POSTED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:04pm
ASCENSION/LIVINGSTON PARISH (NBC33) — With no animal shelter or animal control facilities in Livingston Parish, the parish has seen its fair share of animal related problems. One man is speaking out about the huge issue in his neighborhood.
"I've never seen a situation like this ever," said Livingston Parish resident, Howard Gibbs.
There are dozens of dogs roaming the streets with no home, no food and no family, in an area of Livingston Parish that Howard Gibbs says, is a "drop off" for unwanted animals.
"I found out that this was a dumping ground for dogs and it's gotten worse since I lived here with all these dogs," noted Gibbs.
The dogs that keep reproducing are only adding to the population. With speeding cars and no homes, their chances at a long life are slim to none.
Gibbs tells NBC33, "There were 6 puppies underneath the trailer they were healthy as heck then all of a sudden a week alter I found her here again and I went to go look at all the puppies and they were all dead."
Animal lovers such as Gibbs, can’t just watch them starve.
"Me and my neighbor, I mean we feed them just out of compassion."
But that small amount of love and food isn't enough to save them all.
"But these dogs are suffering. These neighborhoods are suffering because of this," said Gibbs.
With sickness and mange, Gibbs said these dogs could potentially hurt others and in turn hurt the community, unless something is done.
NBC33 reached out to the animal control bureau of the presidents office but have not heard back. As of right now there is nothing that can be done, unless the dogs are moved into a city that has a shelter or a control center.