BUNKIE, La. (HSLA) - On Feb. 19, the Humane Society of Louisiana, with help from the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, the St.Landry Animal Control Department, and a local veterinary clinic, removed 15 cats and 15 dogs from a Bunkie residence.
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The animals were living in deplorable conditions, many of them living in rusty cages or kennels that were covered and never cleaned. The owners, Maxine and Gordon Doughtery, were charged with 30 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.
This was not the first charge for the couple. They were also charged with cruelty in 2016, when 38 animals were removed from their home, and more recently in January of this year, when they were given a citation for animal neglect.
The Humane Society of Louisiana accepted custody of all the recovered animals. The HSLA were later contacted by neighbors of the Doughtery’s, reporting that their pets had gone missing and inquiring if their pets had been recovered from the couple’s home.
To help facilitate the reunion of any owner with their missing or lost dog, the Humane Society is posting photos of the recovered dogs on their social media sites (Humane Society of Louisiana on Facebook) and sharing all photos with news outlets.
There are five dogs remaining in custody. Those claiming ownership must provide proof of ownership by presenting veterinary records, photos, or a bill of sale. Those wishing to confirm ownership can contact the Humane Society at email@example.com or by calling 901-268-4432.
Those wishing to adopt one of the five dogs may fill out an application at www.humanela.org. The adoption fee is $150.00. The dogs must be treated for heart worm disease before being released.
Those wishing to donate to the care of these dog can make a contribution online through the Humane Society's website at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/humanela. In the open field, please write, "for care of Bunkie dogs". Money can also be donated through the group's Facebook page, or send a check or money order made out to the Humane Society of Louisiana and send to P.O. Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174. All donations are tax deductible.
Pictures and details on these animals can be found at the Facebook link below.