New pet rules will ''establish New Orleans as a national trailblazer ''
Associated Press Reporting
District A Councilmember Susan G. Guidry announced today that her ordinance to rewrite Chapter 18 of the City Code, which governs the care and control of domestic and feral animals, has gained the unanimous approval of the City Council.
"Not only do these changes bring our city's animal control and pet ownership laws in line with modern best practices," Guidry says, "But they also establish New Orleans as a national trailblazer with respect to how we treat animals that have been the victims of cruelty such as dog fighting."
Guidry says she collaborated with the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, pet owners, the City's Health Department, veterinarians, breeders, dog show enthusiasts, and animal rights advocacy groups over an 18-month period to craft this comprehensive ordinance that addresses numerous issues related to the care, protection, and control of pets and feral animals.
One of the changes to come she says will reduce rabies vaccination requirements from annual to every 3 years.
Other changes Guidry says include creating a new, lowest-level designation of "potentially dangerous" dog, and amending the criteria for designating a dog as "dangerous" or "vicious," clarifying the SPCA's authority to protect animals that are the victims of cruelty, establishing criteria/conditions that allow for the rehoming of dogs that have been seized in dogfighting situations, provide more specific and humane guidelines for the tethering of dogs, create new rules concerning feral and/or free roaming "community cats" that have been sterilized, vaccinated, and ear tipped and establish minimum standards of care for animal shelters in Orleans Parish.