B.R. startup's solution to nutria problem: Make dog treats
A lot of seemingly wacky ideas have been bandied about through the years to get Louisiana's nutria problem under control, but this one may take the cake—or biscuit, rather: Turn them into dog treats. A new Baton Rouge-based company called Marsh Dog says its new "Louisiana-made Nutria biscuits provide dog owners a healthy alternative that not only tastes good, but helps protect Louisiana's coastal wetlands." The company and the dog treats are the brainchild of Baton Rouge attorney Hansel Harlan and his sister, Veni Harlan, a graphic designer. After securing a grant from The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, the company was born. Marsh Dog's first product, Barataria Bites, has just hit the shelves at three Baton Rouge stores: Greco's Pet Supply, Neighborhood Pet Market and All Pets Hospital. The company says the Barataria Bites—named after the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary, which is the fastest disappearing land mass in the world and the source of the "high-quality nutria meat" used in the biscuits—will enter other markets soon. The dog treats are made, baked and packaged in Baton Rouge. "Marsh Dog supports local farmers by using Louisiana products, such as brown rice and sweet potatoes, in its biscuits," the company says in a news release. "The biscuits contain no corn, wheat, soy, chemicals, artificial colorings or preservatives, or other additives, and are packaged in recyclable bags." Get full details on Marsh Dog and its nutria biscuits at the company's website here.
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