Ordinance 2946 - Penalties

PLEASANT VALLEY ORDINANCE
 
BILL NO._______2947_________                           ORDINANCE NO.____2946__________
 
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 205.480 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF PLEASANT VALLEY, MISSOURI
            WHEREAS, section 205.480 of the Municipal Code of the City of Pleasant Valley currently contains penalty provisions for violations of all animal regulations; and
            WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen desire to amend Section 205.450 in order to better protect Pleasant Valley citizens from the threat dangerous dogs impose and to provide stiffer, enhanced penalties for those who violate provisions of the dangerous dogs ordinance; and
            WHEREAS, the Board feels that the enhanced penalty provisions under Section 205.450 should be extended to violations of all animal regulations under Chapter 205 of the Municipal Code for the City of Pleasant valley, Missouri; and
            WHEREAS, the penalty provisions of Section 205.480 of the Municipal Code of the City of Pleasant Valley should be amended to better protect Pleasant Valley citizens and better expedite animal regulation violations through the municipal court.
            Be it ordained by the Board of Aldermen of the city of Pleasant Valley, Missouri, as follows:
            SECTION 1. That Section 205.480 of the Municipal Code of the City of Pleasant Valley, Missouri be hereby amended to read as follows:
SECTION 205.480:     VIOLATIONS – PENALTY
Penalty. Any person violating any provisions of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction in municipal court for a violation of the provisions hereof, shall be fined and/or punished in the following manner:
            (1)   First offense, $300.00 fine. The court may also order destruction of the animal, if applicable
            (2)   Second offense, $500.00 fine. The court may also order destruction of the animal, if applicable.
            (3)   All such fines shall be a minimum fine. In addition to such fines, the municipal judge may sentence the violator to jail for a term not to exceed 90 days.
            (4)   Upon second conviction under this chapter, or upon a first conviction where the court finds aggravating circumstances that threatened the wellbeing of a person, in addition to fines or jail sentence, the municipal judge shall order the destruction of the subject animal. If the owner of the subject animal shall refuse, the municipal judge shall hold the owner in contempt of court.
            (5)   Any case filed under this Chapter shall go to the top of the docket in the municipal court and shall have priority over other matters.
            (6) Each day's violation of, or failure, refusal or neglect to comply with, any provisions of this Chapter, shall constitute a separate and distinct offense. 
 
            SECTION 2. This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage by the Board of Aldermen and approval by the Mayor.
 
 
 
 
PASSED THIS ___ DAY OF ________________, 2009.
 
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                                                                                    DAVID SLATER, MAYOR
 
ATTEST:
 
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CITY CLERK
 
 
 
APPROVED THIS ___ DAY OF ______________, 2009.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    _____________________________
                                                                                    DAVID SLATER, MAYOR
 
 
 
ATTEST:
 
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CITY CLERK