St. Landry Animal Control Shelter Is Overcrowded, Must Be Adopted

Continuing to operate a no-kill animal shelter in St. Landry Parish is proving to have its challenges, and animal housing policies may soon be under review.

Last week, parish government officials announced that the shelter at the St. Landry Parish airport was full and temporarily refusing to accept new pet returns.

On Tuesday, animal shelter director Terri Courvelle said the shelter had 235 animals, a number she says far exceeds capacity.

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That situation, parish president Jessie Bellard admits, hasn’t changed in the past five days and is causing him and animal protection staff to rethink some of the existing policies.

“What we’re looking at now is potentially lowering dog adoption rates,” Bellard said Tuesday morning. “Another thing we are considering holding soon is a pet adoption day sponsored by the shelter.”

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