Find Laws


Go To Law Finders Websites

Click on the appropriate portal for federal, state, or local laws:








Top of Page

Links to Basic Animal-related Louisiana State Laws

R.S. 14:102
R.S. 14:102.1
R.S. 14:102.5
R.S. 14:67.30
R.S. 3:2461 et seq.
R.S. 3:2471 et seq.
R.S. 3:2501
Cruelty to an Animal - Definitions
Cruelty to an Animal - Simple (misdemeanor)/Aggravated (felony)
Dog Fighting
Theft of an Animal
Animal Shelter Minimum Standards
Pet Over-population Control
Animal Control Officers

Note: "R.S." means the Louisiana Revised Statutes (current state law);
"et seq." is the abbreviation of et sequentia (Latin: "and the following").




Top of Page

Links to Basic Animal-related Federal (U.S.) Laws

7 U.S.C. 2131 et seq.
7 U.S.C. 2156
16 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.
26 U.S.C. 501
Amendment IV
Animal Welfare Act
Animal Fighting
Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971
Internal Revenue Code, Non-profit Charity Tax-exempt Status
U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights - Amendment IV, Search and Seizure

Note: "U.S.C." means United States Code (current federal law).





Top of Page

Bills in the 2013 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legslature

Go to the Legislature's website for complete information about any of the following legislation.




HB 470 House Bill 470 by Representative Tom Willmott

Top of Page Purpose: Prohibits the transportation of dogs in pickup truck beds and utility trailers on certain roadways unless safely crated.

Recommendation: STRONGLY SUPPORT

Status:   FAILED - Returned to Calendar in the full Senate, Session Ended

What YOU Can Do:

Click on the link. Read the bill. You may like to e-mail Representative Willmott at: willmott@legis.la.gov, and thank him for authoring the bill.




SR 66 Senate Resolution 66 by Senator A.G. Crowe

Top of Page Purpose: Requests the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission to study the necessity of the seven-day notice requirement provided to governing authorities before inspecting animal impoundment facilities.

Recommendation: STRONGLY SUPPORT

Status:   PASSED

What YOU Can Do:

Click on the link. Read the resolution. And then, e-mail Senator Crowe at: crowea@legis.la.gov, and thank him for authoring SR 66. If you are a constituent (Senate District 1 - southeast Louisiana), you might care to call Senator Crowe's legislative assistant, Mr. Wayne Labit, at (985) 643-3600.





Top of Page

Bills in the 2012 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legslature

Go to the Legislature's website for complete information about any of the following legislation.




HB 163 House Bill 163 by Representative Tony Ligi

Top of Page Purpose: Any commercial breeder and/or seller of dogs must provide: sufficient food and clean water, adequate space for the dog to turn around and stretch its limbs, adequate housing, protection from the elements, regular exercise, and necessary veterinary care. Stacked cages and wire flooring are prohibited.

Recommendation: AMEND

to allow specific requirements developed, with public input, by the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission, under the guidelines of the Administrative Procedure Act, and with oversight of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Development.

Status:   FAILED - Deferred in the House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Development.

What YOU Can Do:

Click on the link. Read the bill. And then, e-mail Representative Ligi at: ligit@legis.la.gov, and ask him to amend this bill as suggested by the Humane HEART (above), and resubmit it in the 2013 Regular Session. If you are a constituent (House District 79 - parts of Metairie), you might care to call Representative Ligi's legislative assistant, Ms. Shanon Yarborough, at (504) 456-3173.




HB 231 House Bill 231 by Representative Tony Ligi

Top of Page Purpose: To make it a misdemeanor (crime) to sell or give away any animal from a highway right of way, parking lot, flea market, public park or playground, etc. The following groups are exempt: humane societies, animal welfare groups, animal control agencies, and nonprofit organizations sponsoring dog or cat adoption events.

Recommendation: STRONGLY SUPPORT

Status:   PASSED - SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR as ACT 27

What YOU Can Do:

Click on the link. Read the bill. And then, e-mail Representative Ligi at: ligit@legis.la.gov, and thank him for authoring HB 231. If you are a constituent (House District 79 - parts of Metairie), you might care to call Representative Ligi's legislative assistant, Ms. Shanon Yarborough, at (504) 456-3173.



HB 676 House Bill 676 by Representatives Tom Willmott and Tony Ligi

Top of Page Purpose: To prohibit transporting a dog or cat in a utility trailer or the bed of a pickup truck on roadways having a posted speed limit of forty miles per hour or greater; unless the animal is confined within a secured cage or similar carrier.

Recommendation: STRONGLY SUPPORT

Status:   FAILED - Deferred in the House Committee on Transportation, Highways, and Public Works.

What YOU Can Do:

Click on the link. Read the bill. And then, e-mail Representative Willmott at: willmott@legis.la.gov, and Representative Ligi at: ligit@legis.state.la.us, and thank each of them for co-authoring HB 676. If you are a constituent of Representative Ligi (House District 79 - parts of Metairie), you might care to call Representative Ligi's legislative assistant, Ms. Shanon Yarborough, at (504) 456-3173. Or, if you are a constituent of Representative Willmott (House District 92 - Jefferson and St. Charles (Office in Kenner)), you might care to call Representative Willmott's legislative assistants, Louis Laine and Michele Volpi, at (504) 465-3479.




HB 899 House Bill 899 by Representative Marcus Hunter

Top of Page Purpose: Changes certain statutes pertaining to thefts (including R.S. 67.2 - theft of animals) by revising the threshhold (minimum value of the stolen property) with regard to felony theft from $500 to $1,000.

Recommendation: STRONGLY OPPOSE or AMEND

to remove R.S. 67.2 (theft of animals) from this bill. The law, as it is, makes it a felony to misappropriate (i.e., steal) an animal worth $500 or more. (Theft of a dog is a felony without regard to value.) The change proposed in this bill would require the value of the animal to be $1,000 or more for the theft to be regarded as a felony.

Status:   FAILED - Deferred in the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice.




SB 329 House Bill 231 by Senator Jean-Paul Morrell

Top of Page Purpose: To disallow criminal district courts from releasing on their own recognizance persons accused of certain crimes (including aggravated cruelty to animals).

Recommendation: SUPPORT

Status:   PASSED - SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR as ACT 773

What YOU Can Do:

Click on the link. Read the bill. And then, e-mail Senator Morrell at: morrelljp@legis.la.gov, and thank him for authoring SB 329. If you are a constituent (Senate District 3 - parts of New Orleans), you might care to call Senator Morrell's legislative assistant, Ms. Krystal Hendon, at (504) 284-4794.

Click to read our Humane HEART letter to Senator Morrell.




HCR 6 House Concurrent Resolution 6 by Representative Stewart Bishop

Top of Page Purpose: To address the issue of possession of big cats (e.g., tigers, lions, etc.) by zoos and sanctuaries by providing for certification by an additional association.

Recommendation: NO RECOMMENDATION

Status:   PASSED - FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE



SCR 16 Senate Concurrent Resolution 16 by Senator Page Cortez

Top of Page Purpose: To address the issue of possession of big cats (e.g., tigers, lions, etc.) by zoos and sanctuaries by providing for certification by an additional association.

Recommendation: NO RECOMMENDATION

Status:   FAILED* - Deferred in the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

[* This resolution was essentially the same as HCR 6, which PASSED.]



Top of Page

Bills from the 2011 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legslature

Go to the Legislature's website for complete information about any of the following legislation.



HCR 160 House Concurrent Resolution 160 by Representative Tony Ligi

Top of Page Purpose: To "urge and request" the governing authority of each municipality or parish, that are using GAS CHAMBERS, to complete the transition to lethal injection at the earliest possible date.
[This is intended to expedite the ban on gas chambers required by R.S. 3:2465(C)(2) as of January 1, 2013. This requirement was the result of an Act authored by Senator Heitmeier in the 2010 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.]

Recommendation: STRONGLY SUPPORT

Status:   PASSED - FILLED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE June 21st.

What YOU Can Do:

Click on the link. Read the resolution. And then, e-mail Representative Ligi at: ligit@legis.state.la.us, and thank him for authoring HCR 160. If you are a constituent (House District 79 - parts of Metairie), you might care to call Representative Ligi's legislative assistant, Mr. Jeffery Zewe, at (504) 456-3173.

Note: This Legislation was SPONSORED BY The Humane HEART.



HB 64 House Bill 64 by Representative Bobby Badon of Carencro

Top of Page Purpose: To allow operators of comercial crawfish ponds, or the land owners of the ponds, to kill any otter, muskrat, or mink any time, day or night, any time of year, without limit.

The short description of the bill for legislators says, "Revises methods of taking nuisance wildlife around crawfish ponds." Legislators are likely to be prejudiced by that wording. These forms of wildlife are not nuisances (except to the crawfish producer). Wildlife such as these need to be protected by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, not lured by an abundance of crawfish, and then wasted.

Recommendation: STRONGLY OPPOSE

Status:   PASSED - SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR June 14th. Becomes ACT 27 on August 15th.

What Happened:

No one attended the committee hearing to testify against this bill, although there were those who could have (and should have). Following is a list of the committee members, and their contact information. Note: Senator Crowe is an interim member, and was not in attendance. Senator Morrish moved to report the bill favorably. There was no objection. Then Senator Morrish said, "Go shoot 'em!" (as heard on the video of the meeting). The district offices of all committee members were contacted.

Notes about the issue:

It appears that the main purpose of the bill is to limit the kinds of ammunition that can be used to kill "nuisance" wildlife at commercial crawfish ponds; but an additional three kinds of wildlife: otter, muskrat, and mink, are capriciously "thrown in" the list of "nuisance" animals.

This should not happen without a recommendation from the LDW&F, in light of sound wildlife science. For example: Mink are territorial animals. They would tend to keep other mink away from their territory, and any crawfish pond located within that territory. And, otter killing is prohibited in places.

No such permission to kill wildlife should be given without it being governed (at least) by permitting and reporting.

This bill is being pushed by one particular legislator and the association of crawfish producers.

Such unchallenged liberty to destroy wildlife is shameful. Surely, the LDW&F ought to retain the authority to make such decisions based upon fact, without being circumvented by the whim of a "special interest" group with a "friendly" legislator championing their agenda.



SB 124 Senate Bill 124 by Senator Mike Walsworth of Monroe

Top of Page Purpose: To authorize the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to prohibit the road-side sale of animals.

Recommendation: SUPPORT [And, AMEND to have the idea of this bill apply state-wide: that animals shall not be sold along road-sides, etc., unless the parish issues a permit for such sales. Violation would be a misdemeanor under state law.]

Status:   PASSED (unamended) - SENT TO THE GOVERNOR June 21st.

What YOU Can Do:

e-mail Senator Walsworth at: walsworthm@legis.state.la.us , and thank him for authoring SB 124. Ask him to author similar state-wide legislation in the 2012 Regular Session.



HB 170 House Bill 170 by Representative Gary Smith of Norco

Top of Page Purpose: To repeal R.S. 3:2475(D), a sterilization exception regarding a dog or cat adopted from
a public or private shelter. Under existing law (sub-Section (D)), a person could have the sterilization requirement of R.S. 3:2472 waived if he enters into a contract to care for the animal and any offspring.

Recommendation: AMEND (read the following)

While most in the humane community think it will help reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats if all dogs and cats that are released from pounds and shelters are spayed/neutered before they are released, it is counter productive for adoptions, in some cases, not to provide for exceptions in this bill.

There are parish animal control/rabies control facilities that have limited or no ability to sterilize dogs and cats. The animals would be simply killed were it not for special arrangements between the parish facility and a supporting rescue/adoption organization. Dogs and cats are transferred to the rescue/adoption organization which takes care of spaying/neutering, and offers the animals for adoption.

There ought to be a provision in the law that specifically allows for special cases such as this. Therefore the following amendment is suggested:

Add the following amended version of R.S. 3:2475(C) to the bill:

C. The provisions of this Part shall not apply to animals sold or released from any humane society, public or private shelter, or animal control agency to the United States armed forces, police or other law enforcement agencies, licensed veterinary facilities, or to licensed medical facilities, or to a rescue/adoption organization, officially approved by local government to receive dogs and cats from the government's animal control facility, that shall use its resources to sterilize the animals and offer them for adoption.
Note: The underlined part is added. The rest is existing law.

While there are perhaps other circumstances where transferring unsterlized animals may be desirable, this partcular special case, at least, ought to be accommodated.

Status:   PASSED (unamended) - SENT TO THE GOVERNOR June 22nd.

What YOU Can Do:

According to the attorney for the Senate Agriculture Committee, this legislation was requested by HSUS (aka "The Humane Society" as HSUS now desires to be known). A significant effort was made by the Humane HEART (without cooperation from parties that could have made the difference) to have the bill appropriately amended. Indications are that the "powers that be" also took no action toward amending the bill.

Express any feelings you may have about this (pro or con) to HSUS Vice-President for Operations Mike Markarian at mmarkarian@humanesociety.org; and to Representative Gary Smith at larep56@legis.state.la.us.



SCR 14 Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 by Senator Jean-Paul Morrell

Top of Page Purpose: To declare the week of May 2-6, 2011 to be "Be Kind To Animals Week".

Recommendation: SUPPORT

Status:   PASSED - FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE May 9th.

What YOU Can Do:

Click on the link. Read the resolution. And then, e-mail Senator Morrell at: morrelljp@legis.state.la.us, and thank him for authoring SCR 14. If you are a constituent (Senate District 3 - parts of New Orleans), you might care to call the Senator's legislative assistant, Ms. Krystal Hendon, at (504) 284-4796.



Go Back to Top of Page