Dogs selected for rescue euthanized - KLFY News 10

Dogs selected for rescue euthanized

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KLFY News 10 was contacted by our viewers and social media followers, concerned about a situation they found disturbing. Apparently, three dogs held at the Vermilion Parish Rabies Animal Control were set to be rescued Thursday morning, but that's not what happened.

Sasha, Pepper, and Ringo met their fate Thursday and while that's the reality for the majority of animals in shelters, that wasn't the case for them. A rescue called CARA out of Ascension Parish was on their way to pick them up, but once they arrived, they were told the three dogs were "unavailable".

"They were very adoptable dogs and not only that, they had a rescue on their way to get them," said Cindy Hunt, a rescuer for Animal Aid of Vermilion Area.

Hunt and Beth Trahan both run AAVA. They say Sasha, Pepper, and Ringo were euthanized despite the animal control center's director, Pam Monceaux's, acknowledgment of a rescue en route.  News 10 obtained the e-mails between Monceaux and the rescue group and it shows Monceaux knew the rescue group was coming to get the dogs at 8am Thursday. 

So, why were the dogs euthanized when forever homes awaited them?

"She felt like they didn't get there in enough time and so she put them down and killed them the exact same day they were to be rescued," said Trahan.

News 10 reached out to Monceaux for answers, but we were told to leave the premises or she was calling the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office. Both Hunt and Trahan say Vermilion's animal control is far behind the progress neighboring parish shelters are taking to save animals using social media and free help.

"The facility does not have to pay for animal after the animal is pulled," said Trahan. "We pay for all the vetting and for animals to be fostered."

The networking opportunities for rescue groups around the country are endless. Friday morning, a dog was rescued from VPRAC and will soon fly to a new home in Seattle.

Although the hope for the three potential rescues is now gone, Hunt and Trahan are adamant  about making sure nothing like this will happen again.

"It's very infuriating," said Hunt. "It's very depressing. It's very defeating."

If you want to voice your opinion, AAVA urges you to contact the Vermilion Parish Police Jury, which funds the animal control center.

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