-1212.

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