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Owning an Animal in East Baton Rouge Parish

REGULATIONS FOR DOGS|REGULATIONS FOR CATS
DOG & CAT LICENSE FEE|REGULATIONS FOR EXOTIC & WILD ANIMALS*
REGULATION FOR LIVESTOCK, CHICKENS & FOWL

The East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control & Rescue Center has jurisdiction throughout the parish including Baton Rouge, Baker and Zachary. We are responsible for the enforcement of Title 14 of the City-Parish Code of Ordinances and are classified, as a public safety and health agency.

The following is a summary of the Animal Control Ordinance and not all of the regulations are included. For a comprehensive explanation of the Animal Control Ordinance, visit the City-Parish Code of Ordinances.

East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control Officer Badge

Penalties
Violation of the Animal Control Ordinances is a misdemeanor. Upon conviction, up to $500. and/or six months in jail.

REGULATIONS FOR DOGS

All dogs must be registered (licensed) with the Animal Control & Rescue Center and vaccinated annually against rabies by a veterinarian. There is a $50 fine for not doing so.

All dogs must wear a collar and license tag. Hunting, stock and show dogs are exempt from the requirement while they are being worked or shown.

If your dog becomes a nuisance, you may be fined. Examples of a nuisance would be running at large, attacking other people or animals, chasing cars, making excessive noise, turning over garbage cans or damaging, soiling or defecating on property other than the owner's.

If you dog is a threat to public health and safety, it may be classified as potentially dangerous, dangerous or vicious. Strict requirements for continued ownership are then required.

Failure to comply may result in misdemeanor summons and court action.

If your dog bites another person, you or the person bitten must report the bite to the Animal Control & Rescue Center, the police department or the Sheriff's Office with 24 hours. The dog will be impounded and observed for rabies for 10 days, either at the shelter, a veterinary clinic or your home depending on the circumstances of the bite.

Dogs must be confined at all times either in the owner's home or fenced yard or on a leash no longer than 6-feet.

You must provide proper food, water, shelter and veterinary care for your dog. It is illegal to abandon or abuse your dog.

If your dog is impounded by the Animal Control & Rescue Center, for any reason, and your dog is wearing a collar and tag, the Center is required to inform you of the situation and let you know how to redeem your dog. If your dog is impounded it may be redeemed upon payment of certain fees and/or fines.

If your dog is a fertile female while it is in heat it must be secured in such a manner as to prevent unplanned breeding with a male.

DOGS AND DOG PENS

Requirements for keeping or harboring of dogs in yards or pens may be obtained by calling the Animal Control & Rescue Center. Owners are required to keep their dog yard or dog pen in compliance for health and safety reasons.

REGULATIONS FOR CATS

All cats must be registered (licensed) with the Animal Control & Rescue Center and vaccinated annually against rabies by a veterinarian. There is a $50 fine for not doing so.

All cats must wear a collar and license tag. (We recommend a break-away collar for cats.) Cats being shown in exhibitions are not required to wear collars and tags.

Cats are not required to be on a leash, but they must be confined to the owner's yard or home or be under the physical control of the owner.

If your cat bites another person, you or the person bitten must report the bite to the Animal Control & Rescue Center, the Police Department or the Sheriff's Office within 24 hours. The cat will be impounded for at least a 10 day period, using the same criteria as dog bites.

If your cat becomes a nuisance, you may be fined. Examples of a nuisance would be attacking other animals, making excessive noise, turning over garbage cans or damaging, soiling or defecating on property other than the owner's.

You must provide proper food, water, shelter and veterinary care for your cat. It is illegal to abandon or abuse your cat.

If your cat is impounded by the Animal Control & Rescue Center for any reason, and your cat is wearing a collar and tag, the Center is required to inform you of the situation and let you know how to redeem your cat.

If your cat is impounded it may be redeemed upon payment of certain fees and/or fines.

If your cat is a fertile female while it is in heat it must be secured in such a manner as to prevent unplanned breeding with a male.

DOG AND CAT LICENSE FEE

If you own a dog or a cat it is very important to have you pet spayed or neutered. Ten to twelve million unwanted dogs and cats are destroyed each year because of the animal over-population problem. Those owners who have their pets altered pay a reduced license fee of $7. the license fee for an unaltered pet is $14. A veterinarian will license your animal annually, at the same time the anti-rabies vaccination is given.

SPAYING OR NEUTERING

It is very important to have your pet spayed or neutered by your veterinarian to help reduce the pet over population problem.

REGULATIONS FOR EXOTIC AND WILD ANIMALS*

No wild or exotic animals are allowed to be kept as pets.

The Director of the Animal Control & Rescue Center may issue temporary permits to people keeping injured or infant wild animals.

Zoos, circuses, animal exhibitions and veterinary clinics may exhibit or keep wild or exotic animals.

Wild or exotic animals include but are not limited to monkeys, raccoons, skunks, wolves, squirrels, foxes, leopards, lynx, lions, tigers, crocodiles, alligators, caimans and poisonous snakes.

REGULATIONS FOR LIVESTOCK, CHICKENS AND FOWL

These regulations may be obtained by writing or calling the Animal Control & Rescue Center.

For more information on the owning and raising of livestock, please view the EBRP Animal Control Ordinance