- Louisiana, USA -
On Wednesday, October 6, Zachary Police Department officer 21-years-old ASHTON BLOUNT (pictured below), was arrested by an outside agency after the decomposing bodies of two innocent young dogs were found in a trailer where he once lived.
According to WAFB, the gruesome discovery was made on October 5, during an investigation into reports about damaged property.
Reporter Earl Phelps with WBRZ, interviewed Animal Control Officer Jason Chambers who said: “There was not much left to them but bones and fur.”
The mobile home was filled with filth. One of the furbabies was found in the kitchen, the other one was on a bed. It appears they had been kept in a back room.
ACO Chambers explained: “It really looked like they were trying to get out of that, out of that room, like they were left there. But there were scratch marks all over the wall, blinds were torn all out the window, feces at least 2, 3 inches thick in the closet.”
WAFB reports that when detectives interviewed BLOUNT, he told them he left the property in July and turned over nine dogs to LSU’s animal shelter. However, detectives later reported that they were only able to verify BLOUNT brought seven dogs to the shelter.
Zachary Police said in a news release that they are not involved in the criminal investigation but are cooperating with the arresting agency. Police Chief David McDavid added that the investigation is ongoing and at this time he cannot comment on details.
He advised that BLOUNT “was placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation into this matter.”
ACO Chambers said: “Any normal person would have been booked into the parish prison but being a police officer kinda gave him a little, a little grace.”
A felony animal cruelty charge could come with only one year in prison.
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