Sec. 5-7. Licensing; Failure to License.
- It shall be the duty of every owner residing in the parish to obtain and retain an annual license for each dog and cat three (3) months of age and older, with the exception of community cats. The license certificate shall include the name and address of the owner, a description of the dog or cat including its breed, color, gender, and date of birth or estimated age, and the year and number of the license tag. The annual license fee shall be five dollars ($5.00) for each spayed or neutered dog or cat and ten dollars ($10.00) for each dog or cat which is not spayed or neutered.
For the purposes of this Section, a dog or cat shall be considered spayed or neutered whenever any of the following is applicable:
- upon presentation of a certificate issued by any licensed veterinarian stating that the dog or cat, if female, was made incapable of producing young by spaying by the veterinarian, or, the dog or cat, if male, was made incapable of producing young by neutering by the veterinarian.
- upon examination by a licensed veterinarian any dog or cat, whether male or female, is certified by the veterinarian to be incapable of producing young.
- if the dog or cat has been previously licensed as a spayed or neutered dog or cat.
A male dog or cat may be considered neutered if upon examination it has evidence of castration.
- Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as "seeing-eye" dogs or dogs used to assist deaf persons and commonly known as "hearing-ear" dogs shall be licensed as other dogs herein provided for, except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee therefore.
- The owner of five (5) or more dogs may procure a kennel license and pay a kennel license fee in lieu of the individual dog licenses and license fees provided for herein. In every case where all animals on the property are spayed/neutered, a sixty percent (60%) discount on the applicable kennel license fee shall be applied.
- Any person with five (5) or more dogs on his property and who breeds and sells dogs retail, wholesale, or to the public is required to procure a kennel license and pay a kennel license fee in lieu of the individual dog licenses and license fees provided for herein.
The annual kennel license fee is:
- fifty dollars ($50.00) if no more than five (5) dogs over the age of six (6) months are harbored on the premises at the time of application;
- one hundred dollars ($100.00) if more than five (5) dogs but no more than ten (10) dogs over the age of six (6) months are harbored on the premises at the time of the application; and
- one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) if more than ten (10) dogs over the age of six (6) months are harbored on the premises at the time of the application.
- Upon the issuance of a kennel license, the applicant shall be furnished a number of license tags equal to the number of dogs harbored on the premises.
- No person that breeds, buys, or sells dogs retail, wholesale, or to the public shall maintain more than twenty (20) dogs, excluding dogs which are spayed or neutered, over the age of six (6) months at any time.
- Kennels are subject to inspection by Animal Control Officers at reasonable times and with little or no advance notice.
- All dog, cat, and kennel licenses shall be issued for one (1) year. The licensing renewal date shall be one (1) year from the initial license date and on an annual basis thereafter. New residents must license their animal(s) within thirty (30) days of establishing residency in the parish.
- If there is a change in ownership of a dog, cat and/or kennel during the license year, the new owner shall license the dog, cat, and/or kennel within thirty (30) days of the change.
- No person shall use a license for any dog, cat, and/or kennel other than that for which the license was issued.
- It shall be the duty of every owner of a dangerous dog residing in the parish to obtain and retain an annual license for each dangerous dog. The license certificate shall include, in addition to information contained on a general license certificate, a statement that the dog has been declared dangerous. The annual license fee for a dangerous dog shall be one hundred fifty ($150.00) dollars for each dangerous dog.
- Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined $25.00 for each offense. Additionally, when any person violates subsection (h) of this Section, an Animal Control Officer may seize, impound, and humanely dispose of any dog exceeding the maximum number of dogs allowed on the premises.
(ParishCode 1979, § 5-4)
State law references:
Time for paying dog license tax, R.S. 3:2776; Dog, cat, and kennel licenses fee and certificate; records, R.S. 3:2772; Registration of dangerous dogs; fees, R.S. 14:102.17.