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UPDATE: St. Joseph, MO to Consider New Exhibitor Regs on Tuesday (2/22)

(Friday, February 18, 2011)

The St. Joseph (MO) City Council will be voting on new regulations on Tuesday, February 22, that would require licensing, inspection, and strict care and conditions requirements for anyone who owns three intact dogs of any age for breeding or exhibition. The guidelines would also affect anyone who is involved with boarding or rescue.

The meeting details are as follows:

St. Joseph City Council Meeting
Date: February 22, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: City Council Chambers
St. Joseph City Hall
1100 Frederick Avenue
St. Joseph, Missouri

Scroll down for more information on the proposal and contact information for the city council.

 

St. Joseph, MO Considering Inspections/Regs for Exhibitors and Breeders

[Tuesday, February 15, 2011]

The St. Joseph (MO) City Council is considering a proposal that would require licensing, inspection, and strict care and conditions requirements for anyone who owns three intact dogs of any age for breeding or exhibition. The guidelines would also affect anyone who is involved with boarding or rescue.

This proposal could be considered as soon as Tuesday, February 22, so it is essential that local residents contact the council TODAY and ask them to not proceed with this proposal.

Summary:

The proposal seeks to take Proposition B, which passed on the ballot in November 2010, and apply it on the local level. However, this proposal changes many of the definitions, thereby making it even more stringent than Proposition B.

As currently written, the following people would be subject to licensing and annual inspection:

  • Owners of three intact dogs or cats of any age who keep dogs for breeding or exhibition. This low threshold could include inspection of private homes.
  • All who board animals for any length of time, except for veterinary clinics or those who provide temporary care for dogs or cats owned by friends, or dogs or cats in the owner's residence.
  • Anyone whose "primary purpose is to act as an animal rescue, to collect and care for unwanted dogs or cats or to offer them for adoption."

 

In addition to annual inspections, licensees must comply with numerous regulations including providing unfettered access to the outdoors and an exercise area that is at least two times the size of the indoor area provided to the dogs or cats (presumably, this would mean an area two times the size of the home if the dogs are kept indoors).

How You Can Help:

Contact the members of the St. Joseph City Council and politely ask them to not allow the new kennel regulations to advance. The contact information is as follows:

Mayor Bill Falkner
Phone Number: (816) 271-4640
Email: bfalkner@ci.st-joseph.mo.us

Deputy Mayor Byron Myers (At-Large Member)
Phone Number: (816) 273-3108
Email: bmyers@ci.st-joseph.mo.us

Councilmember Donna Jean Boyer (At-Large Member)
Phone Number: (816) 279-5259
Email: djboyer@ci.st-joseph.mo.us

Councilmember Jeff Penland (At-Large Member)
Phone Number: (816) 341-4502
Email: jpenland@ci.st-joseph.mo.us

Councilmember Pat Jones (District 1)
Phone Number: (816) 244-6229
Email: patjones@ci.st-joseph.mo.us

Councilmember Joyce Starr (District 2)
Phone Number: (816) 244-3906
Email: jstarr@ci.st-joseph.mo.us

Councilmember P.J. Kovac (District 3)
Phone Number: (816) 261-2934
Email: pjkovac@ci.st-joseph.mo.us

Councilmember Gary Roach (District 4)
Phone Number: (816) 341-4506
Email: groach@ci.st-joseph.mo.us

Councilmember Barbara LaBass (District 5)
Phone Number: (816) 752-8363
Email: blabass@ci.st-joseph.mo.us