POSTED: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 10:51pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 12:55pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — One week after a dog died, after breaking out a crumbling cage, the Companion Animal Alliance went before the East Baton Rouge Metro Council. Discussion included how the group plans to protect pets and patch up problems with the facility's structure.
Funding is tight for CAA according to the groups director Debbie Pearson. "What we do saving animals there is no money in it. we lose money with every adoption. we're not here for money. we are here to protect and save animals, " said Pearson.
But one member of the council says CAA isn't doing its part to help pay for things like fixing crumbling cages. "If private funds need to be raised I can say to the organization needs to be out there raising funds," said District 2 Council Member Bones Addison.
Council Member Addison said CAA needs to step up its strategy to keep animals in adequate accommodations and not try to charge the city more money. "You develop a game plan or give it back to the city of Baton Rouge," said Addison. "Then hold us accountable, but don't tell us you need more money."
But Pearson said CAA is doing everything it can to mature as an organization and make sure conditions are up too snuff. Pearson says they've already fixed some of the broken cages.
"CAA took over in literally one day. There was no practice run it literally happened in one day," said Pearson. "We hit the ground running. It was a rocky start initially. Now we're on our feet and moving forward fast."
Council Member Addison says the city's main focus is not the money.The focus is making sure animals are ok.
" I want the animal treated with utmost care if they're in our custody," said Addison. "I don't want them killed. I don't want them in distressed situations. But again, we have to have a partnership no pointing the finger at the other. "
Pearson says CAA wants to work with the city to help in their mission to run a good shelter. She hopes the community continues to step up.
" We're in it for the right reasons; we're in it for the long haul," said Pearson. " So, we are hoping the community will help us by fundraising and supporting us."
The Metro Council also approved a change in the city's stray hold laws. Now CAA can put animals up for adoption sooner when they come into their shelter. Animals without a collar or microchip are adoptable after 3 days instead of 6. Animals with markings are adoptable after 5 days.