Over 30 dogs and cats seized from squalid conditions in the care of a "nonprofit".
The Director of Pointe Coupee Parish Animal Services accepted custody of 37 dogs and five cats from the directors of the Catahoula Urban Tails (“CUT”), a humane society located in Jonesville, Louisiana. The poor condition of the animals and the filthy kennels they were forced to live in have caused an uproar on social media.
The animals had been housed in a warehouse that had been donated to CUT by the Town of Jonesville and used as a rescue and adoption center. Photos showed the animals living in filthy and squalid conditions with empty food and water bowls. There was no drainage system in the warehouse so the animal waste often accumulated in the kennels without being properly hosed out. The warehouse’s air-conditioning unit was not working and the outside thermometer affixed to the side of the warehouse registered 114 degrees the day that the animals were removed! And the water to the warehouse was routinely cut off due to the failure to pay the water bill. According to the Humane Society of Louisiana rarely have they seen so many animals kept in such poor conditions during its 32 years of operation.
Another nonprofit, NovaStar, agreed to accept eight puppies from CUT, but only two arrived. They were informed that the other six puppies had died.
HSLA took custody of the animals and noticed that all the dogs were covered with feces and their clothes were soiled after carrying them to their van. All the animals were in very poor health and were severely malnourished and dehydrated. Two of the puppies tested positive for Parvo and died along with a third a few days after being rescued. Subsequent veterinary exams showed that the dogs were extremely dehydrated, infested with fleas, anemic, suffered from bloody diarrhea, internal parasites (a combination of round, hook, and/or whipworms). All of the dogs were emaciated, covered in sores and only one was fixed. Four of the five kittens were emaciated and two kittens had severe eye discharge. This horrendous lack of basic care occurred even though an emergency veterinary office is within walking distance of the warehouse where the animals were housed.
Ms. Alleman stated: “In my 20 years in the rescue community and as the director of two animal shelters, I have rarely seen such a complete disregard for life and an overall lack of care on every level.”
HSLA has retained the services of a New Orleans law firm and has been accepting complaints and evidence from townspeople and rescue groups from around the country. The number of complaints is staggering and overwhelming. They will be forwarding the final report to multiple enforcement, regulatory, and licensing agencies and hopes that one or more will pursue criminal or civil charges.
Humane Society of Louisiana
Our humane society was established in 1988. We operate two no-kill sanctuary: one for companion animals and one for farm animals. We are also a private detective agency, licensed by the state and one of our primary activities is to investigate cruelty to animal complaints. We work directly with dozens of law enforcement agencies on a regular basis, providing tips and logistical support, especially in the rural areas of Louisiana, where there are few resources for animals.