BSL ALERT: Hammond, Louisiana

The Hammond, Louisiana City Council instructed their city attorney to review the city’s ordinances and laws regarding the keeping of vicious dogs, especially pit bulls, within the city’s limits. Upon completion of the review, the council intends to hold a public hearing on the issue.

Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Hammond city officials listed below. Please include suggestions and viable alternatives for their consideration, as well as advising them of the many flaws of breed specific ordinances. Encourage the city officials to enforce the law already in place to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone in the community – humans and animals.

Letter writing tips can be found at the Bless the Bullys or Defending Dog websites.

Hammond City Council:
Michael Williams: williams_ma@hammond.org
Lemar Marshall: marshall_lf@hammond.org
Bobby Martin: martin_rj@hammond.org
Jason Hood: hood_jc@hammond.org
Johnny Blount: blount_jc@hammond.org

Council Clerk:
Anette Kirylo
kirylo_aa@hammond.org
(985) 277-5610

Mayor Mayson Foster
foster_mh@hammond.org

Council Agendas can be found here.

Hammond to review dog laws

BY VIC COUVILLION
Special to The Advocate
May 02, 2012

HAMMOND — The City Council instructed City Attorney Andre Coudrain to review Hammond’s ordinances and laws regarding the keeping of vicious dogs, especially pit bulls, within the city’s limits.

The action came Tuesday night in response to reports of an attack by two pit bulls that
injured a child on East Louisiana Street last week, officials said.

Councilman Lemar Marshall presented each council member with detailed information about dangerous and vicious dogs and what is being done in other communities to combat the problem.

He said after Coudrain completes his research, he hopes to hold a public hearing on the issue.

Mayor Mayson Foster said ordinances on the books require owners to keep such animals in enclosed spaces and to leash them when outside the confined area.

Owners of such dogs must maintain a $50,000 liability insurance policy

http://theadvocate.com/news/2721851-123/hammond-to-review-dog-laws

Dangerous Dogs: Sec. 7-22. – Definition of terms.

As used in this division:

(a)

Owner means any person, firm, corporation, organization or department possessing or harboring or having the care or custody of a dog.

(b)

Vicious dog means:

(1)

Any dog with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury to, or otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals; or

(2)

Any dog which because of its size, physical nature, or vicious propensity is capable of inflicting serious physical harm or death to humans and which would constitute a danger to human life or property if it were not kept in the manner required by this division; or

(3)

Any dog which, without provocation, attacks or bites, or has attacked or bitten, a human being or domestic animal; or

(4)

Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting, or any dog trained for dog fighting.

(c)

A vicious dog is “unconfined” if the dog is not securely confined indoors or confined in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure upon the premises of the owner of the dog. The pen or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to the sides. If the pen or structure has no bottom secure to the sides. The sides must be embedded into the ground no less than one foot. All such pens or structures must be adequately lighted and kept in a clean and sanitary condition.

(Ord. No. 2140, C.S., 1-91-88)

Sec. 7-23. – Confinement.

The owner of a vicious dog shall not suffer or permit the dog to go unconfined.

(Ord. No. 2140, C.S., 1-19-88)

Sec. 7-24. – Leash and muzzle requirement.

The owner of a vicious dog shall not suffer or permit the dog to go beyond the premises of the owner unless the dog is securely muzzled and restrained by a chain or leash, and under the physical restraint of a person. The muzzle shall be made in a manner which will not cause injury to the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration, but shall prevent it from biting any human or animal.

(Ord. No. 2140, C.S., 1-19-88)

Sec. 7-25. – Signs.

The owner of a vicious dog shall display in a prominent place on his or her premises a clearly visible warning sign indicating that there is a vicious dog on the premises. A similar sign is required to be posted on the pen or kennel of the animal.

(Ord. No. 2140, C.S., 1-19-88)

Sec. 7-26. – Dog fighting.

No person, firm, corporation, organization or department shall possess or harbor or maintain care or custody of any dog for the purpose of dog fighting, or train, torment, badger, bait or use any dog for the purpose of causing or encouraging the dog to attack human beings or domestic animals.

(Ord. No. 2140, C.S., 1-19-88)

Sec. 7-27. – Prohibitive locations.

No vicious dogs shall be permitted in areas within three hundred (300) feet of any church, park or school within the limits of the City of Hammond.

(Ord. No. 2140, C.S., 1-19-88)

Sec. 7-28. – Insurance.

Owners of vicious dogs after which declared vicious must within thirty (30) days provide proof to the city clerk of public liability insurance in the amount of at least fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00), insuring the owner for any personal injuries inflicted by his or her vicious dog.

(Ord. No. 2140, C.S., 1-19-88)

Sec. 7-29. – Penalties.

Whoever violates any provisions of the division shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or imprisonment of not more than six (6) months in jail, or by both fine and imprisonment.

(Ord. No. 2140, C.S., 1-19-88)

Sec. 7-30. – Severability.

If any section, sentence, clause or phrase of this division is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of any court, such a decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this division.

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