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Aug 23, 2012 11:26 PM by Maddie Garrett

Animal Cruelty Investigation at City of Crowley Animal Shelter

Crowley Police confirm an investigation at the City of Crowley Animal Shelter dealing with possible animal cruelty. The shelter is separate from the Acadia Parish Animal Shelter and is located at 220 Jack Mitchell in Crowley.

As of Thursday night, Police Chief KP Gibson said they are investigating possible animal cruelty and that an employee has been charged in the case. Thursday night, two independent sources, close to the animal relief effort, told us more than 200 dogs had been killed. Friday, Chief K.P. Gibson and Crowley Mayor Greg Jones both say that number it is closer to 15 to 20 dogs killed. However, detectives are investigating whether more canine deaths could be connected to Edwards.

The source, only speaking on the basis of anonymity, said someone mowing the grass on a nearby dirt road found animal remains that were apparently beheaded. The source also said investigators found dead animals in Iota and Jennings that had micro-chips from the City of Crowley Animal Shelter. Also, they said the employee is accused of breaking into the shelter last night and killing four dogs.

Police are not confirming who the suspect is, although Gibson said it is not the director of the shelter, Jehnna Leleux. Gibson said they will release more information Friday surrounding the suspect and the circumstances of the investigation.

This isn't the first time the City of Crowley Animal Shelter has seen trouble. In December 2011, the shelter came under fire for not properly feeding animals. Since then a new director took over and Leleux said they've made several improvements to get the shelter on the right track, including properly vaccinating all animals and putting micro-chips in all animals.

But because of the current investigation, Leleux said they trying to adopt out all the animals still in residence. She told KATC the shelter will be open Friday because there are still animals that need to be adopted or fostered.

To contact the shelter call (337) 581-8510 or email JehnnaLeleux@aol.com.

To foster an animal call (337) 458-2069 or email secondchancepaws@yahoo.com.

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