SLAUGHTER, LA (WAFB) - A 32-year-old man was arrested for felony animal cruelty after a horse on his property located in Slaughter was found to be severely neglected. Although the horse was removed from the property, it later died due to its condition.
"It was very obvious the horse had not been fed or cared for in several days, if not weeks," Det. Kevin Garig, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, said. "The horse was visibly weak, had no food or water, and had eaten all of the grass in the areas that it could reach."
The owner of the horse, Robert Montgomery, told deputies he was taking care of the horses, but he was issued misdemeanor charges for cruelty to animals due to the signs of neglect. The horse was removed from the property and was taken to be evaluated by a veterinarian.
"The horse later died because of its condition and the charges against Mr. Montgomery were upgraded to felony level cruelty to animals," Det. Garig explained.
Montgomery was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 27 and was booked into the East Feliciana Parish Prison. He was released after posting a $30,000 bond.
The initial complaint to deputies indicated that two horses were located on the property. Deputies were unable to locate a second horse. Montgomery claims that he gave to the horse to an unknown friend.