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Dogs' living conditions worry Animal Control workers

5 years ago December 16, 2009 Dec 16, 2009 Wednesday, December 16 2009 Wednesday, December 16, 2009 3:43:04 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

Animal Control workers in West Baton Rouge Parish spent the day checking on about a half dozen dogs living in squalor at one property.

This year, workers removed two dogs from the home that were so emaciated they had to be put down.

"The conditions could be better," WBR Animal Control Supervisor Richard Summers said.

People who live near the property that sits near the new bridge say they have complained for months. 

"I would like to see the dogs live better and do better," neighbor Elverna Bennett said.

The owner of the dogs is Larry Clark.  He told News 2 he doesn't see a problem with the condition they are living in.

"My neighbors are going to complain regardless," Clark said. "Nobody can please them."

Animal Control evaluated the dogs' conditions Wednesday.  Due to a parish ordinance on the books, workers were not able to charge Clark.  The current ordinance talks about animal owners having enough food, water and vet care for dogs, but it does not mention living conditions. 

West Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control plans on checking the property in the near future to make sure conditions don't worsen.  Workers also plan on meeting with parish leaders to talk about changing the ordinance.

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