Livingston Parish Animal Shelter - FAQ

FAQS:

 

Taken from State and Local laws pertaining to animals.  

 

No person shall suffer or permit any dog in his possession, or kept by him about his premises, to run at large on any unenclosed land, or trespass upon any enclosed or unenclosed lands of another. (Leash Law in effect for all of Louisiana. Does not have to be written or enforced as a Parish Ordinance because it is already a state law. Also, animals are considered private property. Owners are liable for any physical damage by their animal including, but not limited to, harm to humans, harm to other animals, property damage, etc.)

 

Any owner, harborer, or possessor of any dog that kills, harasses, or wounds livestock shall be liable to the owner of the livestock for the damages sustained, to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction.

  1. An animal shall be considered abandoned when the owner thereof has not paid the charge for veterinary services, including medical, or for boarding, within ten days after rendition to the owner of the invoice for such services or boarding and no other agreement with the owner has been reached for the payment of such charge for services or boarding.

 

 

Livingston Parish Ordinance

Sec. 5.5-13. – Maximum permissible sound levels.

(g)  Animals and birds. It shall be a violation of this article for any person to own,

possess or harbor any animal or bird which frequently or for continued duration howls, barks, meows, squawks, or makes any other sound which shall disturb the comfort or repose of persons dwelling in the vicinity of where the animal or bird is kept.

Sec. 5.5-16. – Violations and penalties.

Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be guilty of misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00) or not more than thirty (30) days in jail, or both, at the discretion of the judge.

 

 

(Only some, not all of glossary defined below:)

Louisiana Statutes Annotated. Louisiana Revised Statutes. Title 14. Criminal Law. Chapter 1. Criminal Code. Part VI. Offenses Affecting The Public Generally. Subpart B. Offenses Affecting The Public Sensibility

 

The following words, phrases, and terms as used in R.S. 14:102.1 through R.S. 14:102.4 shall be defined and construed as follows:

(1) “Cruel” means every act or failure to act whereby unjustifiable physical pain or suffering is caused or permitted.

(2) “Abandons” means to completely forsake and desert an animal previously under the custody or possession of a person without making reasonable arrangements for its proper care, sustenance, and shelter. NOTE:  Citations will be issued in owner’s name even in the absence of the owner

(3) “Proper food” means providing each animal with daily food of sufficient quality and quantity to prevent unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering by the animal.

(4) “Proper water” means providing each animal with daily water of sufficient quality and quantity to prevent unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering by the animal.

(5) “Proper shelter” means providing each animal with adequate shelter from the elements as required to prevent unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering by the animal.

(6) “Proper veterinary care” means providing each animal with veterinary care sufficient to prevent unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain or suffering by the animal.

(Items 7-9 pertain to livestock)

  1. (1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence commits any of the following shall be guilty of simple cruelty to animals:

(a) Overdrives, overloads, drives when overloaded, or overworks a living animal.

(b) Torments, cruelly beats, or unjustifiably injures any living animal, whether belonging to himself or another.

(c) Having charge, custody, or possession of any animal, either as owner or otherwise, unjustifiably fails to provide it with proper food, proper drink, proper shelter, or proper veterinary care.

(d) Abandons any animal. A person shall not be considered to have abandoned an animal if he delivers to an animal control center an animal which he found running at large.

(e) Impounds or confines or causes to be impounded or confined in a pound or other place, a living animal and fails to supply it during such confinement with proper food, proper drink, and proper shelter.

(f) Carries, or causes to be carried, a living animal in or upon a vehicle or otherwise, in a cruel or inhumane manner.

(g) Unjustifiably administers any poisonous or noxious drug or substance to any domestic animal or unjustifiably exposes any such drug or substance, with intent that the same shall be taken or swallowed by any domestic animal.

(h) Injures any animal belonging to another person.

(i) Mistreats any living animal by any act or omission whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused to or permitted upon the animal.

(j) Causes or procures to be done by any person any act enumerated in this Subsection.

(2)(a) Whoever commits the crime of simple cruelty to animals shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

(b) Whoever commits a second or subsequent offense of simple cruelty to animals shall be fined not less than five thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both. In addition, the court shall issue an order prohibiting the defendant from owning or keeping animals for a period of time deemed appropriate by the court.

(c) In addition to any other penalty imposed, a person who commits the crime of cruelty to animals shall be ordered to perform five eight-hour days of court-approved community service. The community service requirement shall not be suspended.

(d) In addition to any other penalty imposed, the court may order a psychological evaluation or anger management treatment for a first conviction of the crime of simple cruelty to animals. For a second or subsequent offense of the crime of simple cruelty to an animal, the court shall order a psychological evaluation or anger management treatment. Any costs associated with any evaluation or treatment ordered by the court shall be borne by the defendant.

(3) For purposes of this Subsection, if more than one animal is subject to an act of cruel treatment by an offender, each act shall constitute a separate offense.

  1. (1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence tortures, maims, or mutilates any living animal, whether belonging to himself or another, shall be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(2) Any person who tampers with livestock at a public livestock exhibition or at a private sale shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(3) Any person who causes or procures to be done by any person any act designated in this Subsection shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(4) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence mistreats any living animal whether belonging to himself or another by any act or omission which causes or permits unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death to the animal shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

(5) In addition to any other penalty imposed for a violation of this Subsection, the offender shall be ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and subsequently recommended psychological treatment and shall be banned by court order from owning or keeping animals for a period of time deemed appropriate by the court. Any costs associated with any evaluation or treatment ordered by the court shall be borne by the defendant.

(6) Whoever commits the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals shall be fined not less than five thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

(7) For purposes of this Subsection, where more than one animal is tortured, maimed, mutilated, or maliciously killed or where more than one head of livestock is tampered with, each act comprises a separate offense.

  1. This Section shall not apply to any of the following:

(1) The lawful hunting or trapping of wildlife as provided by law.

(2) Herding of domestic animals.

(3) Accepted veterinary practices.

(4) Activities carried on for scientific or medical research governed by accepted standards.

(5) Traditional rural Mardi Gras parades, processions, or runs involving chickens.

(6) Nothing in this Section shall prohibit the standard transportation and agricultural processing of agriculture products as defined in R.S. 3:3602(5) and (6).

  1. When a person is charged with cruelty to animals, said person’s animal may be seized by the arresting officer and held pursuant to this Section.
  2. (1) The seizing officer shall notify the owner of the seized animal of the provisions of this Section by posting written notice at the location where the animal was seized or by leaving it with a person of suitable age and discretion residing at that location within twenty-four hours of the seizure.

Allows law enforcement, as often as necessary, enter any place in which an animal is impounded or confined without necessary food and water for over twenty-four hours to supply food and water.

  1. Dangerous dog defined as: 1. Any dog, which unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior thirty-six month period, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog are off the property of the owner of the dog; or 2. Any dog which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing injury; or 3. Any dog which, unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior thirty-six month period, has killed, seriously bitten, inflicted injury, or otherwise caused injury to a domestic animal off the property of the owner of the dog.
  2. It is unlawful for any person to own a dangerous dog without properly restraining or confining the dog.

 

Rs 14102.26 Unlawful Restraint Of A Dog Definitions Penalties

  1. As used in this Section:

(1) “Collar” means any collar constructed of nylon, leather, or similar material, specifically designed to be used for a dog.

(2) “Owner” means a person who owns or has custody or control of a dog.

(3) “Properly fitted” means, with respect to a collar, a collar that measures the circumference of a dog’s neck plus at least one inch.

(4) “Restraint” means a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable, or other device that attaches a dog to a stationary object or trolley system.

  1. It shall be unlawful to tie, tether, or restrain any animal in a manner that is inhumane, cruel, or detrimental to its welfare.
  2. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any of the following:

(1) Accepted veterinary practices.

(2) Activities carried on for scientific or medical research governed by accepted standards.

(3) A dog restrained to a running line, pulley, or trolley system and is not restrained to the running line, pulley, or trolley system by means of a pinch-type, prong-type, choke-type, or improperly fitted collar.

(4) A dog restrained in compliance with the requirements of a camping or recreational area as defined by a federal, state, or local authority or jurisdiction.

(5) A dog restrained while the owner is engaged in, or actively training for, an activity that is conducted pursuant to a valid license issued by this state if the activity for which the license is issued is associated with the use or presence of a dog.

(6) A dog restrained while the owner is engaged in conduct directly related to the business of shepherding or herding cattle or livestock.

(7) A dog restrained while the owner is engaged in conduct directly related to the business of cultivating agricultural products if the restraint is reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog.

(8) A dog being restrained and walked with a hand-held leash regardless of the type of collar being used.

  1. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than three hundred dollars.

Rabies Vaccinations and Bite Case Rabies Quarantine Observation (In Part)

Title 51

PUBLIC HEALTH-SANITARY CODE

Part Ill. The Control of Rabies and Other Zoonotic Diseases

Chapter 1. Anti-Rabies Vaccination
Requirements for Dogs and Cats

(formerly paragraph 3:001]

Local Health Authorityany parish or municipal health
officer, department or other agency charged with the
responsibility of preserving the public health.

Ownerany person who keeps in his care or who
harbors or has custody of a dog or other animal.

Vaccinationthe injection, by a licensed veterinarian,
of an animal using anti-rabies vaccine approved by the state
health officer.

Wild Animalany animal species wherein the majority
of its members are not maintained by humans for
recreational, commercial food production, agricultural,
research, or industrial purposes. Other than possibly
endangered species, the majority of the members of such a
species live primarily in a natural or non-domestic
environment. Wolves, wolf hybrids, and feline species other
than Felis felis/domestic cat hybrids, in circumstances
involving rabies vaccination or rabies exposure, will be
regarded as wild animals.

Zoonotic diseasea disease in humans caused by an
infectious agent transmitted from animals to humans.
Zoonotic diseases include, but are not limited to, anthrax
(caused by Bacillus anthracis) and plague (caused by
Yersinia pestis).

  1. When any dog, cat, or ferret bites a human being, said
    animal shall be confined (as described in § 113) for a
    minimum of 10 days following the bite, or said animal shall
    be killed and the head submitted immediately to a laboratory
    of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for
    examination for rabies. During the observation period a
    rabies vaccine should not be administered to the animal to
    avoid confusing signs of rabies with possible side effects of
    vaccine administration. Any dog, cat, or ferret that develops
    any signs during the 10-day observation period shall be
    reported immediately to the local health authority and,
    provided such signs are compatible with rabies as
    determined by a licensed veterinarian or the official state
    public health veterinarian, the animal shall be killed and the
    head submitted to a laboratory of the Louisiana Department
    of Health and Hospitals for examination.
  1. Where confinement is required under the provisions
    of this Code, the owner, veterinarian, animal shelter or other
    custodian of the animal shall confine said animal in a cage or
    in another manner such that the animal cannot contact any
    person or other animal. Tethering is not permitted.
  1. No person shall own, keep or have in his custody a
    dog, cat, or ferret over three months of age that has not been
    vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Every
    owner of a dog, cat, or ferret shall cause said animal to be
    vaccinated initially with a series of two vaccinations, the
    first to be administered at three months of age, the second to
    be administered done year after the initial vaccination. Dogs,
    cats, or ferrets initially vaccinated later than three months of
    age shall also be administered a series of two vaccines, the
    second vaccine to be given one year after the initial
    vaccination. Subsequent booster vaccines shall be
    administered one year after the administration of a vaccine
    that confers one year of immunity and three years after the
    administration of a vaccine that confers three years of
    immunity.

2016 FLOOD OBSERVATIONS:

We would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers and agencies that reached out during the August 2016 flood. Unfortunately, we do not have a list to thank everyone by name. Please know that we are grateful for all that you did for the animals of our Parish.

People put their own lives and recovery needs on hold to help the animals. There were veterinarians, individuals, groups, rescue and shelter organizations from inside and outside the Parish and State – literally from throughout the country – that used their personal time to assist Livingston Parish.  Many of those people suffered their own losses.

There was little to no media coverage, other than locally, that adequately illustrated the horrific nature of the heartbreak and destruction. People came here voluntarily, without giving a second thought about their own safety.  They had no accommodations and no idea where they would stay, sleep, shower or eat. They set aside the danger involved in dealing with terrified animals.  Some of those people drove miles back and forth each day, some set up RV’s and mobile units, others lived in tents on the property; some simply took naps to rejuvenate.

Rescuers spent days and nights in boats and on foot, often wading through dangerous flood waters, going from deserted house to house, through fields and pastures, deserted neighborhoods.   Others stayed at the shelter to help check in and account for, take pictures of and process, bathe, help with medical, feed and clean, walk animals, talk to those who were able to come by or call for looking for their lost loved ones.  There were also the good people of Livingston Parish who were trying to save each other who did not deny help if they had their pet(s) in tow.

It was a time of sorrow and loss that seemed to linger forever. Tensions were high, people were hot, tired and stressed. There were times of joy and times that felt like ultimate defeat. There were a lot of losses, but a lot of saves were made as well.  People had to try to put in the back of their minds their personal losses, as well as what their families endured, to try to make it through the day to rescue the animals who had no recourse. They were such long days and nights.

We owe a special thank you to our employee Tabitha LaBoyteaux who was actually flooded in at the shelter after getting trapped there and was forced to spend several nights. She made the best of it with the supplies the shelter had on hand. She said, “at least the dogs were fed, and kennels cleaned”.

Although most want to forget, please keep in mind not only should you have emergency evacuation plans for your family, but your pets too.  It is now a state law that dogs and cats cannot be tied or tethered during a flood or hurricane.

After Hours:

LPSO

(225) 686-2241

Hours:

Monday – Thursday, and Saturday

10:00AM – 4:00 PM

Closed on Friday, Sunday, and all major holidays

Physical Address:

13525 Hwy 190 (Florida Blvd)

Livingston, LA 70754

Mailing:

P.O. Box 427

Livingston, LA 70754

Email:

K9@lpgov.com

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