Jeff Davis

Jun 27, 2013 7:25 PM by Akeam Ashford

Rise In Number Of Dogs Left On Side Of Road

The number of abandoned animals is drastically increasing in parts of Acadiana. According to the ASPCA, about 62% of U.S. households have some type of pet. Of those, roughly 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year.

In Jeff Davis Parish, Acadiana Humane Society Volunteer Kelly Brady rescued five animals in a single week. Normally, she rescues one to two each month. "Shee-Shee was found in Cypress Point. She had been left there for what we understand is two days," says Brady.

Brady says leaving your dog on the side of the road isn't just cruel to the animal, it could cause a bigger problem. "Whether it's a small or large dog running and roaming free, kids often want to play with them and love on them. The problem, sometimes they react aggressively," says Brady.

She says owners who leave their domesticated animals on the side of the road are causing more harm than good . "When you drop them off, and you leave them to take care of themselves, they don't know how to hunt for food or find shelter," says Brady.

Brady encourages owners who can no longer afford their animals or no longer want to take care of their animals to call their closest animal shelter for help. For more information visit www.acadianahumane.org.

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