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From Parish President M. Larry Richard ARTICLE II.RABIES CONTROL -  12/31/2021
Administration

For more information contact: Cynthia Provost

SECTION 5-13. Definitions. Dog shall mean dogs of either sex unless otherwise specified. Cat shall mean cats of either sex unless otherwise specified. (Ord. of 05/27/92) Ferret shall mean ferrets of either sex unless otherwise specified. (Ord. of 08/09/06) Inoculated shall be understood to mean the administration of an anti-rabies vaccine, which shall be approved by the Iberia Parish Animal Control Program, by or under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. (Ord. of 05/24/56, Section 1) (Ord. 99-12-2640, 12/08/99)


SECTION 5-14. Registration and Inoculation of

Dogs/Cats/Ferrets Required.

It shall be the duty of every person owning or having in his/her possession any dog or other animal of the canine

species, or cat or any animal of the feline species, or ferret in the Parish over the age of three (3) months to have such animal registered with the Iberia Parish Animal Control Program once every twelve months and inoculated as follows:

(a) Any dogs, cats, and ferrets shall be vaccinated with a series of two vaccinations, with the first being administered at three (3) months of age; and

(b) A second vaccination being administered one year after the initial vaccination; and

(c) Booster vaccinations being given either one year or three years thereafter as required, as recommended by a licensed veterinarian.

(Ord. of 05/24/56, Sections 2, 5; Ord. 09/11/58; Ord. of 05/27/92; Ord. No. 99-12-2640 of 12/08/99; Ord. 2000-09-2693,

09/13/00; Ord. 2006-08-3809, 08/09/06)

SECTION 5-15. Inoculation Certificate Prerequisite to Registration of Dogs/Cats.

Before the Iberia Parish Animal Control Program shall register any dog or other animal of the canine species or cat or other animal of the feline species as described in Section 5-14, he shall be presented by the owner or any person having possession of such animal a certificate certifying to inoculation, signed by a licensed veterinarian showing that such animal has been inoculated on some date previous thereto, and recommending that such animal be isolated for ninety (90) days after inoculation, which shall render such animal immune for the period of registration as provided in this article. (Ord. 05/24/56, Section 3; Ord. of 05/27/92; Ord. No. 99-12- 2640 of 12/08/99)

SECTION 5-16. Reserved.

SECTION 5-17. Registration Certificates; Tags; Term.

Each registration certificate and tag issued by the Iberia Parish Animal Control Program shall be issued from the date of registration expiring on the twenty-eighth day of February of each year.

(Ord. of 05/24/56, Section 5; Ord. of 09/11/58; Ord. No. 99- 12-2640 of 12/08/99)

SECTION 5-18. Issuance of Registration Tags.

The Iberia Parish Animal Control Program, at the time of registration, shall furnish each person owning or having charge of an animal registered pursuant to Section 5-14 with a metal tag for each animal which tag shall be attached to such animal's collar, which shall be numbered and shall indicate the calendar year for which such tag has been issued. (Ordinance of 05/24/56, Section 4; Ord. No. 99-12-2640 of 12/08/99)

SECTION 5-19. Failure to Register, etc., Dogs/Cats Declared Unlawful.

It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any person, whether as the owner of or in any other capacity, to harbor, keep or have possession of within the parish any dog or other animal of the canine species or cat or other animal of the feline species over the age of three (3) months without having had such animal registered and inoculated with an approved and recognized anti-rabies serum, so that such animal may be immunized from rabies at that time, and without first having paid any necessary registration fee, and without keeping such metal tag issued him on such animal at all times where the same is visible.

(Ord. of 05/24/56, Section 6; Ord. of 09/11/58; Ord. of 05/27/92; Ord. No. 99-12-2640 of 12/08/99; Ord. 2000-09-2693,

09/13/00)

SECTION 5-20. Impoundment - Required for Uninoculated and Unregistered Dogs/Cats.

All dogs or any animals of the canine species or cats of any animals of the feline species found in the parish, over the age of three (3) months, at any time which have not been inoculated and registered with the Iberia Parish Animal Control Program shall be seized and impounded by the Iberia Parish Animal Control Program and held for a period not to exceed five (5) days, during which time the owner or keeper of any such animal may claim the same after having it duly inoculated and registered as provided in this article and paying the registration and inoculation fee in this article, together with an impounding fee not to exceed fifteen dollars ($15.00) per day; provided, further, that if any such animal is not claimed within five (5) days after impoundment and the requirements of this article are not complied with, it shall be the duty of the Iberia Parish Animal Control Program to humanely destroy such animal, or sell such animal at public or private sale. (Ord. of 05/24/56; Section 7; Ord. of 09/11/58; Ord. of 05/27/92; Ord. No. 99-12-2640 of 12/08/99; Ord. 2000- 09-2693, 09/13/00)

SECTION 5-21. Same - Animals Suspected as Rabies Carriers.

It shall be the duty of the Iberia Parish Animal Control Program to impound or to cause to be impounded any dog, cat, or other animal, whether registered or not, that has bitten a human being within the parish or has been bitten by an animal suspected of having rabies, or any infection associated therewith, for a period of ten (10) days or longer for observation, and if such animal so impounded shows indications of rabies, it shall be the duty of the Iberia Parish Animal Control Program to kill such animal and dispose of the same as provided by law for the disposal of other dead animals. (Ord. of 05/24/56, Section 8; Ord. of 05/27/92; Ord. No. 99- 12-2640 of 12/08/99)

SECTION 5-22. Same - Redemption of Dogs/Cats after Sale.

The owner of any dog/cat that has been impounded and sold to another person pursuant to this article shall be entitled to claim such animal within thirty (30) days after sale, provided that all fees and costs of maintenance are reimbursed to the new owner.

(Ord. of 05/24/56, Section 12; Ord. of 05/27/92; Ord. No. 99- 12-2640 of 12/08/99)

SECTION 5-23. Reserved.

SECTION 5-24. Penalty.

All owners, custodians, or keepers of dogs/cats who shall fail to comply with any of the provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both, in the discretion of the court.

(Ord. of 05/24/56, Section 9; Ord. of 09/11/58; Ord. of 05/27/92; Ord. No. 99-12-2640 of 12/08/99)

SECTIONS 5-25 through 5-56. Reserved.





















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