Missouri Proposes Changes to Laws Regarding Confiscation of Animals

Missouri Senate Bill 816 would alter the requirements of a state agency that confiscates an animal. The changes include requirements of a warrant, amount of time the agency has to appear in front of a judge following such a warrant, and dispersion of costs associated with the care of confiscated animals. The bill would also make it so that no person can recover damages for an animal who was “humanely killed” if a veterinarian found the animal “diseased or disabled beyond recovery for any useful purpose” or if that person failed to respond to a disposition hearing. Euthanizing or sterilizing an animal without such authorization is a Class B (and for each subsequent offense, Class A) misdemeanor.