Vermilion

Mar 12, 2014 7:27 PM

Changes coming to shelter after three dogs are euthanized

An update tonight from Vermilion Parish where animal rescue groups are demanding changes at the parish animal shelter.
As we've reported, three dogs were euthanized last week despite workers knowing that a rescue group was en route to save them.
Today, the parish shelter turned away rescue groups who tried to take in animals. We've learned tonight it was because parish officials realized there was a state law that required them to verify that animals would be sterilized after being rescued. While that hold is in place for rescue groups, they will not euthanize any animals which are scheduled to be put down tomorrow.
The police jury also voted to require all dogs be listed on the shelter's Facebook page before they are killed.
At the end of the meeting, the attorney reiterated no laws were broken when the three dogs were killed, but the police jury said they will work with volunteers to change how the shelter is run.

More from tonight's meeting from KATC's Erin Steuber in our 10:00 broadcast.

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