Something is killing pet rabbits in a backyard cage, leaving a man's 10-year-old granddaughter in tears.
Her grandfather Dennis LaBorde suspects dogs.
Animals broke in overnight and killed three rabbits in cages in the backyard of his home in the 6100 block of Louisiana Highway 160 in Cotton Valley, he said.
Hear his full plea and what the mayor says is being done about the stray and loose dogs in Cotton Valley tonight on @KSLA at 6. pic.twitter.com/1lJW36c4sM— Eric Pointer (@EricPointerKSLA) June 15, 2017
Hear his full plea and what the mayor says is being done about the stray and loose dogs in Cotton Valley tonight on @KSLA at 6. pic.twitter.com/1lJW36c4sM
Now he wants to know why authorities are not enforcing the Webster Parish town's leash laws.
"If I go out here and drink and drive, that's a law they're going to stop me and put me in jail. Now, I can do something about these dogs, but then I'd go to jail for animal cruelty."
But LaBorde said that's not something he wants to do.
"I just want the town to take some type of responsibility for these animals running loose."
Mayor Joseph Alexander said the town has an ordinance but does not have a dog catcher or place to put the dogs.
So the town uses police to help enforce the law.
"We need someone to come out here and take care of the dogs," Alexander said.
"The police, that's not their job. They try to, since we don't have that, to see what they can do because you don't want no dog biting anybody."
Cotton Valley Mayor says he tried to pass an ordinance to help with the dog problem but he didn't have support: https://t.co/qt9W61yAO6 pic.twitter.com/ziun49KibK— Eric Pointer (@EricPointerKSLA) June 15, 2017
Cotton Valley Mayor says he tried to pass an ordinance to help with the dog problem but he didn't have support: https://t.co/qt9W61yAO6 pic.twitter.com/ziun49KibK
Alexander said he tried to fix the issue at a council meeting Wednesday night when he introduced an ordinance to hire a dog catcher and a policy for storing strays.
But the mayor said he didn't have support from his councilmen, who tabled the issue until next month.
"We could have sat down and ironed out the differences and go from there and approved it," Alexander said.
"And today, I could have been working on getting this dog situation together."
The mayor said hopefully next month they can make changes to the ordinance and get it approved.
Meantime, LaBorde said, he's going to be proactive.
He has installed a game camera to help him identify the culprits.
"I want to get a photograph of the dogs. I'm going to take it to Town Hall so they can find the owner and see what you can do about this."
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