Vermilion Parish Rabies Control in LA does not adopt animals to the public. It functions primarily as a pet killing facility while allowing rescue groups to save some animals – unless the director decides she feels like killing those animals too.
Last week a group called Animal Aid of Vermilion Area had exchanged e-mails with Vermilion Parish pound director Pam Monceaux, confirming they would pull three dogs – Sasha, Pepper and Ringo – on Thursday morning. But when the rescuers arrived, they learned Ms. Monceaux had killed Sasha, Pepper and Ringo.
There was no claim of a misunderstanding about these three dogs being pulled by rescue. Ms. Monceaux apparently killed them intentionally while rescuers were en route. A local news reporter asked Ms. Monceaux for an explanation:
News 10 reached out to Monceaux for answers, but we were told to leave the premises or she was calling the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office.
If you can’t own it, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it.
Under our current, broken shelter system, killing is a choice. Any shelter animal may be killed at the discretion of the director. Some shelter directors consider this their job while, in stark contrast, there are hundreds others working hard to save every healthy/treatable animal in their care.
There are two ways to stop retaliatory and needless shelter killing in Vermilion Parish:
- Replace the director with someone committed to lifesaving.
- Enact legislation removing killing as an option.
Contact information for the Vermilion Parish Police Jury that oversees the pound is at the bottom of this page.
(Thanks to everyone who sent me info on this story.)