Teens Steal and Abuse Horses

Dominique’s Stockyard
Dominique’s Stockyard

Opelousas, Louisiana – 5 teens have been arrested and charged with livestock theft after stealing 2 horses from Dominique’s Livestock Market and abusing them.  The teens, ages 13-16, were booked into juvenile hall.  The teens also stole tack and saddles from the stockyard.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission working in conjunction with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department received a tip which led them to the teens.  Both horses were recovered, but showed signs of physical abuse at the hands of the teens. LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M, told reporters “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.”

The teens are facing felony charges in connection with the theft.  No word on a motive for stealing the horses.

Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773

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