Terrebonne Parish, LA to Consider Breed-Specific Ordinance Tonight (April 25, 2011)

Terrebonne Parish, LA to Consider Breed-Specific Ordinance Tonight (April 25, 2011)

The American Kennel Club learned today that the Terrebonne Parish Community Development and Planning Committee will consider an ordinance tonight that would define “pit bull terrier dogs” as vicious animals and enact stringent regulations for their registration and control.  This ordinance will be discussed in committee tonight, April 25, 2011, at 5:45 p.m.  All Parish Council members sit on this committee.

The ordinance defines “pit bull terrier dogs” as American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bull Terriers and any other dog of mixed breeds which contains as an element of its breeding any of  those breeds or which “due its size, color or conformity,” is identifiable by a veterinarian as being partially of those breeds. 

Among other requirements, owners would be required to confine their dogs in locked enclosures that conform to specific engineering requirements, post vicious dog signage, muzzle their dogs in public, and maintain $100,000 liability insurance.

Concerned dog owners are encouraged to attend the committee meeting and contact their Parish Council members to politely state their opposition to this measure.

Click here for the committee agenda, which includes a notice to the public about addressing the committee and links to the proposed ordinance.

Terrebonne Parish Community Development and Planning Committee Meeting
Monday, April 25, 2011
5:45 p.m.
Parish Council Meeting Room
8026 Main Street
Houma, LA  70360

Read AKC’s talking points on breed-specific legislation
Read “Why Breed Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work”

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