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Grant Parish woman arrested for animal cruelty

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:47 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:49 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office held a news conference on Wednesday to announce that a Grant Parish woman has been arrested for multiple counts of animal cruelty.

An investigation by GPSO and the Animal Control Center led to the arrest of Destiny Louise Dunn, 27, last week. Dunn’s charges include three counts of cremation or burial of animal carcasses, four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and eight counts of cruelty to animals.

Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain said, “They found that animals had been put in cages and had not been fed. Animals had been neglected. According to the veterinarian, they were considered to be emaciated, which means that they were very thin from a lack of food.”

Sheriff McCain said Dunn would respond to posts on Facebook from people looking to give away their animal and say she would rescue them, but instead was starving the animals.

“It was cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, puppies and dogs. After the animals had died, she kept the dead bodies in her house,” said Sheriff McCain.

Authorities found three dead animals in Dunn’s home. Twelve other animals were rescued and are now in a safe place. Law enforcement said there have been two other investigations involving Dunn in the last 10 years for crimes against animals in Avoyelles Parish and Montgomery.

“Please be very careful,” said Sheriff McCain. “If you get to the point where you have to surrender your pet and try to find a good home, make sure they are actually going to a good and safe home.”

Through the first six months of this year, 585 calls have already been made to their animal control division.

If you hear of animal cruelty or see a neglected animal, you are advised to call the animal control division at (318) 627-3724.

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