Public meeting to be held on animal ordinance

Press Release from City of Kirksville

The Kirksville City Council plans to hold a public meeting to obtain input from citizens on a proposed dangerous animal ordinance. The public meeting has been scheduled for Monday, October 18, 2010 at 7 pm at the Adair County Annex Building, 300 N. Franklin. Mayor Todd Kuhns will give a brief overview of the proposed ordinance and why it is being considered. Citizens will then have an opportunity to provide their input on the topic. Citizens wishing to address the council will each have 2 minutes to make their comments. Citizens will also have the option of writing down their comments on note cards that will then be given to the Council for consideration.

The proposed ordinance would restrict citizens from owning animals classified as dangerous. Among the animals included on the list are tigers, bobcats, raccoons, bears, monkeys, venomous snakes and pit bull dogs. The ordinance defines Pit Bull Dog, as the following breeds: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Any mixed breed of dog from these breeds.

Based upon the proposed ordinance, citizens already owning a pit bull dog will be able to lawfully keep their animals by following several requirements included in the ordinance. Those standards include registration with the City; Payment of an annual registration fee of $50; Secure confinement of the animal which will be inspected by the Codes Department annually; Signage displayed at their residence; and Liability insurance in the amount of $100,000. Citizens would have sixty (60) days to comply with all regulations of the ordinance, once it is passed. There is a separate procedure to apply for the keeping of other dangerous animals on the list, if they meet certain criteria.

Please visit the City TMs web site,, for the complete draft of the proposed ordinance.