19 April 2017
Baton Rouge, La. (April 13, 2017) - Five Louisiana teenagers, from 13-16 years old, were arrested on suspicion of stealing two horses and tack from Dominique's Stockyard on April 4th. They were arrested April 10 and taken to a juvenile detention center.
The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry said in a statement that the five teens are from St. Landry Parish and range from 13 to 16 years old.
Two of the teens are charged with theft of livestock, one is charged with accessory after the fact to theft of livestock, one is charged with theft of livestock and aggravated cruelty of animals, one is charged with accessory after the fact to theft of livestock and aggravated cruelty of animals. The charges of aggravated cruelty of animals and theft of livestock are both felonies
LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M said, Thanks to an alert citizen, our investigators swiftly moved in to rescue and recover these animals from this inhumane treatment. Upon their rescue, investigators say there were signs of physical injuries sustained to the horses and evidence collected at the scene to support this. This is intolerable.”
RESOURCE: Department of Agriculture & Forestry, http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/news/five-teenagers-arrested-for-cruelty-and-theft-of-horses/