The Humane Society of Louisiana

November 2012
Skeeter is Found!

November 2012
$3,800 Reward for Carjacked Victim's Return of Dog Skeeter

August 2012
24 Singles Auctioned off for Charity !!!!

June 2012
Deputies Seize Three Neglected Horses. Marksville City Official Charged with Cruelty

February 2012
Community Pet Watch Program Launched in New Orleans

January 2012
Puppy Finds New Home After Visiting Church

January 2012
Metairie Resident Pleads Guilty to Cruelty to Animals. Attempt to Poison Next Door Neighbor's Cats Is Foiled. Act Caught on Video Tape

January 2012
Humane Society Thanks Hammond Resident. Good Samaritan Helps Injured Cat

January 2012
Humane Society Asks Festival Organizers to Change Policy

December 2012
Humane Society Launches Pet Holiday Food Drive to Aid Animals in Need

July 2011

December 2010
Deficiencies Found in Shelter Inspection Humane Society Asks to Tour Facility

November 8, 2010

October 2010
Inaugural Oak Street Pelican Block Party Celebrating All Things Pelican!

October 2010
Canine Deaths Raise Concerns Humane Society Requests Formation of K-9 Oversight Committee

September 2010
Pit Bull Barely Survives Street Fight - Canine Found with Multiple Bite Wounds

July 2010
Activist Files Police Report - Alleges BP Criminally Abused Animals

June 2010
"Renate" Named Humane Society of Louisiana's "Dog of the Year," German Shepherd Survives Neglect and Abandonment

May 2010
Local Humane Society Combats Widespread Animal Abuse (Acadia)

April 2010
NOLA Veggie Fest Press Release (download .pdf flyer)

April 2010
Medical Reports Confirm Public's Suspicions: Primo, Former NOPD Canine, Died From Heat Exhaustion.

April 2010
Sheriff Deputies Shoot and Kill Owner's Dog Without Cause. Anguished Owner Plans to File Suit against Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

April 2010
Humane Society of Louisiana Coordinates Supply Drive, Asks Community to Support Parish Animal Shelter

February 2010
Humane Society of Louisiana Recognizes Fire Station #24. Firemen Save Blind Walker Hound.

February 2010
Humane Society 'Top Dogs' in Indy, New Orleans Support Their Teams with 'Shelter Bowl' Challenge

January 4, 2010
Acadia Caretaker Cited for Starving Three Horses

2009 -2007 Press Releases >>

11/11/2012 10: 32 pm

Skeeter found in Uptown area on Monroe Street, near S. Carrollton today at 3: 00pm. Details at tomorrow's press conference.
Fox News Story Here:

News Update: For immediate Use
Contact Persons: Jeff Dorson, HSL Director, 901-268-4432
Meg Hall, 504-232-6922

Abducted Canine Found on Monroe Street, Uptown
Rescuer to Receive $4000 Reward

What: Skeeter meets the press! The abducted dog whose plight was mentioned on social networking sites around the city and country is back home and will be introduced to the press and public tomorrow at a news conference.

When: Monday, November 12th, noon to 1 pm

Where: Poet's Gallery, 3113 Magazine Street, New Orleans

(New Orleans, LA) - Skeeter, the dog who was abducted during a recent carjacking, is back home with his mom, Meg Hall. The dog was the subject of an intense city-wide search that included door-to-door canvassing by humane society volunteers and a reward fund that increased from $1000 to $4000 within one week.

An uptown resident recognized a stray dog in her neighborhood as the dog mentioned on TV. The resident caught the dog and called the number that was engraved on the dog's ID tag, which was Meg's cell phone. Meg got the call around 2: 30 on Sunday, November 11th, and was reunited with Skeeter a half hour later.

"I am overjoyed by being reunited with my beloved Skeeter and remain forever grateful to the hundreds of people who sent me their prayers and well-wishes and stayed in touch with me through this difficult ordeal," Meg Hall says. "I look forward to putting this tragedy behind me and moving on with my life with Skeeter by my side," Hall adds.

A check for $4,000 will be presented to the rescuer who found Skeeter later this week. The rescuer wishes to remain anonymous at this time.

Meg and the Humane Society will also host a Welcome Back Skeeter Party at the Bridge Lounge,1201 Magazine Street, this Wednesday, November 14, from 7-8:30 pm. All are welcome to attend and meet Skeeter in person.

The Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the state's largest animal advocacy organizations with chapters in 12 parishes. For more information, visit them at or call 1-888-6-humane.



News Release: For Immediate Use
Contact Persons: Jeff Dorson, HSL Director, 901-268-4432
Meg Hall, owner of Skeeter, 504-232-9622

Car Jack Victim Begs for Return of Stolen Dog - $3,800 Reward Offered for Safe Return of Skeeter

(New Orleans, LA) - After visiting the home of a good friend, Meg Hall put her beloved 11 year old Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix dog into her car, a tan older model Lincoln Navigator. Meg was in the process of pulling out the driveway, when a young black male on a bike pulled up along side her, pointed a gun at her head, and demanded her car. Meg got out our of her car, yelled at and kicked the attacker, in full view of Ms. Carla Demtsey, her good friend, who was still on the porch with her own dogs. The attacker proceeded to punch Ms. Hall in the face and got into the car. Skeeter was sitting on the front seat just a few feet away from the carjacker, and Ms. Hall begged the perpetrator to return her dog. Ignoring her pleas, the attacker drove away and the dog has yet to be found or returned.

UPDATE: New Orleans, LA) - The reward for the safe return of Skeeter, the canine victim of a recent carjacking, has been increased to $3,800. Several concerned citizens and business leaders contacted the Humane Society of Louisiana over the weekend and donated additional funds to ensure the dog's safe and immediate return. Skeeter, an 8 lb Chihuaha/Jack Russell mix, was last seen in the front seat of a tan Lincoln Navigator in the driveway of 2336 Burdette, in New Orleans. The vehicle was recently recovered in Jefferson Parish, but the perpetrator is still at large. Anyone with information on Skeeter's whereabouts are encouraged to contact the Humane Society at 1-888-6-humane. Pictures of Skeeter can be found on the group's website,

Established in 1988, the Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the state's largest animal advocacy organizations.


August 2012

News Release: For Immediate Use
Contact Persons: Jeff Dorson, HSL Director, 901-268-4432

24 Singles Auctioned off for Charity !!!!
2nd Annual Singles Charity Auction ( Bow Wow Luau) to Benefit Humane Society of Louisiana

(New Orleans, LA) - The Humane Society of Louisiana has teamed up with Mary West, former Mrs. Louisiana and the city's premiere Matchmaker, to create one of the most anticipated social events of the summer - the Bow Wow Luau!!! Twenty-four of the city's most eligible singles will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on Saturday, August 25th, at the Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Avenue. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Louisiana and its cruelty investigation and prevention programs. Tickets are $20.00 per person at the door or may be purchased online at Dress code is tropical.

"Mary West has done it again. Using her many years experience as a Pageant titleholder, National Event Planner, and garnering a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, Mary has put together a line-up of some of the most exciting singles ever to grace a stage in New Orleans," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Director. Twelve women and twelve men will be auctioned off on the night of August 25th during a charity event that promises to be exciting and memorable. Some of the contestants include Voodoo 104's popular afternoon disc jockey Nikki Landry and WGNO's weatherman Hank "I'm never wrong" Allen. Other notables are Jeff Courere of Politics With A Punch, Rachel Fleetwood of VieuxCarre Band, two of the New Orleans Firefighter Calendar guys, and Lisa Lloyd, local inventor who's been seen on such shows as Dr. Phil and Good Morning America.

WWL TV's co-host of the Morning Show, Eric Paulson, will be the event's Master of Ceremonies. Mary West and some of the show's singles are available for interviews and guest appearances. To contact Mary directly, please call 504-941-7301.

Established in 1988, the Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the state's largest animal advocacy organizations, with 13 chapters, a humane education program, and a sanctuary in Tylertown, Mississippi that is home to more than 150 formerly abused and orphaned animals. For more information on this event, please visit the Humane Society's Facebook page at or their website at

JUNE 2012

News Release: For Immediate Use
Contact Persons: Jeff Dorson, HSL Director, 901-268-4432
Angela Carmouche, Complainant, 318-744-5514

Deputies Seize Three Neglected Horses. Marksville City Official Charged with Cruelty.

(Marksville, LA) -- Deputies from the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Department recently seized three malnourished horses belonging to Marksville City Council member Elliot Jordan. A neighbor reported that the horses were not adequately fed or supervised and were underweight. Deputy Casey Erwin visited Mr. Jordan's property along with veterinarian Dr. Troy Spencer on May 19, 2012, and determined that three of the six horses were suffering from malnutrition. Dr. Spencer rated their body scores a 2 out of 5 points; most horses in good condition register a 4. The pasture was bare, and no feed was present on Mr. Jordan's property during the surprise inspection.

That same day, Deputy Erwin issued Mr. Jordan a misdemeanor summons for cruelty to animals. Mr. Jordan however, refused to cooperate and walked away from Deputy Erwin during their conversation. After being ordered to stop by Deputy Erwin, Mr. Jordan locked his arms and declared that he was a member of the Marksville City Council. At this point, Deputies Allen Jackson and Erwin placed Mr. Jordan in handcuffs and escorted him to the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center, where he was booked with cruelty to animals, public intimation, and resisting an officer.

A few days after Mr. Jordan's arrest, a search warrant was executed, and three of his six horses were seized and turned over to the Humane Society of Louisiana, a statewide animal protection organization. The horses remain in protective custody until the courts rule on their final disposition. The horses, according to their custodians, are doing well and appear to be gaining weight. In addition to the several citations given to Mr. Jordan, he was also given notice that he has 15 days to post a $1,000 bond to retain ownership of the horses and that he must re-post a similar bond each consecutive 30 days. The judge also signed a "Stay-Away" order, which prohibits Mr. Jordan from making contact with any of the court-approved custodians of the horses. Photos of two of the three horse seized are attached. One of the horses named Sweet Pea, an American Paint, can be viewed by contacting Ms. Angela Carmourche, one of the complainants and current custodian.

"During the seizure of the horses, we worked closely with Mr. Charles Riddle III, the Avoyelles Parish District Attorney, who spent many hours researching the law and drawing up the necessary documents. We appreciate the work Mr. Riddle and the investigating officers did on this case, and we are glad that the horses are finally getting the care they need," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Director.

The humane organization has seen a dramatic uptick in the number of equine abuse and neglect cases during the past 24 months.

"There is a surplus of horses in Louisiana. One can buy one for less than $50.00 at a sale barn. Unfortunately, to properly care for a horse takes thousands of dollars a year, and most people refuse to pay for their upkeep; so, we get a lot of calls about abandoned, neglected, and underweight horses," adds Dorson.

To help pay for the care of these and other horses under the humane society's care, the group has established a special "Horse Rescue Fund" and is seeking donations from the public and private businesses. Contributions may be sent to the Humane Society of Louisiana, P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174 or made online on the group's website at When making a donation via check, please write "Horse Rescue Fund" in the check memo line. All donations are tax deductible. To contact the humane society, please call 1-888-6-humane.

Community Pet Watch Program Launched in New Orleans

(New Orleans, LA) –The Humane Society of Louisiana is launching its ‘Community Pet Watch’ program in New Orleans on February 1st. The program aims to more effectively aid animals and build humane communities citywide.

Based on other successful community crime prevention programs, the initiative will 1) better identify neglect and cruelty situations and 2) resolve complaints at the grassroots level. The program will rely on volunteer support for its operation. Community Team Captains and Neighborhood Leaders will monitor their communities and canvass local residents for information about animal abuse and neglect.

The charity developed its New Orleans program after 20 years of field work in the city. Two of the first Community Team Captains are local residents, who were frustrated that their animal abuse complaints to local authorities were never successfully resolved.

“Local agencies are often overwhelmed, unable or unwilling to address problems ranging from issues of simple neglect or serious cruelty,” says Executive Director, Jeff Dorson. “To support their efforts, we are recruiting volunteers to be our eyes and ears on the streets. These concerned citizens will be forge close working partnerships with local police officers, law enforcement officers, council members and neighbors to collectively resolve issues of neglect and abuse.”

The Humane Society says that the program will have a broader community impact. “Issues of animal abuse and neglect are intimately linked to other crimes and social problems,” says Dorson. “When animal abuse is documented, spousal, child or elder abuse is often found to be taking place in the same family. With this expanded volunteer program, we will be in a better position to involve human service agencies in these matters when appropriate.”

He notes that cases of animal neglect are intimately linked to other social problems, like poverty and lack of education. ”In such cases, our volunteers will be able to assess the situation in the field and

recommend the best course of action. We will reach out to local businesses and supporters to contribute funds for veterinary care, dog houses or other forms of practical assistance in these instances.”

“In serious cases of criminal neglect or abuse, however, we will work in partnership with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. We hope to create active community networks that can help bring animal abusers to justice,” adds Dorson.

The Community Pet Watch program will be launched at a news conference on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012. A few of the first enlisted Community Captains will be in attendance, along with community outreach volunteers.

This is an important and exciting new program, and all media representatives are invited and encouraged to attend.

Interested local residents can apply to serve as Community Captains and Neighborhood coordinators online at If the pilot program is successful, the organization aims to expand it to other Louisiana cities.

WHAT: Launch of the Community Pet Watch Program in New Orleans

WHERE: The residence of Mollie McCoy, 701 Evelina Street, Algiers 70114. Mollie has registered to be one of the group's Community Captains.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 - 11:45am to 12:30pm

Puppy Finds New Home After Visiting Church

(Winnsboro, LA) -- Many people believe going to church makes them feel good and brings them extra blessings. One lucky puppy would probably agree with that sentiment. Approximately two months, Alice Crawford was attending a Wednesday night prayer service at the New Zion Baptist Church in Winnsboro, when she noticed a puppy approaching some of the members of the congregation. The puppy looked thin, but happy to see everyone. The following Sunday, Alice saw the puppy again and reasoned the puppy was probably homeless, since no one was paying attention to her. Alice decided to take the puppy home with her and find her a good home. The puppy, a Dalmatian, Cur and Australian Sheep dog mix, turned out to be deaf and visually-impaired in one eye.

A few days ago, the puppy stopped eating and drinking and appeared to be ill. Knowing that she needed medical attention, Alice contacted the Humane Society of Louisiana, a statewide animal protection group. "We have a chapter in Franklin Parish, but I didn't want to burden them with this call, so I decided that we would step in and help," said Jeff Dorson, HSL Executive Director.

"I listened to Alice explain how she came into possession of the puppy, who appears to be about five months old, and I knew that we could chip in and help," he went on to explain. "I told Alice that we would pay for half the vet bill and help raise the other half by soliciting for help through the local newspaper. I also asked Alice if she had chosen a name yet for this lucky puppy, and she said she hadn't. Since the puppy was found at a church, I proposed picking a suitable name from the bible. A quick search led me to Asher, which means happy or blessed. Asher was the 8th son of Jacob and is named in Genesis 30: 13. So, I proposedthat Alice name the puppy Asher."

A recent medical exam showed that Asher had a distended stomach caused by parasitic infestation. Luckily, it is highly treatable. Asher will also soon be vaccinated and sterilized, to reduce him from producing more bibically-based offspring.

The Humane Society is currently looking for additional donations for Asher. Those willing to donate can send contributions to the Humane Society of Louisiana, P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174. All donation are tax-deductible.

For more information, please contact us at the Humane Society of LA at 1-888-6HUMANE.

If the Franklin Sun would like to get a photograph of Ms. Crawford please contact her at 318-433136

Metairie Resident Pleads Guilty to Cruelty to Animals. Attempt to Poison Next Door Neighbor's Cats Is Foiled. Act Caught on Video Tape

When: Friday, January 27th, from noon to 1 pm

Where: 6813 Asher Ave., Metairie

What: Discussion on the attempt to poison neighborhood cats

(Metairie, LA) - Diane Marino works the night shift at the local Sysco Food Processing plant and usually comes home in the early morning to feed her outside cats. In May of last year, Diane came home during a break in her shift and noticed a strong smell of gasoline or some other chemical on her front porch. She noticed that the chemical had also been poured into her cat feeding bowls. Alarmed, Ms. Marino contacted the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office to report the incident. At the time, neither Ms. Marino nor the sheriff's department could identify any suspects.

Approximately, two weeks later, Ms. Marino came home again only to notice the same strong smell. This time, however, Ms. Marino checked her video camera monitor, which had been installed a few days prior. On the tape, Ms. Marino saw her neighbor, Mr. David Rossi, appear on her porch with a can of Raid insect repellent. The video showed Mr. Rossi spray her porch and the cats' food and water bowls with the can of Raid.

Ms. Marino contacted the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office which quickly dispatched officers to the scene. After viewing the tape, deputies met with Mr. Rossi, read him his Miranda Rights and arrested him. When asked what he sprayed on Ms. Marino's porch, Mr. Rossi showed them a Raid aerosol can used to kill ants and insects. If ingested, the poison can also kill household pets, by causing organ failure.

Mr. Rossi was originally charged with cruelty to animals, but additional charges of criminal mischief and criminal trespassing were added at the urging of the Humane Society of Louisiana, which took an active interest in the case after being contacted by Ms. Marino.

On January 11 of this year, Mr. Rossi changed his original plea of not guilty to guilty and accepted a plea deal offered by the Jefferson District Attorney's office. In exchange for dropping the criminal mischief and trespassing charges, Mr. Rossi agreed to plea guilty to cruelty to animals. By agreeing to the charge, Mr. Rossi was ordered to pay $360.00 in fines and court costs.

"We applaud Ms. Marino for installing the video camera on her porch which led to Mr. Rossi's conviction. Surveillance equipment is an important investigation tool that is helping prosecutions win more cases," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Director. "We are also glad that none of Ms. Marino's cats was harmed or killed by Mr. Rossi's criminal actions. While we don't agree with the modest fine imposed by the courts, we are glad that Mr. Rossi was caught and had to answer for his actions," Dorson adds.

The group has filed a public records request to take custody of the video tape. As soon as the District Attorney's office releases the tape, the group will distribute the tape to the media. The tape is not expected to be distributed in time for today's press conference.

The Humane Society will hold a press conference today, January 27th from noon to 1 pm to discuss the case and walk through what transpired. A copy of the police report is attached.

The Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the state's largest animal advocacy organizations with more than 10,000 supporters and 12 active chapters. For more information, please or call 1-888-6-humane.

Humane Society Thanks Hammond Resident. Good Samaritan Helps Injured Cat

(Hammnd, La) - Lots of people help stray animals and do good deeds, but few are willing to spend their last dollar on a stray cat. That was the case recently with Mr. John Ross, who has been out of work for several months and was down to his last twenty or so dollars in his account. As Mr. Ross recently told the Humane Society,

"I saw this nice black and white cat in my neighborhood (Mr. Ross lives at 112 N. Laurel Street) and knew she didn't belong to anyone. I also saw that she was limping and had probably injured her leg. I couldn't let her just suffer, so I decided to take her to the local vet and see what I could do, even though I really would have to maybe miss a meal, because I was almost totally out of funds. As a last resort, I also called the Humane Society of Louisiana to inform them of the situation."

"After listening to Mr. Ross and his genuine concern for this stray cat, I knew we had to help. When he told me he was going to take the cat to the vet, even though he was unemployed, I was hooked. There was no way we were going to let Mr. Ross pay the medical care for a stray cat when he was out of work. I told him we would pick up the bill and send him a framed Certificate of Appreciation. Which we did. We also paid for the cat to be fixed and vaccinated," says Jeff Dorson, Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana.

"I also promised to send Mr. Ross a twenty-dollar bill from my next pay check, to double what he had in his checking account and to let him know that all deeds, no matter how small, are valuable," adds Dorson.

Mr. Ross has subsequently adopted the short-haired domestic feline and named him Pavarotti, because of his propensity to sing. Mr. Ross can be reached by calling 985-345-1314.

The Humane Society of Louisiana was established in 1988 and is one of the state's largest animal advocacy organizations. For more information, please visit their website at

Humane Society Asks Festival Organizers to Change Policy

(Ponchatoula, LA) - The Humane Society of Louisiana, one of the state's largest animal advocacy organizations, has formally asked the organizers of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival to stop vendors from giving away fish, birds, reptiles, and rabbits as prizes at its three-day event, which is held each April. The Humane Society objects to this type of practice for multiple reasons, which were outlined in a letter recently sent to Ms.Lanelle Arceneaux, Chairperson of the Strawberry Festival, and Mr. John Albrecht, Booth Chairperson. The objections raised by the Humane Society range from the poor treatment of the animals to the added expense of caring for a new, unexpected pet to the burden placed on local animal sheltering agencies which care for some of the surplus animals.

A copy of the letter appears below. Humane Society representatives were informed that the letter was read to festival committee leaders at a recent meeting, but no action was taken or voted upon. Calls to Ms. Arceneaux (985-634-5137) have not been returned.

"I recently spoke to Mr. John Albrecht, and he did confirm that vendors have given rabbits away in the past. He wasn't aware of other animals being used as prizes, although we have received reports that iguanas were given away one year," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Executive Director.

"The directors of several humane organizations and concerned citizens have called Ms. Arceneaux during the past two weeks, but she had not spoken to anyone to clarify the Festival's position. I am hoping to hear from her very soon; if we don't, we will just have to assume they are not interested in hearing comments from the public, and we will ramp up our public awareness campaign through our social media outlets. We believe that giving away live animals as prizes sets a poor example and needs to be discouraged by the caring public," adds Dorson.

January 9, 2012

Ms. Lenelle Arceneaux

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
P.O. Box 446
Ponchatoula, LA 70454

RE: Use of live animals as prizes

Dear Ms. Arceneaux,

As the Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, I am writing to you on behalf of our 10,000 members. We have received several calls and complaints pertaining to the use of bunnies, rabbits, iguanas, baby chicks, fish, and baby ducks as prizes at one or more of your vendor booths at the annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.

While using live animals as prizes may seem a harmless practice, in truth it creates many problems on several different levels. First, many individuals or families who win a rabbit, duck or iguana as a prize are not equipped to properly care for them, and it becomes an immediate added expense to the family budget. To adequately house a domesticated rabbit one has to purchase a cage, water bottle, hay, and pellets. The average set-up cost is generally between $50 - $100.00and many individuals and families refuse or object to paying for this new and unexpected expense. Rabbits also require toys, enrichments and certain feed, such as timothy hay - more additional expenses. Iguanas are far more difficult to house. They require an aquarium, certain foliage and rocks, a heat lamp, and a special diet, which few individuals can afford to buy; moreover, few individuals have the knowledge to provide long-term care for iguanas. Also, every pet requires daily feeding and cleaning, and annual veterinary exams, which may become a burden to some owners.

When individuals or families object to these new costs and inconveniences, they often release these newly acquired pets into nearby parks or fields, which often ends in the death of the animals and birds, since they often die from exposure to the elements or become prey. Domestic animals cannot be released into the wild, but unsuspecting new pet owners are often unaware of this long-established and well-documented fact.

Second, these rabbits, ducks and chicks also become an added expense borne by local humane societies. After each Strawberry Festival, many humane societies and animal control agencies report an increase in the number of these surrendered pets, usually attributed to the unexpected cost of caring for the pets by the new owners. Local humane societies are often confronted with the expense of housing and feeding a surplus of these special pets, who may end up being euthanized because of lack of space.

Third, many of these animals are sometimes mistreated and/or treated cruelly by their new owners, many of whom are youngsters. We have received reports of rabbits and baby birds having their limbs broken at the festival by careless young boys and girls, who play with them as if they were toys or dolls. Clearly, offering pets as prizes is not an idea worthy of your fine festival.

There are many alternatives that can avoid all of these issues: simply require the vendors to offer plush toys or stuffed animals as prizes. This alternative would solve all the issues at once and make our jobs much easier.

I am more than willing to attend your next committee meeting, so that I can address your board as a whole and make a brief, formal presentation. The facts and ideas presented in this correspondence are also supported by almost all veterinarians in our area, especially Dr. Gregory Rich, whose practice is limited to birds, reptiles and exotics.

I request that you kindly make copies of my letter and distribute it to each member of your committee so that you may discuss and vote on this issue as soon as possible. I can be reached by phone at 901-268-4432 or by email at

The Humane Society of Louisiana, based in New Orleans, is one of the largest animal advocacy organizations in the state, with 12 chapters throughout the region. For more information, please call 1-888-6-humane or visit their website at

Humane Society Launches Pet Holiday Food Drive to Aid Animals in Need

(New Orleans, LA) -- The Humane Society of Louisiana is seeking donations of pet food to help feed less fortunate animals in need during the holiday season. The group is seeking donations of dry and canned food for both dogs and cats, toys, treats, blankets, and plastic pet carriers in time for the upcoming holidays. The items will be used to support the operations of the group's animal sanctuary, located in Tylertown, Mississippi, which is home to more than 200 formerly abused or orphaned animals. The group is currently caring for dogs, cats, donkeys, horses, ferrets, ducks, and geese. Donated items can be dropped off at the Dog Day Afternoon boarding salon, located at 4734 Magazine Street, New Orleans during normal business hours. Monetary contributions and gift certificates to pet stores or Wal-mart are also welcome. Donated items will also be distributed to low-income pet owners over the holidays. The pet food drive will last through the first week of January.

For more information, please call the humane society at 1-888-6-humane. The Humane Society of Louisiana was founded in 1988 and is one of the largest animal advocacy organizations in the state. Please visit their website at for more ways to help.



July 2011
Witness Sees Kittens Thrown out of Moving Vehicle in New Orleans East;
Second Witness Finds Other Kitten Carcasses on Ames Blvd. Humane Society Seeks Assistance From the Public and Police

(New Orleans, LA) -- James McAllister was driving on I-10, traveling from Mississippi to New Orleans near the Bullard exit on July 9th, when he saw an arm outstretched and then kittens being tossed on to the interstate. Horrified, James followed two trucks, which appeared to be traveling in tandem, and whose occupants appeared to involved in the crime and called in their license tag numbers to 911. All of the kittens were immediately run over by moving vehicles.

To follow up on his 911 call, Mr. McAllister visited the 2nd District to inquire about the status of his complaint. The desk officer reviewed his complaint and responded that the report was marked as "unfounded."

When informed of this development, Mr. McAllister immediately called the 7th District, whose jurisdiction includes Bullard Ave, to determine why no action was taken on his complaint. However, none of Mr. McAllister's calls has been returned at the time of this writing.

"We are deeply disturbed to hear that the police have apparently not acted on this information in a timely manner. At no time was Mr. McAllister contacted or asked to give a statement, even though he clearly was a witness to a commission of a crime, and a felony at that," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Director. "We intend to bring this matter up with the Commander of the 7th District and Superintendent Serpas within the next 34 hours. It is important to act on this information quickly, so that the trail does not go cold. We want to hold the officers responsible for apparently not acting on this time-sensitive information," adds Dorson.

In a second case involving additional cats and kittens thrown from moving vehicles, Ms. Juliana Ackil, a Jefferson Parish teacher, found the carcasses of two kittens in the middle of Ames Blvd, near LaPalco, and rescued another young cat who is suspected of being hit by a car and suffered nerve damage to her front leg. Now named "Hoppy," the cat is expected to have her leg amputated.

"All of these cats were found in the middle of the road. In my experience of raising and caring for cats for many years, I know that cats are afraid of loud noises and passing cars. They would not attempt to cross a busy intersection. I suspect that they were all thrown into traffic from one or more moving vehicles," says Juliana, who is now nursing Hoppy back to health.

Both Juliana and James will be available to speak to the media on Monday, July 11th at 2 pm in the parking lot of Burger King on the corner of LaPalco and Ames Blvd. Hoppy will also be present.

What: Interview with Mr. James McAllister who witnessed kittens thrown into moving traffic and Ms. Juliana Ackil whose rescued cat is also suspected of being tossed into traffic.

When: Monday, July 11th, 2-3 pm

Where: parking lot of Burger King, corner of Lapalco and Ames Blvd - a busy intersection where cat carcasses have been found in the recent past.

July 2011

Baton Rouge, LA - The Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (LAWRA) will be holding multiple public informational meetings across South Louisiana on citizen coyote co-existence over the next few weeks. LAWRA has become increasingly concerned about the use of coyote management techniques that have proven ineffective in other communities across the United States. "These meetings will be open to and designed for the public to have an open discussion on ways for residents to minimize their contact and deal with their new coyote neighbors," said LAWRA Vice-President Beau Gast. "The current management of the population by gunshot has been scientifically proven through extensive study to be ineffective and in many cases results in an increase in the coyote population. It's expensive and simply doesn't work."

The first public meeting, co-hosted with the Humane Society of Louisiana, will be held at the Harahan City Hall on Monday July 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM. The meeting is free and open to anyone with an interest in co-existing with coyotes or wanting more information on minimizing their interactions with coyote. "We are working with our partners at the Humane Society of Louisiana, Project Coyote and the Humane Society of the United States to educate the public and government officials about coyote biology and the best available sound management and co-existence policies and techniques," said Gast.

LAWRA is also working with Project Coyote to create a comprehensive "co-existing with coyotes" plan to present to local government officials. LAWRA will have copies of similar successful plans available to the public at the meetings. "In other communities an effective co-existence plan enacted and followed in cooperation with all the agencies involved resulted in the coyote population remaining wild and very wary of people and their pets. In many areas sightings greatly decreased." Media Availability: Beau Gast, Vice-President of the Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, can be reached at 985-789-1061 or

About LAWRA: The Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (LAWRA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is Louisiana's largest wildlife protection organization providing resources for Louisiana's Wildlife Rehabilitators and safeguarding the future of Louisiana's wildlife through the support of sound wildlife management. Our members take in all of Louisiana's injured and orphaned wildlife, including coyotes, for rehabilitation and release and are directly involved in humane nuisance wildlife management counseling on a daily basis.

About Project Coyote: Project Coyote is a national non-profit organization of scientists and educators promoting coexistence between people and coyotes and advocating on behalf of North America’s native Song Dog and other wildlife.

More information:

About the Humane Society of Louisiana: The Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the largest animal protection groups in the state, with more than 10,000 supporters.


December 2010
Deficiencies Found in Shelter Inspection Humane Society Asks to Tour Facility

(Lafayette, LA) -- In May of this year, an assessment report conducted by a representative of the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission (LAWC), Dr. Gary Balsamo, documented several deficiencies pursuant to the operation of the Roicy Duhon Animal Shelter in a report that was recently made available to the Humane Society of Louisiana. The report, among other findings, noted that cats were housed in less than adequate space and there were too few shelter workers to efficiently operate the shelter.

Overcrowding conditions have been an ongoing problem at this facility. Former police officer John Bergeron who was the police liaison to the shelter from 2004 to 2006 has informed the Humane Society of Louisiana of serious operational problems at the time of his employment as well. Officer Bergeron also observed cats housed in overcrowded conditions, several housed in a single cage, kept in an unheated and unventilated space, the shelter garage, which was once described as "an ugly scene" by employees. Few of the employees, in Bergeron's opinion, received adequate training or supervision. The humane society, therefore, is concerned that these housing conditions constituted criminal activity committed by shelter personnel, which has never been properly investigated or addressed.

The Roicey Duhon Animal Shelter has been the center of controversy for the past several years. More than three years ago, the shelter and the parish administration were the subject of a lawsuit filed by several plaintiffs, Garo Alexanian and a total of thirteen citizens, who sued to obtain copies of shelter records under the Louisiana Public Records Act. It is believed that a shift level investigation report identified to the Humane Society of Louisiana was improperly withheld from the Alexanian plaintiffs. Two additional suits have since been filed against the parish. One petition, filed by Thomas Angers, a local resident and attorney, seeks damages for the loss of his cat who was euthanized at the shelter several years ago, in spite of aggressive attempts to rescue it because he was not allowed to see the illegal holding areas thereby revealing further criminal activity.

A new suit, which the Humane Society of Louisiana has joined with Angers, Edna R. Perkins and Cindy F. North, also seeks disclosure of public records under the Louisiana Public Records Act and mandamus and injunctive relief.

The most recent audit filed on behalf of LAWC and dated May 18 of this year, noted several areas of concern, among them:

- lack of a written protocol for euthanasia procedures - both for routine and emergency occurrences

- lack of shelter standards as legislated by parish ordinance

- failure to perform semi-annual inspections by an authorized parish official, which is mandated under state law

- lack of signage that informs the public of hours of operation and emergency phone number, which is also mandated under state law

- lack of daily observation/report writing for all animals

- lack of moisture prevention safe-guards around electrical outlets

- lack of sufficient number of sinks to wash food/water bowls and other equipment

- lack of sufficient room to store supplies and food and lack of tracking system for food use

- lack of sufficient room (4 square feet) per cat. Cat area was described as "congested."

- lack of all enclosures that are easily sanitized

- lack of disease control of external parasites for incoming animals

- need for better response to minimize intestinal parasites, canine distemper, canine cough, feline upper respiratory disease, and canine heartworm disease

- lack of temperament testing of canines and lack of pre-admission vaccination program

- lack of secure area when animals are handled outside of facility

- lack of an isolation area

- insufficient lighting in some areas

Other problems noted in the report are as follows:

- soiled towels were stored adjacent to food supplies, which could lead to cross-contamination of infectious organisms

- accumulation of hair and dirt observed on the ventilation fans

- use of some plastic, instead of stainless steel bowls

The report also noted that the shelter was understaffed for the number of animals it housed and the number of residents served by the parish.

"The shelter report compiled by LAWC shows that this facility and administration are still lax in their compliance with state mandated requirements. Fifteen separate problems were identified in LAWC's May report, which is fifteen problems too many," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Director. This shelter has red flags all around it - and yet the administration pretends that all is well. We are here to say otherwise. This administration is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars defending itself in lawsuits, when it should simply be spending public funds on addressing the problems that were exposed by the lawsuits," adds Dorson.

The shelters past history of storing animals in overcrowded and inhumane conditions constitutes crimes by public employees and creates civil violations and citizens who believe they were victims of the operation should contact their attorneys to explore their legal rights.

To make his own assessment of the shelter operations, Dorson has filed a request with Ms. Virginia Lee, the shelter director, to tour the facility within the next fifteen days. "I am sure that the mayor hopes that I and other concerned citizens will simply move on to other issues. But until these problems are resolved to our satisfaction, our flag will remain planted in front of this shelter," Dorson says.

November 8, 2010

(Lafayette, LA) -- The Humane Society of Louisiana (HSL) has learned that the Lafayette Consolidated Government's Roicy Duhon Animal Shelter operated for years in violation of Title 3 of the La. Revised Statutes on minimal standards for animal shelters and routinely killed animals because of overcrowding and improper storage space.

Capturing, holding and killing animals in spite of inadequate space and inhumane conditions appears to involve multiple crimes under the animal cruelty statute because it is a crime to capture an animal without sufficient space to hold it, to hold it in overcrowding conditions or kill it because of overcrowding. It appears therefore that thousands of civil violations and thousands of crimes were committed by public employees while on taxpayer paid payrolls.

The Humane Society urges any citizen who believes his animal was captured, held or killed illegally to contact his or her attorney and the Humane Society of Louisiana at 901-268-4432. The Humane Society of Louisiana interviewed Officer John Bergeron, longtime Lafayette Police Department liaison to the shelter.

Officer Bergeron observed many problems during the course of his tenure associated with the care, housing and treatment of the sheltered animals and eventually prepared a shift level report which was turned in to his ranking officers. The report noted the over-crowded and inhumane conditions and the lack of sanitation and improper control. Cats, for example, were denied their legal space requirements and were grouped often with too many to a cage. The kennel floors were not sealed, leading the animals exposed to germs and diseases. Kennel workers, furthermore, were inadequate in number and not properly trained. Impounded cats, for example, not properly identified or separated. In fact, those deemed feral, or wild, were housed in cages in the unheated and unventilated garage which is clearly illegal.

In a recent conversation with Mr. Jeff Dorson, Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, Mr. Bergeron said that animals were routinely kept in overcrowded conditions and put to death because of lack of space during his tenure - conditions which violate both the state cruelty statutes and Title 3, section 2463. Officer Bergeron recommended that a new shelter be built. However, Officer Bergeron's report and recommendations were dismissed by his superiors. Officer Bergeron resigned in 2006,citing the poor conditions at the shelter.

"Overall, we are deeply disturbed by the actions of LCG and its shelter personnel. There appears to be a great effort to shield the public from knowing about the internal affairs of this holding facility, and the picture that has been painted for us is far from adequate. It appears that animals were improperly housed in overcrowded, inhumane and therefore illegal conditions, paperwork destroyed,and family pets killed. And at the end of the day, the parish has spent approximately $200,000 in tax payers dollars to defend the very practices we find unacceptable. Family pets are killed illegally, remedies and recommendations are not acted upon, suspected criminal activity is sanctioned and overlooked, paperwork is destroyed or not made available to the public, and sheltered animals are subjected to harsh conditions. Obviously, change has to come to this parish and soon," says Dorson.

HSL is also a party to a suit which compels LCG to produce copies of public documents and reports. "Lafayette Consolidated Government has spent about $200,000 in taxpayer money fighting taxpayer and citizen attempts to gain information, documents and access in order to review the operations of the shelter. What a tragic waste of public funds that could have been spent on the new shelter deemed necessary by the police officer in charge and ignored by the administration," adds Dorson.

The Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the largest animal protection groups in the state, with more than 10,000 supporters. For more information, please visit their website or call 1-888-6-humane.

October 2010

Inaugural Oak Street Pelican Block Party Celebrating All Things Pelican!

(New Orleans, LA) -- To keep the attention on the wonderful world of our coastal marine and wildlife, the Humane Society of Louisiana is coordinating the inaugural Oak Street Pelican Block Party with various Oak Street merchants. Participating stores will be decorating their businesses with pelicans and other examples of marine life and offering specials to commemorate the event. Participating businesses will also donate a percentage of all sales to the HSL, which was very active in protecting the environment and the wildlife during the recent Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The group also operates a no-kill sanctuary in Tylertown, Mississippi, which is home to more than 200 animals.

Participating stores include The Curry Corner, The Body Bistro, Blue Cypress Books, Salon Alphonse, Oak Street Cafe, Oak, Lil' Dave's Alterations, Skip and Whistle, Scissorman's Paws and Claws, Glue, and Jacques-Imo's.

For every purchase made at these participating stores, buyers will receive a "pelican sweepstakes card," which will be entered into drawings for prizes held throughout the day. Skip and Whistle has designed and will sell the official pelican block party t-shirt and specialty drinks and food will be offered at Oak and Jacques-Imo's throughout the day.

There will also be a large grooming area. Six area pet groomers have volunteered to donate their services and will provide grooming services for a minimum fee that will be given to the humane society. For a minimum donation of $10.00, dogs can get a light hair-cut, a nail trim, and an ear cleaning. The grooming station will be held on the corner of Dante and Oak Street.

October 2010

Canine Deaths Raise Concerns Humane Society Requests Formation of K-9 Oversight Committee

(New Orleans, LA) -- In a letter recently sent to Superintendent Ronal Serpas, the Humane Society of Louisiana has outlined its reasons to form a citizen's K-9 oversight committee. If sanctioned by Serpas, committee members would be allowed to review canine medical reports and inspect their living quarters. The humane society is requesting the formation of the committee, in light of the high number of canine deaths attributed to police officers. Three trained police dogs, members of the K-9 unit, died while in officer's care during the past 24 months. A fourth dog, a family pet, died from malnutrition caused by his owner, who was a New Orleans police officer at the time.

According to the humane society, each of the deaths could have been prevented with better care, sensitivity and supervision. According to reports compiled by the humane society and other watchdog agencies, all the dogs died from simple neglect. For example, Carlos died from advanced heart worm disease. Phantom died after falling down an elevator shaft at Charity Hospital. A third dog, Primo died from heat stroke.

All the dogs' owners eventually faced legal consequences for their actions. Sergeant Randy Lewis was charged with malfeasance associated with Phantom's death, charges which were later withdrawn by the Orleans District Attorney's Office. Officer Jason Lewis, (no relation to Randy), recently pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals for allowing his dog, Primo, to die from cardiac arrest, after being locked in his vehicle last May. Former officer Nakia Adams, a ten-year veteran, resigned from the department earlier this year, after pleading guilty to cruelty to animals. Ms. Adams was charged with cruelty when one of her two dogs was found dead from starvation. Her other dog was severely underweight when picked up by St. John Animal Control workers.

"Obviously, there has been some gross oversight on the part of these officers, and their actions have led to the unnecessary suffering and death of animals, which does not reflect well on NOPD. Their deaths have become a serious concern both to our humane organization and citizens from around the country and world. Shortly after the story of Primo's death was broadcast, we heard from angered and concerned citizens from the U.S., Europe and Japan. We promised those citizens and our residents that we would not stand by and allow these deaths to go unnoticed. We collected signatures and sent a petition signed by more than 1,100 people to the Orleans District Attorney's office to investigate these alleged crimes, which they did. The district attorney's efforts secured the admission of guilt from officer Jason Lewis. However, we want to follow up with these legal proceeding by forming an effective "watchdog" committee whose job it will be to monitor the medical care, housing and treatment of all police service dogs," said HSL Director Dorson.

The group is awaiting a response from Superintendent Serpas.

September 2010

Pit Bull Barely Survives Street Fight - Canine Found with Multiple Bite Wounds

(New Orleans, LA) -- Cheri Deatsch, a local attorney and animal rescuer, recently came upon a friendly 2-year old male pit bull, who was living on the streets in the Eighth Ward. Cheri fed and watered the young dog for a few days and later made arrangements to get "Marigny," named after the street he lived on, in to a foster home.

However, the day before Marigny was scheduled to go to his new home, the friendly canine was found staggering the streets, barely able to walk - the victim, according to the Humane Society of Louisiana, - of a brutal dog fight. "We suspect that poor Marigny was used in several practice fights for long periods of time on either Friday or Saturday night. He was last seen Friday afternoon and then found with multiple bite wounds, infected lacerations, and serious injuries late Sunday.

After coaxing the injured and ailing Marigny into her car, Cheri contacted the Humane Society of Louisiana which arranged for him to be seen by Dr. Antoine Saaks, Director of the Animal Medical, located at 4800 Magazine Street. Marigny was examined and found to have multiple lacerations on the face (muzzle) and bite and puncture wounds on the front limbs and pelvic area. Marigny is also suffering from multiple intestinal and heart parasites.

"We hear that late night street fights are still a popular past-time in our city's high-crime areas. Based on the information we are receiving, it appears that illegal pit bull fighting, which was very popular before Katrina, is steadily returning to our city. We are encouraging residents to report all fighting activity to the proper authorities and call us to try and tend to the victims of the crime," says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana.

The group will showcase Marigny at their anti-dog-fighting press conference, which will be held on Thursday, September 16th, starting at 2: 30 pm at the Animal Medical Center, located at 4800 Magazine Street. The Humane Society of Louisiana is also seeking donations to pay for the medical care of Marigny. Contributions, which are tax-deductible can be sent to P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174.

What: Discussion on resurgence of dog fighting in New Orleans

When: Thursday, September 16th, from 2: 30 to 3: 30 pm

Where: Animal Medical Center, 4800 Magazine Street, New Orleans

July 9, 2010
Contact Person: Jeff Dorson, HSL Director, 901-268-4432

Activist Files Police Report - Alleges BP Criminally Abused Animals

(New Orleans, LA) –The Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, Jeff Dorson, filed a police report yesterday with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department, alleging that BP violated several Parish ordinances hundreds of times since the April 20th blowout of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig. The report alleges that BP violated the parish animal cruelty codes and the ordinances that specifically prohibit the exposure of poisonous materials, the avoidance of mistreatment of animals, and the littering of waterways.

"I realize this is a modest legal action in light of the crisis, but I hope it has a significant impact.” Dorson says. “Every time we see an oil-covered animal and contaminants in the water we are witnessing a crime and it should be reported."

Dorson backed his claims with information he gathered on three visits to the barrier islands in Barataria Bay off Grand Isle. His photos of oiled birds and oil globs bobbing in the water, along with statistical counts of captured animals injured by oil and the number that subsequently died are included in the police report.

The claim will be reviewed by the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office where the decision on whether to prosecute will be made. If the matter is tried in court, hundreds of residents could be called to testify. Dorson says: “I hope they prosecute and allow us to testify in open court. We need to stand up for the tens of thousands of birds and animals who have been in harmed, killed, or displaced by this criminal activity," Dorson adds.

Established in 1988, The Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the state's largest animal protection agencies, with over 10,000 members and supporters. To tackle many of the issues surrounding the BP Deep Horizon oil spill, the group launched Operation Here to Help, which can be found on Facebook. For more information, please call 1-888-6-humane or visit

June 2010

"Renate" Named Humane Society of Louisiana's "Dog of the Year," German Shepherd Survives Neglect and Abandonment

(Crowley, LA) -- The Humane Society of Louisiana has named Renate, a three-year-old German Shepherd who almost died from neglect, the organization's 'Dog of the Year.' Renate, which means "reborn" in German, was found earlier this year locked inside her kennel at 1803 Albert Venable Road in Church Point, Louisiana. Her kennel mate, another German Shepherd, was found dead of starvation and dehydration next to her. Renate was extremely thin and barely alive when discovered by Janet Lyons, President of the Acadia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana and the group's full-time volunteer investigator. Renate's previous owners, Mark and Cindy Wingate, abandoned their residence and their two dogs. Neighbors, alerted by the dogs' deteriorating condition, finally called the authorities, who discovered the scene. Local officials contacted Janet Lyons to help with their investigation.

After removing Renate from her kennel, Ms. Lyons immediately took the sickly canine to an animal clinic, where she was examined by a vet. Tests showed that besides being severely malnourished, Renate was also suffering from advanced heartworm disease. Renate had to be boarded at the veterinary clinic for several months, before she was healthy enough to undergo the heartworm treatment.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mark and Cindy Wingate, and Renate is enjoying her new life on a 14-acre farm. "We wish to thank Janet Lyons for her quick response, and we wish to put the spotlight on Renate for all the suffering she and her kennel mate endured at the hands of her owners. This tragedy could easily have been prevented by making a simple phone call to the local animal shelter or by contacting any number of humane agencies. Instead, the owners simply locked the kennel doors and drove away, causing their dogs to endure weeks of suffering and the eventual death of one of their pets," says Jeff Dorson, HSL Executive Director. "For all that Renate endured and overcame, we are naming this special German Shepherd our Dog of the Year!' Renate will soon be sent a large ribbon, a basket-full of toys and treats, and a framed certificate.

The Acadia Chapter of the Humane Society, to help pay for Renate's medical care, has also opened up a special community anti-cruelty fund and is seeking monetary donations. Contributions, which are tax deductible, can be sent to the Humane Society of Louisiana, P.O. Box 697, Church Point, LA 70525. In the check memo space, please write "Renate's Fund."

News Release: May 18, 2010
Contact Information: Janet Lyons (HSL Acadia President) - 337-654-4392
Jeff Dorson, (HSL Director) 901-268-4432

Local Humane Society Combats Widespread Animal Abuse

The Acadia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana has been working non-stop for several months, responding to reports of animal abuse in a tri-parish area: Acadia, St. Landry, and Evangeline Parishes. The group was established more than eight years ago and has investigated thousands of calls; however, in recent weeks, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of calls the agency has received. The group is very small, with only a handful of volunteers who respond to the calls and care for the surrendered or confiscated animals. Janet Lyons, a mother of five and who has received awards for her volunteer work in the past, heads up the local chapter and acts as the group's principle cruelty investigator. Ms. Lyons often works closely with law and code enforcement agencies to help enforce and uphold the local and state anti-cruelty ordinances and also has housed and nursed back to health thousands of injured and abandoned animals.

Ms. Lyons recently responded to two calls, which left an indelible impression, even on this seasoned investigator. First, Ms. Lyons responded to a call involving two German Shepherds who were abandoned by their previous owners. The dogs were left in their locked kennels at 1803 Albert Venable Rd, in Church Point, to fend for themselves. The previous owners, Mark and Cindy Wingate, simply abandoned the property and failed to relocate the animals or make any provisions for their future care. By the time a neighbor contacted an agency, it was almost too late. One of the confined canines was found dead in his cage, and the other was barely alive when found.

Now named "Renate," which means "reborn" in German, the sweet female German Shepherd weighed only 53 pounds, about 2/3 her normal body weight, when found. Renate apparently had not eaten in several weeks and was on death's door, when rescued. Renate was immediately transported to a veterinary clinic to begin her lengthly rehabilitation. Renate was also found to be suffering from advanced heartworm disease. During her stay at the vet clinic, Renate regained most of her weight, has begun her heartworm treatment, and is available for adoption to a loving and understanding home.

More recently, the group was asked to work with the Acadia Animal Control department, which responded to a complaint involving more than one dozen cats living in deplorable conditions. Upon inspection, 18 cats were found stuffed and living in rabbit cages at 336 1st Street, in a yard overgrown with weeds and next to a house full of trash and debris. Piles of feces of up to eight inches were found under each rabbit cage, and four to five cats were crammed into the cages, which space so tight that some of them could not even turn around.

The group vowed to save as many of the cats as they could, since they survived such horrible living conditions for so long. They felt that they owed the cats as much. Once removed, the 18 cats were bathed and examined by a local vet, who deemed them all savable. All were sterilized and some were treated for dental problems and respiratory diseases. The group has spent more than $1,000 on the cats to date. Eight of the cats have since been adopted, with the remaining cats still looking for homes.

The group has established an animal cruelty investigation community fund and is hopeful that caring individuals and businesses will help to replenish their empty coffers. All donations are tax deductible and contributions may be sent to P.O. Box 697, Church Point, Louisiana 70525. Checks and money orders should be made out to The Humane Society of Louisiana. In the check memo space, please write in "Acadia Chapter."

The Humane Society of Louisiana is the sponsoring agency of the Acadia Chapter, and is one of the largest animal protection agencies in the the state. The group is headquartered in New Orleans, operates a sanctuary in Tylertown, Mississippi, and oversees seven chapters throughout the state. For more information, please call 1-888-6-humane or visit

April 2010

Sheriff Deputies Shoot and Kill Owner's Dog Without Cause. Anguished Owner Plans to File Suit against Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

(Metairie, La) - After watching a video on Youtube, explaining how to make a potato gun, 22 year-old Jordan Reimer and his friend, Josh DiMaggio, put one together and tested it. The first attempt on Thursday, March 25th, failed to fire. On Friday, March 26th,around 5: 00 pm they went outside again to test their contraption. They set up a target on their property, aimed, and fired the potato gun, which made a large bang. After the successful firing, Jordan and his friend went back inside.

Twenty minutes later, they heard another large bang and then another. There in Jordan's yard was a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy standing in front of his dog, Sandy, a red-nosed pit bull, which was about three feet in front of him with his sidearm drawn. Neighbors apparently had called the police after hearing the discharge from the potato gun. The first two shots fired by the officer missed Sandy. Jordan yelled at the officer not to shoot his dog. He cried that his dog was harmless and wouldn't bite. The officer looked at Jordan and then looked back at the dog and proceeded to shoot him as the dog was turning to run away. The shot caused the dog to collapse in the yard. The bullet entered into Sandy's back, near her spine. The dog sat down, turned and looked at her shooter.

Sobbing, Jordan ran toward this dog, who was now bleeding profusely, and he cradled her in his arms. Sandy gasped three to four times and expired in his arms. Jordan cradled Sandy for the next 30 minutes, sobbing, holding her in his arms next to his chest. Jordan yelled for his mom and his friend Josh to get the badge names of the deputies involved in the shooting. All of them turned away or covered up their name tags. Josh, meanwhile, began to hyperventilate and suffered a debilitating panic attack, with his pulse raising to more than 270. Josh then had a seizure and blacked out. An ambulance was dispatched and Josh was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Jordan was asked by one of the deputies if he wanted to have the SPCA come over and take away the dog's body. Jordan said that he just wanted to bury his dog in his own backyard. He was told that he couldn't do that until everyone had left. A crime lab technician entered the property and took photos of the bloody and dead dog, flopping his body around, in order to take photos.

Before leaving, an officer said that he would be charged with a noise abatement violation and that the names of the investigating officers would be listed on his citation. With that, all the officers left the scene. No investigation was ever done, no questions were asked. A young man was simply left in his own yard holding his lifeless dog in his lap. Jordan was later told that Officer Shane Rivolo had answered the call and shot his dog to death.

"This is the epitome of a callous deputy and his fellow officers, poorly trained in dealing with barking dogs and the public. 50% of all households have pets, and dogs will bark at anyone entering their property, no exception. And, yet, we receive countless calls, just like this one, where police don't ask any questions, don't try to ask the owner to restrain their dogs, don't take any non-lethal, easy-to-use methods of calming down a barking dog, they simply draw they pistol, and kill family pets, leaving in their wake a nightmare for the family to deal with," says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana.

The group intends to file a complaint with the internal affairs division of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and will help Jordan prepare a lawsuit against Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for the wrongful death of his dog and for the subsequent emotional distress and suffering caused to both Jordan and his friend Josh.

"I never thought that something this terrible would happen to me in my own home. I am devastated by all of this: how my wonderful and loving dog was shot to death in front of me, the course treatment of me and my family and friends by the police, and their total lack of sensitivity on every level. I still see Sandy's face as she lay dying when I wake up each morning," says Jordan.

What: Step-by-step review of the shooting of Sandy by Jordan Reimer, witness and Sandy's owner

When: Monday, April 5th, noon to 1: 00 pm

Where: A residence where shooting occurred, 2521 Elise, Metairie (near W. Napoleon)

April 2010

Humane Society of Louisiana Coordinates Supply Drive, Asks Community to Support Parish Animal Shelter

(St. Martinville, LA) -- The Humane Society of Louisiana is urging pet lovers and local residents to donate supplies such as pet food, stainless steel dog and cat bowls, cat litter, and pet treats and toys to their local shelter on Saturday, April 10th. The parish-wide collection drive is part of the Humane Society's Shelter Support and Appreciation Day, and the group intends to coordinate the supply drive four times a year.

"The St. Martin Animal Shelter provides a wide variety of programs and services on a shoestring budget," says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana. "The annual operational budget barely covers their food bill, leaving very little room for additional purchases. But if community members start donating food, litter, and toys a few times a year, it will lower their costs and keep their high level of services intact. In fact, we probably will use this as a model to create a statewide Shelter Support and Appreciation Day, which will benefit all of our sheltering facilities throughout Louisiana. Therefore, I am hoping, that St. Martin leads the way in the development of this new and much-needed community-outreach program."

"We are pleased to support the fine work of the St.Martin Animal Shelter and the opportunity to work directly with Parish President Cormier, who recently toured the shelter with humane society representatives in December of 2009," adds Dorson.

Just recently the Humane Society of Louisiana was able to coordinate the delivery of an examination table from a hospital in LaPlace, purchased a mini-frig for the facility, and intends to present the parish with a check for $200.00, to be used for shelter improvements. The shelter also needs stainless steel cat cages, plastic dog houses, and outside kennels. Residents can drop off supplies from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. or call to make different arrangements for the delivery of donated items. Schools and civic associations also are encouraged to collect or purchase items. Monetary gifts also can be given to the St.Martin shelter. To receive a tax deduction for financial contributions, checks or money orders must be made out to the Humane Society of Louisiana. In the check memo, please write "to support the St. Martin Shelter."

For more information, please call Monique Louiver at (337) 394-1220 or the Humane Society of Louisiana at 1-888-6-humane. For additional information on the Humane Society of Louisiana, please visit their website at

What: Shelter Support and Appreciation Day

When: St. Martin Animal Shelter, 1004 Industrial Park, St. Martinville

When: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

April 2010

Medical Reports Confirm Public's Suspicions: Primo, Former NOPD Canine, Died From Heat Exhaustion.

What: Review of medical reports of Primo, confirming cause of death to be from heat stroke

Where: 816 Baronne Street, New Orleans

When: Wednesday, April 7th, noon to 1:00 pm

(New Orleans, LA) -- In mid-July of last year, the Metropolitan Crime Commission contacted the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office and informed them that they had received confidential information pertaining to the death of Primo, a six- year-old Belgian Malinois, a member of the NOPD K-9 unit. According to MCC's sources, Officer Jason M. Lewis, Primo's handler, left the dog unattended in his police car on May 27, 2009, while Lewis was inside his Algiers home. Upon returning to his vehicle, Officer Lewis found Primo in severe distress. Primo had torn up the vehicle's seats and chewed the armrest trying to escape.

According to the internal reports gathered by the District Attorney's Office, Officer Lewis drove Primo to the Algiers Animal Clinic, located on General DeGaulle Avenue. While en route, Officer Lewis called the clinic and said that his dog was suffering from "heat stroke." According to the DA report, Officer Lewis told Dr. Gutter, "I left him too long."

According to the medical reports prepared by Algiers Animal Clinic, Primo arrived at their clinic with a 109+ temperature and, severe dehydration, and he was laterally recumbent and in respiratory distress with dilated pupils. After reaching a cooler temperature of 105, Primo was transported to Southeast Veterinary Specialists for further treatment and evaluation.

Notes taken at Southeast record that Primo was "left unattended in a vehicle earlier today." Primo suffered three seizures and finally died of cardiac arrest. Diagnosis by Dr. Heidi Cobb, the attending veterinarian, noted that Primo suffered and died from heat stroke.

Other medical reports reached the same conclusion. According to the LSU Vet School, dogs’ organs fail if their body temperatures exceeded 108.00 degrees Fahrenheit. Dr. Marci Miranov , formerly of the Jefferson Animal Shelter, also reviewed the medical reports and concluded: "I can tell you that, without a doubt, Primo died of DIC brought on by heat stroke." The same determination was also made by the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, which performed a necropsy and examined Primo's tissues. All the medical reports ruled out other causes of death.

An internal administrative investigation, conducted by NOPD, however, classified Officer Taylor' s actions as "NON SUSTAINED." This means that their investigation showed that the above-discussed findings could not be proved. It was noted by the District Attorney's Office that the vehicle used by Officer Taylor was never made available for inspection, which was supposed to have a backup system to keep the air conditioning unit running, but only if the ignition was in the "on" position.

Several months ago, Office Taylor was summoned to appear and give testimony before a Grand Jury. The jury, however, failed to indict Taylor, who remains on the force.

In light of the evidence, however, the Humane Society of Louisiana believes that Office Taylor's actions led directly to the suffering and subsequent death of Primo by overheating and that the criminal justice system and NOPD's Department of Internal Affairs have failed to adequately address this criminal act. To make the proper amends for the death of Primo, we are asking Officer Taylor to voluntarily repay the city for the cost of treating Primo at Southeast Veterinary Specialists the amount of $1,259.35, the cost of replacing Primo with another trained K-9 unit member ($5,000 - $8,.000), and pay for the damage to his police vehicle caused by Primo trying to escape ($1,500 estimate). Finally, the group asks that Officer Taylor requests for an immediate transfer to a different department. HSL believes that Officer Taylor is unfit to serve in the K-9 Unit.

Unfortunately, Primo is not the only K-9 unit member recently to have perished in the last few years while in custody of NOPD.

Below is a list of three known victims and their cause of death, from reports compiled by the Metropolitan Crime Commission:

1. May 27, 2009 Death of Primo by heat stroke

2. June 22, 2009 Death of "Fanthom" from falling down elevator shaft

3. 2 1/2 years ago (estimated time) Death of "Carlos" from heart worm disease

February 2010

Humane Society of Louisiana Recognizes Fire Station #24. Firemen Save Blind Walker Hound.

(New Orleans) - Last year, Lynn Moore and her husband Brian Budzinsi were walking their dogs and enjoying the sights near the Mississippi River, by the Industrial Canal locks. Upon returning home, the dogs were let off their leashes temporarily to run around the levees. Moments later, Lynn and Brian heard a splash and some whimpering. They counted their dogs and noticed that Huck was missing. Huck is an elderly blind Walker Hound, who has been a constant companion of Lynn and Brian for many years. They followed the sounds of the whimpering and peered down an open drainage pipe, whose cover had been removed and placed to one side. 10 feet down, they saw Huck, curled up and dazed by the fall.

In an email to the Humane Society of Louisiana, Lynn explains what happened next: " My husband called 911 while I joined all of the leashes together and, on my hands and knees, fished them to the bottom and lassoed him. I talked to him continuously so he wouldn’t try to wander off through an adjoining culvert."

Lynn adds, "Firemen from Engine #24 in the Bywater neighborhood responded within minutes. They couldn’t have been more professional or serious about the situation. Their teamwork was astounding, and they knew exactly what to do. Our dog came through the ordeal with only minor scrapes, thanks to them."

Soon Huck was rescued, safe, and comforted by Lynn.

"We are so grateful to members of Fire Station #24 and we wanted to show our appreciation. We contacted the Humane Society of Louisiana, who, after hearing of Huck's rescue, immediately agreed to confer a special plaque-- the group's Golden Heart Award, to members of the fire station. "We love hearing happy endings to these type of stories," says Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, "and it was easy to see why Lynn and Brian wanted to honor these firemen. We are honored to be part of this award ceremony."

Besides presenting members of Station #24 with a plaque from the Humane Society of Louisiana, Lynn and Brian will also be presenting the firemen with a special cake.

What: Awards Ceremony Recognizing the Rescue of Huck by members of Fire Station #24.

Where: Fire Station #24, located at 1040 Poland Ave, New Orleans

Where: Saturday, February 27th, from 1 - 2: 00 pm

News Release: For Immediate Use
February, 2010

Humane Society 'Top Dogs' in Indy, New Orleans Support Their Teams with 'Shelter Bowl' Challenge

Contact persons: John Aleshire, CEO, Indianapolis Humane Society - 317.872.5650ext. 104
Jeff Dorson, Executive Director, Humane Society of Louisiana - 901.268.4432

(Miami, Florida) - The competition between New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts has both cities eagerly awaiting the outcome of Superbowl Sunday, and it has also spurned a newly developed rivalry between the cities’ animal shelters.

Jeff Dorson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, based in New Orleans, gamely visited the Indianapolis Humane Society and met with its CEO, John Aleshire, on Monday, February 1st to discuss general shelter operations and protocol. However, the discussions quickly turned to the larger question of which team would win the Big Game. To underscore the growing rivalry, Aleshire gave Dorson a present of a package of sugar cookies, decorated with the Indy logos. To show his gratitude, Dorson has given Aleshire a copy of the DVD The Crying Game, to remind him that the outcome of Sunday's game will probably disappoint him and his staff.

As the upcoming championship football game was discussed, the two shelter directors envisioned a second contest: this one played between both shelters. The resulting Super Shelter Bowl pits the two humane societies against each other in a race to raise the most funds by midnight Sunday, February 14th, Valentines' Day The contest is simple: society supporters and those wishing to show their support for their favorite football team can make a donation to either humane society on their websites or by sending in a contribution by mail. To count in the tally of the Super Shelter Bowl, donations sent by mail must be postmarked no later than Saturday, February 14th

The contest has already divided family loyalties within the Dorson family, which, like the Manning family, has ties to both New Orleans and Indianapolis. Having been born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Jeff Dorson moved to New Orleans in 1988, where he started the Humane Society of Louisiana and remains as its Executive Director. Roland Dorson, Jeff's brother, is the CEO and President of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, a business acquaintance of Mr. Aleshire, and has rumored to have already pledged a contribution to the Indianapolis Humane Society.

"Having heard that my brother will be giving a donation to the opposing 'team', I did what any other sibling would do in such a situation, I ran and told my Mother," confessed Jeff, younger brother of Roland. "Unfortunately, my Mom is also a resident of Indianapolis, and was knitting a "Go Colts" scarf when I told her, so I am not sure if that will change the outcome. However, I am preparing myself for a good fight in this upcoming contest. Hurricane Katrina tossed us around a little in New Orleans, so I am confident that we can also take the Humane Society of Indianapolis' hot air," says Dorson, alluding to Mr. Aleshire boasts of performing well in this contest.

January 4, 2010
Contact Persons: Janet Lyons, HSL Acadia Chapter President, 337-654-4392
Jeff Dorson, HSL Executive Director, 901-268-4432

Acadia Caretaker Cited for Starving Three Horses

(Rayne, LA) -- Acadia Parish horse caretaker Roger Fruge was cited for animal cruelty on December 9 by the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Department. The animals, three quarter horses, suffered the effects of extreme prolonged starvation.

These horses, owned by Toby Fruge, were originally located on property also owned by Toby in St. Landry Parish. Since Toby was not available to care for them, his brother Roger was contacted by St. Landry Parish Animal Control. Roger Fruge was asked to move the quarter horses off the property. Roger did move the horses onto his property located at 154 Eugene Dupuis Lane, Rayne, LA. 70578. However, the horses were not properly fed, forcing them to starve during this 3 month period of care.

An investigation was opened when Humane Society of Louisiana Acadia Chapter President and cruelty Investigator Janet Lyons responded to a call from the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Department on December 9 close to 3:30 pm. Lyons was informed that one horse was dead, a second had gone down and a third was barely standing. Acadia Parish Animal Control Officer Rhonda Thibodeaux and City of Rayne Animal Control Officer Donald Boudreaux assisted Lyons.

Per Lyons, “One gelding died the morning of December 9 and another mare had gone down the same day around noon. The horse that went down stayed on the ground in the cold for about 6 1/2 hours. We tried getting her up but her back legs were too weak from being down so long and she was suffering from extreme starvation. A third younger horse around 4 years old was very emaciated and weak.”

Dr. Tim Deshotel, Humane Society of Louisiana Acadia Chapter equine veterinarian, was called to help. Deshotel determined that the emaciated mare, Sassy, already down for 6 1/2 hours, would have to be euthanized. Lyons said, "There was no way we could save her. There was no way she could even stand." Volunteers Joe Jocobi, his wife Paula and a local horse trainer volunteered their own time to respond to this call and transported the horse that could be saved to Dr. Tim's office in Eunice, LA.

Lyons stated, "In the nine years I have been investigating I have never gone on a call where one horse died and another went down an hour later. It was so cold. Those poor animals lay on the bare muddy ground. The gelding that died had kicked and kicked and thrust and thrust trying to get himself up. He tore the ground up all around him and he was full of mud. You could tell that these poor horses had been eating a tree along the fence because all the bark on the tree was gone. When they are starving, horses will eat wood. The condition of these horses didn't happen in a day. It didn't happen in a week. This took months."

The third younger horse was released from Dr. Tim Deshotel's office and was readily adopted by a lady named Heather Brown. The mare, Sargent Jane, shares the same birth date as Brown. Per Lyons, “It was really a coincidence that the horse and Heather Brown had the same birthday. They should stay together. It was a sign that she was meant to cross this animal’s path and save her life.”

The Humane Society of Louisiana responds to hundreds of calls involving abuse, neglect and cruelty each year in a tri-parish region. HSL is a private, non-profit charity that does not receive any public funds from the state, national humane societies, or the federal government. The group is reliant solely on donations from the public. Funding is desperately needed to help pay for the medical care of these abused animals.

A special community fund has been established to help these animals in need. Lyons has paid for the vet bills for these horses with her own personal funds. She currently cares for about thirty other rescue animals in need. To donate, please send check or money order made out the Humane Society of Louisiana (Acadia Chapter) and send to: PO Box 697, Church Point, LA 70525. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information on the Humane Society of Louisiana, please visit our website at or call 1-888-6-HUMANE.

Animals rescued need good homes and caring owners. If you would like to adopt a rescued pet, the Humane Society of Louisiana’s adoptable animals can be viewed on