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Caddo Parish officials respond to Animal Service allegations, support Harris

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A week after members of the Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue called for Caddo Parish Animal Service Director Everett Harris to fired, parish official send out an official statement on the matter. This is what was sent out in a press release Wednesday:

Parish Administrator Dr. Wilson, Commissioner Bowman and Director of ASMC Everett Harris Responds:

Mr. Reid Ebarb, scheduled a meeting with the Caddo Parish Animal Services Shelter Supervisor, Booker Thomas, for August 13, 2014 at 1030am, which led to extensive media coverage as well as unrest and concern by Parish officials. ‘“I have given unbiased consideration to the allegations that Mr. Ebarb brought forth concerning his treatment and efforts to assist Animal Services,” said Parish Administrator, Dr. Woody Wilson. “Upon complete examination of the matter, I have concluded that based on Mr. Ebarb’s own written statement, as well as additional documentation and conferences from all parties involved, I strongly support the Director of Animal Services and Mosquito Control, Mr. Everett Harris and his attention to details, protocol as well as the community’s and the Parish’s best interest. ”

‘“As Director of Animal Services and Mosquito Control, I am responsible for adhering to the ordinances that are in place for animal services,” explained Mr. Harris. “An Advisory Committee, which is led by members of the Parish Commission, has been put in place to discuss potential remedies to assist with our animal control awareness and outreach efforts based on their recommendation and approval; we act accordingly to provide the best services that we can for the animals and all involved.”’

The Animal Services Committee is chaired by Commissioner Jerald Bowman and volunteer members are Ashley Delrie, Erica Calais, Candy Peavey, Reid Ebarb, Glen Ritter, Daniel Strickland and Virginia Brookings. Commissioner Bowman stated that at no time was he privileged to the information Mr. Ebarb presented to Animal Services prior to their meeting. Dr. Wilson, a regular attendee of the Animal Services Committee meetings, echoed Commissioner Bowman’s sentiments.

Dr. Wilson added that using proper protocol and the steps in place for effective community service is key to operating the shelter successfully. Not only do we welcome community assistance, animal services depend on it. Mr. Ebarb’s passion for animals is embraced. However, we must work together and use the structured methods of communication already in place to achieve positive result.

For additional information contact the Parish of Caddo Administrators office at 318.226.6900.

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