Caddo Parish Commission set to vote on whether to advance mandatory pet sterilization ordinance

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CADDO PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Caddo Parish Commissioner is considering a new ordinance that would require all cats and dogs in the parish to be spayed or neutered.

Dist. 4 Commissioner John Paul Young says dogs and cats are heavily overpopulated in Caddo Parish, with 4,000 to 5,000 animals in Caddo Parish custody annually, 20% to 30% of which are euthanized by Caddo Parish staff or die while in custody.

Young says he introduced Ordinance 6148 to reduce the population of stray animals and euthanizations. The proposed parish law would require all pet owners to spay or neuter all dogs under the age of 1 year and all cats under the age of 6 and a half months, with exceptions those with kennel club and breeding registrations, as well as those with documented chronic or debilitating disease or medical conditions, and licensed breeders.

Penalites for violation of this ordinance involving dogs would be impounding and spaying or neutering of the dog at the expense of the parish.

“If your neighbor says, ‘My neighbor’s dog is barking all the time, I don’t think it spayed or neutered,’ then an animal control officer comes and says, ‘Sir, your dog has to be spayed or neutered.’ So it is only going to be applied to dogs who are breaking some other rule, like being at large or being a nuisance,” Paul-Young said.

The commission voted in Monday’s work session to advance the proposed ordinance, placing it on the agenda to be introduced during Thursday’s regular meeting. A final vote could happen on December 9. If passed, the ordinance would go into effect in July 2022.

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