DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A man faces animal cruelty charges after investigators found dozens of cats living in his Livingston Parish trailer. When members of the humane society went to the address to investigate, they said cats swarmed the area and described the smell as unbearable. They also said the trailer was not the only one in Eastover Estates with an animal problem.
"It's a very sad situation," said Randy Stegall of the Tangipahoa Humane Society, as he trekked through a yard filled with junk. "It's almost like a dead smell."
Harold Oglesby owns the trailer. His yard was filled with old tires, bikes, a microwave and a dingy refrigerator. Investigators with the humane society reported finding 40 cats living inside the trailer with Oglesby.
"You got layers of shaded paper that has been thrown on top of feces," said Stegall as he described the inside of the trailer. "If you look out in the subdivision, this is not unique out here," said Maurice Durbin of the Denham Springs Animal Shelter.
Durbin explained how sick and emaciated dogs and cats can be found roaming all around the trailer park. She said her shelter is swamped with animals from unincorporated areas being dumped upon it. She believes it is critical that Livingston's Animal Control Center opens up full-time.
"We can't let our animals run free and we have to have an animal control," she stated.
Stegall said the humane society found homes for about two dozen of the cats that lived with Oglesby. The goal is to catch the bulk of the felines, but he fears the remaining ones will continue to procreate and spread disease. Stegall plans to meet with the Livingston Parish Council in the near future regarding the animal shelter.
Brandon Ellzey with Parish President Mike Grimmer's office said the parish is trying to find the funds to run the shelter full-time.