Lafayette Animal Control

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 11:15am

It's an ordinance that's been talked about for many years and tomorrow night the Lafayette City- Parish council will vote on whether or not to start charging cities within Lafayette parish a fee for animal control.

"What this agreement will allow us to do is to get compensated for doing animal control activities in the unincorporated areas as well as the municipalities," Emergency Operations and Security Coordinator, Mike Mouton says.

Mayor of Youngsville, Wilson Viator says while he would like to see the money kept in Youngsville, he supports this new ordinance.

He says if they would have to build their own facility it would actually cost more then what they're going to be paying.

Viator says, "We would not only have to build a shelter, but to operate and maintain it. We would also have to have the people on the road to pick up the animals."

The amount of money each city will pay is figured by their population.

A percentage of that is taken to come up with a figure.

The ordinance couldn't come at a better time.

Recently, Lafayette animal control has seen an outbreak of distemper, an infectious disease, at the facility.

In a position statement they say:

“We are aware of the current infectious disease situation at the animal control facility. We have consulted with LSU School of Veterinary Medicine regarding this issue, and are working to decrease the incidence of disease in our shelter pets. It is common for animals that come into a shelter environment to be exposed to various infectious diseases, especially because of the large number of stray animals in the Lafayette Parish area.

We have instituted a vaccination program at the shelter; but because of the constant influx of new animals into the shelter, infectious diseases are a challenge to manage. We strive to ensure that each animal is free of disease before he or she is adopted. Unfortunately, some animals exposed to infectious diseases such as Distemper may appear normal at adoption and only show signs of disease 1-2 weeks later.

We advise all residents adopting pets from the shelter to have the animals examined by their local veterinarian within 72 hours, and strongly encourage owners to complete the vaccination series begun at the shelter. Their local veterinarian will advise them on the vaccinations that will protect their pet. Our top priority and goal at Animal Control is to improve the quality of life for the animals at the shelter, and we are working hard to see that this happens.

Lafayette animal control gets in about 400 animals every month and they generate about 12,000 calls a year. In order to accommodate those numbers they've purchased land off of Dugas Road to build a newer and larger facility within the next two years.

"The facility will allow us to quarantine animals that come in. then we allow the vet to go through and have the vet keep the ones with diseases in a concentrated area," Mouton says.

They're expecting the new facility to cost about 2-million dollars.