The Terrebonne Parish Council will discuss an amendment that would strengthen its dangerous and vicious dog ordinance.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor Government Tower, 8026 Main St., Houma.
If the ordinance passes, owners of dogs deemed dangerous will face tighter restrictions and higher fines for lack of compliance.
Among the changes are increases of the license fee for dangerous animals from $10 to $150, more specific regulations for restraining or tethering animals and automatic fines of $500 for owners of animals deemed vicious.
According to a 2011 change to Terrebonne Parish’s dog regulations, a dangerous dog is one that exhibits any of the following behaviors:
— Engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action when the person and the dog are off the property of the dog’s owner.
— Bites and severely injures anyone on or off the owner’s property.
— Bites and severely injures or kills any other animal on or off the owner’s property.
A vicious dog is one that attacks and severely injures or kills any person on or off the owner’s property without being provoked or that attacks a person after being previously labeled as dangerous.
A similar ordinance was brought before the Lafourche Parish Council in May. After lengthy debate, that measure was defeated.