Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 577
Public Safety Offenses
Section 577.076

August 28, 2014


Beginning January 1, 2017--Unlawful disposition of a dead animal--penalty.

577.076. 1. A person commits the offense of unlawful disposition of a dead animal if he or she knowingly places or causes to be placed the carcass or offal of any dead animal:

(1) Into any well, spring, brook, branch, creek, pond, or lake; or

(2) On any public road or highway, river, stream, or watercourse or upon premises not his or her own for the purpose of annoying another or others.

2. The offense of unlawful disposition of a dead animal is a class C misdemeanor.

(RSMo 1939 § 4729, A.L. 1971 H.B. 72, A.L. 1972 S.B. 457, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 4339; 1919 § 3587; 1909 § 4795

Effective 1-01-17

Until December 31, 2016--Littering with carcasses--penalty.

577.076. 1. If any person or persons shall put any dead animal, carcass or part thereof, the offal or any other filth into any well, spring, brook, branch, creek, pond, or lake, every person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than five hundred dollars.

2. If any person shall remove, or cause to be removed and placed in or near any public road or highway, or upon premises not his own, or in any river, stream or watercourse any dead animal, carcass or part thereof, or other nuisance, to the annoyance of the citizens of this state, or any of them, every person so offending shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined for every offense not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, and if such nuisance be not removed within three days thereafter, it shall be deemed a second offense against the provisions of this section.

(RSMo 1939 § 4729, A.L. 1971 H.B. 72, A.L. 1972 S.B. 457)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 4339; 1919 § 3587; 1909 § 4795

*This section was amended by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17. Due to the delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.


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