Mar 16, 2014 12:53 PM by KATC
A parishwide law aimed at prohibiting livestock from roaming public highways or other people's property was approved Wednesday by the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury.
The American Press reports police jurors voted unanimously to amend separate ordinances covering livestock.
The first measure makes it unlawful to permit livestock to roam on any land other than that owned or leased by the animals' owner.
"We have had a lot of complaints from people about others letting cows walk through fences and on other people's property and those people don't want them on it, but couldn't get them to take them off because we didn't have the proper laws," Police Jury President Donald Woods said.
The second measure makes it illegal for at-large livestock to be on public highways parishwide.
In the past, the Police Jury has only passed livestock laws in certain areas of Jefferson Davis Parish, but many residents now want them to cover the entire parish, Woods said.
The ordinances apply to any animals, including horses, mules, donkeys, cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, domesticated deer and buffalo.
Under the new law, the Sheriff 's Office would impound the animals and notify the owners.
Unclaimed animals would be sold, Woods said.