St. Landry

Apr 30, 2013 5:51 PM by Dwayne Fatherree/Daily World photo by Zane Hill

Opelousas officials seeking owner of neglected horse

Police are seeking the owner of a horse which died after being found severely dehydrated and starved Monday in Opelousas.

According to Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow, they still have not identified the owner of the horse, which died shortly after officials arrived.

"We don't know who the owner is," Gallow said. "If we find them, we will have some questions to ask them, then decide if charges will be pressed."

The horse had been tied in a wooded area off Evans Street. The horse had entangled itself in the trees and eventually had laid down on the ground.

"There were two horses out there," said St. Landry Parish Animal Control Supervisor Patricia Street. "One was in very good condition. The other was very bad off."

According to Street, her office had been called because the horse was on the ground and assistance was needed in getting it back on its feet.

"He died within five minutes of us getting there," Street said. "I estimate he had been on the ground for at least a day."

"He had eaten all of the underbrush and had started eating the trees," she said. "He had no water, not even any container to have water in."

The lack of vegetation indicated the horse had been left there for weeks, even months.

Depending on the results of the investigation, the owner could face animal cruelty charges, Street said, although her office has handed the investigation over to OPD.

"It's inside the city limits, so I think the police will be in charge of that," Street said.

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