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Louisiana parish passes tougher dog ordinance

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HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Parish Council has passed an ordinance to increase the penalties for owners of dangerous and vicious dogs, and the Lafourche Parish Council may consider similar legislation next month.

Included in Terrebonne's new ordinance are an increase in the license fee from $10 to $150 plus a $150 fine for owners of dogs deemed dangerous based on new criteria. Owners of animals deemed vicious would pay a $500 fine.

Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter Manager Valerie Robinson says the criteria for dangerous or vicious animals are "not breed specific." Instead, the label will depend on the animal's behavior.

Lafourche Councilman John Arnold said he will reintroduce legislation amending Lafourche's vicious animal ordinance at the council's Aug. 12 meeting following Sunday's pit bull attack in Chackbay.


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