80 dead animals located at a residence in Walker
Livingston Parish deputies say they got a report of possible animal cruelty at a home on Florida Boulevard a mile east of downtown Walker, near Mayer Street.
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#1 Jun 22, 2008
Try 240 dead almost 600 alive.
#2 Jun 28, 2008
whats up with this?
#3 Jun 28, 2008
'Worse case' of animal cruelty seen
By Aaron Dudenhefer
WALKER - Additional charges involving children were added Friday for two residents arrested Thursday for animal cruelty following the discovery of hundreds of dead animals in their yard and home.
Some of the carcasses were in the areas where five children lived, authorities said.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and the Livingston Parish Humane Society received an anonymous call of possible animal cruelty occurring at a trailer home at 11260 Florida Blvd. in Walker. Officials found 593 live animals on the premises and 240 dead ones. Inside the trailer home, officials found 93 live animals and 87 dead ones.
"Most of the animals that were found dead inside were chickens, quail, and hamsters were found," said Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Chief of Operations Jason Ard. "Many of the animals found inside were infants.
"We found a lot of these dead animals inside rooms that looked like they had children living in them," said Vice-President of the Livingston Parish Humane Society Terri Dunlap. "There were 161 rotten eggs found inside the master bedroom alone.
Cindy Jones, 34, and Samuel Stroup, 40, both of 11260 Florida Blvd., were taken into custody and were initially charged with over 70 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Additional charges added Friday to Samuel Stroup and Cindy Jones of Walker were 3 counts of child desertion. Five children ranging in age from 3 to 13 were living in the home in which the 87 dead animals were found. Bond was set at $1,925,000.
The majority of the animals were either chickens or quail, although rabbits, eight dogs, two peacocks, a miniature horse, and a miniature donkey were also on the premises. All the live animals were found to be in poor health and were without both food and water, said Ard.
"Many of these animals were dead, dying, or decaying when we arrived," Dunlap said. "We found animals that had died trying to force their way out their cages to get to nearby food and water. In many instances, particularly with the chickens and rabbits, the animals resorted to eating their young in order to stay alive. We found two young rabbits still alive in their cages with some of their feet chewed off.
Some were in such poor condition that they were immediately euthanized.
"We had to euthanize eight of the animals on the spot because they were in such poor condition," Dunlap said. "The donkey and the miniature horse were doing well, and that was only because they had been able to graze and find sources of water after it rained.
Under Louisiana State Law, a person found guilty of cruelty to animals faces a fine between $5,000 to $25,000, along with a prison sentence ranging from one year to 10 years.
"The worst part of this whole thing is that these people had food and water to give to the animals," Dunlap said. "There was a water drip system that ran through some of the cages, but it wasn't working. We also found food that could have been given to the animals on the premises, but wasn't. This is by far the worst case of animal cruelty I have ever experienced.
The Livingston Parish Humane Society has taken all the animals from the premises.
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#4 Jul 15, 2008
Everyone knows in a situation like that many of the neighbors and family knew and could have turned them in anonymous to the Police a long time ago.
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