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Weekend hours a possibility for animal shelter

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The story of the once-abandoned pet, Braveheart sparked outrage and led to a call for changes at Caddo Animal Control.

Now Caddo Parish Commissioners are looking into enacting those changes.

Blue, a 12 year old Lab mix, passed away from natural causes a few days after he was picked up by animal control. Blue's family says if the shelter would have been open on the weekend, maybe Blue would still be around. Karen Kent was Blue's owner. She said, "Whenever I found out the pound had picked him up, I thought it would be good so that he wouldn't get ran over. But needless to say, when I went to go pick him up, he wasn't there anymore." Blue was a member of Kent's family. She says one Friday afternoon back in August, he got loose after his bath before they could put his collar back on. After that, Blue was found by Animal Control. The following Saturday morning, Karen went to pick Blue up and there were staff members there but they couldn't process her lost dog fee. Kent said, " They trust them enough to take care of animals but they don't trust them enough to take my money."

Commissioner Jerold Bowman says the parish is looking at ways to make the shelter more accessible to the community and make sure another incident like blue's doesn't happen again. "We're not technically open on Saturdays and a lot of people want to do adoptions, we've heard from the community, on that it would be more convenient to come on, at least Saturdays. At least they could have gotten the animal to take it to the animal hospital if he was ill."

Kent said, "We don't have him anymore, all due to the fact that I couldn't pick him up on the weekend."

Commissioners are looking for ways to pay for additional shelter hours and staffing so that the shelter can open on the weekends. One idea they're considering, i registration fees for pets to help raise money.

 

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