Target: Parish Administrator Dr. Woodrow Wilson
Goal: Demand Caddo Parish Animal Control transfer abused dogs from high-kill rate shelter.
Two pit bulls are currently being held at an animal shelter with a 72% euthanasia rate after being saved from poor living conditions. Because of the negative stigma surrounding pit bulls and the dogs’ terrible shape, rescue organizations and foster homes immediately took action to save them from being put down by requesting to take the dogs and provide the treatment and care they rightfully deserve.
The two dogs, T-Bone and Lucky, were found chained outside with no shelter even after the Shreveport Police Department notified their owner to improve the living conditions within 24 hours. After no progress was made, animal control seized the dogs. T-Bone and Lucky are suffering from severe malnutrition, heart worms, hookworms, and whip worms.
The Caddo Parish Animal Control held a press conference in which director Everett Harris told the public that they were “trying everything in [their] power to make sure the animals are comfortable” and that the dogs “were emaciated but appeared active and full of energy,” but the dogs’ condition seems to prove otherwise. Both are unable to stand on their own and were placed in a stray-hold, which exposes them to the elements and also makes them vulnerable to the other shelter dogs’ diseases and illnesses.
One of the contracted shelter veterinarians stated that the dogs would have a higher chance of survival if they were able to recover somewhere other than the shelter. However, Dr. Woodrow Wilson, the Parish Administrator, stands behind Everett Harris’ decision. Both Wilson and Harris are refusing to work with the community to ensure T-Bone and Lucky’s well-being.
Please sign this petition to demand that Caddo Parish Animal Control release T-Bone and Lucky to a rescue organization where they can receive proper care and treatment.
Dear Dr. Woodrow Wilson,
The two emaciated pit bulls in Caddo Parish Animal Control need to be released to one of the many rescue organizations that have offered to care for them. Your shelter does not provide adequate care. There is no reason that T-Bone and Lucky should not be placed in a rescue, and it is part of your responsibility to work closely with rescue organizations and humane societies to save as many pets as possible. By locking them up at the shelter, you are putting their health at risk.
I urge you to stop ignoring public outcry. As of now, the community has banded together to raise over $1,220 to aid in T-Bone and Lucky’s recovery. They have a real chance to survive if only you allowed for their release. There are many people who wish to help these innocent dogs. Please give the animals a chance to live a life they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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