A 27-year-old Sulphur woman has been arrested on a warrant for severe animal cruelty, say police.
In December 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Detective along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services responded to a call at a home on Burton Street in Sulphur in reference to a dead dog and an emaciated dog at the residence, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The dogs appeared to have not been fed in a while and had also been eating plastic, reported the responding detective. Both the living and the deceased dog were seized by the investigator. After the dogs were examined by a veterinarian it was learned the dead dog showed no signs of food in its digestive tract, but had pieces of plastic in its tract. Both dogs were also found to be infested with heartworms, according to the examiner. The veterinarian advised the detective that both dogs suffered from starvation.
According to Myers, the dogs’ owner died and Aquanillia R. Sibley agreed to meet with the detective for interview, but failed to do so. After further investigation, the detective learned one witness offered to take the dogs and care for them, but Sibley refused. Another witness stated he fed the dogs for approximately one week after the dogs’ original owner died until Sibley told him not to come back.
In May 2017, the case was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and on On May 26, 2017, a warrant was issued for Sibley’s arrest in the amount of $30,000 for the charges of simple animal cruelty; and aggravated animal cruelty.
On June 6, 2018, Sibley was arrested on the warrant by the Lake Charles Police Department and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Jail.