Jan 15, 2014 4:39 PM
WARNING: Pictures inside the story are graphic.
Officials in Evangeline Parish are looking for the person who owned two horses that died after being severely neglected. On Saturday, January 11, 2014, a representative from the Humane Society of Louisiana, the town of Ville Platte's animal control officer, and deputies from the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department responded to a complaint at 555 Jean Duos Road, just outside the city limits of Ville Platte.
The animals are suspected to have died from either starvation or dehydration, or a combination of both. Officials say a white Quarter Horse was found on its side and appeared to have died several days ago; a black and white mare was still breathing when the investigators arrived on the scene, but expired soon after their arrival.
The humane society says a horse trailer was observed on the property, but the house had been vacated several months ago.
Gary Ardoin, a humane investigator and animal rescuer with the Humane Society of Louisiana says "I wish we could have gotten the call a few days earlier, so we could have tried to save these two horses. It looks like they endured and suffered a lot before they died. I assume they died of starvation or thirst, since there was neither water nor food for them on the lot where they were housed." Tips can be forwarded to Ardoin at 337-831-6038 or the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department.
The humane society indicates they are looking for the owner of the property and the owner of the horses, if they are not the same individual. The Humane Society of Louisiana is offering a $500.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest and and conviction of those responsible for the death of the horses.