New Animal Ordinances
Do the revised ordinances make spaying and neutering mandatory?
No. The ordinances do require that all residents in Orleans Parish with an intact dog, (a dog that has not been spayed or neutered/fixed/sterilized), are required to do one of the following:
•Purchase an Intact Dog Permit (Renewed annually; 1 per dog)
•Apply for an Intact Dog Permit Exemption (requires veterinarian documentation)
•Spay/Neuter their dog
•Pay a fine for non-compliance
If my dog is intact (not spayed or neutered/fixed/sterilized) what is the fee?
Intact Dog Permit Application Fee: $75.00
Initial Intact Dog Permit Fee: $20.00
Annual Intact Dog Permit Renewal Fee: $20.00 to be renewed at the end of the 12 month period based on the initial permit date.
Additionally, if a permit is not renewed on time, a $10.00 per day late fee will be assessed in addition to the renewal fee.
Can I keep my dog in my yard on a chain?
No. It shall be unlawful to tether a dog, except as follows: A dog may be restrained to an overhead running line, pulley, or trolley system under the specific condition outlined in the ordinances. The length of the tether must be at least 4 times the length of the dog plus provide 12 inches of slack when the dog lays flat on the ground with his/her head down. An intact dog may NOT be tethered at any time. All dogs must be removed from the tethers between 11PM and 6AM.
Some cities have pit bull bans. Is there any breed specific legislation in the revised ordinances?
No, breed specific legislation is not an effective form of animal control. What we do encourage is the spaying and neutering of animals, no matter the breed; and responsible pet ownership and pet care.
Is it against the law for me to have my dog off leash when walking my dog?
Yes, dogs which are properly licensed and vaccinated as stipulated in the ordinances may be allowed outside of an enclosure if under a secure leash and accompanied by their owner or keeper but are not to be allowed to trespass upon any public property, if so prohibited by another ordinance, or upon private property. Designated dog parks or "off-leash" areas are exempt from the provisions of this section. The area of City Park known as NOLA City Bark generally bounded by Zachary Taylor Drive, Diagonal Drive, and Magnolia Drive is such an exempted area.
Is the leash law a new law under the revised ordinances?
No, the leash law has always been in effect.
Is it against the law to have my dog riding in the bed of my pickup truck?
Yes, it is illegal if the dog is not safely and humanely restrained under the specific guidelines of the revised ordinances. The revised ordinance stipulates: It shall be unlawful to transport any animal on a public road in any open-bed vehicle unless the animal is safely and humanely restrained (at a minimum by a harness with double tethering for dogs) so that the animal is unable to jump or fall out of the vehicle. If transporting an animal in a kennel or cage in an open bed vehicle, the kennel or cage must be double-tethered to prevent the kennel from moving.
If I am involved with an event in Orleans Parish that will showcase animals, do I have to pay a fee and how do I do this?
Any person, organization or entity that wishes to hold an animal exhibition, circus or carnival in Orleans Parish must first obtain a permit from the City of New Orleans. Fees for these events are as follows:
(1) For activities involving less than five animals, a 72-hour permit fee of $150.00. (2) For activities involving more than five animals, a 72-hour permit fee of $250.00
An exhibitor will need an Event Promoter License and Mayorality Permit from the City of New Orleans Department of Finance-Bureau of Revenue,
City Hall- 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504)658-1600/Fax (504)658-1605, firstname.lastname@example.org
Permit fees in addition to the animal permit fees are required. The exhibitor must also receive the approval of the director of the Department of Health.
All permit applications are available online at:
I read that there is a new definition in the ordinance for a Community Cat. What is considered a Community Cat?
A Community Cat is defined as a feral or free-roaming cat that is without visibly-discernible identification of any kind AND has been sterilized, vaccinated, and ear-tipped. Community cats are exempt from licensing, feeding bans and registration requirements.
So is a Community Cat the same thing as a feral cat?
No, a feral cat is defined as a cat that is born in the wild, is the offspring of an owned or feral cat and is not socialized, or is a formerly-owned cat that has been abandoned and is no longer socialized. A feral cat is not sterilized. A Community Cat has been spayed or neutered/fixed/sterilized and ear tipped.
If I have a stray cat roaming in my yard, will animal control remove and impound the cat?
Cats that fall under the definition of Community Cats may be allowed outside so long as the cats do not prove to be a nuisance to neighbors. Documentation on the nuisance will be required in order for any action to be taken. Any ear-tipped cat collected under the provisions of this section shall be released on-site unless suffering from an obvious injury or illness. Any non ear-tipped cat collected under the provisions of this section shall not be returned to its owner until such time as said owner shall have cat spayed or neutered, ear tipped or microchipped, and vaccinated against rabies, and all nuisance complaints are resolved. Repairing damage caused to private property as well as any required modifications required to abate the nuisance shall be the responsibility of the registered caregiver. We will try to first help facilitate a resolution between the person reporting the cat nuisance and the caregiver before the cat can be removed
Is there a requirement for my privately owned cat(s)?
Yes, all indoor/outdoor cats that are privately owned must be microchipped or ear-tipped.
Is it unlawful to have chickens within city limits?
Roosters are NOT permitted within Orleans Parish; hens are permitted as long as they have proper housing and the housing areas are kept clean and sanitary.
Are animals defined as wild or exotic animals allowed to be kept as pets?
No, no person shall keep or permit to be kept any wild or exotic animal as a pet. These include, but are not limited to, all venomous snakes, constricting snakes that will grow to be over 3 feet as adults, monkeys, raccoons, serval cats, exotic animal hybrid, and roosters.
What animals are defined as wild or exotic animals?
Wild or exotic animals means:
(1) any live monkey (nonhuman primate), raccoon, skunk, wolf, squirrel, coyote, fox, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx, serval cat, or any other warm-blooded animal not otherwise defined;
(2) any venomous or constricting snake (such as Boidae family) that will grow to an adult size greater than 3 feet;
(3) any tarantula which can normally be found in the wild state;
(4) any member of crocodilian, including, but not limited to, alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials;
(5) any exotic animal hybrid; or
(6) any rooster, cockerel, cock, or chanticleer.
Is it against the law to own a "pocket pet?" Are they considered wild or exotic animals?
No, ferrets, non-venomous snakes (other than constricting snakes that will grow to an adult size larger than 3 feet), rabbits, box or aquatic turtles, laboratory rats and skunks which have been bred and raised in captivity which have never known the wild, and pocket pets or pet rodents including, but not limited to, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, chinchillas, sugar gliders or hedgehogs are excluded from the definition of wild or exotic animals.
If I operate a rescue organization and house rescued or homeless animals do I have to follow any guidelines in the revised ordinances?
Yes, all facilities with occupancy licenses issued by Orleans Parish for operating a kennel, animal shelter or housing facility for rescued animals, homeless or owned animals must meet or exceed the minimum standards established by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians in the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelter (2010) and any standards of veterinary care set forth in the City Code. A copy can be downloaded from: http://oacu.od.nih.gov/disaster/ShelterGuide.pdfThe LA/SPCA is authorized to inspect these facilities. Failure to make modifications to meet the standards shall result in a fine of up to $500 per day. The foregoing provisions shall not apply during an extreme weather advisory or emergency situation, or in the case of mass seizure or rescue of animals.
If I am a healthcare provider and I treat someone that has been bitten by a dog, what are the reporting requirements?
Any health care provider who examines or treats any person who has been bitten by a dog or upon whom a dog has inflicted serious bodily injury shall report such bite or injury to the LA/SPCA's Animal Control Division. Such a report shall be made immediately, if possible, and in any event shall be made within twenty-four hours of examining the patient. The report shall include as much of the following information as is available:
(1) The patient's name, date of birth, sex, and current home and work address;
(2) The nature of the bite or injury that is the subject of the report;
(3) Any information about the location of the biting animal and the name and address of any known owner; and
(4) The name and address of the healthcare provider.
Do the revised ordinances address mules and horses?
Yes, the revised ordinances require information to be filed by the person keeping horses or mules. Every person within the limits of the city, having one or more horses or mules housed or stabled within the city shall file with the LA/SPCA's Animal Control Division the following information:
(a) Name of the owner;
(b) Number and kind of animals housed or stabled on the premises;
(c) Address of place (street and number) where the animals are stabled;
(d) Proof of annual negative Coggins' test result;
(e) Proof of annual vaccinations, including Eastern and Western Encephalitis, West Nile virus, and rabies; and;
(f) Any other information as the department may deem necessary for the enforcement of proper sanitary regulations on the premises.
Such information shall also be required for equine exhibited or used for transportation in parades.
For more, go to http://www.la-spca.org/