The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry has donated 13,456 pounds of pet food to five Louisiana animal shelters.

Commissioner Mike Strain says the food, given to the state by national pet food producer Hill's Pet Nutrition, was unused from the state's emergency pet sheltering response to this year's spring flood event. He says because the flooding didn't cause a large scale pet evacuation, the company agreed to let the state donate the food to animal shelters before its use-by date expires.

Strain says the five pet organizations getting the food are: River Cities Humane Society for Cats and the Humane Society, both in Monroe; Morehouse Humane Society in Bastrop; Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter in West Monroe and the Alexandria Animal Shelter.