Louisiana State Animal Laws
 

 

    Louisiana State Animal Laws

RS 14:102. - 102.17

102. Definitions; cruelty to animals

    The following words, phrases, and terms as used in R.S. 14:102.1    through R.S. 102.4 shall be defined and construed as follows:

  

     (1) "Cruel" means every act or failure to act whereby unjustifiable physical pain or suffering is caused or permitted

    (2) "Abandons" means to completely forsake and desert an animal previously under the custody or possession of a person without making reasonable arrangements for its proper care, sustenance, and shelter.

    (3) "Proper food" means providing each animal with daily food of sufficient quality and quantity to prevent unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering by the animal.

    (4) "Proper water" means providing each animal with daily water of sufficient quality and quantity to prevent unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering by the animal.

    (5) "Proper shelter" means providing each animal with adequate shelter from the elements as required to prevent unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering by the animal.

  

    (6) "Proper veterinary care" means providing each animal with veterinary care sufficient to prevent unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain or suffering by the animal.

 

     (7) "Livestock" means cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, mules, burros, asses, other livestock of all ages, farm-raised cervidae species, and farm-raised ratite species.

    (8) "Public livestock exhibition" means any place, establishment, or facility commonly known as a "livestock market", "livestock auction market", "sales ring", "stockyard", or the like, operated for compensation or profit as a public market for livestock, consisting of pens, or other enclosures, and their appurtenances, in which livestock are received, held, sold, or kept for sale or shipment. "Public livestock exhibition" also means any public exhibition or sale of livestock or a livestock show.

    (9) "Tampers" means any of the following:

    (a) The injection, use, or administration of any drug or other internal or external administration of any product or material, whether gas, solid, liquid, to livestock for the purpose of concealing, enhancing, transforming, or changing the true confirmation, configuration, condition, natural color, or age of the livestock or making the livestock appear more sound than they actually are.

    (b) The use or administration, for cosmetic purposes, or steroids, growth stimulants, or internal artificial filling, including paraffin, silicone injection, or any other substance.

    (c) The use or administration of any drug or feed additive affecting the central nervous system of the livestock, unless administered or prescribed by a licensed veterinarian for the treatment of an illness or an injury.

  

     (d) The use or administration of diuretics for cosmetic purposes.

   

 

        (e) The surgical manipulation or removal of tissue so as to change, transform, or enhance the true conformation, configuration, or natural color of the livestock unless the procedure is considered an accepted livestock management practice.

    Amended by Acts 1982, No. 431,  1; Acts 1997, No. 461,  2.

102.1. Cruelty to animals; simple and aggravated

    A.(1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence

commits any of the following shall be guilty of simple cruelty to

animals:    

    (a) Overdrives, overloads, drives when overloaded, or

overworks a living animal.              

    (b) Torments, cruelly beats, or unjustifiably injures any

living animal, whether belonging to himself or another.   

    (c) Having charge, custody, or possession of any animal,

either as owner or otherwise, unjustifiably fails to provide

it with proper food, proper drink, proper shelter, or proper

veterinary care.               

    (d) Abandons any animal. A person shall not be considered

to have abandoned an animal if he delivers to an animal

control center an animal which he found running at large.                                     

   

(e) Impounds or confines or causes to be impounded or confined in a pound or other place, a living animal and fails to supply it during such confinement with proper food, proper drink, and proper shelter.

    (f) Carries, or causes to be carried, a living animal in or upon a vehicle or otherwise, in a cruel or inhumane manner.

    (g) Unjustifiably administers any poisonous or noxious drug or substance to any domestic animal or unjustifiably exposes any such drug or substance, with intent that the same shall be taken or swallowed by any domestic animal.

    (h) Injures any animal belonging to another person without legal privilege or consent of the owner.

    (i) Mistreats any living animal by any act or omission whereby unnecessary or unjustifiable physical pain, suffering, or death is caused to or permitted upon the animal.

    (j) Causes or procures to be done by any act enumerated in this Subsection.

   

    2.(a) Whoever commits the crime of simple cruelty to animals shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

    (b) In addition to any other penalty imposed, a person who commits the crime of cruelty to animals shall be ordered to perform five eight-hour days of court approved community service. The community service requirement shall not be suspended.

    B.(1) Any person who intentionally or with criminal negligence tortures, maims, or mutilates any living animal, whether belonging to himself or another, shall be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

    (2) Any person who tampers with livestock at a public exhibition or at a private sale shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

    (3) Any person who causes or procures to be done by any person any act designated in this Subsection shall also be guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals.

   

 

    (4) Whoever commits  the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals shall be fined not less than five thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

    (5) For purposes of this Subsection, where more than one animal is tortured, maimed, mutilated, or maliciously killed1 or where more than one head of livestock is tampered with, each act comprises a separate offense.

   

    C. This Section shall not apply to the lawful hunting or trapping of wildlife as provided by law, herding of domestic animals, accepted veterinary practices, and activities carried on for scientific or medical research governed by accepted standards.

    D. For purposes of this Section, fowl shall not be defined as animals. Only the following birds shall be identified as animals for purposes for this Section:

    (1) Order Psittaciformes-parrots, parakeets, lovebirds, macaws, cockatiels or cockatoos.

    (2) Order Passcriformes-canaries, starlings, sparrows, flycatches. mynah, or myna

    Added by Acts 1982, No. 431,  1. Acts 1983, 1st Ex Sess, No. 6,  1; Acts 1987, No. 336,  1; Acts 995, No. 1165,  1; Acts 1995, No. 1246,  1, eff. June 29, 1995; Acts 1997, No. 461,  2; Acts 1997, No. 1212,  1.

1As appears in enrolled bill.

 

 

 

 

102.2. Seizure and disposition of animals cruelly treated

    A. When a person is charged with cruelty to animal, said person's animal may be seized by the arresting officer and held pursuant to this Section.

    B.(1) The seizing officer shall notify the owner of the seized animal of the provisions of this Subsection by posting written notice at the location where the animal was seized or by leaving it with a person of suitable age and discretion residing at that location within twenty-four hours of the seizure.

    (2) The seizing officer shall photograph the animal within fifteen days after posting of the notice of seizure and shall cause an affidavit to be prepared in order to document its condition in accordance with R.S. 15:463.21.

    (3) The seizing officer shall appoint a licensed veterinarian or other suitable custodian to care for any animal. The custodian shall retain custody of the animal in accordance with this Section.

    (4) The seized animal shall be held by the custodian provided for in Paragraph (3) for a period of fifteen consecutive days, including weekends and holidays, after such notice of seizure is given.  Thereafter, if a person who claims an interest in such animal has not posted bond in accordance with Subsection C, the animal may be humanely disposed of by sale, adoption, or euthanasia.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. A person claiming an interest in any animal seized pursuant to this Section may prevent the disposition of the animal as provided for in Subsection B by posting a bond with the court within fifteen days after receiving notice of such seizure in an amount sufficient to secure payment for all reasonable costs incurred in the boarding and treatment for any seized animal for a thirty-day period commencing on the date of initial seizure. Such bond shall not prevent the department, agency, humane society, or other custodian of the animal from disposing of the animal in accordance with Subsection B at the end of the thirty-day period covered by the bond, unless the person claiming an interest posts an additional bond for such reasonable expenses for an additional thirty-day period. In addition, such bond shall not prevent disposition of the animal for humane purposes at any time, in accordance with Subsection F of this Section. The amount of the bond shall be determined by the department, agency, humane society or other custodian of the animal as authorized by the court in accordance with the current rate for board and on the condition of the animal after examination by a licensed veterinarian.

   

    D. Upon a person's conviction of cruelty to animals, it shall be proper for the court, in its discretion, to order the forfeiture and final determination of the custody of any animal found to be cruelly treated in accordance with this Section and the forfeiture of the bond posted pursuant to Subsection C as part of the sentence. The court may, in its discretion, order the payment of any reasonable or additional costs incurred in the boarding or veterinary treatment of any seized animal prior to its disposition, whether or not a bond was posted by the defendant. In the event of the acquittal or final discharge without conviction of the accused, the court shall, on demand, direct the delivery of any animal held in custody to the owner thereof and order the return of any bond posted pursuant to Subsection C, less reasonable administrative costs.

   

 

E. Nothing in this Section shall prevent the euthanasia of any seized animal, at any time, whether or not any bond was posted, if a licensed veterinarian determines that the animal is not likely to survive and is suffering, as a result of any physical condition. In such instances, the court, in its discretion, may order the return of any bond posted, less reasonable costs, at the time of trial.

    Added by Acts 1982, No. 431  1; Acts 1997, No. 1212,  1.

102.3. Search warrant; animal cruelty offenses

    If the complaint is made, by affidavit, to any magistrate authorized to issue search warrants in criminal cases, that the complainant has reason to believe that an animal has been or is being cruelly treated in violation of R.S. 14:102.1, in any building or place, such magistrate, if satisfied that there is reasonable cause for such belief, shall issue a search warrant to any law enforcement officer authorized by law to make arrests for such offenses, authorizing any such officer to make a search of said building or place, and to arrest any person found violating R.S. 14:102.1. Said warrant may also authorize said officer to seize any animal believed to be cruelly treated and to take custody thereof. This Section shall not be construed as a limitation on the power of law enforcement officers to seize animals as evidence at the time of the arrest.

    Added by Acts 1982, No. 431,  1.

102.4. Confined animals; necessary food and water

    When a living animal is impounded or confined, and continues without necessary food and water for more than twenty-four consecutive hours, any law enforcement officer may, as often as necessary, enter any place in which the animal is impounded or confined and supply it with necessary food and water so long as it shall remain impounded or confined.

Added by Acts 1982, No. 431,  1.

 

102.5. Dogfighting; training and possession of dogs for fighting

    A. No person shall intentionally do any of the following:

    (1) For amusement or gain, cause any dog to fight with another dog, or cause any dogs to injure each other.

    (2) Permit  any act in violation of Paragraph (1) to be done on any premises under his charge or control, or aid or abet any such act.

    (3) Promote, stage, advertise, or be employed at a dogfighting exhibition.

    (4) Sell a ticket of admission or receive money for the admission of any person to any place used, or about to be used, for any activity described in Paragraph (2).

    (5) Own, manage, or operate any facility kept or used for the purpose of dogfighting.

    (6) Knowingly attend as a spectator at any organized dogfighting event.

    (7)(a) Own, possess, keep, or train a dog for purpose of dogfighting.

        (b) The following activities shall be admissible as evidence of a violation of this Paragraph:

            (i) Possession of any treadmill wheel, hot walker, cat mill, cat walker, jenni, or other paraphernalia, together with evidence that the paraphernalia is being used or intended for use in the unlawful training of a dog to fight with another dog, along with the possession of any such dog.

            (ii) Tying, attaching, or fasting any live animal to a machine or power propelled device, for the purpose of causing the animal to be pursued by a dog, together with the possession of a dog.

           

           

            (iii) Possession or ownership of a dog exhibiting injuries or alterations consistent with dogfighting, including but not limited to torn or missing ears, scars, lacerations, bite wounds, puncture wounds, bruising or other injuries, together with evidence that the dog has been used or is intended for use in dogfighting.

    B. "Dogfighting" means an organized event wherein there is a display of combat between two or more dogs in which the fighting, killing, maiming, or injuring of a dog is the significant feature, or main purpose, of the event.

    C. Whoever violates any provision of Paragraphs (1) through (5) and (7) of Subsection A of this Section shall be fines not less than one thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars, or be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

    D. Whoever violates Paragraph (6) of Subsection A of this Section shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or be imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

    E. Nothing in this Section shall prohibit any of the following activities:

        (1) The use of dogs for hunting.

        (2) The use of dogs for management of livestock by the owner, his employees or agents, or any other person having lawful custody of livestock.

        (3) The training of dogs or the possession or use of equipment in the training of dogs for any purpose not prohibited by law.

        (4) The possessing or owning of dogs with ears cropped or otherwise surgically altered for cosmetic purposes.

    Added by Acts 1982, No. 432,  1. Acts 1984, No. 661,  1;  Acts 1993, No. 1002,  1; Acts 2001, No. 547,  1; Acts 2001, No. 734,  1. eff. June 25, 2001.

 

102.6. Seizure and destruction or disposition of dogs and equipment used in dogfighting

    A.(1) Any law enforcement officer making an arrest under R.S. 14:102.5 may lawfully take possession of all fighting dogs on the premises where the arrest is made or in the immediate possession or control of the person being arrested, whether or not the dogs are actually engaged in a fight at the time, and all paraphernalia, implements, equipment, or other property or things used or employed in violation of that Section.

    (2) The legislature finds and declares that fighting dogs used or employed in violation of R.S. 14:102.5 are dangerous, vicious, and a threat to the health and safety of the public. Therefore, fighting dogs seized in accordance with this Section are declared to be contraband and, notwithstanding R.S. 14:102.1, the officer may cause them to be humanely euthanized as soon as possible by a licensed veterinarian or a qualified technician and shall not be civilly or criminally liable for so doing. Fighting dogs not destroyed immediately shall be disposed of in accordance with R.S. 14:102.2.

    B.(1) The officer, after taking possession of any dogs other than those destroyed or disposed of pursuant to Subsection A and of the other paraphernalia, implements, equipment, or other property or things, shall file with the district court of the parish within which the alleged violation occurred an affidavit stating therein the name of the person charges, a description of the property so taken and the time and place of the taking thereof, together with the name of the person who claims to own such property, if known, and that the affidavit has reason to believe and does believe, stating the ground of such belief, that the property so taken was used or employed in such violation.

        (2) The seizing officer shall dispose of any dogs or other animals seized in the manner provided for in R.S. 14:102.2.

      

        

        (3) He shall thereupon deliver the other property so taken to such court which shall, by order in writing, place such paraphernalia, implements, equipment, or other property in the custody of a suitable custodian, to be kept by such custodian until the conviction or final discharge of the accused, and shall send a copy of such order without delay to the district attorney of the parish. The custodian so named and designated in such order shall immediately thereupon assume the custody of such property and shall retain the same, subject to the order of the court before which the accused shall be required to appear for trial.

    C. Any person claiming an interest in a seized animal may post a bond with the court in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 14:102.2(C) in order to prevent the disposition of such animal.

    D. Upon conviction of the person so charged, all dogs so seized shall be adjudged by the court to be forfeited and the court shall order a humane disposition of the same in accordance with 14:102.2. The court may also in its discretion order the forfeiture of the bond posted, as well as payment of any reasonable or additional costs incurred in the boarding or veterinary treatment of any seized dog, as provided in R.S. 14:102.2. In the event of the acquittal or final discharge, without conviction, of the accused, the court shall, on demand, direct the delivery of the animals and other property so held in custody to the owner thereof and order the return of any bond posted pursuant to R.S. 14:102.2(C), less reasonable administrative costs.

    Added by Acts 1982, No. 432;  1. Acts 1987, No. 590,  1; Acts 1993, No. 1002,  1; Acts 1997, No. 1212,  1.

 

 

 

 

 

102.7. Search warrant for dogfighting offenses

    If complaint is made, by affidavit, to any magistrate authorized to issue search warrants in criminal cases, that the complainant has reason to believe that R.S. 14:102.5 has been violated within the past forty-eight hours, is being, or will be violated in any building or place, such magistrate, if satisfied that there is reasonable cause for such belief, shall issue a search warrant authorizing any law enforcement officer competent by law to make arrests for such offenses to make a search of said building or place, and to arrest any person violating R.S. 14:102.5. This Section shall not be construed as a limitation on the power of law enforcement officers to seize animals or evidence at the time of arrest.

    Added by Acts 1982, No. 432,  1.

102.8. Injuring or killing of a police animal

    A. Injuring or killing of a police animal is the intentional infliction of great bodily harm, permanent disability, or death upon a police animal.

    B. As used in this Section:

        (1) "Police animal" means:

            (a) Any dog which is owned or the service of which is used by any state or local law enforcement agency for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection of criminal activity, enforcement of laws, or apprehension of offenders.

            (b) Any dog which is owned or the service of which is used by any public safety agency and which is trained in accordance with the standards of a national or regional search and rescue association to respond to instructions from its handler in the search for possibly deceased individuals and in the search and rescue of lost or missing individuals and which dog, together with its handler, is prepared to render search and rescue services at the request of a public safety agency.

            (c) Any horse which is used by a state or local law enforcement officer in the course of his official duty.

        (2) "Public safety agency" means any agency of the state or political subdivision of the state which provides or has authority to provide law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical services, emergency preparedness services, or any other types of emergency services.

    C. It shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution under this Section when the injuring or killing of a police animal is committed with the reasonable belief by one not involved in or being apprehended for the commission of any offense or by one taken into custody that:

        (1) He is in imminent danger of losing his life or receiving great bodily harm and that the injuring or killing is necessary to sane himself from that danger.

        (2) Another person not involved in or being apprehended for the commission of any offense is in imminent danger of losing his life or receiving great bodily harm and that the injury or killing is necessary to save that person from that danger.

        (3) His animal or other property not involved in the commission of any offense or in the apprehension of any person for an offense is in imminent danger of being destroyed or receiving grave injury or damage that may result in its destruction.

    D.(1) Whoever commits the crime of injuring or killing of a police animal shall be fined not less than two thousand five hundred dollars nor more than three thousand five hundred dollars, or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than three years, or both.

        (2) Upon a second or subsequent conviction, regardless of whether the second or subsequent offense occurred before or after the first conviction, the offender shall be fined not less than two thousand five hundred dollars and not more than three thousand five hundred dollars, or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than five years nor more than seven years, or both.

    E. In addition to the foregoing penalties, a person convicted under this Section may be ordered to make full restitution to the public safety agency suffering a financial loss from the injury or killing of a police animal. If a person ordered to make restitution pursuant to this Section is found to be indigent and therefore unable to make restitution in full at the time of conviction, the court shall order a periodic payment plan consistent with the person's financial ability.

    Acts 1984, No. 534,  1; Acts 1986, No. 997,  1, eff. July 16, 1986; Acts 1992, No. 921,  1; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 82,  1; Acts 1995, No. 208,  1; Acts 1997, No. 130,  1; Acts 2001, No. 213,  1.

 

102.9. Interference with animal research; research laboratory or farm

    A. Interference with animal research is any of the following:

    (1) The unauthorized entry of any research laboratory or research farm with the intent of releasing or causing the release of any animal housed or kept within such research facility.

    (2) The intentional or criminal negligent damaging of any research laboratory or research farm.

    (3) The intentional or criminally negligent unauthorized release of any animal housed or kept within any research laboratory or research farm.

    B. Whoever commits the crime of interference with animal research shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than one thousand nor more than five thousand dollars and may be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than one year.

    Acts 1989, No. 784,  1.

    {{NOTE: SEE ALSO R.S. 14:228.}}1

102.10. Bear wrestling; penalty

    A. Any person who intentionally commits any of the following shall be guilty of bear wrestling:

    (1) Promotes, engages in, or is employed by anyone who conducts a bear wrestling match.

    (2) Receives money for the admission of another person to a place kept for bear wrestling matches.

    (3) Sells, purchases, possesses, or trains a bear wrestling match.

    B. For the purposes of this Section, a "bear wrestling match" means a match or contest between one or more persons and a bear for the purpose of fighting or engaging in a physical altercation.

    (c) Whoever commits the crime of bear wrestling shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

    Acts 1992, No. 740,  1.

102.12. Definitions (Animal Control)

    As used in this Section and R.S. 14:102.13 through 102.18, the following definitions shall apply:

    (1) "Animal control agency" means the parish or local animal control agency. If the municipality or parish does not have an animal control agency, it means whatever entity performs animal control functions.

    (2) "Impounded" means taken into the custody of the animal control agency or provider of animal control services to the municipality or parish where the dangerous or vicious dog is found.

   

 

        (3) "Secure enclosure" means a fence or structure suitable to prevent the entry of young children, and which is suitable to confine a dangerous dog in conjunction with other measures which may be taken by the owner of the dog. The enclosure shall be designed in order to prevent the animal from escaping.

    (4) "Serious bodily injury" means bodily injury which involves unconsciousness, extreme physical pain or protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty, or a substantial risk of death.

    Acts 2001, No. 823,  1; Acts 2003, No. 563,  1.

102.13. Hearing to determine if dog is dangerous or vicious

    A. The district attorney, the sheriff, and animal control officer, or other designated representative, in the name of and on behalf of the parish and without the payment of any costs, shall be authorized to file a petition in the district court having jurisdiction requesting a hearing for the purpose of determining whether or not a dog should be declared dangerous as defined in R.S. 14:102.14(A) or vicious as defined in R.S. 14:102.15(A).

    B. Upon the filing of the petition, the district judge shall immediately issue a rule on the owner of the dog to show cause why the dog should not be declared a dangerous or vicious dog. This rule shall, at the time of its issuance, be fixed for hearing not later than five days, including Sundays, half-holidays and holidays, from the date of its issuance, and shall be heard by preference over all other matters and cases fixed for the same day and shall be heard continuously day after day until submitted for adjudication.

    C. Upon the showing made by the parties on the trial of the rule to show cause, the court shall determine whether the dog is a dangerous dog or a vicious dog and may make other orders authorized by this Section.

   

    D. In every case where the dog is established to be a dangerous dog, the court shall enter an order declaring the dog to be a dangerous dog and shall direct the owner of the dog to comply with conditions established for the restraint and confinement of the dog as provided by law.

    E. In every case where the dog is established to be a vicious dog, the court shall enter an order declaring the dog to be a vicious dog and shall direct that the vicious dog be humanely euthanized.

    F. Any person who fails to restrain and confine a dangerous dog as ordered by the court shall be guilty to contempt and shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars.

    G. The pleading and practice in all cases under this Section shall be in accordance with the Code of Civil Procedure and the laws and rules of court governing before the district courts of this state.

    H. The owner of the dog may appeal to the court of competent jurisdiction an order of the district court determining the dog to be dangerous or vicious. Such appeal shall be perfected within five calendar days from the rendition of the order and shall be made returnable to the appropriate appellate court in not more than fifteen calendar days from the rendition of the order. The applicant for the determination may appeal to the court of competent jurisdiction for an order reversing the order of the district court.

    I. No dog shall be declared dangerous or vicious if at the hearing authorized by this Section evidence presented is sufficient to establish any of the following:

        (1) Any injury or damage is sustained by a person who, at the time the injury or damage was sustained, was committing a crime upon the property of the owner of the dog.

       

 

            (2) Any injury or damage is sustained by a person who, at the time the injury or damage was sustained, was teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog.

        (3) Any injury or damage is sustained by a domestic animal which, at the time the injury or damage was sustained, was teasing, tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog.

        (4) If the dog was protecting or defending a person within the immediate vicinity of the dog from an unjustified attack or assault.

        (5) If the injury or damage to a domestic animal was sustained while the dog was working as a hunting dog, herding dog, or predator control dog on the property of, or under the control of, its owner, and the damage or injury was to a species or type of domestic animal appropriate to the work of the dog.

    J. The owner of a dog determined to be a vicious dog may be prohibited by the court from owning, possessing, controlling, or having custody of any dog for a period of up to three years, when it is found, after proceedings conducted pursuant to this Section, that ownership or possession of a dog by that person would create a significant threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the public.

    Acts 2001, No. 823,  1.                           

102.14. Unlawful ownership of dangerous dog

    A. For the purposes of this Section "dangerous dog" means:

    (1) Any dog which when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior thirty-six month period, engages in any behavior that required a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog are off the property of the owner of the dog; or

  

     (2) Any dog which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing an injury; or

    (3) Any dog which, when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior thirty-six-month period, has killed, seriously bitten, inflicted injury, or otherwise caused injury to a domestic animal off the property of the owner of the dog.

    B. It is unlawful for any person to own a dangerous dog without properly restraining or confining the dog.

    C. A dangerous dog, while on the owner's property, shall, at all times, be kept indoors, or in a secure enclosure. A dangerous dog may be off the owner's property only if it is restrained by a leash which prevents its escape or access to other persons.

    D. The owner of a dog determined by the court to be dangerous shall post signs around the secure enclosure no more than thirty feet apart and at each normal point of ingress and egress. The signs shall bear the words "Beware of Dog", or "Dangerous Dog" in letters at least three and one-half inches high and shall be so placed as to be readily visible to any person approaching the secure enclosure.

    E. If the dog in question  dies, or is sold, transferred, or permanently removed from the municipality or parish where the owner resides, the owner of a dangerous dog shall notify the animal control agency of the changed condition and new location of the dog in writing within two days.

    F. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than three hundred dollars.

    G. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:

    (1) Any dog which is owned, or the service of which is employed, by any state or local law enforcement agency for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection of criminal activity, enforcement of laws, or apprehension of offenders.

   

    (2) Any dog trained in accordance with the standards of a national or regional search and rescue association to respond to instructions from its handler in the search and rescue of lost or missing individuals and which dog, together with its handler, is prepared to render search and rescue services at the request of law enforcement.

    Acts 2001, No. 823,  1.

102.15. Unlawful ownership of a vicious dog

    A. For the purposes of this Section "vicious dog" means any dog which, when unprovoked, in an aggressive manner, inflicts serious bodily injury on or kills a human being and was previously determined to be a dangerous dog.

    B. It is unlawful for any person to own a vicious dog.

    C. Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

    D. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:

    (1) Any dog which is owned, or the service of which is employed, by any state or local law enforcement agency for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection of criminal activity, enforcement of laws, or apprehension of offenders.

    (2) Any dog trained in accordance with the standards of a national or regional search and rescue association to respond to instructions from its handler in the search and rescue of lost or missing individuals and which dog, together with its handler, is prepared to render search and rescue services at the request of law enforcement.

    Acts, No. 823,  1.

 

 

102.16. Seizure and destruction or disposition of dangerous or vicious dogs

    A. (1) Any law enforcement officer making an arrest under R.S. 14:102.14 or R.S. 14:102.15 may lawfully take possession of all dogs on the premises where the arrest is made or in the immediate possession or control of the person being arrested.

    (2) The legislature finds and declares that dangerous or vicious dogs are a threat to the health and safety of the public. Dogs seized in accordance with this Section are declared to be contraband, and the officer may cause them to be impounded pending the hearing held pursuant to R.S. 14:102.13.

    B. A dog determined to be a vicious dog by the court shall be humanely euthanized by the animal control agency, a licensed veterinarian, or a qualified technician.

    C. A dog determined by the court to be a dangerous dog may be humanely euthanized if it is determined that the dog poses an immediate threat to public health and safety.

    D. The owner of the dog shall be liable to the municipality or parish where the dog is impounded for the costs and expenses of keeping the dog if the dog is later adjudicated dangerous or vicious.

    Acts 2001, No. 823,  1.

102.17. Registration of dangerous dogs; fees

    A. All dangerous dogs shall be properly licensed and vaccinated. The licensing authority shall include the dangerous designation in the registration records of the dog, either after the owner of the dog has agreed to the designation or the court has determined the designation applies to the dog.

    B. The municipality or parish may charge a dangerous dog fee in addition to the regular licensing fee to provide for the increased costs of maintaining the records of the dog.

    Acts 2001, No. 823,  1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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