Category Archives: Louisiana

Washington, LA: BSL enforcement results in family pet seizures

Contact info for the town of Washington
Please keep all correspondence polite, helpful, and engaging. No diatribes, verbal attacks, or hostile words! Angry correspondence will only make things harder for the folks who are trying to convince city officials to repeal the BSL.
Town of Washington Town Hall, P.O. Box 218, 405 North Washington Street, Washington, Louisiana 70509
Telephone: 337-826-3626
Fax: 337-826-3601

Pit Bulls Confiscated in Washington

Posted: Apr 23, 2012 6:03 PM CDT

Monday couldn’t have gotten off to a more controversial start in the town of Washington Monday where enforcement began of a controversial ordinance involving Pit Bulls.

[…] Two other Pitt Bulls taken Monday morning belong to an alderwoman at large who voted against the original measure because she thought singling out just one breed of dog for such strict regulations wasn’t fair.

Fair or not, as of Monday afternoon, officials with animal control in Opelousas have picked 15 Pitt Bulls. […]

Full article and video can be viewed at

Pointe Coupee Parish, LA: New animal ordinance is not BSL

Good news in Pointe Coupee Parish. The police jury passed a new animal control ordinance in early April. The parish has considered BSL in the past, and there were concerns that this new ordinance could incorporate some of the breed-specific language that was previously under consideration.

We have received a copy of the new ordinance, and confirmed that it is breed-neutral. Many thanks to the parties in and around the parish who worked to make sure that the new ordinance was not breed discriminatory.

If you would like to read the text, we noticed that the parish has not posted it online (their website isn’t very up to date). So, here it is, for your convenience: Pointe Coupee Animal and Fowl Ordinance 3_27_12

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Breaux Bridge, LA: Breed ban may be considered, April 10

Update 4/10/12: Thanks to several individuals who contacted the city clerk and got the proposal for us to look at! The proposal pertains to livestock; it is not a breed ban. This is certainly good news, and we’re investigating the breed ban rumors a little bit further to see if that is still a possibility later on. Locals—this is still an opportunity for you to speak up against the BSL that is currently in place in Breaux Bridge and to help councilmembers figure out effective and breed-neutral ways to resolve their ongoing animal control issues!——–
Breaux Bridge, LA, is considering changes to their animal ordinances. The April 10 agenda Item 11, which will propose changes to their animal ordinance, is of concern, as we are hearing rumors that they may propose a breed ban:

Breaux Bridge already has BSL for “pit bulls” (defined simply as any dog with “muscular brick-like shape of the head, broad back skull, wide mouth, and strong muscular jaw”). Any dog matching that description is automatically labeled “dangerous or vicious” and owners must comply with the vicious dog restrictions. You can read the current ordinance here.

At this time we have very little information about exactly what is being proposed in Breaux Bridge. We’re in the process of inquiring. Can you help with research? Call the city clerk (337-332-8302) and ask if she can email or fax the proposal, Ordinance 2184, to you. Contact StopBSL with your results.

If you are local, please attend the April 10 council meeting to find out what is being proposed, to voice your opposition to BSL, to engage in reasonable dialogue, and to propose real, fair, effective solutions to their animal control problems. This is a significant opportunity to make your community safer and more humane.

Council meeting: April 10, 6:00 PM, at City Hall, 101 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge

Council contact information:
City of Breaux Bridge, 101 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge, La. 70517
Mayor Jack Delhomme’s office: PH 337-332-2171 or FAX 337-332-6023
City clerk Pattie Dupuis: 337-332-8302

The Breaux Bridge website isn’t very up-to-date and this issue hasn’t received any news coverage, making this a difficult alert to track. If you are local and able to update us on the details and status of this proposal, we would appreciate it very much.

This brief news article, from about a month ago, illuminates some of the “ongoing” animal control problems that Breaux Bridge has been dealing with, including “pit bull” attacks (despite the current BSL), horses, and a lack of resources to deal with loose animals:

Thanks to Elizabeth for the heads up!

Pointe Coupee Parish, LA reminder: Public hearing on proposed animal ordinance, March 27 (possible BSL)

The Pointe Coupee Parish police jury will meet on March 27 at 5:00 PM. One of the items on the agenda is a public hearing to amend the animal control ordinance.

Although we do not know exactly what the police jury has proposed this time, we remember the extensive breed ban that was proposed (and failed) in 2010. Several police jurors have expressed a desire to reconsider BSL or a breed ban.

Jurors could bring the 2010 proposal back to the table, they could write up a new proposal, or they could decline to change their current ordinances.

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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Pointe Coupee Parish, LA: Animal control issues to be discussed, March 27 (possible BSL)

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. […]

Full article retrieved 2/25/12 from

Terrebonne Parish, LA: Parish rejects BSL

Terrebonne Parish began to consider BSL back in February. Discussion on the breed-specific proposal continued through at least April. But by September, the board had returned with a new breed-neutral proposed dog ordinance. The breed-neutral ordinance passed last night.

Terrebonne council adopts dog law

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 9:31 p.m.

Sweeping changes to Terrebonne Parish’s animal-control laws set tougher standards for vicious animals and their owners though it does not single out any specific breeds.

The changes, which have been debated and discussed for nearly a year, passed unanimously at Thursday night’s council meeting. […]

Councilman Billy Hebert […] said he was swayed during the last nine months of debate away from a vicious-animal law that singled out specific breeds.

“We needed one for all breeds,” he said. […]

Full article retrieved 12/2/11 from

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Welsh, LA: Pit bull ban difficult to enforce

Welsh officials want pit bull ban enforced (6/9)

Posted June 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

WELSH — Officials here want police to step up enforcement on the town’s ban on pit bulls.

Several Welsh aldermen expressed concern this week that some pit bulls are being kept illegally after being returned to owners — even though the owners signed letters agreeing to remove the dogs from the city limits.[…]

Police Chief Tommy Chaisson said the problem is that many owners are “sneaking” the dogs back and not all dogs believed to be pit bulls are a full pit bull breed.

Officer Russell Benoit said he responded to a pit bull call, but the dog was actually a chocolate Lab.

“Are pit bulls here? Yes, they are,” Benoit said. “If I find them, I’ll fine them (owners).”[…]

Full article retrieved 6/10/11 from

Welsh City Hall
Phone: 337-734-2231, Fax: 337-734-4001
Town of Welsh, 201 South Elms St., P.O. Box 786, Welsh, Louisiana 70591