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In compliance with Section 526 of The Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998, PHA residents shall be permitted to own and keep common household pets. Animals that are auxiliary for persons with a disability are excluded from this policy. The ownership of common household pets is a subject to the following rules and limitations:
1.  Common household pets shall be defined as “domesticated animals such as dogs,

      cats, birds, rodents, fish, or turtles”.

 Common household pets are further defined as follows:

a.  Birds: Includes canary, parakeet, finch, and other species that are normally

      kept caged; birds of prey are not permitted.

b.  Fish: In tanks or aquariums, not to exceed 20 gallons in capacity; poisonous or

      dangerous fish are not permitted.

c.  Dogs: Not to exceed twenty-five pounds (25 lbs.) weight, or fifteen (15) inches

      in height at full growth.

      Dogs must be spayed or neutered. Veterinarians recommended/suggested

       types of dogs are listed as follows:
      (1)  Chihuahua               (5)  Cocker Spaniel
      (2)  Pekingese               (6)  Dachshund
      (3)  Poodle                     (7)  Terriers
      (4)  Schnauzer                    

     (i.e. Pit Bulls or Chows)
d.  Cats: Cats must be spayed or neutered and be de-clawed or have a

       scratching post, and should not exceed fifteen pounds (15 lbs.)

e.  Rodents: Rodents other than hamsters, gerbils, white rats, or mice are not

       considered common household pets. These animals must be kept in

       appropriate cages.

 f.  Reptiles: Reptiles other than turtles or small lizards such as chameleons are

      not considered common household pets.

 g.  Exotic Pets: At no time will the PHA approve of exotic pets, such as snakes,

       monkeys, game pets, etc.

2.  Residents who choose to have pets are advised of their responsibilities under

       Missouri State Law as follows:
      a.  Animal Neglect or Abandonment: Any person convicted of failure to provide

            adequate care or adequate control of an animal, so that an animal does not

             injure itself, any person, any other animal, or property is guilty of a Class C

            Misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500.00 and a maximum sentence of

             fifteen (15) days imprisonment. A second conviction is a Class B Misdemeanor

            with a maximum fine of $1000.00 and a maximum sentence of six (6) months

      b.  Animal Abuse: Any person convicted of knowingly failing to provide adequate

            care or adequate control of an animal is guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor with

            a maximum fine of $1000.00 and a maximum sentence of one (1) year

             imprisonment. A second conviction is a Class D Felony with a maximum fine

             of $5,000.00 and a maximum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment.
3.  No more than one (1) dog or cat shall be permitted in a household. In the case of

       birds, a maximum of two birds may be permitted. There shall be no limit as to the

      number of fish, but no more than one aquarium with a maximum capacity of twenty

       (20) gallons shall be permitted. A Resident with a dog or cat may also have other

      categories of “common household pets” as defined above.
4.  Pets other than a dog or cat shall be confined to an appropriate cage or container.

       Such a pet may be removed from its cage while inside the owner’s apartment for

       the purpose of handling, but shall not generally be unrestrained.
5.  Only one (1) dog or cat is allowed per household. All dogs and cats will need to be

       on a leash, tied up, of otherwise restrained at all times when they are outside.

       Neither dogs nor cats shall be permitted to run loose.
6.  Pet owners shall maintain their pet in such a manner as to prevent any damage to

       their unit, yard, or common areas of the community in which they live. The animal

      shall be maintained so as not to be a nuisance or a threat to the health, safety, or

       right to peaceful enjoyment of neighbors, PHA employees, of the public by reason

      of noise, unpleasant odor, or other objectionable situations.
7.  Each pet owner shall be fully responsible for the care of the pet, including proper

      disposal of pet wastes in a safe and sanitary manner. Specific instructions for pet

      waste shall be available in the management office. Improper pet waste disposal is

      a lease violation and may be grounds for termination.
8.  Residents must provide litter boxes for cat waste, which is to be kept inside the unit.

      Residents shall not permit refuse from litter boxes to accumulate or become

       unsightly or unsanitary.
9.  Residents are responsible for cleaning up of pet droppings if any, outside the unit

       and on facility grounds. Removable pet waste must be disposed of by being placed

       in a sack, and then placed in the resident’s own garbage can outside of the unit.
10.  The PHA may impose a separate pet waste non-removal fee of $25.00 per

         occurrence of pet owners who fail to remove pet waste.
11.  Residents shall not alter their unit, patio, or unit area in order to create an enclosure

         for any pet.
12.  Residents are prohibited from caring, feeding, or keeping stray animals. The

         feeding of stray animals shall constitute having a pet without written permission of

         the PHA. No guest or any other person may bring a pet temporarily onto the

         premises, except animals in an Authority approved visiting program sponsored by

         the Humane Society.
13.  All pets shall be inoculated and licensed in accordance with applicable state and

         local laws. All cats and dogs shall be neutered or spayed, unless a veterinarian

         certifies that the spaying or neutering would be inappropriate or unnecessary

         (because of health, age, etc.).
14.  Visiting pets may be allowed as long as they generally conform to the guidelines

         expressed in this policy, except that: no additional security deposit shall be

         required of the Resident whom the pet is visiting unless the visit is in excess of

         seventy-two (72) hours, and two (2) verified complaints shall be grounds for

         excluding the pet from further visits.
15.  All pets shall be registered with the Management Office immediately or no longer

         than ten (10) days following their introduction to the community. Registration shall

         consist of providing:
         a.  Basic information about the pet (type, age, description, name, etc.);
         b.  Proof of inoculation and licensing will be required upon submitting an initial

               request for a pet and annually with recertification each year thereafter;
         c.  Proof of neutering or spaying. All female dogs over the age of six (6) months

               and female cats over the age of five (5) months must be spayed. All male dogs

               over the age of eight (8) months and all male cats over the age of ten (10)

               months must be neutered. If health problems prevent such spaying or neutering,

               a veterinarian’s certificate will be necessary to allow the pet to become or

               continue to be a resident of the community;
         d.  Payment of a nominal fee of $7.00 a month, to defray the cost of potential

               damage done by the pet to the unit or common areas of the community. There

               shall be no additional fee for pets other than dogs or cats. The additional fee

               shall not preclude charges to a resident for repair or damages done on an

               ongoing basis by a pet. The resident is responsible for all damages caused by

               the pet and will reimburse the Authority for all costs it incurs in repairing such

               damages. This is a non-refundable fee.
         e.  If a resident cannot care for their pet due to an illness, absence, or death, and

               no other person can be found to care for the pet, after twenty-four (24) hours

               have elapsed, the resident hereby gives permission for the pet to be released

               to the Humane Society/Animal Control, in accordance with their procedures. In

               no case shall the PHA incur any costs or liability for the care of a pet placed in

               the care of another individual or agency under this procedure.
16.  Any litigation resulting from actins by pets shall be the sole responsibility of the pet

         owner. The pet owner agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the PHA from all

         claims, causes of action damages or expenses, including attorney’s fees, resulting

         from the action or the activities of his or her pet. The PHA accepts NO

         RESPONSIBILITY for any pet under any circumstance. The PHA strongly advises

         Residents to obtain liability insurance.
17.  Pet privilege revoked: The privilege to maintain a pet in a facility owned by the

        PHA may be revoked at any time if the animal should become destructive, create a

        nuisance, represent a threat to the safety or security of the other residents or

        persons, or create a problem in the area of cleanliness and sanitation.
18.  Breaches: Should a breach of these rules occur, the PHA will exercise any remedy

         granted in removing the pet from the premises.

 I understand that I am required to submit my pets updated shot record and license to the Housing Authority on an annual basis with my recertification application.
Pets Name:___________________________Type or Pet:___________________

Inoculations (type and Date):___________________________________________

License Dates:_____________________Spay/Neuter Date:__________________
Provide the name, address, and phone number of one or more persons who will care for the pet if you are unable to do so. This information will be updated annually.
Name:______________________________ Phone:_____________________________
NOTE: This policy is an agreement between the head of household and the Hannibal Housing Authority and needs to be signed only if a pet is in the household.
As head of household, I have read the Hannibal Housing Authority pet policy and understand these provisions. I agree to abide by these provisions fully and understand that permission will be revoked if I fail to do so. Failure to comply with any part of they above and/or to take corrective action after sufficient notice of the violation shall be cause for termination of the lease. I have received a copy of this policy.
Name (please print)                              Community or Building              Unit Number
_____________________________                                     _______________
Resident Signature                                                                                  Date
_____________________________                                      _______________           
Hannibal Housing Authority Signature                                                    Date



        Hannibal Housing Authority
       3614 Navajo Street
       P.O. Box 996
       Hannibal, Missouri  63401

           Phone: 573-221-7575
           Fax: 573-221-8408

       Email: jack@hannibalhousing.net  


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