Council may hike animal control fees

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

The Iberville Parish Council last week approved the introduction of a proposed ordinance that would quintuple the daily boarding fees charged to animal owners reclaiming their impounded pets from the parish animal shelter.

“We're not trying to punish responsible pet owners,” said District 9 Parish Councilman Terry J. Bradford of Plaquemine, who is proposing the new parish law. “We are trying to curb strays in areas of District 9.”

Iberville Parish Animal Control is responsible for picking up loose animals in all areas of the parish, including municipalities.

“We felt it necessary to increase fees to make sure the parish is properly compensated,” Iberville Chief Administrative Officer Edward A. “Lucky” Songy Jr. told the Parish Council when the introduction came up. Songy oversees Animal Control.

Currently, the parish charges owners $5 a day for boarding dogs or cats picked up, plus a $5 impounding fee. Those fees would be hiked to $25 a day for boarding and $10 for impoundment.

Additionally, the parish now charges $50 a day for boarding livestock, plus a $25 impounding fee and another $25 if animal control officers have to use a trailer to transport the animal. Under the proposed ordinance, the boarding fee would go up to $50 a day; the other fees would remain the same.

A public hearing is scheduled just ahead of the Parish Council's