Dog found dead in Animal Shelter van

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There are new scathing allegations against the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter on Lapalco Boulevard in Harvey. Two shelter employees allege a dog was found dead in a shelter van and an investigation has been launched to figure out how it happened.

Last month, the shelter’s director was placed on administrative leave and another employee was fired after accusations of sexual harassment, discrimination and cruelty to animals.

In an email sent from a shelter employee to the Jefferson Parish Human Resources Department last month, allegations were made that a dog was left for dead in the back of a parish van. The sender alleged it was discovered after it had starved to death and began decomposing.

Two employees have confirmed the allegations, and now Parish President Mike Yenni has launched an investigation to figure out how the dog came to be in the van.

Late Thursday night, Yenni told WDSU that surveillance video was being reviewed to determine when the dog was placed in the van, its condition at the time, and how long it had been in there.

“If I find out that there have in fact been cases of animal cruelty, we will take swift action to terminate those individuals,” Yenni said. “We will let the investigation take its course and if wrongdoing is found, especially in a criminal manner, we will press charges against the individuals involved.”

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