18 horses seized from horse lot in Pitkin

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VERNON PARISH, La. (KPLC) - Eighteen horses have been seized from a horse lot in Pitkin, authorities said.

The animals were seized as the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture Livestock Brand Commission served a search warrant at the Thompson Horse Lot, at 456 Donald Perkins Road, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

The search warrant was related to “numerous complaints regarding alleged neglect of livestock,” according to information from the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

A veterinarian evaluated approximately 40 head of horses at the lot and 18 horses were transferred to an alternate location.

The Brand Commission is investigating the dates and locations of the purchase of the animals.

The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are expected.

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