Marksville closes animal shelter: Remaining dogs transferred to local rescue organization

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Marksville is closing it’s animal shelter.

The animal holding facility closed on Wednesday and transferred the remaining five impounded dogs to a local animal rescue organization that operates in Rapides Parish. 

The Marksville shelter had come under criticism recently on social media when it was reported that the shelter was in disrepair and may not have been in compliance with certain state standards and requirements. The shelter facility had not registered with the Louisiana Animal Shelter Registry and officials, apparently, were not familiar with the shelter standards established by the state and administered by the Department of Agriculture and regulated by the Louisiana Animal Control Advisory Task Force. 

The shelter consisted of a row of kennels in poor condition near the city maintenance center. Many of the kennels had large holes that were covered up with discarded traffic signs and the shelter for each dog consisted of plastic barrels, tipped over vertically with a hole in them.

One employee oversaw the operations of the shelter.

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