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Animal advocates call for action after 7 dogs euthanized at Iberia Parish Animal Control

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IBERIA PARISH (KLFYA) — A gaggle that advocates for animals is looking for action after Iberia Parish Animal Control put down seven dogs.

The Concerned Citizens for Iberia Parish Animal Control says a rescue group might have stepped in to avoid wasting the animals.

“The euthanization of the dogs, that was very uncalled for,” Brittany Perez, a volunteer at the shelter, stated.

“Killing is a last option, not a first option,” Marcella Emanuel, a member of Concerned Citizens for Iberia Parish Animal Control, or IPAC, added.

This volunteer and member of Concerned Citizens for IPAC say final week, the interim shelter director euthanized the seven dogs with out their data.

They say this shouldn’t have occurred as a result of the shelter has a partnership with a corporation known as (*7*) Imagine No Kill, or LINK, who takes in dogs from the shelter earlier than they’re euthanized.

They say Interim Shelter Director Herff Jones didn’t reply to the rescue group’s emails and calls, making it laborious for them to work with the shelter.

Interim Director Herff Jones tells News Ten rescue organizations did attain out, however solely to let him know due to hurricane IDA, they have been at full capability and couldn’t absorb any extra animals.

Jones says of the seven dogs who have been put down, two have been aggressive.

He says the opposite 5 had been within the shelter for over 90 days, and that was inflicting conduct issues.

Volunteers and anxious residents, who labored with the dogs on a regular basis, disagreed.

“Oreo was one of the sweetest, most cuddly, affectionate dogs you’re ever going to meet,” Emanuel with Concerned Citizens for IPAC stated.

She and volunteers additionally say the euthanizations have been uncalled for as a result of the shelter had extra room.

“There were still some empty kennels. There’s empty kennels now. There’s eight to nine empty kennels now as we speak, yet there’s still discussion about which dogs will be put down next,” Emanuel added.

Volunteer Brittany Perez confirmed they nonetheless have kennels open.

Volunteers at the shelter and members of Concerned Citizens for IPAC say they imagine the interim director doesn’t have the expertise with animal shelters, as he’s the Director of Mosquito Control for the parish, they usually need him changed.

Iberia Parish President Larry Richard says a brand new everlasting director will begin inside the subsequent two weeks.

The interim shelter director additionally added that this 12 months, they’ve needed to euthanize 25 animals of over 1,000 at the shelter.