Jul 29, 2014 4:48 PM by KATC

Humane Society makes surprise visit to Basile dog shelter

The Humane Society of Louisiana claims that the town of Basile's dog shelter has seen no improvements since two dogs died in its custody last month.

According to a release from the Humane Society, the town of Basile maintains five kennels for the dogs, though the Humane Society says at one point last month there were 12 dogs in Basile's custody.

The release says a representative of the Humane Society made a surprise visit to the shelter Monday night and said several dogs had no water in their bowls. The representative, Janet Lyons, also said that most of the kennels are only hosed down once a day in the morning.

Jeff Dorson, director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, said he submitted a copy of the state operational guidelines for municipal shelter to Basile recently as a follow-up to his presentation before the Basile Town Council last month.

He has since filed a public records request with the mayor in an effort to track any and all progress made at the local shelter since the death of an owner's two dogs last month.

"We surmise that the mayor has not used this tragedy to implement necessary and long over-due improvements and reform at this beleaguered shelter and seems to go on as if nothing has happened," Dorson said. "We find this attitude, given that two dogs died slow and agonizing deaths as a result of the town's negligence, extremely disturbing."


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