- Associated Press - Sunday, May 25, 2014

JENNINGS, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury wants to update its livestock ordinance so owners of loose livestock will have to pay for housing and feed for the animals when the parish has to round them up.

Ordinance committee chairman Curt Guillory says the parish must increase the fees to help it recoup some of its costs.

“Our livestock ordinance was adopted in 1923 and when looking at it we came across issues which need attention based on 2014,” Guillory said.

The American Press reported (https://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) concerns include the cost of holding the animals, estimated at $1 to $1.50-per head per-day for each animal.

“Today we can’t afford to take care of an animal at $1 per head per day,” Guillory said. “We need to discuss setting a fee to retrieve the animal when the Sheriff ‘s Department has to go out and pick them up. At today’s cost we are losing money.”

Police Jury President Donald Woods said the parish should increase the charge to $15-$20 a day.

Under its current agreement with the Police Jury, sheriff ‘s deputies or another designee are called to pick up the livestock. The animals are held at the parish’s arena or other location until the owner can be located. If no owner is found, the livestock is sold.

If the owner is not immediately found, the parish must post notices near the location where the animal was found. At least one notification must also be published in the parish’s official journal giving a description of the animal, including brand or marks.

Also at issue is the cost of feeding and caring for animals. Guillory would like to see a $10-$15 per day cost for room and board to include food, water and hay. Owners are now not charged for those costs, he said.

“Ten dollars a day would probably cover the food for a horse,” he said.

Water costs are minimal, he said.

Guillory said the parish does not have a widespread problem with loose livestock, but it has become an issue in some areas.

“People today aren’t able to afford animals, so they are cutting them loose,” he said. “If we don’t address the problem when it first starts and wait till it explodes, then we’ve got a problem.

“We need to do something now before it becomes a real problem down the road and the Sheriff ‘s Department has to go out and retrieve 10 head of cows … then that’s going to cost quite a bit of money.”

The ordinance committee plans to continue studying possible revisions of the existing ordinance.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com


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