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BATON ROUGE- A new director is in charge at the troubled East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter.

Beth Brewster took over in January when the former director quit after just seven months on the job.

Brewster said she's already helped digitize the shelter's adoption process, and worked to reduce the number of animals destroyed. In April, Companion Animal Alliance had a 62 percent save rate.

"We're animal lovers. We're not here to put animals down. We're forced to because people don't take care of their animals and they end up here at the shelter. They don't come find them. That's not why we're in this. We're here to save lives," she said.

Project Purr works with the shelter, adopting out cats in danger of being put down. The organization says they've seen a difference since Brewster took over.

"The cleanliness of the shelter has gotten a lot better," said Abby Santini with Project Purr. "The health of the animals are a lot better, which makes it easier to adopt them out."

Brewster says her staff is also taking monthly classes for training.


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