The main “service” provided to animals by the staff at Caddo Parish Animal Services in Louisiana is killing:
Caddo took in 8,744 dogs and cats last year and euthanized 6,805, according to data provided by the shelter.
Based on these numbers, Caddo’s kill rate for 2014 was 78%. That is a staggering number of dead pets. And you don’t achieve those kinds of numbers without enablers:
“I hesitate to blame the shelter because I see what they are up against.” – Reed Ebarb, Companions of Caddo Animal Services president and member of the Caddo Parish Animal Services Advisory Committee
“The missing component is taking place out in the community where people are having puppies in the backyard. […] More needs to be done on the community’s end. People need to be more responsible. Until we overcome that piece we have an uphill battle to fight. We can do everything right and still fall short.” – Caddo Parish Administrator Woodrow Wilson Jr.
Let’s clarify one thing: When you are killing roughly 8 out of every 10 dogs and cats who come through your doors, there is zero chance you are doing “everything right”. More likely, you are doing about 8 out of 10 things wrong. Dead wrong. But in this safe and comfortable environment, supported by local killing apologists, it’s little wonder the pound’s director takes no responsibility for the killing:
Everett Harris, Animal Services director, said the shelter’s numbers “are at the mercy of the community.”
“We are a community shelter dealing with a community problem,” he said.
An animal is considered property by law, and if an owner turns over the property, the shelter is obligated by law to take it, Harris explained.
File that complaint under WHY YOU ARE THERE, SHERLOCK.
I guess everyone who lives in Caddo Parish is the suck, except for the pound workers blamelessly killing more than 500 animals a month because the tyrannical public has the pound under its thumb, wielding its absolute power without compassion. Also: there are reportedly puppies in backyards there which is a unique challenge not faced by any other communities anywhere so kill everything, obviously.
(Thanks Clarice for the link.)