NEW IBERIA, Louisiana (KLFY) – Wild dogs break through fences and kill pets in New Iberia.
Residents of Iberia Parish say this is not a new problem, but after a family lost 10 pets to continued attacks, they made it their mission to make something happen. be done.
“My daughter woke up in the middle of the night, heard a loud noise, came out and almost all of her show rabbits had been slaughtered,” Sarah Riggs recalled at the last parish council meeting of Iberia.
This terrible memory is not only hers. It is his neighbors and many other residents of Iberia Parish who share encounters with wild dogs attacking in packs and leaving horrific scenes behind.
As Natalie Broussard, another victim, the municipal councilor of district 6 of Iberia, explained: “They do not kill for food. They only kill in order to kill.
District 7 City Councilor Paul G. Landry said the dogs were getting so cheeky that they were even aggressive towards a woman sweeping her patio in the middle of the day.
“I don’t know the answers either,” Landry said. “I ordered a crossbow.”
Riggs asked, “What will it take before anyone finds out?” Will they start killing little dogs? Will they kill, hurt a little child?
According to Herff Jones, acting director of rabies control for Iberia Parish, he knows about a dozen dogs that travel from wooded areas to town for unattended food, but it’s just a pack. The traps were ineffective because the dogs are too smart to take the bait.
Jones said: “Animals born wild and never domesticated are a tough target. This is what we are dealing with.
The price to pay for fixing the problem doesn’t make it any easier. According to Iberia Parish President Larry Richard, adding three or four Animal Control Officers (ACOs) to the two existing full-time ACOs could fix the problem, but it’s not in the budget. Bringing in a wildlife specialist is their plan at the moment.
Jones could not provide a timeline for the specialist, but said it was in the “very early stages of investigating who is doing this, how they are going to do it and what is the cost associated with it?”
Rabies Control said there are things citizens can do to reduce the problem. First, neuter and neuter your pets. These wild animals started somewhere, said Richard. Second, don’t leave food unattended outside, especially overnight when these packages are most likely to strike. Third, know the whereabouts of your outdoor pets.