by Bigad Shaban / Eyewitness News wwltv.com
Posted on June 9, 2010 at 10:24 PM
BELLE CHASSE, La. -- The trickle-down effect of the oil spill can now be felt inside animal shelters along coastal parishes. Unemployed fisherman are struggling to support both their families and their pets, leaving many with no choice but to try and give away their animals.
Inside the back room of the Plaquemines Parish Animal Welfare Society (P.A.W.S.) shelter, you can hear a whimpering from Dexter. The puppy is one of more than 40 dogs caged inside the facility. While none have a drop of oil on them, they are still very much suffering because of it.
Their rescue shelter is packed, every cage filled. And the waiting list for people trying to drop off their pets here is now 20 percent longer than normal.
The reason, according to shelter director Jacob Stroman, has everything to with the growing mess in the Gulf.
Out-of-work fisherman, Stroman said, are finding it harder to care for their families and their pets READ COMPLETE STORY