Bunkie suspects charged with 30 counts of animal cruelty, accused of stealing pets

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(2/26/19) Two suspects have been arrested after 15 cats and 15 dogs were rescued from poor living conditions.

Maxine and Gordon Doughtery, face 30 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

“The animals were living in deplorable conditions, many of them living in rusty cages or kennels that were covered and never cleaned,” the organization said.

According the to Humane Society of Louisiana, the couple was also charged with cruelty in 2016 when 38 animals were removed from their Bunkie home.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Landry Animal Control Department conducted the most recent investigation.

“As soon as the story appeared in local newspapers and on TV, HSLA staff were contacted by neighbors of the Doughterys reporting that their pets had gone missing and inquiring if their pets had been recovered from the couple’s home,” the Humane Society said.

In an effort to reunite owners with their possibly missing pets, the Humane Society is posting photos of the recovered dogs on Humane Society of Louisiana Facebook page.

There are five dogs remaining in custody. Those claiming ownership must provide proof of ownership by presenting veterinary records, photos, or a bill of sale. Those wishing to confirm ownership please contact the Humane Society at info@humanela.org or by calling (901) 268-4432. Those wishing to adopt one of the five dogs may fill out an application at www.humanela.org.

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