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Hazelwood Animal Ordinances
View the City’s Code for Animals and Fowl here.
The Importance of Animal Identification on your Pets
The City of Hazelwood offers Annual Hazelwood Pet Licenses, valid from June 1 through May 31 of the next year. These are offered at no cost by the Hazelwood Finance Office. These should be updated by animal owners annually by bringing in a valid veterinary rabies certificate.
The Hazelwood Animal Control Officer is responsible for issuing “Dangerous Animal” Tags. These are breed specific. More information can be found in the "Registering Your Breed Specific Canine" tab below.
Both these tags are important on your animals so they can be returned to home in a timely fashion as well as verifying the rabies information is current if they should ever be involved in a bite case.
Microchips are also strongly encouraged. All animals that are located by animal control are scanned for these and we would rather return the animal to the owner rather than crowd the shelter.
- Animal Abandonment - Owners that knowingly abandon an animal will face charges. If care cannot be provided, please call Animal Control to relinquish the animal with no consequences.
- Animal Neglect - Animals must have proper food, water, and shelter.
- Animals in Parks - Animals must be on a leash under full control of the owner at all times.
- Limitations - Only two (2) dogs and one (1) cat OR two (2) cats and one (1) dog are allowed on any individual property.
- Vicious Animals can be humanely euthanized by a Police Officer if they are causing a threat to the general public.
- Chickens/Fowls are allowed within City Limits WITH a permit only. Permits are required via the Code Office for a $25 fee and expire in three (3) years. They are allowed as long as they do not create a nuisance (no roosters or crowing hens), stay confined on property, are properly cared for by owners, and are for personal consumption only. No commercial operations are allowed. A maximum of three (3) hens and no roosters are allowed per property. This applies to residential districts only, not agricultural zones.
- Non-Domestic Animals are allowed under City Manager Permit only. All animals requiring review EXCLUDE traditional household pets including dogs, cats, caged birds, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, other similar small captivity animals, and aquarium animals.
- What happens if your animal is captured? The animal will be scanned and checked for owner information. If none is located, the animal will go to the St. Louis County Animal Care and Control Facility (located at 10521 Baur Blvd in Olivette) for proper care and housing until it can be returned to the owner.
- Soil or Defecation - Animal waste must be immediately removed by the person responsible for the animal and deposited in a waste container so it does not constitute a nuisance by smell or cause other unsanitary conditions by contributing to rodent problems in the area, nor invitation of insects. Simply put, clean up after your pet.
- Property Damage - Your animal may not cause damage to property belonging to another.
- Disturbance - Barking, howling, meowing, crowing, or other noises made by animals cannot disturb neighboring properties.
- Chasing - Animals may not chase vehicles, including bicycles, unicycles, and scooters.
- Impeding - Animals may not impede refuse collection, mail delivery, meter reading, or other public services activities.
- Refuse - Animal should not be allowed to tip, rummage through, or damage refuse containers.
- Neighborhood concerns - Animals cannot molest, attack, bite, or interfere with persons or other animals on public property, property not belonging to a person responsible for the animal, or common elements of a condominium.
- Confinement - Animals must be confined on owner’s property or controlled by owner at all times.
The Dangerous Animal Ordinance was enacted June 1, 1999. This includes American Pit-Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or any mixed breed of dog which contains genetic components which has the appearance and characteristics of these breeds. It also includes any animals that have inflicted a severe or fatal injury on a human while off the owner’s property; or has attacked, bitten, or killed an animal without provocation; and any animal trained for fighting; or animal that chases in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, regardless of whether or not a person is injured by said animal.
These dogs are not banned, but must be registered to be kept within the city limits of Hazelwood.
- Requirements - Beware of dog signs that face all easements of the property, 2 pictures of dog on file (left and right view), an orange collar, a muzzle, current rabies and insurance paperwork with minimum $100,000 personal injury coverage. Additionally, a pen can be required if the animal has proven itself dangerous with an attack. Upon registration, the owner will receive a red tag that should always be displayed on the animal’s collar. Please contact our Animal Control Officer to have the dog registered with the Hazelwood Animal Control.
- Owners Responsibilities - Information should be updated in the Dangerous Animal Registry by the owner, near the expiration of the Rabies Inoculation and the Insurance Policy, both must be kept up to date so a summons is not issued.