Livingston animal shelter packed, officials tell council members

The Livingston Parish animal shelter is packed, officials told Parish Council members Thursday night.

The parish’s small shelter in the town of Livingston houses only vicious dogs, victims of animal cruelty and strays from the town of Livingston, which donated the land for the shelter.

The shelter has 28 dog runs, but Desiree’ Green of the parish’s Planning Office, said it is housing about 60 dogs.

Shelter officials have no choice but to accept vicious dogs sent to it by the Sheriff’s Office, she aid.

When someone reports they have been bitten, “We have to take the dog,” she said.

The parish does not pick up stray dogs, Green said.

“We’re just out of room,” Green added.

The parish is in the process of adding 24 kennels, she told the council.

Dogs are being adopted from the shelter, she said, estimating that at least 15 have found new homes since November.

“Those dogs that are adoptable have been adopted,” she said.

Councilwoman Sonya Collins said the people operating the shelter are doing a good job, but the shelter is packed with dogs.

The shelter is the only one operated by the parish, though the cities of Walker and Denham Springs have their own municipal shelters.

A parish committee is considering plans for either expanding the shelter or creating additional shelters in various parts of the parish.

The council has discussed putting a tax proposition on the ballot to pay for animal control, but has not set a specific date to put the issue before voters.