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Animals in need here in Cenla

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- When a video of a puppy being abused began spreading around social media sites last weekend- it caused an uproar among animal lovers. But as News Channel 5's Rachael Penton shows us- this is just one example of a much bigger problem.

When a video of a puppy being slapped here in Cenla surfaced on Facebook Sunday night the news spread worldwide on social media.

"It just goes to show that people do not condone this kind of activity of people abusing animals," says Alexandria Animal Shelter Superintendent Henry Wimbley.

Almost instantly local law enforcement, the animal shelter, and KALB was flooded with phone calls, emails, and Facebook messages.

"It clogged up our communications system for awhile. There were extra police officers pulled off their shifts, pulled off of the streets to answer the phones," says Sargeant Bruce Fairbanks, with the Alexandria Police Department.

...all wanting to know how they could adopt the dog.

"He wanted to send a jet to Alexandria to pick up the dog and take it to New York," says Wimbley.

But the puppy in the video is just one pet that's experienced some type of abuse. The animal shelter receives animals year round that have been neglected or mistreated in other ways.

"We get a lot of cases of mostly simple cruelty. Cruelty by neglect. You didn't actually hit a dog but you put it outside without a doghouse or sufficient shelter," says Wimbley.

The mistreatment of most of these other animals may not be marked with internet fame- but they're all in need of loving homes nonetheless.

"We have plenty of dogs available. Maybe not abused dogs, or dogs that were not shown on the video but they need homes as well."

The puppy from the video is healthy and safe; however, it is not up for adoption at this time and won't be until the legal process is complete. If you'd like to adopt an animal from the Alexandria Animal Shelter call them at: 318-473-1229.

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