RAYNE, La. (KLFY)- Nine horses are being treated after they were found starving and dehydrated earlier this month in Acadia Parish.
Some were loose and some remained locked in a barn without food or water on Charlie Arceneaux Road.
The Acadia Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Tramaine VonKeith Marks, the owner of the horses, with nine counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and three counts of animals at large,
According the Humane Society of Louisiana, the animals were seized and taken to the St. Landry Animal Control and Rescue Center in Opelousas.
Of the nine horses, three were stallions, and one of the stallions needs immediate surgery to heal an infection in his groin area.
Donations to help pay for feed, boarding and veterinary care for the animals is accepted via Paypal at Stacey.firstname.lastname@example.org.
A tax deductible check or money order to Teaching Humane Education Helps Eliminate Litters of Pets (“HELP”), a non-profit located in St. Landry. HELP is the educational arm of the local animal control department in that parish and Donations to HELP may be sent to 255 Hanger Road on Opelousas, LA 70570.
It is expected to cost several thousand dollars in feed and medical care for the horses to make a full recovery and donations at any level are welcome, the organization said.
“We are honored to work along side with Acadia Parish and the Humane Society of Louisiana in order to save the lives of these animals. Please make a donation to help offset the cost of caring for these criminally neglected horses or visit the shelter at 255 Hanger Road, Opelousas,” said Stacey Alleman, Director of St. Landry Parish Animal Control.
“We are in need of equine senior feed, hay, mini-alfalfa cubes, regular-size horse halters and leads, hoof picks, horse brushes and combs.”
Volunteers are also welcome and encouraged to come out and support the care of these animals, she added. Since these horses are the subject of a criminal investigation, they cannot be adopted or released.
“We are also in need of funds to pay for surgery for the stallion,” Alleman said.