Posted: Jan 30, 2012 6:20 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Jan 30, 2012 7:09 PM
LIVINGSTON - Walk into the Livingston Parish Animal Shelter, and you'd never know by looking or smelling that it needs hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of repair before it can function as a fully operational animal control center.
That's SPCA President Terri Dunlap's estimate of how much work the building will need before it can officially open and serve all the animal cruelty or neglect cases reported.
For the past few years, the building has only been used to house animal cruelty and neglect cases. New Parish President Layton Ricks hopes to change that by creating a board to help raise money fo fix a laundry list of problems.
Dunlap says walls are needed between dog runs to keep runoff from cages separate. That would help prevent the spread of diseases like parvo. It would also help keep animals from breeding in their cages, something that she says is now possible, because only chain link separates the animals from each other.
"Not only could they mate through the chain link, but they could also scale the fence to get into another cage," Dunlap told News 2. She wants tops on the cages to keep that from happening, and to keep dogs from crawling out of their cages, something that has happened many times before.
Drainage is also something Dunlap hopes to get repaired. Right now, as few as nine dogs can clog up the drainage system, because the pipes are too small to handle all the waste, and there is no screen on top of the drain to prevent debris from clogging the lines.
Dunlap worries parvo could spread outside, too, since there is no concrete or gravel above the soil, and parvo can live in the soil for up to two years, Dunlap said.
Those are only a few repairs that Layton hopes board members can find funding for. He tells News 2 he intends to make sure a grant writer and veterinarian are on the board. In total, Ricks estimates there will be seven to nine people on the board.
Ricks hopes to announce who will be on that board in the next few weeks.