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News Release from the Humane Society of Louisiana/Problems at Hammond Shelter to be Addressed

From: Jeff
Sent on: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 9:52 PM

 News Release: For Thursday, August 7, 2008

Contact Persons: Randy Stegall, President, Tangipahoa Chapter of the

Humane Society of Louisiana[masked]

Jeff Dorson, Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana,




Tangipahoa - Members of the Tangipahoa Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana have launched an investigation into the recent mass euthanasia that took place recently at the Tangipahoa parish animal control center, which claimed the lives of more than 160 cats and dogs. "We have been working closely with our local government and with this animal control facility for the past year and a half," says Randy Stegall, President of the Tangipahoa Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana, "and we are disappointed that neither our representatives nor any of the animal caring citizens of this parish were advised, notified, or informed of this action, until after these procedures took place. We have fielded scores of phone calls from concerned citizens and several veterinarians, who feel that a different course of action was available. Several veterinarians informed us that corona viruses are highly treatable, especially in adult dogs, with very inexpensive anti-diarrhea drugs and antibiotics," adds Mr. Stegall. "Everyone who has contacted us, and we have had communications from around the state and country, believes that our local government could have taken an alternative, non-lethal approach to this problem. We happen to agree with those sentiments."

The Tangiphoa chapter, which operates with a partnership with the Humane Society of Louisiana, based out of New Orleans, plans to file a public records request that will allow them to review the documentation that led up to this action. The group also intends to create a Shelter Oversight Committee, comprised of parish residents, who will help create and implement shelter protocol. Representatives also plan to address their concerns and plans with the parish council on Monday, August 11.

Officials from the New Orleans based Humane Society of Louisiana also plan to attend and speak at the Thursday press conference to address the need for state oversight over private and public animal sheltering facilities. Jeff Dorson, who has toured many of the state's 120 shelters over the past 20 years as the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, has found ample evidence of problems and abuse at different shelters, many of which are located in rural, out-of-the-way places, far from the glare of the public. "We fully intend to use this opportunity to educate our state legislators on the need to create and/or appoint a shelter regulatory agency, which is in place in other states, such as Texas," adds Dorson.

Officials from HSL plan to speak of these issues at a press conference on Thursday, August 7th, 10: 30 am.

What: Press Conference on the Mass Euthanasia of Shelter Animals at Hammond Shelter

When: Thursday, August 7th, from 10:30 am to 11:00am

Where: parking lot of Tangipahoa Animal Control Center, 15487 Delux Club Road, Hammond

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