Companion Animal Alliance in Trouble Again
November 14, 2012
I’ve been trying to FOIA records on 3 pets at Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge but CAA doesn’t seem too interested in complying with the law. (If you want to see how I spend my spare time, you can scroll through my attempts to get CAA to provide complete, legible copies of these records.) Maybe they’re busy getting blown by the local AC director who is supposed to be investigating them:
Former volunteers and staff members claim administration problems are leading to neglect and abuse of the animals. One report claims the euthanasia of a sick puppy was not done in a timely manner.
“I went back the next day and they had not touched the dog,” said former intake specialist Jaden Stafford. “They didn’t even get it food or water or a newspaper. Then, I gave it food and water and set it up in a cage properly and it sat there for three days before it was euthanized.”
Reports from former shelter workers like Stafford spurred an investigation by the East Baton Rouge Animal Control office, which found no evidence of intentional abuse.
“My investigator did not think there was any criminal intent to hurt animals,” said Animal Control Director Hilton Cole. “Was there criminal negligence? That is debatable. We chose not to go that route.”
I love how he characterizes criminal negligence of dogs and cats by a public shelter as “debatable”, like he’s talking about a laptop sold with a slight nick in the cover.
CAA is slated to meet with the Metro City Council today to explain how the complaints are just a bunch of disgruntled ex-employees and vols and blah. If I worked for CAA, I’d be hoping the council buys that lame-ass story and doesn’t actually look at the frightening history of the place or even worse – show up at the facility and demand to see records and animals.
In the meantime, I’m still hoping to find out what happened to the 3 pets that CAA doesn’t seem to want me to know.