Dog Mauling Investigation

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2009 - 4:10pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

It has been one week since three dogs attacked and killed a four year old Morganza boy. Those dogs were the focus of a hearing today in Pointe Coupee Parish. The hearing was to decide the fate of the animals involved. Today Judge James Best ruled that all three of the boxers pose an immediate threat to the community and he ordered them to be euthanized once state police have completed their investigation.

The three dogs remain locked up in the Pointe Coupee Parish Veterinary Clinic after a brutal attack on a small child. Michel Meche with Pointe Coupee Animal Control says, “To be honest with you, I have never picked up an animal as vicious as these dogs.” Meche arrived at the home shortly after the mauling occurred. He said even after the attack the dogs remained in what he describes as a frenzy. “I ended up having to tranquilize the dogs because they were unruly and their attitude was not the best.”

Today Meche testified in the parish courthouse when Judge James Best questioned whether or not he believes the dogs still pose an immediate threat to the public. His answer was definitely, “I definitely believe that one dog started it but the other two were definitely a part of it.” After hearing testimony from him and others, Judge Best decided that no matter what the dogs’ dispositions were prior to the mauling there was no question that they are the most vicious he has ever heard of, leading him to order their euthanization.

The owner of the dogs has five days to appeal the judge’s decision. If she chooses not to, the dogs can be put to sleep as early as next Friday. Judge Best says the boxers will be euthanized, incinerated, and disposed of as soon as state police detectives complete the investigation. He went on further to say, “There will not be a memorial service for these dogs in Pointe Coupee Parish.”

The state police say that they may order an autopsy of the dogs after they are euthanized to see if there was a medical reason for their increased aggression.