Caddo Parish Commission authorizes compulsory sterilization for dogs and cats


Caddo’s parish commission approved a spay and neuter mandate for all dogs and cats at Thursday night’s meeting.

Violation of the warrant would result in the animal being impounded and forced into sterilization before the animal is returned to the owner. The order says there will be no monetary penalty.

The law will come into force on July 1, 2022 and is expected to end on June 30, 2024.

The ordinance states that “no one can own, keep, reside with or house a dog or a cat in the parish which is not sterilized or sterilized”.

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It was adopted 10 to 1 by the committee. The only dissenting vote was District A Commissioner Todd Hopkins.

Dogs should be spayed at 52 weeks while cats should be spayed at 26 weeks.

The mandate has several exemptions. Pets suffering from chronic diseases or which would be “harmful” are exempt, as are those equipped with an electronic chip and which have the appropriate annual permits to reproduce.

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The other exempt group is for pets that participate in certain dog and cat shows with the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, American Dog Breeding Association, Continental Kennel Club, Cat Fanciers Association, and American Cat Fanciers Association.

Kendrick dante writes for the USA Today Network and is a government surveillance reporter in Shreveport, Louisiana. He enjoys cooking, concerts and content. Email him at [email protected] or connect on Twitter @kendrickdante.


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