BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Months after whistleblowers prompted an investigation into euthanasia practices at Bossier City's animal shelter, the president of a volunteer group says she has been told by city officials that her services no longer are needed.
Through its Facebook page, Friends of Bossier City Animal Control has been working with Bossier City Animal Control to promote animals available for adoption.
Ninna Lopez, in a Facebook post, says:
The shelter and the volunteer group were partners for six years.
"If you've ever been punched in the gut, that's pretty much how it felt," Lopez said.
"Up until the alleged issues with the inhumane euthanasia, we had a good relationship. When all of that happened, everything turned."
KSLA News 12 first broke the news in June of an investigation into claims that the center was euthanizing animals without first properly sedating them.
Bossier City spokeswoman Traci Landry said those allegations have nothing to do with the sudden change in partnership between the city and the volunteer group.
"We had multiple people bringing complaints forward for those allegations. So to say that any one entity, that we're retaliating against them or something like that, is really ... It's just not the case."
Bossier City's shelter is separating from the rescue group's Facebook page but not the rescue group behind the page, Landry said.
The shelter welcomes them and hopes they will continue to work with the shelter to find homes for animals in need, she added.
Meantime, the new organization that is providing volunteer services to the shelter is Hand N' Paw.
In addition to helping pets find forever home, Landry said, that group also will give the animal shelter a little bit more control on social media.
"Well be able to update the page immediately once an adoption has been made. And we feel like that's going to facilitate a more streamlined adoption process to help people find animals."
Despite the gut-wrenching breakup, Lopez said, the lives of her four-legged friends will continue to come first.
"At this point, no, we are concentrating our efforts now on Caddo Parish Animals Services, who are welcoming our help and guidance. And that's where we're going to concentrate our efforts."