Pets discarded after presents opened
WALKER- Nearly 20 dogs were abandoned by their owners following Christmas in Livingston Parish after owners decided to make room for newer pets, according to the SPCA of Livingston. Rescue volunteers said many families who discarded older pets claimed their new pets weren't getting along with their existing dogs.
"It's out with the old and in with the new in most cases, puppies are new they're more exciting, the old dog is maybe not as playful and they don't want to be bothered with two pets or three or whatever they have and so they keep the new one and the old one has to go," said Cindy Roddy with the SPCA of Livingston.
Vanessa Bolotte, who adopted a new dog today, knows her new family member is a lifetime commitment.
"I think if you commit to an animal you should commit for life, I think it's kind of like a child I think if you choose to have an animal you should keep them until they are no longer," said Bolotte.
Now the organization is holding an emergency pet adoption to try and find many of their rescues a second home. They say people who have similar problems should seek help from trainers or veterinarians before deciding to get rid of a pet.
The SPCA of Livingston will hold their emergency pet adoption Sunday from 9-3 at the Walgreen's in Walker.