Forty-seven dogs were removed from what authorities called a dog fighting operation in St. Martin Parish. This lead to the arrest of Jason Hasket and Antonio Boyd on charges ranging from animal cruelty to dog fighting and even possession of drugs.
As for the dogs, they are doing time-in a much happier place. The St. Martin Parish Animal Control has taken ownership of many of the dogs, but it's created a small mad house. The shelter is only equipped for 34 single dogs and the extra addition meant making quick adjustments.
"We had to make some modifications and get some donations of temporary kennels," explained Director Michelle Brignac.
Besides space, workers had to compensate for the starving conditions the animals were in when they arrived. Now, bowls are filled twice a day which means more waste, more kennel cleaning and a high demand for supplies.
Brignac said many community members have already made donations, "but if people want to stop by we do need cleaning supplies, dog food and garbage bags."
Between feedings and cleanings, Brignac is searching for reputable rescues. She explained through community networking it should be easy to find safe centers and homes in the future. While two of the dogs were found to be people and dog aggressive and were put down as a result, many appear happy and friendly.
"All of them have happy tails. They are all wagging and are just excited and friendly. Pit bulls or not, these dogs can be rehabilitated."
After finding rescues, community members might have the chance to foster one of the pups, while they go through rehabilitation. The number one goal is to one day bail the little guys out for permanent adoption.
Cleaning supplies, garbage bags, dog food, food bowls and leashes can be dropped off at the center located on 1004 Industrial Road in St. Martinville. Monetary donations can also be made to the center for larger supplies, kennels and vet care.
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