Posted: Sep 24, 2013 9:54 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Sep 25, 2013 1:05 PM
The Acadia Parish Shelter is asking for your help in finding homes for at least 30 dogs. The shelter has been above capacity since last Thursday. Sadly, four dogs were put down today, 14 could be put down within the next two days.The capacity problems aren't just from animal control issues. Officials say people are dropping off their pets after hours, and in some cases, throwing them over the fence.
The sign may direct you that dog drop off is in back, but you'll find the gate is locked at the Acadia Parish Shelter because they are at capacity. But last week, that did not stop someone from throwing a dog over the fence.
"The dog was actually injured when you dropped it, and it hurt its leg," said Tim Benoit with Animal Control.
The dog was taken by a rescue shelter and will fully recover. But Benoit says that doesn't change the fact that what people are doing is wrong.
"If it's that bad just give us a call, leave us a voicemail, we'll return the call, we'll check in on it," said Benoit.
Being an animal control facility means that they are a kill shelter. After a week if the dogs are not claimed by their owners, fostered or adopted, they could be put down.
"We do not want to put the dogs down. We don't want to put any dogs down. We'd love to find them all a home, but you just can't," said Benoit. "We just want to give you a new family member."
Most dogs are available for a $25 adoption fee. But if you're not ready to commit to a pet, fostering is also an option. The shelter does take in pitbulls, but by state law they must be taken by a rescue agency first.
For more information on how to adopt call 337-788-1073. All dogs come with their basic shots, are de-wormed and treated for fleas.