Jurors consider large animal control rules
BY Paul Kedinger
LSN STAFF WRITER
Acadia Parish Police Jurors discussed modeling an ordinance imposing civil penalties on cruelty to large animals during its meeting Tuesday night.
David Marcantel with Calcasieu Parish Animal Control described in detail how his parish imposes civil penalties on owners guilty of cruelty to large animals, such as horses and cattle.
The Calcasieu regulations impose civil action penalties and require cited owners to appear before a panel composed of a member of the district attorney’s civil division and two other attorneys. A $50 penalty is imposed for first offense violations and owners are required to pay for the animal’s upkeep and veterinarian expenses.
“We try to work with the owner,” said Marcantel, adding his department has a 100 percent conviction rate and has never lost any money while treating the animals.
Donald Boudreaux, Rayne’s animal control officer, interjected that there are reports of cattle in poor condition in Acadia Parish.
Jurors decided to refer the issue to its Legislative Committee, with Marcantel offering his personal assistance.
Jurors also heard an appeal from Randy Stutes to opposed a saltwater injection disposal well off Highway 35 near Indian Bayou.
Stutes presented letters from the South Rayne Water Corporation, Vermilion Parish Police Jury, Vermilion Parish Cattlemen’s Association and the Vermilion Parish School Board opposing a licensing application before the Department of Natural Resources.
This issue was referred to the Legislative Committee, with some jurors, like Kermit Richard, saying the issue rested with DNR officials and “I don’t think we can do anything.” Jurors agreed to invite Hubert Savoy, who is seeking state approval, to appear before the committee.
DNR has scheduled a public hearing on the issue at the Vermilion Parish Library on Feb. 2.
In other action, Acadia jurors agreed to allocate a per capita share of $13,331.09 to join five other parishes bordering Lafayette Parish to spend a total of $120,000 at the Cannes Film Festival promoting Acadiana as a site for the production of Hollywood films. Jury President A.J. Credeur pointed out the film industry spent $29 million in Acadiana during the production of the Secretariat movie in 2009 and $4.8 million in 2008.
Jurors re-elected A.J. Credeur as president and Cade Benoit as vice president to one-year terms and renamed Terry Lacombe as secretary-treasurer for two years.
Jurors also authorized Lacombe to receive proposals for auditing and legal services.
Jurors also approved a resolution commending the Notre Dame High School Pioneers for winning the State Class 3-A football championship.