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35 animals seized in animal cruelty case, 6 found dead

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Kimberly L. Evans and Alfredo Sanchez Kimberly L. Evans and Alfredo Sanchez

A Sulphur couple was arrested for multiple counts of animal cruelty after a multi-agency investigation. 

In late February, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives were contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to an animal cruelty investigation, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. 

CPAS advised detectives in November 2017 that they had responded to a residence at 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, in reference to a complaint they received of dogs running loose and tearing up the neighborhood.  They told detectives they made contact with the homeowner, Kimberly L. Evans, 40, and discovered at least 20 dogs on the property living in unsanitary conditions, without proper water or shelter, stated the spokeswoman. CPAS stated they wrote Evans several cruelty notices over the next several months, most of which Evans failed to address.     

On March 1, CPSO detectives, along with CPAS and a veterinarian, arrived at the home and observed animals confined to crates, some of which contained as many as six dogs to one crate, stated Myers. Detectives also observed several dog carcasses outside the home as well as a possible goat carcass.  When detectives attempted to make contact with the homeowner, no one answered so a search warrant was prepared on the home.  Upon entering the home, detectives observed layers of fecal matter and urine covering the floors and furniture, according to the spokeswoman. Once inside they found several living dogs, birds, and cats inside the home. They also located a cat carcass in a laundry basket by the washer and dryer that was being consumed by maggots and two deceased birds, still inside the cage with the living birds, according to detectives.  

CPSO detectives and CPAS seized 35 living animals from the home, as well as, 6 deceased animals. Before leaving the home detectives were advised that a man lives at the residence, but flees into the woods every time law enforcement arrives on the property, stated Myers.    

On March 5, Evans, as well as, the man living at the home, arrived at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office for questioning. When detectives spoke with Evans she stated she had collected the dogs from people on Facebook who were giving them away, according to investigators.  When detectives informed her she had not addressed the living conditions of the animals after CPAS issued notices, she advised them she had misplaced the notices.  When asked about the man living at the home she allegedly advised his name was "Yoni" and he was her fiancé that had been living with her for three years.

When detectives spoke with the man he initially gave detectives a false name.  CPSO detectives contacted U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to assist with the man, due to a language barrier. Once they arrived they were able to determine the man was actually Alfredo Sanchez, 38, who is a convicted felon in the U.S. illegally and has been deported previously on two occasions. Sanchez advised he and his attorney used a fraudulent name to apply for a visa, said the spokeswoman. 

Evans and Sanchez were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Jail and charged with 35 counts of simple cruelty to animals; and six counts of aggravated animal cruelty.  Judge Sharon Wilson set both their bonds at $7,500. 

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol placed a Federal detainer on Sanchez and will be further investigating his claims in reference to obtaining a visa.

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