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Funding needed for parish shelter and animal population control

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LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish residents and leaders agree the stray-animal population is out-of-control and changes to their shelter are needed.

"Just in my district, I've seen thousands of stray animals just walking door to door," parish councilman Chance Parent said.

"We're terrified every morning," resident Donna Herbert said. "We don't know if it's a safe day for our kids to come out to the bus."

The population is growing because the parish's shelter cannot take in strays and can only take in vicious or neglected animals.

Parent is pushing for a change for the shelter to start taking in strays and euthanizing animals after a certain time period.

The change that would cost between $500,000 to $700,000.

That money would most likely come from taxpayers, he said.

"We've got 11 to almost 17 people working on this to try to come up with the best plan for the citizens of this parish."

If agreed upon by the council that funding would be put to a vote this October.

For Hebert, who lives in fear for her children everyday, that vote can't come soon enough.

"We just need some kind of help," said Herbert. "Some kind of something to get these strays under control."




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