The call concerned abandoned and dead horses on a private property located behind the famous Yambilee building in Opelousas. Animal Control supervisor Patricia Street was present when the initial discovery was made.
"We found one horse, a grey horse, and we did locate a dead horse that had been partially burned."
The horse officers found alive, was suffering from starvation and abscesses.
Early Monday morning, officers returned to locate a second horse, believed to be alive. During the search, the bones of two additional horses were found, scattered on the property. Eventually, a second horse was found, alive, but starved, scared, and suffering from rotting hair and abscesses. While securing the horse, officers found two pit bulls. One was chained and extremely underweight. Another, healthier dog, was found locked in a shed.
Street and her team questioned neighbors. One neighbor said she was unsure of who the animals belonged to, but Street said they do have suspects in the cruelty case.
"Our leads make us believe that there are several people involved. We cannot release the names, as the investigation is on-going."
The animals were brought to the parish animal control shelter, where they will receive food and medical care. Street said they will try to find rescue centers for the animals, unless an owner comes forward.