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Who we are

Established in 1888, the mission of the Louisiana SPCA is to promote, protect and advance the well-being of Louisiana's companion animals. 

Animal-Related Legislation


Each legislative session the Louisiana SPCA Government Relations committee works with state representatives to draft and support animal-related legislation. Help us protect the animals in our state by becoming their voice. Sign up for our legislative alerts below to know when we need your support! 

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2018 Legislative Session


Act No. 360 

Authored by Senator Troy Carter, the Good Samaritan Law provides immunity from liability for property damage or trespass to a motor vehicle if the damage was caused while the person was rescuing a minor or animal in distress. Read Act No. 360 here

Role: Drafted, proposed and helped pass


Act No. 485 

Creates the crime of sexual abuse of an animal. Read Act No. 458 here

Role: Supported


Act No. 148 

Prohibits tying or tethering a dog or cat in extreme weather conditions. Read Act No.148 here

Role: Supported


2016 Legislative Session


Act No. 618 

Prohibits pet stores from selling dogs that do not come from USDA licensed breeders with clear inspections 3 years prior. Read Act No. 618 here

Role: Supported


Act No. 381

Requires municipal animal shelters to register with the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission by February 1st of each year.  Read Act No. 381 here.

Role: Supported 


Act No. 585 

Provides for penalties relative to the theft of a pet. Read Act No. 585 here.

Role: Supported


2014 Legislative Session


Act No. 284 

Allows the Pet Overpopulation Advisory Council (created in 2002 by Representative Melinda Schwegmann through Act. No 85) to collect and disseminate funding dedicated to the council. The funds provide low-cost spay/neuter grants up to $3,000 to eligible recipients through money raised from the pet overpopulation license plate. 

Role: Supported 


Act No. 395

Established felony penalties for participating in or possessing cockfighting paraphernalia.  

Role: Supported 

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