The Lafourche Parish Council approved a measure to tighten ownership restrictions for dangerous and vicious dogs in its Tuesday meeting.
As with a similar law passed by the Terrebonne Parish Council this summer, the ordinance is not breed specific.
Under the new ordinance, owners of dogs declared dangerous or vicious are required to hold liability insurance, pay breeding fees and have their animals micro-chipped.
The ordinance will help to increase accountability for owners of these dangerous animals, said Councilman John Arnold, the bill’s sponsor.
This ordinance is an amended version of one voted down by the council in May.
Arnold said the first measure was voted down because the majority of the council didn’t agree with a $25 ownership licensing fee.
The only fee included in the new ordinance is the $200 license for breeding dangerous or vicious animals. Arnold said the fee is designed to regulate “backyard breeding.”
“There’s nobody regulating who’s selling these animals, how they’re selling them, who they’re selling them to. And a lot of these animals are inbred animals that are going into homes,” Arnold said.
Mandatory microchips for animals deemed dangerous will be installed at the owner’s expense.
Microchips allow for immediate registration and identification of dangerous animals, Arnold said.
The implants are installed under the skin between the animal’s shoulder blades. Each will cost roughly $60.