Posted: Mar 28, 2012 10:01 AM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Mar 28, 2012 10:01 AM
NEW ROADS- The days of loose animals on the streets of Pointe Coupee Parish will soon come to an end, if the new animal ordinance works according to plan.
Police Juror Cornell Dukes tells News 2 the Police Jury passed the pet ordinance Tuesday.
"We want people to have to be more accountable for their pets' whereabouts," Dukes said.
Animal control in Pointe Coupee Parish came to the forefront back in 2009, when three boxer dogs killed a 4-year-old Morganza boy. The dogs reportedly escaped from their owners' property and mauled him.
According to Dukes, the new ordinance will penalize people whose pets are found outside off of their property.
"The dog or cat will be immediately put in the pound," he said. "The owner will have to pay a $50 fee to get them out. In addition, there is a $20 charge for every day your pet is left in the pound."
Pet owners also will be required to register and vaccinate their dogs.
New 2's Olivia LaBorde is in Pointe Coupee Parish today and will have reaction from the community on this new ordinance.