The ordinance is only in effect for two years to give the parish plenty of time to see how effective it is to reduce intakes before it becomes permanent.

The primary penalty for violation will be the impounding of the dog/cat, the neutering/spaying of such dog/cat, and the return of such dog/cat to its owner after an appropriate time for healing after surgery.

City officials said that exemptions include show animals, certain medical conditions, breeding permits, and if a pet accidentally escapes but has their tags and is microchipped.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available.