Contact: Julie Smith, Assistant Chief†††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone: (219) 362-9446 x 202††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Thursday, May 17,
To help keep both people and pets safe, the La Porte Police Department would like to remind pet owners of several city ordinances that apply to domestic animals:
Domestic animals are not allowed to run at large and must be under the immediate control of the handler, on leash, or restrained by other effective means.
Pet owners are responsible for immediately cleaning up after their pet if the pet deposits excreta on public property, or someone elseís private property.
All dogs, cats and ferrets, age 3 months and older, must be vaccinated against rabies. The rabies vaccination must remain current by ongoing revaccination of the animal, either annually or triennially as recommended by the vaccine manufacturer. Harboring a non-immunized dog is a Class C infraction, and elevates to a Class B misdemeanor if it bites a person and causes injury.
Dog owners are required to obtain an annual city dog license from the Office of the Clerk-Treasurer located at La Porte City Hall, 801 Michigan Av.
A good source of bite prevention information for both child caregivers and dog owners can be found at the following website: http://www2.aap.org/advocacy/releases/dogbiteprevention.pdf. A copy of the same brochure can also be obtained in the lobby of the La Porte Police Department.