Mar 31, 2014 1:57 PM by Dave Fields

Animal control: Tougher rules in the works for Iberia dog owners

Iberia dog owners soon may have to abide by new rules.

The Iberia Parish Animal Control (IPAC) Director Krista Burgett said she drafted an ordinance that she submitted to Iberia Parish administrators about a week ago. From the administration, Burgett's draft would go to the parish's legal department for additional consideration. Burgett said her department was motivated to create a "stricter ordinance" because she wants owners to become more educated and more accountable.

"We've had bite incidents lately and are looking at lowering the risk," Burgett said.

Burgett said she used language from similar ordinances in other parishes to draft an ordinance that "is basically a three strikes and you're out."

Burgett said the new ordinance would increase fines for owners of animals that are impounded more than once. With each new impoundment, animals also may be required to be micro-chipped or muzzled.

Burgett also said that her ordinance, in light of recent incidents in other Louisiana parishes, aims to educate animal owners in responsible pet ownership. Owners should be aware of their dog's tendencies and make sure aggressive dogs are leashed, muzzled, or put into locked kennels.

"We will be holding people more accountable for their animals," Burgett said.



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