Some say dog shootings a sign animal shelter needed in Washington Parish

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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 6:41 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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FRANKLINTON, La. -- The reward for information about the shooting of two dogs in Washington Parish over the weekend has gone up to $1,000.

The animals were found still alive and abandoned Sunday night near the corner of Pico Road and Highway 25, north of Franklinton. They later had to be euthanized.

While the investigation into who shot and dumped the two pit bulls continued Tuesday, questions have come up about whether it could have been prevented.

“There is no parish-wide animal control, so because of that people just turn dogs loose all over the parish," said Humane Society of Louisiana Investigator Beau Gast. "They find one specific dumping ground and they start dumping dogs there and it gets known as an area to dump dogs and not get caught."

But the sheriff disagrees.

"I really don't feel that that's the case. I think that we just have had some of these in the past, but I can assure you as the sheriff's office we are concerned about this and we're gonna do everything in our power to bring those people to justice who are slaughtering our animals," said Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal.

Only the cities of Franklinton and Bogalusa have animal shelters now. The parish says it actually started building one four years ago with state money, but got caught up in red tape.

Now they say they're back on track.

"The grant money is going to be used," said Parish President Richard Thomas. "It’s all for materials, $98,000 for materials, and we're actually getting the prison to furnish their labor to help us."

The parish says it hopes to get moving again on the shelter in a month, which is planned to be built on the grounds of Rayburn Correctional Center in Angie.

The goal is to have the shelter open by the end of the year, and the Humane Society plans to keep an eye on that goal.

"They've been working at it for 10 years and not much has come from the ten year project that they have been on," Gast said. "Now, we certainly need to hold their feet to the fire and promises that they're making."

If you'd like to volunteer at the animal shelter once it's open, contact Washington Parish government. If you have any information about the dog shootings, call the Humane Society of Louisiana at 1-888-6-HUMANE.

 

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