More than 1,200 animals being cared for at Lamar Dixon Expo Center

More than 1,200 animals being cared for at Lamar Dixon Expo Center

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Volunteer and state workers are caring for 450 dogs, 109 cats, 333 horses, 139 cattle, 44 pigs, 123 goats, and 27 exotic animals at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales as people deal with historic flooding in Louisiana.

A strike team from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) was deployed to assist in managing the pet shelter.

The animals had been abandoned or stranded or are people's pets who could not be co-located with their owners.

Veterinary care is being provided by the Louisiana Start Animal Response Team (LSART), the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (ASPCA).

The LDAF says it has provided 770 pet crates, 281 bowls, 1680 pounds of dry food and 24 cans of wet food.

"The LDAF also continues to transport and store commodities for food banks and shelters. We will also assist in moving 1800 dozen eggs donated by Cal-main Foods to Second Harvest Food Bank in Harahan," said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain.

Here's a look at what kinds of animals are being sheltered in other centers:
LDAF Mobile Pet Shelter at the Baton Rouge River Center
25 dogs
1 cat
1 turtle
1 bird

Celtic Studio Shelter
180 dogs
20 cats 
1 exotic

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