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Apr 30, 2010 7:23 AM

Rayne man arrested in animal cruelty case

RAYNE, La. (AP) A 40-year-old Rayne man has been arrested after several animals were found poisoned near local crawfish ponds.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sgt. Chris Carpenter tells The Advertiser that Richard L. Doucet was charged Wednesday with five counts of cruelty to animals. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail and later released on bond.

Carpenter said the investigation began when several residents near the Lafayette-Acadia parish line reported missing dogs and cats.

Wildlife agents found poisoned hot dogs and peanut butter on Doucet's property.

Carpenter said the poison also killed numerous raccoons, dogs, cats, coyotes and possums.

It was not immediately known whether Doucet has an attorney.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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