BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Senate passed a bill that would allow animal shelters to post pictures of animals on social media accounts or websites. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.
Senate Bill 64, by Sen. Ryan Gatti, R- Bossier City, aims to make the posting lost pets expressly legal for pounds and shelters because shelters were uncertain whether they could post photos of other people’s animals.
Gatti said using Facebook to reunite lost animals with their owners is a low-cost and effective way.
“Our pets are close to us. (They) are part of our family, and particularly during times of a storm or emergency, we look for our pets. This allows those pounds and shelters to take a picture and put it on social media and share it.”
The bill also requires annual training for inspectors and shelter personnel. Training would include information on animal health, disease control, humane care and treatment, animal control and transportation of animals.
An amendment to SB64, from Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, allows shelters to use online training.
“We have a lot of rural communities that may not be able to pay to send folks to training,” Fannin said. “So this training would only apply if it were also available online.”
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