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ASPCA meeting draws dozens concerning Caddo Animal Shelter

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The ASPCA meeting drew dozens of local animals lovers, Caddo and Shreveport officials to Southfield School. The topic was improving animal welfare in the parish by working together.


"Our old laws are outdated," Michael Williams, Caddo Commissioner, said. "We need to get to the 21st Century. Here, I'm just trying to find a common ground, a win-win situation, because we don't know it all, nobody knows it all, but a lot of collective ideas together can create a new, 21st Century and state-of-the-art facility."


Williams and others listen closely to ASPCA's Laura Lanza shared exactly how to work together and modernize the Caddo Animal Shelter, as well as lower it's kill rate. Lanza stressed the importance and success of spay and neuter programs and how more energy should be focused into implementing them. Creating a foster program at the shelter is also suggested. That way families can take in pets as they wait for adoption bringing the shelter's animal population and kill rate down. Williams, however, also pointed out the need to focus on other issues within the parish.


"I'm concerned about all cruelty not only just to animals but to humans," Williams said. "You know, I would also like to see a public outcry when it come sot poverty, when it comes to the homeless, when it comes to veterans sleeping under bridges. If we can get the same enthusiasm and excitement behind the animals as we do a human, to me, that needs to be a public outcry, as well."


The Caddo Animal Shelter put down nearly 9,000 dogs and cats last year, an average of 800 a month. Lanza with the ASPCA will tour the shelter tomorrow.

 

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