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Baldwin woman arrested for cruelty to animals

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 17:53:15-05

BALDWIN, La. — The Baldwin Police Department arrested a Baldwin woman on Sunday for two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals after finding two dead dogs on her property that had been left to starve.

Demis Bowie Romar, 48, of Baldwin was booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail on Feb. 14 before she was released on a $7,500 bond Sunday evening.

KATC Investigates obtained the police report for Romar's arrest, which states that the responding officer found two deceased, emaciated dogs in an outside kennel at Romar's residence.

The officer then made contact with Romar who said the dogs belonged to her son who had moved away to Oklahoma the previous month before leaving the dogs in her care.

Demis told the officer that the dogs had not eaten for two weeks.

The officer also observed a water bowl inside the kennel that was contaminated with algae. Asked who waters the bowl, Romar said she "guessed the water was from the rain."

The officer also saw no dog house inside the chain-linked kennel and observed very little feces on the ground, which confirmed Romar's admission that she was not feeding the dogs.

BPD also contacted the Louisiana Cruelty Investigation Taskforce, which is a statewide non-profit organization seeking to stop animal abuse and cruelty, that will conduct its own investigation.

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