The City of Leesville is urging its citizens to follow the law when it comes to certain large dog breeds.

Leesville City Council members as well as other city officials have began making public service announcements reminding citizens of these laws in response to reports of large dogs of different breeds running loose in the city.

According to the law, owners of certain breeds must show the Leesville Police Department proof of liability coverage under their homeowners insurance on the dog of at least $200,000 in coverage.

This proof of insurance must be presented every year no less than 15 days after January 1.

While that may seem like a lot of money, the policy would only cost homeowners roughly $20 extra dollars per month.

The law also mandates that the owner must keep a sign alerting the public that one of those certain breeds is on the property.

The following breeds are classified by insurance companies as “vicious dog breeds”

Pitt Bulls

Staffordshire Terriers

Doberman Pinschers

Rottweilers

Chows

Great Danes

Presa Canarios (Mastiff)

Akitas

Alaskan Malamutes

German Shepherds

Siberian Huskies

Wolf hybrids

Denman expressed there are many people in Leesville who may not know the law or have a full understanding of the consequences.

“A lot of people think we are out here just taking people’s dogs and that’s not true. What we do is when we see that a dog owner is not in compliance with the law we give them a notice on their door that they are not in compliance. From there they have 15 days to make the necessary arrangements to be in compliance with the law.” Denman said.

Denman added that after the 15 days if they are not in compliance with the law that they will be issued a citation and will then go before the city judge to hear a ruling on the matter.

Denman also stated that animal confiscation only happens to owners who are in repeated violation of the animal ordinances.

The Leesville Police Department has an animal control officer who can be contacted by calling 337-238-0331.

To read the ordinance in full log on to www.leesvillela.gov and look under the code of ordinances under animals. The ordinance is there in full as Article 2 Chapter 10.