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Ascension Parish animal rescue group threatens to sue parish

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SORRENTO - The animal rescue group, Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension, said it might sue Ascension Parish leaders after workers were locked out of the parish animal shelter last week.

Last week, workers were turned away as they tried to rescue two Chihuahuas. Tonight, the organization is worried animals will die as a result of the spat.

The attorney representing CARA told WBRZ all of this stemmed from a dispute with parish leaders. Workers for the shelter banned volunteers at C.A.R.A. from taking pictures of some animals outside of their cages and didn't allow the organization to rescue pit bulls. When they started asking questions, they claim they took to social media, were met with resistance and were even banned from the building.

"They are not very receptive to questions or suggestions on things that need to change," C.A.R.A.'s attorney, Virginia Smith said.

According to numbers obtained by the Investigative Unit, about one third of the animals who arrive at the shelter make it out. That number is concerning to C.A.R.A. that works hard to get them out of the shelter.

"We want to see changes that would allow rescue to work better with the shelter, that would improve sanitation practices and help to improve adoption numbers," Smith said.

After an outpouring of support on social media, C.A.R.A. scheduled a meeting to discuss this issue. Workers at the animal shelter told WBRZ they would not attend.

However, a meeting is scheduled to sort things out on Thursday morning. At that time, we could learn whether C.A.R.A. is allowed back into the animal shelter.



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