OPELOUSAS, LA (WAFB) - Two 16-year-old juveniles have been arrested for a second time for allegedly stealing and injuring two horses from the Opelousas area.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) reports the horses, valued at about $5,000 each, were stolen from the 100 block of Grapevine Road near Opelousas.
After the horses were stolen, one was severely injured, officials say. According to the owner, both horses were in good health prior to the theft. The injured animal was left on a state highway and had to be euthanized by animal control officials as a result of the traumatic injuries it sustained. The other horse was recovered and returned to the owner.
The teens are facing charges of animal cruelty and theft.
"Livestock owners should remain vigilant in protecting their animals by keeping gates locked, securing fences, and keeping a watchful eye for any suspicious activity," said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain.
Back in April of 2017, the same two teens, along with three of their friends, were accused of stealing and abusing two other horses from a stockyard in Opelousas.