BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Do you think it is legal to have your animal off of a leash when not on your property?
The West Baton Rouge Parish Shelter and Animal Control has a very clear answer to that question.
There seems to be two sides in this debate, those that put a leash on their dogs, and those that do not.
The number one complaint that the West Baton Rouge Parish Shelter and Animal Control receives everyday is animals strolling around away from their owners property.
The local animal shelter and animal control posted this message on their Facebook page:
Allowing your animals to roam or run loose is against the law! Of all the complaint calls that we respond to on a daily basis here at WBRPSAC, by far, most of them deal with owners who are not properly confining their animals and allowing them to roam or run loose on property other than their own.
According to state law and WBR Parish ordinances, all dogs and cats, when outside must at all times be confined to their owner’s property (fenced in or properly tethered in the case of a dog or in the owner’s physical possession in the case of a cat) or placed on a leash. All livestock (horses, cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, guinea hens, barnyard fowl, etc.) must at all times be confined to their owner’s property.
Part of being a good animal owner is being aware of and following local laws that govern the keeping of animals. You can access the ordinances that govern the keeping of animals within WBR Parish by clicking the link below.
Allowing your animals to wander and run loose places you, your animal, and the community as a whole at risk. It is a major contributing factor in bite cases, property damage from animals, unplanned animal breeding, and injuries or death (to animals and people) from being struck by a vehicle.
Failure to properly contain your animals will likely result in a visit from one of our animal control officers. They will investigate the complaint and if you are found to be in violation of parish ordinances, they will issue you a warning notice to correct the violation promptly.
Failure to comply after being issued a warning notice can result in your animal/animals being impounded or confiscated, fines and fees being levied, and/or a criminal citation being issued. Be a responsible animal owner and a good neighbor, know the law and properly confine your animals!
Details about the ordinances, impound fines and fees in WBR Parish can be found here.