Is perception reality for Caddo Parish Animal Shelter?

The Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission says Caddo Animal Shelter "could be a model for most shelters around the state."
The little puppy Braveheart has sparked an outcry from the Shreveport-Bossier community and pet lovers everywhere.

Erica Callais, founder of the organization PeP!, which is Pet Education Project, wrote an open letter to the Caddo Parish Commission, laying out her concerns.

"We want change with or without Mr. Harris,” says Callais. “We are just demanding change be taken, and action to be taken immediately."

One claim is that the shelter doesn't work with other volunteer organizations.

"That's not true,” says Dr. Woody Wilson, Caddo Parish Administrator. “That's not true. We collaborate all the time. We have students that come here from Centenary, we have the veteran's administration that come and help us with animals.”

Callais also claims the staff at the animal shelter is anything but pleasant to deal with.

"Unhospitable staff, very unfriendly environment," says Callais.

"There have been occassional incidents that someone is saying they weren't being treated right and we looked into it. We investigate every complaint," says Dr. Wilson.

Callais wants Harris replaced, but Wilson says Harris is more than qualified to lead the shelter.

Taking a look at the shelter's latest inspection from the state the shelter is described as a model for other shelters around the state.

State inspectors cited the shelter for what it describes as six minor violations, as well as discovering one major concern.

The major citation recommends that the staff in contact with animals get rabies vaccines.

In the report's summary, the author of the report says the shelter meets and nearly all the standards set by the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission.
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