The Animal Control Committee of the Pointe Coupee Police Jury has proposed an ordinance that would target the following breeds (and mixes thereof):
Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE opposition to breed specific legislation to the Parish officials listed below. Please be sure to include viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration, as well.
Talking points for letters can be found at Defending Dog.
This issue will be brought up at the Jury’s next meeting on May 25, 2010.
Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury
P.O. Box 290, New Roads, Louisiana 70760
Fax (225) 638-5555
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Allen Monk
P.O. Box 285, Batchelor, LA 70715
Mr. John Pourciau
3768 La. Hwy. 419W, Batchelor, LA 70715
Mr. Russell Young
9005 Mandela Drive, New Roads, LA 70760
Mr. Glenn Ray Cline
14110 Chenal Road, Jarreau, LA 70749
Mr. Willie Olinde
P.O. Box 256, Ventress, LA 70783
Mrs. Melanie Bueche
11850 Hwy 416, Lakeland, LA 70752
Mr. Albert Dukes
8979 Rodney Drive, New Roads, LA 70760
Mr. Cornell Dukes
309 Railroad Street, New Roads, LA 70760
Mrs. Janet Vosburg
9431 False River Road, New Roads, LA 70760
Mr. Kurt Jarreau
P. O. Box 383, Livonia, LA 70755
Mr. Joseph Bergeron, Sr.
P. O. Box 90, Fordoche, LA 70732
Mr. Clifford Nelson
P. O. Box 336, Ventress, LA 70783
Animal Control panel tweaks dog proposalBan would apply to certain breeds
By KORAN ADDO
Advocate Westside bureau
Published: May 12, 2010 – Page: 4B
NEW ROADS — Pointe Coupee Police Juror Russell Young drew a second line in the sand in as many weeks Tuesday, pressing hard for adoption of a parishwide ban on large and potentially dangerous dogs.
Young’s move came as Animal Control Committee Chairwoman Carol Vincent proposed changes to the parish’s animal ordinance calling for tighter restrictions on owners of certain breeds of dogs. The panel is composed of citizen volunteers appointed by the Police Jury.
Under the committee’s proposal, German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers, boxers, Akitas, chow chows and any of the four breeds that fall under the pit bull umbrella would be subject to the new ordinance.
During the discussion, Vincent said that some insurance companies won’t extend homeowner’s insurance to people who own some of the breeds cited by the committee.
That’s when Young stood up and loudly called for a public hearing to set in motion a ban on those breeds.
During the April 27 Police Jury meeting, Young vigorously argued in favor of a ban on pit bull ownership, asserting he would not support any animal control ordinance that didn’t include the ban.
Members of Tuesday’s audience murmured in agreement with Young in calling for a breed-specific ban. However, none of Young’s colleagues on the Police Jury followed suit and the discussion continued.
The committee’s proposal states that owners of the breeds in question must be 18 years old, never have been convicted of a felony, must provide proof that canine vaccinations are up to date and must pay a one-time, $50 licensing fee to own the dog in the parish.
Owners would also be required to place muzzles on their dogs when the dogs are not on the owner’s property and have an identification microchip implanted in the animal, allowing animal control officers to identify a loose dog’s owner.
The proposal further requires the specified breeds be kept in their owner’s home or behind a chain link, wooden, or electronic fence.
When jurors suggested the parish would have trouble paying to enforce such a new ordinance, committee member Steve Juge pointed to fines the ordinance would impose.
“Once you start putting these regulations in place, this body will have the money to hire people to enforce the ordinance,” Juge told the Police Jury.
The fines would range up to $500 for a first violation of the ordinance, not less than $300 for a second violation and $500 for a third violation.
After the discussion, Police Jury President Melanie Bueche expressed support for the proposal, saying it would both protect the public and give responsible people who want to own potentially dangerous dogs an opportunity to keep their pets.
The Police Jury asked Parish Attorney John Wayne Jewell to look over the proposal before it’s brought back up for discussion at the jury’s May 25 regular meeting.