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. After a recent story about the killing of dogs tagged for rescue went viral, the parish placed a temporary halt on pet killing while the police jury came up with some new guidelines. This week, those new guidelines were announced:
- Re-start killing cats deemed feral immediately.
- Hold dogs for 30 days in order to allow rescue groups to network them.
- Once the pound exceeds capacity (20 dogs), arbitrarily kill the dogs whose intake dates are the oldest to make space.
It seems to me that numbers 2 and 3 are going to conflict with each other unless rescue groups can consistently do the Vermilion pound staff’s jobs for them and keep getting dogs into homes before the 20 dog limit is reached. Also, number 1 totally sucks.
And there’s more bad news:
KATC reviewed hundreds of parish euthanasia records and uncovered that last year, more than 21 percent of all dogs and cats were killed before [the mandatory holding period of] four days, some even dying the day they arrived at the facility.
The only sort-of-explanation for why the pound appears to have been violating parish law in such an egregious manner comes from an ex-staffer:
“Every Thursday was euthanasia day, and sometimes we would pick up the dog on Monday and by Thursday they were gone,” said Thad Savoy, a former animal warden of the Vermilion Parish Rabies Animal Control Center.
Right. It’s Thursday. And Thursday is kill day. If the lost pet’s owner is looking for him or if an adopter might like to save him, that’s just not happening. It’s Thursday.
“Most of the dogs that were picked up were able to be rescued. But they were not rescued or put online because of the color or the breed. … It’s kind of hard to say; it’s kind of hard to describe why,” Savoy said.
Wait, wut? Prolly no owner would want their black dog back so no point posting her online. Because black. Plus it’s Thursday.
The current director of the pet killing facility – the one who threatened to call the police last time a reporter tried to ask her a question – is once again being shielded by the asshats who came up with the brilliant killing guidelines:
For now, the parish is not commenting on KATC’s investigation. On Wednesday night, the Vermilion Parish Police Jury unanimously denied KATC’s request for an interview with Animal Control Facility Director Pam Monceaux and Public Works Director Bill Nogel.
Instead of providing cover for monsters, maybe the Vermilion Parish police jury could hire some people willing to do the jobs taxpayers pay them to do and actually shelter animals in need. Any vote on that?
(Thanks Clarice for the links.)