Overcrowding at the Bossier City Animal Control; now euthanizing
Bossier City Animal Control is an open shelter, which means they have to accept every animal left on their doorstep.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
The Bossier City Animal control is facing an overcrowding problem, and to cope with it, they are having to euthanize dogs.
"We euthanized, for space, I'm sorry," Kay Laborde, with the Bossier City Animal Control says, as tear come to her eyes. "We euthanized for space for the first time this week. We no sooner got the shelter down to where we can hold 101 dog cages, dog run, we're completely full and we had them stacked in the hallway in wire crates."
Laborde says more dogs are brought in every day. "We get anywhere from 30 dogs a week maybe 7 to 10 if we're lucky go out in adoption."
The shelter is an open shelter, which means they have to accept every animal left on their doorstep. There isn't enough space to house all of them. "It kills us, most of the time we all sit back there in a group and pray for the animal as we euthanize them and we wish there were more homes out there and places to put them but there just isn't," Laborde says.
Bossier City Animal Control is looking for adoptive families, foster families and volunteers to come out and play with the dogs and puppies every day. "We do everything we can not to euthanize. But the facts are more come in than can possibly go out," says Laborde. They are begging people to spay and neuter their animals so the overflow can be contained. "If they had to hold these babies while we have to put them to sleep, they'd understand."
They're asking owners to hold on to their pets, and not to dump them at a shelter. "If they come in and talk to us about what their problem is, why they can't keep the dog, we'll do everything we can to solve that problem."
You can adopt a pet between 10 and 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. They're located at 3217 Old Shed road.