Louisiana floods: Horses, pets left stranded


By Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

  • August 15, 2016 at 4:56 PM,
  • updated August 22, 2016 at 12:43 PM

With thousands of residents displaced across East Baton Rouge Parish and throughout Acadiana by the Louisiana Flood of 2016, there are countless pets and animals likewise in need of supplies and shelter. 

Some of those pets landed at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, which is serving as a shelter for thousands of people. Its stalls and rodeo area are now filled with horses, dogs and other animals displaced by the flood. 

Jodie Summers, a volunteer who's helping to manage a Facebook page for coordinating relief efforts, told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune photographer Chris Granger that she and others are in desperate need of help and donations. 

"We had to quit (after) 24 hours yesterday on rescues because our own area is starting to flood. We are running out of stalls. We are running out of hay. We are running out of feed," she said. 

Summers said there were too many horses and not enough time to count them all at Lamar Dixon, making the need for supplies and volunteers dire.

"We need help. Some of them are past saving," she said of the horses still to be rescued. "If you can bring me buckets and hay, that's the main thing on our priority list."

Hurricane Katrina changed the way that animals are treated during emergencies thanks to the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards. In its approval, Congress compelled first responders to save pets just as they save their people. 

This situation is tough to hear for any pet owner and animal lover; I can't imagine how tragic it will be for those owners to return home and face that loss.

Don't simply watch and shake your head, prepare for yourself and your animal family, just in case.