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Livingston Parish: problems in animal control

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LIVINGSTON - A fight over animal control is getting ugly in Livingston Parish.

Recently three members quit a five-person advisory committee created to find ways to fix the parish shelter's problems and increase services to cover the parish. 

"They really need an experienced shelter staff and an experienced shelter director to work with people like this committee that they had," said Terri Dunlap, one of the committee members who quit. 

However, Dunlap said their suggestions were falling on deaf ears. Eventually they got so fed up they couldn't continue serving on the committee.

"We had all found out at the same time that all of this work we were doing was not going to amount to anything," she said. "They're very content to do what they're doing right now and they don't want anybody telling them to change it."

Parish President Layton Ricks says it all comes down to funding. He said the shelter needs about $800,000 annually to run the sheltering operations and keep the stray dog situation in the parish under control.

WBRZ's calls to the Livingston Parish Animal Shelter went unanswered.

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