Louisiana Agriculture Chief Unveils Mobile Pet Shelter

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's agriculture department has unveiled its second mobile pet shelter for emergencies.

It's similar to one rolled out during the 2015 hurricane season. The new unit is a 48-foot transport truck equipped with up to 55 metal cages, feed, water bowls and a wash down system. It has an air ventilation system to provide proper air circulation and temperature for the pets.

The agriculture department can accommodate up to 3,000 pets at established mega pet shelters. The mobile pet shelter is primarily used when sudden events — such as the August 2016 flood — occur in areas where pet shelters aren't available.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said in a statement that the new mobile shelter was funded with a $72,100 grant from the Banfield Foundation.

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