“They are my dogs and I can do what I want to with them,” Kimberly Evans told police. “It’s nobody’s business what I do with these dogs, dead or alive.”
Two Sulphur, Louisiana residents have been arrested after several dogs and cats were found in poor living conditions and multiple animal carcasses were discovered on their property, authorities said.
Police seized 35 living animals from the home, as well as, many deceased animals. According to detective Ron Willer, there were so many dead and decomposing animals, it is impossible to determine how many actual carcasses there were.
“We found two dog carcasses in the washing machine, it’s just horrific,” detective Willer said. “She had a trash bag full of rotting dead birds. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
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They told detectives they made contact with the homeowner, Kimberly L. Evans, 40, 262 Royer Loop, Sulphur, and discovered at least 20 dogs on the property living in unsanitary conditions, without proper water or shelter.
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. Detectives also observed several dog carcasses outside the home as well as a possible goat carcass.
Upon entering the home, detectives observed layers of fecal matter and urine covering the floors and furniture. 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 & dryer that was being consumed by maggots and two deceased birds, still inside the cage with the living birds.
Before leaving the home detectives were advised that a Hispanic male lives at the residence, but flees into the woods every time law enforcement arrives on the property.
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.
Evans and Sanchez were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 35 counts of simple cruelty to animals; and 6 counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
Judge Sharon Wilson set both their bonds at $7,500.
It seems like every day there’s a new case of animal hoarding in the news. From our own investigations and research, we here at Animal Lovers understand that this is a serious mental illness. And while we want everyone to get the treatment they need, this is absolutely unacceptable.
To hurt innocent animals in this was is reprehensible, and thankfully, in the United States of America, it’s a crime.
Would you like to see a federal animal abuse statute on the books?