HOUMA, LA (WAFB) - A man was arrested Tuesday evening after four recently born puppies were found dead in a home, one of them with a severed head.
The Houma Police Department reported Richey Kiffe, 52, of Houma, was booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail on four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. Bond has not been set.
Investigators said the woman who owned the puppies and their mother told them Kiffe is her live-in boyfriend. She reportedly told them she and Kiffe got into an argument and she left to calm down, but asked him to take care of her dog and the four puppies.
According to reports, the woman claimed the puppies were born on January 27. She also reportedly stated they could crawl around, but could not care for themselves and were alive when she left the home.
Police said the woman told them she returned home after Kiffe did not answer her phone calls and found the severed head of one of the puppies. She then reportedly called police.
Officers reported upon questioning, Kiffe said he didn't know anything about the puppies because he had been sleeping and admitted he was drunk.
Officials said a search of the home turned up the bodies of all four puppies in a plastic bag under a sofa.
A person convicted of animal cruelty faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.