It sounds like life for lost and homeless dogs in Livonia, LA used to be pretty wretched if they ended up at the city pound:
The dog pound is located outside, directly behind town hall and is tended to by a single paid employee. The Mayor of Livonia tells NBC33 his name is Brian and he looks after the dogs every afternoon.
Penned up outside, waiting all day long for a guy to come by to clean and throw some food down. And I don’t imagine Brian works 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year either. So there were probably even longer gaps in there which would be cruel to any dog, especially puppies who need to eat several times a day. It doesn’t sound like there was any veterinary care offered to the dogs and ultimately, they were killed – because you know, “unwanted” and such.
But last year, Lisa Shields moved to Livonia from Texas where she had been a shelter volunteer. She offered her services to the city. And how:
For nearly a year, Shields fed, bathed, and cared for the dogs like they were her own children. She would take them to adoption events, raised money for them, paid for their vet bills and never asked for anything in return.
Ms. Shields says she had an agreement with Brian that she would care for the dogs in the mornings, since he wasn’t there. She says things had been working out very well and killing had been completely eliminated since she came on board. Success by anyone’s standards. Or not:
At some point in the last month, Shields says Brian started having issues with the work she was doing with the dogs. The Mayor took issue too, saying Shields was over stepping her boundaries.
“I’m not saying she was breaking any rules but we have things that we have a guy, you know, that does washing of the pens, the feeding of the animals, you know, and we asked her, you know, don’t do those type of things” says Troy Chustz, the Mayor of Livonia.
The mayor banned Ms. Shields from the pound. And that’s with her not breaking any rules but simply volunteering to do some additional feeding and cleaning. I guess if she had broken any rules the mayor would have sent her to Gitmo.
“I can’t even drive by there and look now to see if there’s dogs down there because I know they’re just going to get the blue juice and be buried in the bayou and it’s just heartbreaking, it didn’t have to be this way, it didn’t have to go this far” continues Shields.
Shields is now hoping she can rally the town behind her at the next city council meeting.
Geez, I hope so too. Come on Livonia, give the lady who single-handledly eliminated the needless killing of the community’s lost and homeless pets while vastly improving their quality of life and paying their vet bills one more chance. Pretty please? If she promises to let some puppies go hungry and sit in filth?
(Thanks Davyd for the link.)