STATEMENT ON ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE
The following is a statement of clarification in regards to the recent case involving a Shih-Tzu dog suffering burns in the St. Rose community of St. Charles Parish:
The Metairie Humane Shelter, a group not associated with any government entity did not report this case to the proper authorities. When the Jefferson Parish Animal Control Office inquired if the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter knew of the case, two St. Charles Sheriff's Office deputies opened an investigation. St. Charles Parish rarely experiences aggravated animal cruelty. After the investigation, it was determined that the Shih-Tzu and its owner, who has been identified independently by three people and by verification of veterinary records, were both injured in a house fire. The owner is heartbroken. Metairie Humane Shelter has been made aware of these findings and PETA's reward of $5,000 for information has been removed.
St. Charles Parish is home to a Sheriff's office, District Attorney's Office and Animal control office that work together and support one another to combat animal cruelty. Any case should be immediately reported to the Animal Control Office at 985-783-5010.