Proper shelter means the provision of a suitable source of shelter from the elements so as to prevent unnecessary or unjustified pain or suffering to an animal. A suitable source of shelter is more fully defined as follows:
- Indoor facilities. Facilities shall be large enough for the animal to stand, turn around, and lie down without touching the sides or top of the shelter and shall be adequately ventilated to allow for movement of air by means of windows, doors, vents, fans or air conditioning.
- Outdoor facilities. All animals kept outdoors shall have access to shelter that provides protection from the elements. Such shelter shall be appropriate for the species. All companion animals shall have access to shade from the sun during hot weather.
- Outdoor shelter for dogs. The shelter shall have a roof, three sides, an entryway, and a solid, level floor. Covered porches, covered patios and covered carports shall be deemed proper shelter for dogs if adequate protection from the elements is provided. Such shelter shall (i) be constructed of such material and in such a manner as not to pose a threat to the health and safety of the dog being housed; (ii) be of adequate size to allow for the dog to stand, turn around, and lie down without touching the sides or top of the shelter; (iii) have sufficient bedding material or other means of protection from the elements when weather is colder than what a dog of that breed and condition will comfortably tolerate and that will allow the dog to retain body heat; (iv) utilize bedding material which shall be kept clean and dry; (v) contain a suitable means for the prompt elimination of excess liquid; (vi) be structurally sound and maintained in good repair to protect the dog from injury or harm; (vii) be constructed and maintained so that the dog has convenient access to clean water and food; ( viii) allow the dog easy access in and out of the shelter, and (ix) be cleaned and maintained in a manner designed to ensure sanitary conditions. Excrement shall be removed from the shelter and from the premises, including yard and dog run, as frequently as necessary to prevent contamination and reduce hazards and odors. Excrement shall be properly disposed of in trash containers and shall not be washed into the gutter or storm drain. When a hosing or flushing method is used to clean the shelter, dogs shall be removed when reasonably possible.
Standards means the requirements with respect to the humane treatment, handling, care and transportation of animals by persons.
Trap-neuter-return means the process of humanely trapping, sterilizing, vaccinating for rabies, and ear tipping community cats, and returning them to their original location.
Vaccination tag means a metal disc which shall be attached to a collar or such device which shall serve to identify such animal and show proof of compliance with this article as it pertains to rabies control. Such tag shall bear serially consecutive numbers to correspond to the certificates issued to the owners by the veterinarian.
Veterinarian means any person duly licensed by the state board of veterinary medicine to practice veterinary medicine in the state.
Veterinary hospital means any facility where medical and surgical treatment of animals is administered under the supervision of a veterinarian.
Wild animal means those animals which are not tame by nature, which, because of habit, mode of life or natural instinct, are incapable of being completely domesticated, which requires the exercise of art, force or skill to keep them in subjection, and which would create a reasonable likelihood of hazard to the public. The Lafayette City-Parish Council shall establish, by ordinance, a list of wild animals after receiving recommendations for the list from the animal care center advisory board.
(Ord. No. O-142-2017, § 3, 8-8-2017)