Positive progress for Vermilion Parish Animal Control - KLFY News 10

Positive progress for Vermilion Parish Animal Control

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There was less arguing and more agreeing as the sub-committee for the Vermilion Parish Rabies Animal Control met at an informal meeting.

At the March 12th police jury meeting, dozens of animal aid activists and members of rescue organizations attended to voice concerns about the parish shelter.

This all came days after the story of three animals euthanized after reportedly being told the animals were being rescued sparked controversy in Vermilion Parish.

The conclusion of the heated exchange had four police jury members and four animal rescue representatives forming the sub-committee.

Cindy Hunt, Beth Trahan and Tracy Davenport with the Animal Aid for Vermilion Area along with Brandi LeJeune of the Crowley Animals Shelter presented a three page proposal to jurors, Mark Poche, Ronald Menard, Rondald Darby and Wayne Touchet.

First on the proposal , the issue of the court- mandated parish shelter ordinance.
"It doesn't cover enough. It leaves too much discretion to one person and maybe possible abuse of that discretion," said Davenport.

The ordinance currently states an animal has a shelf life of four days. Attorney for the police jury, Paul Moresi said, "An abandoned animal can be disposed of by a governing parish authority by adoption, rescue, sale or it says 'disposed of in accordance with your discretion."

To increase positive no-cost 'disposals', representatives suggest improving intake and records procedures, adding standard operating procedures and starting a volunteer program.

However, "excessive euthanizations" are the main focus. To decrease dogs on death row, pictures should listed on Facebook, as long as they are non-aggressive. Animals should be kept longer, given over-crowding is not an issue. Jurors worry the costs of maintaining their high intake of animals would not be worth the extra days of shelter.

"We are not going to be able to feed every dog we put on Facebook," Poche said.
AAVA agreed to help feed the animals kept longer than four days, as well as host adoption days on the facilities grounds for any animals that are on the "next to kill" list.

While no final decisions were made on the wide variety of issues, the juror half of the sub-committee agreed to stall euthanizations at the facility until after April 2nd. Another informal meeting will take place before then.
 
Note*Billy Noegel, Public Works, was added as a member of the sub-committee after the first meeting.

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