Shelter supervisor reports upswing in wild animal calls
Says parish growth is chasing animals out of their natural habitats and into neighborhoods
|Photo by Shonna Riggs|
Angie Roberts, animal shelter supervisor cuddles these adorable puppies that are waiting to be adopted.
As of July 23, Tout Clement is the director, and Angie Roberts, the shelter's supervisor, is the second in command.
“As the supervisor for the animal shelter, I plan to continue to the good work that Angie Matherne, the former director started," Roberts said.
“I would like to thank the Mr. Laque, parish president for the opportunity.”
Although Roberts has plans to make changes in the future, she said things are going smoothly.
And with all of the new construction projects coming into the parish, animal shelter officers have been busy responding to calls about wild animal sightings all over the parish.
"Lately, we've received calls about unusual animals roaming the parish, like coyotes, bobcats, foxes, possum, and armadillo," she said. "With all of the building we're doing in St. Charles Parish, we are destroying the animals' natural habitats."
Roberts says the animals lose their shelter and have to survive by any means necessary.
"We're not surprised when we get a call from a resident stating their cat was eaten by a coyote, or a bobcat," she said.
Roberts pointed out that parish law requires animals to be kept in a pen or indoors.
"We don't keep animals chained to trees as a means of daily living," she said. "In St. Charles Parish, it is against the law and is considered animal cruelty."
Animal shelter control officers can catch the wild animals but Roberts said it's really out of their jurisdiction.
"We can catch these kinds of animals, but we try not to because we're not equipped to do that," she said. "We refer people to the Wild Life and Fisheries agency for the parish."
If you spot an unusual animal, contact the animal shelter at 985-783-5010.
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