WASHINGTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A Washington Parish man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing five puppies.
In late February, a concerned citizen contacted the Magnolia Chapter of the Humane Society of Louisiana to report five abandoned puppies at the intersection of Monroe Creek Rd. and Frank Kennedy Rd. near Angie. When a rescuer from Magnolia arrived at the scene, it was discovered the puppies had been shot and killed. The incident was reported to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, who took over the case and began an investigation.
Officials say several tips were provided after information on the crime was released on social media. Following one of the tips, detectives interviewed Shawn Glen Jones, 25. Officials say Jones had a female dog of the same breed as the puppies. When questioned, Jones reportedly stated he had given away the puppies but couldn't identify who he gave them to. Upon further questioning, Jones reportedly admitted the puppies were his and that he dropped them off at the location they were discovered.
He denied shooting the puppies.
As the investigation continued, detectives learned Jones had obtained a .22 caliber rifle just prior to the incident. It was determined Jones did not have the rifle when he abandoned the puppies, but returned to his house to retrieve the rifle and ammo, then returned to the location where the puppies were shot.
Jones was arrested on Wednesday, March 15 was booked into the Washington Parish Jail. He is charged with five counts of cruelty to animals. His bond is set at $15,000.
"Our detective did an outstanding job in this matter. She worked diligently until she had sufficient evidence to arrest Shawn Jones. Once again, tips from concerned Washington Parish citizens helped us solve a crime. If any person has additional information about this crime, I encourage you to contact Detective Demi Rice at the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office," said Sheriff Randy Seal.