Tropical Storm Barry: St. Landry animal control hopes
to avoid euthanizing dogs

The St. Landry Parish Animal Control and Rescue needs help sheltering more than 100 dogs to avoid euthanizing them as they prepare to care for animals ahead of Tropical Storm Barry.

The animal shelter has put out a plea on Facebook asking for help from other nonprofits. The shelter has more than 300 pets in its care, but must relocate about a third to keep the animals safe. In an earlier post, it said, “as people are leaving the parish preparing for the storm….dogs are pouring in.”

It is asking for help relocating animals outside of the threat of flooding. Without help, the shelter will have to euthanize about 105 dogs, which are kept outdoors, for the safety of the pets, the post said. 

The post has been shared more than 5,000 times.

Animal rescues around the state are trying to come to the shelter’s aid. The Bellevue Animal Clinic has offered to board about 20 dogs.

Dante’s Hope, an animal rescue in Baker, Louisiana, posted on its Facebook it is sending volunteers to Opelousas to bring some of the dogs back. It is asking for help fostering pets. 

Sara Walton, who helps run the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana in Shreveport, saw the plea on Facebook. One of her four rescues, a 104-pound black lab, is from St. Landry Parish and she works with Cara’s House in Ascension Parish, so she keeps tabs on the areas’ rescues and shelters.  

She’s bringing a caravan of four cars Thursday to remove as many dogs as possible.

“Any time we can help out, we’re there,” she said. “However many I can fit in my Yukon, I’m bringing back.”


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