Lafourche Council strikes down push to beef up vicious animal en - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lafourche Council strikes down push to beef up vicious animal enforcement

MATHEWS, LA (WVUE) -

While Lafourche Parish already has a vicious and dangerous animals law on the books, on Tuesday council members considered a measure to add more enforcement and new teeth to it.

"You need to have the proper housing. You need to make sure these animals are spayed and neutered. We need to stop the backyard breeding," said Councilman John Arnold, author of the new ordinance. "We need to get these dogs micro chipped in case they're lost, they can be returned to their owners."

After lengthy debate, the council voted down the measure by a vote of 6-1.

Arnold's plan called for owners of pit bull and other animals deemed vicious to get special permits for their animals.

But some spoke out against it, calling the proposal unfair.

"I think we're barking up the wrong tree here," said veterinarian Lionel Delahoussaye. "This is a personal problem with people, not necessarily the animal."

The push to strengthen the law came in response to an attack in neighboring Terrebonne Parish in March.

According to authorities, a 130-pound dog mauled 4-year-old Mia DeRouen inside an apartment in Houma. DeRouen died from her injuries. Her mother was also injured in the attack.

"All I'm saying is, if we can save one life and make our parish a safer place - that's why every member of this council was put here, to make this parish a better place," Arnold said.

However, other council members raised questions about the parish's ability to enforce the proposal and said it's too vague.

"We (already) have the laws on the books to cover it. Why do you want to supersede the state laws? I can't support it," said Councilman Joe Fertitta.

With the measure being voted down, the existing Lafourche vicious animals ordinance remains in effect.

Copyright 2014 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

    SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH

    Sunday, May 28 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-05-29 01:14:52 GMT
    Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 1:00 AMSevere Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 1:00 AM
    A severe thunderstorms watch is in effect for southwest Louisiana.  Parishes included are Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, and Vernon. In a severe thunderstorm watch, strong to severe storms are likely. Storms may produce strong to damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, and possibly tornadoes. The watch expires at 1:00 am CDT tonight. More >>
    A severe thunderstorms watch is in effect for southwest Louisiana.  Parishes included are Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, and Vernon. In a severe thunderstorm watch, strong to severe storms are likely. Storms may produce strong to damaging winds, hail, heavy rain, and possibly tornadoes. The watch expires at 1:00 am CDT tonight. More >>
  • A modern-day 'Sandlot' comes to Lake Charles

    A modern-day 'Sandlot' comes to Lake Charles

    Sunday, May 28 2017 7:54 PM EDT2017-05-28 23:54:49 GMT

    A group of boys are taking their love for baseball off the field and into the backyard. And no, this isn't a scene out of the 1993 classic "The Sandlot." It’s happening right here in Lake Charles.

    At the David household, there's something special going on in the backyard.

    “One day in the backyard we came out here and decided to start playing around,” said Dylan David, who started a Wiffle ball league with his friends.

    More >>

    A group of boys are taking their love for baseball off the field and into the backyard. And no, this isn't a scene out of the 1993 classic "The Sandlot." It’s happening right here in Lake Charles.

    At the David household, there's something special going on in the backyard.

    “One day in the backyard we came out here and decided to start playing around,” said Dylan David, who started a Wiffle ball league with his friends.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout this week

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout this week

    Sunday, May 28 2017 5:25 PM EDT2017-05-28 21:25:05 GMT
    Rain likely on Memorial DayRain likely on Memorial Day

    Through tonight we will see mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms. At times we could see heavy rainfall. The rain will make its way out by sunrise on Memorial Day. The winds are still blowing out of the south and will continue to blow 5-10 mph overnight. This will keep our temperatures warm. Overnight, we will struggle to get out of the 70s once again. Unfortunately, the rain chances are still high for Memorial Day and through next week. 

    More >>

    Through tonight we will see mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms. At times we could see heavy rainfall. The rain will make its way out by sunrise on Memorial Day. The winds are still blowing out of the south and will continue to blow 5-10 mph overnight. This will keep our temperatures warm. Overnight, we will struggle to get out of the 70s once again. Unfortunately, the rain chances are still high for Memorial Day and through next week. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly