Remember the Pointe Coupee Parish proposed animal control ordinance revisions from back in 2010? We do. The Parish was considering a ban on 10 breeds of dogs, including American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Boxer, and Akita–and any mixed-breed dog that resembles one of these.
The issue died quietly after the PC Police Jury (that’s the Louisiana version of a county commissioners’ board) declined to vote on it.
Now, the “vicious dog” issue is back in the news, and commissioners are once again talking about how to deal with it. They could bring the 2010 proposal back to the table, they could write up a new proposal, or they could take action without changing their current ordinances.
It should be noted that the parish currently has only one (temporary, part-time) animal control officer, no animal shelter in which to house confiscated dogs, and no money to spend on animal control. Consequently, the current laws are not being enforced very well.
Please contact the Pointe Coupee Police Jury and respectfully guide them away from breed-specific laws and toward workable solutions to their dangerous dog issues.
Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, P.O. Box 290, New Roads, Louisiana 70760
Ph (225) 638-9556 – Fax (225) 638-5555
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Animal restraint laws lack bite
BY KORAN ADDO, Westside bureau
February 25, 2012
NEW ROADS — […] Police Jury President Melanie Bueche said she expects jurors to revisit the issue at their March 27 meeting. […]
Juror Russell Young was adamant Thursday that he won’t vote for any ordinance that doesn’t include an outright ban on pit bulls.
Juror John “Sassy” Pourciau said on Friday he won’t support a breed-specific ban.
Juror Justin Cox said he favors a mechanism calling for the parish to find the resources to enforce the current leash law. […]
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