The city of Crowley, LA operates an animal shelter separate from the parish facility. Police are currently investigating the city shelter and have reportedly charged an employee with animal cruelty. The staff member is accused of killing hundreds of dogs “over an extended period of time.”
Details are few at this point but beheaded dog carcasses with microchips from the Crowley pound have reportedly been found in multiple locations. It sounds from the report like the employee may have gotten wind of the investigation and figured the jig was up so he allegedly broke into the pound Wednesday night in order to kill 4 more dogs. One last hurrah, I guess.
The shelter is open today in an effort to adopt out the remaining animals although it’s unclear how long the shelter will be shut down while police investigate.
I will update this post if additional information becomes available today.
(Thank you Arlene for sending me this link.)
Update: Police have identified the shelter employee (now fired) as 50 year old Michael Edwards. He has been charged in connection with the discovery of the remains of 10 – 20 dogs who were “disposed of improperly and cruelly”:
Edwards was arrested Thursday evening and charged with 5 counts of Obstruction of Justice, 3 counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and 1 count of Malfeasance in Office.