Mar 12, 2014 11:41 PM by Erin Steuber
Changes are on the way for the Vermilion Parish Animal Control Center after a heated meeting Wednesday. Several animal rescue organizations and dozens of supporters packed into the police jury meeting demanding changes be made to the euthanasia policy. It comes after three dogs were put down, even though volunteers were on their way to save them. It sparked a fire-storm on Facebook, and according to one on-line petition, Vermilion Parish Animal Control euthanized more than 1,400 animals last year, and at least 1,300 were never given the chance to be rescued.
It was standing room only at the Vermilion Parish Police Jury Wednesday night and it was heated. At issue: The euthanasia policy at the animal control center, which as of Wednesday morning is not allowing animals to be rescued, and they're saying it's because of a state mandate.
"The mandate is that we verify that any animal pulled from our shelter is spayed or neutered," said Public Works Director, Billy Noegel.
The jury voted, while that issue is sorted out, no animals will be killed.
"I feel like tonight's meeting was productive. I'm not going to call it a win," said Cindy Hunt with Vermilion Animal Aide.
After more contention, the police jury voted to form a sub-committee made up of volunteers and jurors that will work to improve the animal control center.
"Well the sub-committee is going to do all the investigation, give us some policy and procedure recommendations. Then it's going to come to the full jury for approval," said Juror Nathan Granger.
The jury also voting to make it a requirement that each animal, set to be put down, is advertised on social media.
"I am looking forward to a cooperative realtionship with the police jury and Vermilion Parish shelter. A non-antagonistic relaitonship where we can work together to save the homeless companion animals of Vermilion Parish," said Hunt.
The sub-committee will meet for the first time, behind closed doors on Monday.