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Protesters continue to watch dogs at kennel

By Elena Watts
Dec. 14, 2013 at 6:14 a.m.
Updated Dec. 15, 2013 at 6:15 a.m.

A 1-year-old Blue Lacy had bloodshot and swollen eyes when Carley Stringo picked her up at  Port Lavaca Animal Control. Stringo said she believes chemicals used to clean the kennels caused the irritation in the dog's eyes. Police Chief James Martinez said Saturday that he did not know anything about the health of the dog and could not comment.

Dogs housed by Port Lavaca Animal Control now have the warmth of their blankets in cold weather, said protesters who formed Citizens Against Animal Cruelty last week.

"Of course, they will enforce the code now that it has received so much attention," said Carley Stringo, 22, who initiated the protest.

Port Lavaca Police Chief James Martinez confirmed that Animal Control personnel will enforce the Texas Administrative Code that requires facilities quarantining or impounding animals to protect them from inclement weather.

The code states: "Auxiliary heat or clean, dry bedding material shall be provided any time the ambient temperature falls below 50 degrees Fahrenheit when animals are present."

Many other issues concerning the treatment and condition of the dogs under the care of animal control also need to be addressed, Stringo said.

She and other protesters plan to collect testimony and present their case at the Port Lavaca City Council meeting in January.

When Stringo recently decided to foster a year-old Blue Lacy housed by animal control, she said its condition had changed when she picked it up the next day.

"Her eyes were bloodshot and swollen," Stringo said. "I think it was probably the chemicals they use to clean the kennels."

The dog has since recovered and is doing well, she said.

Martinez said Saturday that he did not know anything about the health of the dog.



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