Apr 2, 2014 11:48 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

New euthanasia guidelines for strays in Vermilion Parish

Short term guidelines are in place in Vermilion Parish, as to how stray animals will be euthanized. The Vermilion Parish Rabies and Animal Control Center's policy came into question three weeks ago after three dogs were killed, that were set to be rescued that same day. After that happened, a euthanasia ban was put into place.

Police jurors decided Wednesday night to begin euthanizing feral cats, they decided to uphold the euthanasia ban for dogs. However, dogs will get put down if the center fills up to capacity, which is 20 dogs. Once that number is reached, dogs that have been at the facility the longest will be the first to die.

Police jurors and animal advocates decided on a new possibility to help to save stray animals.

"They've given us 20 safe kennels to put either cats or dogs in whatever we choose and they'll keep them. They'll hold them there for 30 days. They'll feed them while we can network them, and try to get them out for adoption or to another rescue, so this is a very positive step," said Beth Trahan, President of Animal Aid for Vermilion Area. The kennels will belong to the rescue group.

Before the meeting an animal could be put down after only four days, but with the 30 day holding period, it gives the animals a greater chance to live.

"I'm very satisfied into where we move forward into our discussion with the group of volunteers. I think it's going to take some time, it's not going to happen over night, it may take awhile but we'll get there," said Wayne Touchet, a police juror for district five in Vermilion Parish.

The discussion is far from over. Police jurors and animal advocates will meet again in two weeks to move forward on creating a written policy and protocol for euthanizing animals.



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