Louisiana Teens Charged With Horse Theft

Five teenagers are facing charges after allegedly stealing horses and tack from a Louisiana stockyard.

Laura Pursnell-Lindsay, public information director for Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM, said the teens ranging, in age from 13 to 16, from St. Landry Parish allegedly took two horses from Dominique’s Stockyard, in Opelousas, on April 4. The horses were allegedly physically abused, she said.

The teens are also accused of stealing saddles and other tack from the stockyard.

Acting on a tip and in conjunction with the St. Landry Parish Police Department, LDAF Livestock Brand Commission inspectors recovered the horses and tack.

The teens were arrested April 10, Pursnell-Lindsay said. She said two were charged with livestock theft, one was charged with accessory after the fact to livestock theft, one was charged with livestock theft and aggravated animal cruelty, and one was charged with accessory after the fact to livestock theft and aggravated animal cruelty.

“The charges of aggravated cruelty of animals and theft of livestock are both felonies,” she said.

Following their arrest, the suspects were placed a in a juvenile detention center in Opelousas where four remain.

“One has been released to his parents,” Pursnell-Lindsay said.

The case remains pending.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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