Thursday, December 23, 2010

LA-SPCA reminds city of end of services

Posted by Google on Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 2:38 PM

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) announced this morning a reminder of the end of its services: Stray animals will no longer be accepted to its shelter beginning tomorrow, Dec. 24, and all other emergency services such as injured animal response or dangerous dog complaints end Dec. 31. The organization also said it is frustrated with the city's "lack of communication regarding the public health and safety of New Orleans" following the LA/SPCA's break from the city as its animal control provider. The LA/SPCA also says it has had little or no communication with the city, and recent offers of a transition plan for whomever assumes animal control services have gone unanswered.

On Dec. 15, Landrieu administration press secretary Ryan Berni said, "We remain confident that we will be able to execute a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with another animal control provider in the region to secure these critical services for our residents. We are committed to providing good animal control services at a price the city can afford."

Rumors circulated last week that a newly created New Orleans chapter of the Human Society would front the city's animal control services for 2011, though the city and representatives from that organization have not confirmed.

"We implore the City to let the public know the plan for Animal Control,” said Ana Zorrilla, CEO of LA/SPCA, in today's statement. “We’ve already seen devastating consequences over the past three months because of the lack of funding provided by the city. The LA/SPCA can no longer cover the cost of caring for injured animals, picking up stray animals, and providing the standards of care necessary to humanely shelter the strays for their five day stray period. The LA/SPCA presented a transition plan in order to maintain care for the animals currently housed with us, as well as an offer to extend our current level of service through January 31, 2011 with no acknowledgment from City Administration.”

Visit www.la-spca.org/2011animalcontrol for more information.

Read the LA/SPCA's full statement under the jump.

The Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA) will stop taking in stray animals tomorrow, December 24, 2010. The LA/SPCA has not received any information on where the public should be directed to drop off stray animals or to quarantine animals that have bitten despite several attempts to get this information from the City and the rumored new agency, Humane Society of New Orleans.

The City publically stated there would be no interruption of services. Another statement confirmed they had confidence in contracting another agency to perform 12 months of full Animal Control service. Because of these statements and indications given to the LA/SPCA that a new contractor was available the LA/SPCA began transitioning out of providing Animal Control services.

Notice of this transition was hand delivered to the City Administration Thursday, December 16, 2010. The LA/SPCA has a signed receipt from the City’s CFO’s office. The last communication the LA/SPCA received from the City was a request for proposal via email on December 7, 2010. The City has not acknowledged or responded to offers to extend emergency services.

The LA/SPCA is frustrated at the City Administration’s lack of communication regarding the public health and safety of New Orleans. The LA/SPCA has been operating the emergency services of December with no funding from the City Administration after gas cards for Animal Control trucks were cut off December 5, 2010. It is imperative to public health, safety, and humane treatment of the City’s animals that there is a service provider picking up the stray animals of the City.

“We implore the City to let the public know the plan for Animal Control,” says Ana Zorrilla, CEO of LA/SPCA, “We’ve already seen devastating consequences over the past three months because of the lack of funding provided by the city. The LA/SPCA can no longer cover the cost of caring for injured animals, picking up stray animals, and providing the standards of care necessary to humanely shelter the strays for their five day stray period. The LA/SPCA presented a transition plan in order to maintain care for the animals currently housed with us, as well as an offer to extend our current level of service through January 31, 2011 with no acknowledgement from City Administration.”

As of Monday the LA/SPCA was no longer providing bite quarantine as required by Louisiana State law to bite cases who cannot afford to quarantine their animal at the veterinarian. Wednesday the LA/SPCA received a call to house a bite case; the caller was instructed to quarantine the animal at a veterinarian’s office. Because the LA/SPCA is no longer enforcing this quarantine there is no way to know if this case is resolved.

LA/SPCA’s humane programs and services such as animal cruelty investigations, adoptions, community clinic, humane education, and disaster preparedness will continue uninterrupted. Per a transition plan submitted to City Administration the LA/SPCA stopped quarantine of bite cases December 20, 2010. Stray animals will no longer be accepted December 24, 2010, and all other emergency services such as injured animal response or dangerous dog complaints will end December 31, 2010. For answers to frequently asked questions please visit www.la-spca.org/2011animalcontrol.

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