§39. Negligent injuring
A. Negligent injuring is either of the following:
(1) The inflicting of any injury upon the person of another by criminal negligence.
(2) The inflicting of any injury upon the person of another by a dog or other animal
when the owner of the dog or other animal is reckless and criminally negligent in confining
or restraining the dog or other animal.
B. The violation of a statute or ordinance shall be considered only as presumptive
evidence of such negligence.
C. Whoever commits the crime of negligent injuring shall be fined not more than
five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.
D. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
(1) Any dog which is owned, or the service of which is employed, by any state or
local law enforcement agency for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection of criminal
activity, enforcement of laws, or apprehension of offenders.
(2) Any dog trained in accordance with the standards of a national or regional search
and rescue association to respond to instructions from its handler in the search and rescue of
lost or missing individuals and which dog, together with its handler, is prepared to render
search and rescue services at the request of law enforcement.
(3) Any guide or service dog trained at a qualified dog guide or service school who
is accompanying any blind person, visually impaired person, person who is deaf or hard of
hearing, or person with any other physical disability who is using the dog as a guide or for
(4) Any attack made by a dog lawfully inside a dwelling, a place of business, or a
motor vehicle as defined in R.S. 32:1(40), against a person who is attempting to make an
unlawful entry into the dwelling, place of business, or motor vehicle, or who has made an
unlawful entry into the dwelling, place of business, or motor vehicle and the dog is protecting
(5) Any attack made by livestock as defined in this Section.
E. For the purposes of this Section:
(1) "Harboring or keeping" means feeding, sheltering, or having custody over the
animal for three or more consecutive days.
(2) "Livestock" means any animal except dogs and cats, bred, kept, maintained,
raised, or used for profit, that is used in agriculture, aquaculture, agritourism, competition,
recreation, or silvaculture, or for other related purposes or used in the production of crops,
animals, or plant or animal products for market. This definition includes but is not limited
to cattle, buffalo, bison, oxen, and other bovine; horses, mules, donkeys, and other equine;
goats; sheep; swine; chickens, turkeys, and other poultry; domestic rabbits; imported exotic
deer and antelope, elk, farm-raised white-tailed deer, farm-raised ratites, and other farm-raised exotic animals; fish, pet turtles, and other animals identified with aquaculture which
are located in artificial reservoirs or enclosures that are both on privately owned property and
constructed so as to prevent, at all times, the ingress and egress of fish life from public
waters; any commercial crawfish from any crawfish pond; and any hybrid, mixture, or
mutation of any such animal.
(3) "Owner" means any person, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity
owning, harboring, or keeping any animal.
Acts 1978, No. 394, §1; Acts 2009, No. 199, §1; Acts 2014, No. 811, §6, eff. June
23, 2014; Acts 2017, No. 146, §2.