Two members of major animal rights organizations, a prominent independent animal rescuer and neighbors have pointed the finger at local law enforcement, saying it has not done enough to prevent abuse of dogs by a Ragley breeder. (Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:18 PM
Several Beauregard Parish residents, along with members of animal rights groups, want authorities to shut down a Ragley puppy-breeding business and charge the owners with cruelty to animals.
But Sheriff Ricky Moses said it’s doubtful the breeders will face charges. “At this point, I don’t see enough evidence to press charges for animal cruelty,” he said.
The breeders in question, Cathy and Ricky Greene, voluntarily surrendered 22 dogs on July 24. One of the dogs reportedly died after surgery to treat a uterine infection; others were found with severely matted fur; and one had an infected eye.
Ann Duhon said she is unable to barbecue in her backyard because the smell from the breeders’ property — 200 yards from her home — is too pungent. She said she has complained to the Sheriff’s Office about the conditions for almost a year.
“I am just in disbelief,” she said. “This is unreal. I’ve been fighting this for so long, and I thought I would finally be getting some help.”
The calls to shut down the breeding operation amped up when Duhon’s teenage son visited the property and shot video on his iPod.
The video, which lasts just over 16 minutes, shows a dog severely infested with fleas and countless others in various cages and trailers. That video can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJtv-O-XNh4 and another video is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk7tU37Dqow
Duhon said the woman living there asked her son and his friend to come over to help feed the dogs because she was unable to manage the feeding by herself.
Sheila Gilley, a member of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the couple kept more than 50 Maltese, Yorkies and mixed breeds in unsanitary conditions.
The Sheriff’s Office sent DeRidder-area veterinarian Catherine White on Aug. 9 to investigate the premises. In her report she said that, on average, the dogs' body condition scores were between three or four out of a possible nine.”
She recommended reducing the number of dogs, but said the animals had adequate food, shelter and water. She noted that the fur on almost all of the dogs was severely matted due to urine saturation. She said she inspected 20 dogs, none of which had fleas.
State law says that anyone who fails to provide animals with “proper food, proper drink, proper shelter, or proper veterinary care” can be charged with cruelty to animals.
Jeff Dorson of the Humane Society of Louisiana said the dogs in Ragley obviously lacked proper veterinary care.
Should the dogs be seized or voluntarily given up, Gilley said animal advocacy groups have the means to find a place to care for them.
“Southwestern Louisiana citizens are ready to take care of these dogs,” she said. “They can go straight into Baton Rouge kennels; they don’t even have to touch Beauregard Parish facilities.”
The Greenes could not be reached for comment.
Posted By: Gina Wehner On: 8/28/2013
Title: Volunteer for the 1st - 22 surrended.
These poor babies have no clue what TLC is. They was so matted that they had to shaved to the skin. Full of urine n fecee from head to toe. One passed away from a serious disease. Some has clotting disorders. None of them had any shots or dewormed or ever tested for heartworms. These babies are being neglected and needs much better care. Plez Sheriffic Mosey, find it in your heart to release these pups to our rescues where they all will be vetted and find fur ever loving homes.
Posted By: carmen t poe On: 8/28/2013
Title: they need to end this suffering on those dogs
I visited my niece in ragley this summer on fathers day and I told her that it was terrible the smell and care of those animal. I came home (Virginia beach ,Virginia and contacted peta they are a animal activist here . they talk to my niece but I am very upset with whats going on over there. this should of been taken care of immediately. for the sake of the dogs .puppy mills should never happen .
Posted By: Meghan On: 8/28/2013
Title: Sign the petition to stop the breeder.
I have started a petition to try and stop this breeder. Please sign it and share with your animal loving friends!