Animal Rescue Operation 101



The Humane Society of Louisiana has recently formed a new Animal Cruelty Investigation Bureau to get back to its original mission of investigating cases and rescuing animals from abuse. The team recently rescued the largest number of animals its ever encountered in an abuse case.

In late June, animal rescue volunteers delivered hundreds of live birds and animals from a sick situation of abuse and neglect outside of Walker, La. More than 590 live animals and 240 dead animals were seized from a rusty mobile home and surrounding property of Cindy Jones and Samuel Stroup and their five children, ages 3 to 13.

The children have been removed from their parents’ custody and placed with relatives, while their parents are being held and charged with 77 counts of aggravated animal cruelty and at least three counts of child desertion. They face up to a maximum of 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. However, even if more of the animals die, as rescuers expect due to the horrific conditions of confinement, there won’t be added charges because apparently chickens aren’t covered under Louisiana’s statutes for animal cruelty.

Most of the animals were chickens and other fowl, the rescue group says. The group has been working to find foster homes for the animals, but the Humane Society, which is supported by donations and volunteers, is in great need of food and medical supplies to treat and care for the victims.

All of the rescued animals, which include several dogs, hamsters, a donkey and a miniature horse, in addition to chickens, ducks, geese and quail, are currently being treated and housed by the Livingston Humane Society, and will be eligible for adoption soon.

For more information on how to support the Humane Society through volunteer hours, funds for medication and supplies, or to adopt a rescue animal, please contact the Humane Society of Louisiana at 1-888-6-humane or email or

Donations can also be made to the Denham Springs Animal Hospital, the group assisting with veterinary care.

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