Caddo Parish Commissioners Matthew Linn and Gerald Bowman will start up a new committee to take a closer look at the practices of the Caddo Parish animal shelter.
The decision was made for more outreach after numerous citizens voice their concerns.
"We do want change and we want someone who is worthy of a $92,000 a year salary," Erica Callais with PEP! said.
"I literally have people telling me they will not live in your city because of your animal shelter," local real estate agent Stacey Taylor said.
The pressing for a new direction stems from last week's heart wrenching story of Braveheart, the dog rescued after being abandoned in a storage unit. The dog was seized by Caddo Parish animal control from his foster owners. After more than 10,000 petition signatures and social media responses, Braveheart was given back.
"It was devastating and I hope we can examine our laws and ordinances in terms of how that was handled," Ashley Delrie with Companions of Caddo Parish Animal Shelter said.
Rescue groups say the shelter and the director are not working hot lower the euthanasia rates and to find pets suitable homes. They're also upset about how they are treated.
In addition to making their voices heard, another petition is circulating asking citizens to vote No/No this Saturday when they head to the polls. The first ballot measure is a $23,000,000+ bond renewal and a vote to open up term limit extensions.
"I think there's a matter of really inspiring and innovating people to really get the shelter up to 21st century standards and to offer friendly customer service," Commissioner Matthew Linn said.
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