What Pet Owners Need to Know About Caddo Parish’s New Mandatory Sterilization Ordinance

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — While visiting Shreveport Dog Park recently, you might come across many pooches that haven’t been spayed or neutered.

As of Friday, many of them are technically in violation of a mandatory spaying and sterilization ordinance passed by the Caddo Parish Commission late last year that went into effect Friday. The new order applies to dogs at least 1 year old (52 weeks or older) and cats at least 6 months old (26 weeks or older).

The ordinance provides for exclusions under certain conditions.

Terrence Anderson was there at the park on Friday with his three dogs, one of which may now technically be in violation of the law. But he says he didn’t know about the prescription until we told him.

“Well, I get why they do it because there’s a lot of stray dogs running around cats and stuff like that, so I get why they do it. But I really don’t want to do it,” explained Anderson: “I want them to have puppies, and they don’t have any yet.”

Yet he says he will.

“It’s the law, you can’t help it.”

The new ordinance is designed to reduce the number of admissions and euthanasia at the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter, which houses between 4,000 and 5,000 animals each year, according to Caddo Parish’s director of animal services. , Travis Clark.

Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana volunteer Sarah Walton says she’s very happy with the new law.

“The majority of rescues in this area and the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter shelter are overwhelmed with animals because people don’t spay or spay or think they want to make a quick buck by having a litter of puppies,” she says, adding that not having your pets spayed or neutered puts them at risk of cancer.

“Go ahead and neuter and neuter your pets. It’s better for their health. It really decreases euthanasia in shelters.

Meanwhile, Anderson says he’s in no rush to have his pets neutered.

“Well, it’s a lot of people raising them, you know, they’re trying to make a living from it. Can be a bit difficult, especially in Shreveport-Bossier. But like I said, it’s just something you have to deal with.

As Commissioner Paul Young explained in December shortly after the commission approved the order, enforcement will primarily be applied to pets that are a nuisance or violate other rules.

“If your neighbor says, ‘My neighbor’s dog is barking all the time, I don’t think he’s spayed or spayed,’ then an animal control officer comes and says, ‘Sir, your dog needs to be spayed or castrated”.

Violators will not be fined under the order, but their pets could be impounded. Animals brought by animal control will be sterilized or castrated, then returned to the owner at the expense of the Parish. It will expire on June 30, 2024, unless re-enacted as a permanent order.

In the meantime, the parish will monitor the effects of the ordinance on the wandering population.

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