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Petitioning Iberia Parish Animal Control Iberia Parish Government

Iberia Parish Animal Control: Give all puppies that arrive at the pound their first vaccinations.

My family adopted an eight-week-old black lab pup named Lilo from Iberia Parish Animal Control and Rabies (the pound). Lilo had been at the pound with her brother for only a week before we took her home. She was bright and active and so smart - and everything was fine in her puppy wellness check. Two days later, she was back at the vet for blood in her stool: she had parvo, an extremely contagious virus that kills over 90% of untreated dogs.


She was put into isolation at our vet. We visited her daily and washed down our entire house with bleach to get rid of the virus and to protect our other dogs. When we were finally allowed to take Lilo home, it was eight days later and she had lost nearly 27% of her body weight. When we got her home, she wouldn't eat all that much and when she did she would throw it up. We brought her back to the vet and discovered that she now had a microscopic parasite called coccidia eating away at the lining of her intestines.


She was put on medicine for that and was sent home with us. After a week on the medicine, she seemed to be doing a little better, until one night I was holding her in my lap and happened to look at her belly. It was covered in huge, infected pustules. I discovered that this was called impetigo and, in dogs, was a sign of distemper.


She went to the vet the next day and had her blood drawn to be tested for distemper, but it was Friday and we wouldn't know the answer to the test for another three or four days. Over the weekend, she took a turn for the worse. She couldn't stand on her own; she couldn't see for all the pus in her eyes; she was wheezing and had stopped drinking and eating entirely.


For two days, my mom and I took turns carrying her around in a blanket, keeping her warm, force-feeding her medicine and ground up puppy food, and crying non-stop. By Sunday night, all I could do was lie in bed with Lilo next to me, one hand on her little body, just sobbing and praying that she would stop breathing in her sleep; that she wouldn't wake up to suffering again.


Monday morning we brought her to our vet for the final time. Even without the test results, he knew that Lilo had distemper, and we all knew that the best thing for her was to put her to sleep. She is now buried in a small, marked grave beneath my window. All of this took only three weeks.

I am asking the Iberia Parish Animal Control to have any puppies that arrive brought to a local veterinary hospital and given their first shots. No family should go to adopt an animal in need and then be forced to watch helplessly as it dies. And no sweet, innocent puppy should have to suffer so horribly.

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Letter to
Iberia Parish Animal Control Iberia Parish Government
Give all puppies that arrive at the pound their first vaccinations.