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 ORDINANCE NUMBER 2018 - 4

AN ORDINANCE ENACTING ARTICLE VI, “PUBLIC NUISANCES AND UNSANITARY CONDITIONS,” OF CHAPTER 4, “ANIMALS AND FOWL,” OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF ST. FRANCISVILLE, STATE OF LOUISIANA.

Article VI, “Public Nuisances and Unsanitary Conditions,” of Chapter 4, “Animals and Fowl,” of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of St. Francisville, State of Louisiana, hereby is enacted to read as follows:

Article VI – Public Nuisances and Unsanitary Conditions

Section 4-91. Public Nuisances Defined.

The term “public nuisance” shall include, without limitation to, the following:

(1) Excessive or untimely barking, howling, or yelping so as to disturb the peace and quite of a neighborhood or its residents or disturb the health or repose of the residents.
(2) Scratching on or digging into lawns, shrubs, buildings, or any property, either public or private, other than the property of the owner or keeper of animal.

Section 4-92. Unsanitary Conditions Defined.

The term “unsanitary conditions” shall include, without limitation to, the following:

(1) Failure of the owner or keeper of an animal to remove immediately all feces left by said animal on property, either public or private, other than the property of the owner or keeper of the animal.
(2) Allowing the emission of disagreeable odors from the premises on which animals, including fowl are kept.
(3) Allowing the presence of or the breeding of flies, mosquitoes, and other pest on the said premises.
(4) Failing to remove from said premises animal and food wastes, soiled bedding, dead animals, and other debris.
(5) Improperly disposing of animal and food wastes, feces, soiled bedding, dead animals, and other debris in an unsanitary manner, including but not limited to placing such materials in the public storm drainage system.

Section 4-93. Public Nuisances and Unsanitary Conditions Prohibited.

Public nuisances and unsanitary conditions relative to the ownership and care of animals hereby are prohibited. Every owner or keeper of animals shall exercise proper care and control of such animals so as to prevent them from creating or becoming a public nuisance or from creating unsanitary conditions.

Section 4-93. Penalties.

(1) General Penalties. Any person who violates this article shall be punished by a fine of twenty-five ($25.00) dollars for the first offense and thirty-five ($35.00) dollars for the second offense. On a third or subsequent conviction the municipal court or any court of proper jurisdiction shall impose a fine of fifty ($50.00) dollars and/or take full possession of the animal involved. The court may place the animal with any suitable person or agency, full ownership of said animal being vested in said person or agency.

(2) Conditions Where Fines Are Doubled. The above fines shall be doubled when a violation of this article as described in paragraph (1) of Section 4-92 occurs in, on, or immediately adjacent to the following places, public or private: playground, park, sports field, recreation facility, school, child nursery, child daycare facility, library, reception hall.”

Upon being submitted to a vote, the vote thereon was as follows:

YEAS:      James R. Leake, Abby T. Cochran, Gigi Robertson, Susie Tully and
Brian Kelley
NAYS:       none
ABSTAIN: none
ABSENT: none


AND THE ORDINANCE WAS ADOPTED this 25th day of September 25, 2018.

/s/William H. D’Aquilla, Mayor


ATTEST:

/s/ Shannon Sturgeon, Town Clerk