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Post Date:May 08, 2017 12:46 p.m.

St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter staff attended the Louisiana Partnership Animal Responder Boot Camp May 1-5 in Ruston for training.

“There were great agencies present and we sought to seize this opportunity to further train staff to handle animal evacuations, rescues and post emergency sheltering.” said Animal Control Supervisor Dr. Jena Troxler. “Several influential groups came together to make this a highly impactful week that will undoubtedly better prepare our parish for disaster situations.”

Members of the Animal Shelter staff were certified in safety guidelines set by the National Fire Protection Association. Staff also received operator certifications in animal search and rescue.

The staff took the following courses while in Ruston:

  • Pet evacuation and shelter training
  • Slack water rescue procedures
  • Large animal handling and technical rescue

The Louisiana Partnership Animal Responder Boot Camp is a five-day camp that is geared toward training animal control officers, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, LSU SVM graduate students and LSART responders.

The agencies present at the boot camp included the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART), Code 3 responders, Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR), American Humane, ASPCA, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.

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CAPTION: Assistant Shelter Supervisor Lonnie Senior (far left) and Animal Control Supervisor Dr. Jena Troxler (far right) participating in the water rescue procedures.

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