Louisiana Animal Control searching for owners of displaced pets

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LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – The Lafayette Animal Control Center is calling on all pet owners who may have been separated from their furry friends during last week’s flooding.

About 35 pets were picked up or brought into the Lafayette Animal Control Center last week.

“We have about 20 that still need to be claimed,” said Virginia Lee, supervisor of the Lafayette Animal Control Center.

Lee says the shelter is at capacity after taking in several pets in a matter of 2 days.

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“I don’t know if it’s due to the flood or the fact that we just have a large amount of strays on the road,” said Lee.

Lee says several dog owners sought shelter for their pets during last week’s flooding.

“The pet friendly hotels filled up really quick, we understood that,” said Lee. “We had upwards of 47 dogs at one time in the Heymann.”

“Fortunately, we were able to establish Blackham as a location for people to be able to leave their pets if they were evacuees that were staying at the Heymann,” said Cydra Wingerter, Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Chief Communications Officer.

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Which ultimately led to volunteers having to turn some pet owners away.

“There may have been some people who were asked to please go to their animal’s primary caregiver, a vet, or the kennel that their animal would normally stay at; and if there was no room that we would take them back,” said Wingerter.

“We tried not to turn anyone’s pets away, but we had people that just wanted babysitting and quite honestly, we want to help, we always want to help this community, but we can’t just be a border for pets for a long period of time,” said Lee.

The shelter is now focused on reuniting the remaining displaced dogs with their owners.

Lee says they will hold onto the displaced dogs until they are claimed.

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