Companion Animal Alliance faces Metro Council amid animal neglect allegations

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Emotions ran high Wednesday night, as officials from Companion Animal Alliance met with East Baton Rouge Metro Council amid allegations of animal abuse and neglect.

"The cat was dying, barely breathing and didn't receive any attention." "The changes have not been positive. They really have taken a backwards turn. However many in attendance also stood in support of C.A.A.

"I feel like we're going in the right direction we just need the time." "It's a difficult job and these are some of the most dedicated people I have ever met."

At issue is a recent investigation of the shelter by Animal Control after complaints were levied and the result is an organization in need of improvement according to Control Director Hilton Cole.

"You cannot run an animal shelter, an open end intake animal shelter without standard operating procedures, organizational chart and a departmental or organizational manual," said Cole.

C.A.A. Executive Director Kim Sherlaw agrees that improvements are needed and is hopeful changes will make both sides happy.

"We need to move forward with the more progressive model for Baton Rouge and we're going to do that by coming together as our organization, with animal control, with rescue groups and with our advocates," said Sherlaw.

Advocates that included members of council who added priority number one should be the animals at the shelter.

"One thing I heard today from everyone who spoke on both sides of the fence and believe it or not all have a common goal and we all want to see that these animals are taken care of," said Councilman Joe Boé.

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