Aug 15, 2014 7:48 PM by Valerie Ponseti
There were more than 1,500 animals living in deplorable conditions in Donald Lafleur's Lawtell home until officials received a complaint this morning and went out to the 2700 block of Highway 752 where they found the hoarded animals.
Lafleur was taken into custody and is charged with animal cruelty.
The animals are now in the St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter where they are being cared for as the investigation continues.
There was a wide range of animals crammed inside and outside the house.
"Peacocks, chickens, ducks, snakes, dogs, a lot of dogs. They're in the house and outside the house," said St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot.
The animals were packed into kennels inside, and into cages outside by the hundreds. The animals had no room to move or live comfortably.
"Deplorable conditions like crates stacked on top of crates in the living room. You can see where he did feed the animals but there was fecal matter mixed in with some of the food," said Brooks Davis of St. Landry Parish Animal Control.
Not only were the conditions bad for the animals, animal control officials said it was harmful to Lafleur.
"I could vomit. It's just gross. I couldn't imagine what it was like for the animals. I don't see how he could stand it himself," Davis said.
Fontenot said the next step is figuring out why Lafleur lived this way.
"We're going to check on the condition of the person, on the individual here too, as well. Because this is very odd behavior," Fontenot said.