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Officials: Dumped animals in Carencro "doesn't look like foul play"

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Dozens of trash bags have been found in Carencro, reportedly filled with the decomposing bodies of animals. 

The trash bags, found just off of Debutante Road in Carencro, just off of I-49, are marked with orange flags where animals' bones were discovered. A volunteer with Acadiana Animal Aid stopped after seeing an animal on the side of the road. After stopping, the volunteer noticed other animals and bones along with collars. 

"I was mortified. It was horrible. And to think what they went through to get there," said Angel Jones, tearing up. "I just stood there in disbelief. I started looking around I don't even know what I was looking for but I started looking around and I started noticing the different bones everywhere and as I got closer, I started realizing they were animal bones. And a little further back, I noticed half of a dog hanging out of a bag."

Some carcasses were just bones while others were just days old.

"We started going through the bags. We started scanning them for microchips, the ones that had enough flesh to scan, unfortunately, nothing came back," said Jones. "Upon looking at it you'd think its somebody dumping dogs but you don't know. You can speculate about 500 different things but I don't know."

After a veterinarian looked at the carcasses, Lafayette sheriff PIO said it "doesn't look like foul play." There were at least four dozens uniform trash bags, all tied with the same knot, filled with opossums, rats, turtles and even household pets like dogs and cats, once loved an cared for, some still wearing collars.

They say it does not appear that they died of negligence but of a traumatic accident. The sheriff's office is still investigating to see how and why all the animals were dumped in this spot, in the same trash bags.

"It's sad to see something like this just the volume of animals is astounding to see how its all panned out we're not sure. We're still investigating as to how this all went down and who is responsible for it," said the interim director at the Lafayette Parish Animal Control, Shelley Delahoussaye.

We reached out to the City-Parish after animal control officials refused to comment, and here's what we received from City-Parish President Joel Robideaux: 

“I am appalled and saddened by this shocking discovery. When I learned of the situation, my administration immediately offered assistance to the Sheriff’s Office and the State Veterinarian in their investigations. One of my earliest commitments to the citizens of Lafayette Parish was to be an advocate for animals and I found overwhelming support for our no-kill initiative. As we continue those efforts, rest assured, we will not tolerate the callous treatment and shameful disposal of our animals.”

Deputies are still investigating to determine who dumped the animals and if that person can be charged with animal cruelty or illegal dumping.

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