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Humane Society of Louisiana mobilizing to help four-legged victims of Tropical Storm Barry

Posted at 8:52 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-13 00:03:34-04

The Humane Society of Louisiana is mobilizing to help four-legged victims of Tropical Storm Barry.

Jeff Dorson, the founder and Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, said, "We've already moved hundreds of animals out of harm's way, and our efforts will continue in the aftermath when we'll be better able to assess local needs."

The Society's first livesaving transport left on Wednesday and more are on the road on Friday.

Dorson said the Society is not currently able to collect or distribute supplies, so monetary gifts are the best option at this point. He added that the money will be used for vet bills, animal food, rescue transport, and many other efforts.

The Humane Society urges pets and livestock owners to provide proper shelter and make sure all animals are properly tagged, microchipped, or otherwise easily identified.

The group also wishes to remind residents that as of August 2018, it is illegal under Louisiana law to leave dogs and cats unattended during severe weather.

For more information on the Humane Society of Louisiana, contact Jeff Dorson at 901-268-4432 or visit its Facebook page here.

Friday, a rescue flight with more than 120 adoptable dogs and cats evacuated from St. Landry Parish Animal Control and St. Martin Animal Shelter arrived in the D.C. region via a rescue flight coordinated by the Humane Society of the United States.

The Humane Society of the United States says they received requests for evacuation assistance and coordinated the evacuation of adoptable animals out of St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue and St. Martin Animal Shelter. By transporting animals who were already up for adoption out of the threatened region, transport efforts aim to increase the capacity of Louisiana shelters as they prepare for potential structural damage and an anticipated influx of animals displaced by Tropical Storm Barry.