St. John shelter seizes more than 150 dogs, needs public assistance

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An animal shelter needs help from the community after seizing more than 150 dogs in a cruelty case.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Animal Center, located at 488 West Second Street in LaPlace, says cleaning and pet supplies are needed while the shelter waits to transport the dogs to larger humane groups.

Bleach, bleach wipes, towels, cleaning cloths, paper towels, dog bowls, beds, blankets, treats and canned food — especially acute diet and canned puppy food — are all needed.

Shelter manager Rachael Sance said this is an opportunity for residents to obtain service hours as the shelter needs volunteers and fosters. The shelter said it will provide wire kennels, food, bowls, medical treatment and flea and heartworm prevention while a dog is in the care of a foster person.

The shelter said fosters can have other animals in their home as long as those animals are current under veterinary care, but do not recommend homes that have young children, as the animals haven’t had much contact and are very fearful and unsure of people.

Sance said the dogs are frightened but do not bite.

Volunteers are needed from noon to 4 p.m. daily to help socialize the dogs.

Monetary donations can be made to the St. John Parish Animal Shelter during business hours or via PayPal.

For more information, contact the shelter at 985-651-7387.

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