Animal Control seizes 11 dogs from home on Southmoor Drive after reports of cruelty

Investigators searching for alleged pit bull breeder after 11 dogs seized from home

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Animal control seized 11 dogs, including six puppies, from a home on Southmoor Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 29 after an anonymous tip prompted a visit to the residence.

The owner of the home has not been located and officials with the East Baton Rouge animal control say they are working with multiple parishes to find the man.

It is not clear if he will be arrested when he’s found, though animal control leaders say he has been “under surveillance” before.

The dogs have been placed under veterinary care in a kennel. Richard Byrd, operations manager at East Baton Rouge animal control, says investigators do not remove dogs from homes unless it is in the animals’ best interest.

But neighbors offer conflicting reports on the man’s treatment of his animals. One neighbor says she filed a complaint after she says she watched the man beat one of his dogs. Neighbors in another home say he loved his pets like his own children.

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