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P.O. Box 863
321 E. Plaquemine St.
Room 102
Jennings, LA 70546

Administrative Office Hours:
M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm

     
 
Livestock Patrol

Livestock

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Cody LeBlanc currently handles the majority of livestock issues and concerns.

There is currently no Open Stock Law in Jefferson Davis Parish, which means no persons owning livestock shall knowingly, willfully or negligently permit their livestock to go at large upon public land, roadways or on any private property without permission from the property owner (RS 3:3003). It is the livestock owners’ responsibility to properly maintain the perimeter to prevent livestock at large.

In the event a citizen encounters any livestock at large “loose,” on a roadway, on private property not permitted or outside a fenced area, they are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center (911) immediately.

If the Sheriff's Office receives repeated calls regarding the escape of livestock from the same area, the livestock owner could face citations and/or a fine. As per Ordinance No. 189, § 2, 7-5-23 and Ord. No. 2248, 7-23-14, the fee to pick up an animal at large is $200, plus an additional $50 per day for housing, feeding and care.

The Sheriff’s Office cannot aid in the capture of escaped animals reported by the owner of the animal, unless the animal is loose on a public roadway and is a threat to public safety.

If deputies encounter livestock at large, and there is no immediate way to determine ownership, the animal will be transported to another location. As per Ordinance No. 180, § 2, 7-5-23, the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury will then advertise the animal for one week in the local paper to seek the owner. Any reported claims require documentation proving ownership or a detailed description of the animal. If no claims are made, the police jury then has the right to sell the animal and keep the proceeds from the sale.

According to the Louisiana state leash law (RS 3:2771) no person shall allow or permit any dog in his or her possession, or kept by him about his premises, to run at large on any unenclosed land or trespass upon any enclosed or unenclosed lands of another. However, dogs are not considered livestock and the Sheriff’s Office cannot seize any dogs at large.

Anyone who discovers they have missing livestock is encouraged to contact the Police Jury Office at (337) 824-4792 or the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 821-2100 with a description of the animal and a location of the animal’s origins.

To report any theft, neglected or abused livestock or domestic animals, contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.

 
 
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