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EBR shelter director resigns

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Posted: Dec 5, 2012 5:43 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Dec 5, 2012 5:43 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: animal shelter, Companion Animal Alliance, Dogs, Cats, Animals, Kim Sherlaw, Interim Director, WBRZ, resigned

BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter is looking for a new director after Kim Sherlaw resigned Tuesday.

Sherlaw left as director of Companion Animal Alliance after seven months, replacing other short-term directors who quit.

CAA Interim Director and current President of Friends of the Animals adoption group Paula Schoen says "it was a mutual consensus between the board and the director."

Sherlaw took heat from the Metro Council in November after a report indicated injured animals weren't properly cared for. The CAA board says she didn't meet expectations.

"I quit because I realized I could no longer work in an organization where every day I see neglect and cruelty," said a prior shelter employee. "There was nothing I could do about it."

Other employees saw improvements while Sherlaw was director.

"Since Kim Sherlaw came on board, the shelter is more organized, cleaner and easier to work with as far as a rescue," said Jessica Carr.

The shelter is typically overcrowded. Today there are more than 350 animals, making it tough to maintain a no-kill policy.

"We really have some great animals out there and we don't want to euthanize them," said Schoen.

The shelter is offering $12 adoptions through Christmas. The normal adoption fee is $80 for dogs and cats and $100 for puppies. All pets come vaccinated, as well as spayed or neutered.

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