Basile Police Officer arrested for animal cruelty

Eunice Police
Posted at 3:56 PM, Aug 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-07 14:42:15-04

Update: Daniel Crum, a Basile Police Officer, and resident of Eunice, was arrested today on a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animal(s), according to Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot.

Eunice police made the arrest today after a report that neighbors located Crum's injured dog, Lola, as she was dumped on side of the road.

"She was dumped to the street, and he quit feeding the dog, as the dog was living under neighbors carports and in their gardens for over a month begging for food," a source close to the neighbors told KATC.

Neighbors found the dog and opened up to it, they say, as they noticed she was sweet.

After petting Lola, they soon learned she had a deep wound around her neck, saw its infection, and knew the dog needed immediate care.

The neighbors confronted Crum, about a week ago, they say, to get Lola medical help she needs.

Crum did not act to help his dog, they say.

Soon, Eunice police were then notified.

Eunice Police Chief Fontenot did not want to speak on the topic with KATC, but did confirm the identity of Crum and the case.

Basile Police Chief, Crum's supervisor, told KATC he has no comment.

Crum has a scheduled court date in Eunice, Chief Fontenot said.

Lola is now with a foster family, animal advocates say, and is still in need of additional veterinarian care.

"She has a sliced neck because of her collar being so tight and the veterinarian said that with an injury like that, the collar could have been around her neck for over a year," said the animal advocate.

Those who would like to help Lola can make call-in donations at Millers Veterinary at 337-457-4136, and notify them of the Account # LOLA.

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