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St. Landry Parish juveniles arrested in horse thefts

October 17, 2011

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said Livestock Brand Commission Inspectors and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two Opelousas juveniles Oct. 10-11 for livestock theft.
Strain said seven horses were stolen from the St. Landry Parish Animal Control Shelter during a series of five break-ins from Aug. 8 through Oct. 1.
One juvenile suspect was charged with seven counts of livestock theft, four counts of criminal trespass and one count of cruelty to animals.
The second juvenile suspect was charged with one count of livestock theft and once count of criminal trespassing.
Six of the horses have been recovered. Investigators are still searching for the unrecovered horse.
Livestock Brand Commission personnel investigate all agricultural crime in Louisiana including theft of livestock (cattle, equines, hogs, emus, ostriches, turtles, sheep, and exotics) and farm machinery and equipment.
All enforcement personnel are commissioned by Louisiana State Police and have full police powers in the performance of their duties.