MONTZ – Melissa Dillon Seal, animal control officer for St. John the Baptist Parish, was on her way to help a fellow officer on a call last Saturday at 11:45 a.m. when she noticed the traffic on the spillway bridge, which she was crossing, had stopped.
The two cars in front of her had stopped after noticing a small dog on the bridge entering and exiting traffic. Shortly after being warned, deputies for the Sheriff of St. Charles arrived at the scene to ward off traffic from the frightened dog, who was hiding under the cart of a stopped vehicle. Melissa got out of her vehicle and crawled under the vehicle and was able to catch up with her before running away.
Melissa is safely returned to her vehicle with the chihuahua mixture and brought her back to the St. John Animal Shelter, where they will place him for adoption if no one asks for her. The Humane Society of Louisiana, to help identify the person who abandoned the dog, is offering a reward of $ 500. Those with information on the identity of the owner or custodian are encouraged to call the Humane Society at 1-888-6-HUMANE (486-264). The Humane Society will share all tips and leads with the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office.
Seal and the Humane Society are both concerned that the release of dogs and cats into circulation will become a common problem in Louisiana. The Humane Society regularly receives reports of cats being thrown out of moving vehicles. It appears that the owners are deliberately releasing the animals into traffic to avoid finding them homes or taking them to a local shelter, where they could be adopted. Apparently, it is easier for some owners to let the animal get run over by a car and die than it is to find it a new home, according to the Humane Society.
Although most shelters and rescues are full of unwanted pets, especially after Hurricane Ida, it is illegal to dump and / or abandon animals. There are much safer and more humane ways of handing over an animal. Call your local shelter and ask for help or suggestions on the safest way to do this.
“We’re happy to help, but throwing a living being out of a moving vehicle is inexcusable. Ask for help, ”Seal said.
To honor Seal’s heroic efforts to safely capture the little dog, the Humane Society sent a $ 100 Petco gift card to the St. John Animal Shelter and requested that the donation be used to purchase supplies for installation. Photos are courtesy of Ms. Seal and the Humane Society.
One of the state’s largest animal welfare agencies, the Humane Society was established in 1988 and responds to thousands of calls for help each year. For more information, please visit their website at www.humanela.org or their page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HumaneLA.