Posted: Mar 28, 2012 5:55 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Mar 28, 2012 6:29 PM
NEW ROADS- Carol Vincent, Director at Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter, says she hopes a new animal ordinance in the parish will keep dogs out of this shelter and in their owner's yards.
"If people are responsible for their animals it will keep them from being hit by cars and picked up from animal control," she said.
The parish police jury passed the ordinance Tuesday night. It means some steep fines for dogs owners whose dogs or cat are found roaming free.
"This system will allow us to tag the dogs, know who the owner is and fine the proper person who needs to be fined," said police juror Cornell Dukes. "If a dog is found unattended off of the owner's property it will be taken directly to the pound. To get the animal out it will cost $50 the first time $100 the next, and keep going up from there."
This ordinance comes after the 2009 death of 4-year-old Michael Blaise Landry. He was mauled to death by boxer dogs who reportedly escaped from their owners' yard in Morganza.
Landry's death sparked an outcry in the community for pet owners to have better control of their animals. But some say this new law isn't the answer.
"I don't think it was researched as much as it much as should've been," said parish resident Bob Allen. "I think it's more about making money for the parish than animal control."
Only time will if the ordinance will prevent another tragedy, but Vincent says she's glad something is being done.
"I hope this will end a lot of that and keep the dogs off the street so animal doesn't have to pick them up," she said.
The new law goes into effect in 30 days.