NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Due to severe weather the Louisiana SPCA’s New Orleans Humane Law & Rescue team is currently responding to emergency calls only. Phone lines at the Louisianan SPCA are intermittent and the public is urged to use a temporary number to report animal emergencies – 504.818.4116.
Residents with non-emergent complaints are encouraged to report them online. This will keep Humane Law & Rescue lines open for emergency calls.
With the threats of severe weather over the next several days, pet owners should take immediate action to keep their pets safe.
- Pets should not be kept outdoors during severe weather.
- If you cannot bring your pets indoors, their outdoor shelter should provide adequate protection from high winds and should be raised to protect against flooding.
- Ensure your pet is wearing proper identification.
- To plan for the severe weather threats this weekend keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis and their medical records in a waterproof container. All boarding facilities and veterinarian offices require proof of immunization before accepting animals.
“Pet owners are advised to watch their pets vigilantly to protect them from drinking flood water. Standing water can often contain chemicals from cars, pesticides which can be toxic when consumed and harmful bacteria,” says Dr. Sarah Gautreaux, Louisiana SPCA veterinarian. “The Leptospirosis bacteria has been reported in New Orleans metro area and can cause kidney failure in dogs transmissible to humans.”
If you are concerned about your dog contracting this disease now or in the future, please contact the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic about having your dog vaccinated.
The Louisiana SPCA will remain open to the public during normal business hours until further notice.