NEW IBERIA, LA (WAFB) - New Iberia Sheriff's deputies has arrested two pet owners on animal cruelty charges and seized several horses and multiple dogs and chickens, according to the Humane Society of Louisiana.
Both suspects surrendered their animals after being arrested. Rescue groups stepped in to take custody of the animals. Officials say that some of the animals needed immediate care and attention.
Roy Langlinais, 74, was charged with 21 counts of cruelty to animals and one count of aggravated cruelty on Saturday, February 20.
After one horse on the property had to be euthanized on the property, Mr. Langlinais was charged with a felony, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.
Gabriel Cormier, 76, was charged with two felony counts of cruelty to animals after officers found a dead horse and another horse that was being kept alive by a Good Samaritan who regular fed it.
Cormier was released without bond because of his advanced age and health issues.