Animal attack at local animal shelter one dog dead

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POSTED: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 11:36pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 1:56am

A dog on dog attack at a Baton Rouge animal shelter, today has those working at the shelter outraged that faulty cages and political red tape mean pets can't be protected.

When Susan Aronson came in to volunteer this morning at the Companion Animal Alliance shelter, she never expected to hear a group of small dogs got out of their cage. Then the dogs climbed through several neighboring kennels only to be mauled by a pit bull. One dog died another seriously injured. Aronson says it's not the first time something like this has happened.

" One dog got caught up trying to get through, " said Aronson, "... he got caught on his midsection. If Debbie and a volunteer hadn't ben there the dog would have died."

Debbie Pearson runs the Companion Animal Alliance. She says many of the shelter's cages are old and in need of repair. That makes it easier for the animals to find a way out.

" They are constantly trying to get out of pens," said Pearson, " the pens have to be strong and safe and constantly maintained. "

CAA is run through a cooperative endeavor agreement with the city. That means they can't make any changes until the group, along with city attorneys, decided who is responsible for correcting cages. Pearson says that part is not spelled out in their contract.

"Whether the pens themselves are movable that's for the lawyers to decide, " said Pearson.

Pearson says all that's left to do is to wait for the city to make a decision.
" We just need word back from the city. As quickly as possible, and like I said they are working to do so."

But Susan Aronson says the animals in the shelter can't wait for the city to cut down political red tape.

" The only thing we can do. There's always going to be infighting there's going to be problems like this," said Aronson,"...but we can do something and that's fix the animals cages. And its got to be done. Now. "

If the city and the Companion Animal Alliance can come to an agreement over the cages, soon, CAA officials say they already have volunteers and a contractor ready to go to fix the cages.

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