The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission arrested two men on one count each of theft of livestock May 8, 2019.
Eurell D. Johnson and Dewayne D. Kimble, both of New Roads, are accused of stealing a horse from its owner in New Roads. Following an investigation, it was determined that the stolen horse was sold at a local livestock market.
LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “Because the horse was branded, it was traceable back to its owner in Pointe Coupee Parish. This case highlights the importance of livestock identification and our animal health traceability systems that help identify stolen livestock.”
The LDAF Brand Commission investigators were assisted by the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Livestock owners are urged to record each brand or mark every five years. Brands and marks expire December 31, 2019. Renewals were mailed in April. Applications for renewals shall be received by the commission no later than September 1 of the expiration year.
Anyone with a registered brand that has not received a renewal by mail should contact the LDAF at 225-925-3962.