Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana May Consider Breed Restrictions for “Pit Bulls”

Feb. 22, 2011 update.   Councilman Kevin Voisin sent the following regarding Monday’s meeting:

“…We are sending the issue back fo more work and it will be reviewed soon.   One of the issues we identified as needing work at our meeting last night was to avoid a breed specific ordinance.   Thanks for all of the information.   I am sure that we will come up with something that works and moves us forward…”

Editor’s note: Please contact the Terrebonne Parish Council here and politely inform them that there is no such breed as “pit bull” and that breed-specific legislation is ineffective, unenforceable, and unconstitutional.

From Houma Today:

Published: Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.

Pit-bull law. Terrebonne Parish Councilman Billy Hebert, who represents Bayou Cane and Broadmoor, researched the possibility of a breed-specific dog law after a 4-year-old was mauled last month in Houma. The issue will be discussed at the Policy, Procedure and Legal Committee meeting at 6:15 p.m. Monday. Any change to parish law must also go to a public hearing, which has not been scheduled in this case, according to council documents.  

Parish Attorney Courtney Alcock drafted a set of rules, similar to those used in other Louisiana parishes, that would require pit bulls and other pit breeds to be housed in a fence or structure at least 6 feet high that children cannot enter. If the dog is outside that structure or the owner’s premises, it must be restrained by a strong leash or chain and muzzled or have another device to restrict it from biting a person or other animal.

These laws require the owner or keeper to have a license from parish animal-control officials and show proof of at least $100,000 of liability insurance to cover any damage or injuries caused by the dog. The owner must also permanently ink or tattoo a registration number to the dog’s inner ear and post signs warning that there is a vicious dog on the premises, the proposed law says.

3 responses to “Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana May Consider Breed Restrictions for “Pit Bulls””

  1. We do not need Breed Specific Laws in Terrebonne Parish. I will fight this every step of the way! When is the next council meeting?

  2. Picking up a newspaper each day, can be heartbreaking enough, but when I read about all the
    events happening in Denver, Cincinnati, and Miami, I knew something had to be done. Innocent
    dogs are being torn from their owners and either put on death-row, senselessly killed, or being
    shipped far away with the promise from owners they won’t return to the area. Not only are Pit Bulls
    themselves being shipped away and killed, but dogs that LOOK like Pit Bulls. Please stop this ban
    now, before it is too late.
    Too many broken hearts have already occurred over this, owners crying over the death of their
    beloved companions, and dogs never seeing the owners they have come to adore again; all over
    their breed. Not all Pit Bulls are “trained to be angry and mean”, as you will have read in the news
    article. It’s all a matter of how they were trained. Please open your hearts, and sign this petition.
    After all, if your dogs’ breed was suddenly banned, or in danger of being killed off, wouldn’t you
    want to do something to stop it??
    The Undersigned

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