POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 1:31pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 4:42pm
THIBODAUX, LA — The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office seized 103 dogs from a Thibodaux Brittany-breeder after he was found guilty of animal cruelty.
Warren “Chris” Michot , 60, was found guilty of Cruelty to Animals on May 16 and was ordered to substantially reduce the number of dogs on his property. When he failed to comply with court orders, and failure to comply could result in their seizure in mid-June.
Since the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter would not have the space to accommodate such a large number of dogs, authorities reached out to the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network for assistance.
Today, an order was issued to have all but 10 dogs seized, and deputies went to Michot's property to begin the seizure. Dogs were placed into kennels and were transported to the Raceland Ag Building, where they were bathed, vaccinated and given a triage medical evaluation.
Veterinarians from LSU will arrive later this week to conduct more thorough evaluations of each dog.
The dogs will be divided based on the availability of each rescue group's resources and will be transported to various facilities across the nation.
Once the dogs return to full health and are more socialized, they will be sent to foster homes and acclimated to living in a home with a family, and eventually, will be offered up for adoption. Any dogs too ill to travel, or any females close to delivering puppies, will be housed in foster placements in other locations in Louisiana and adjoining states thanks to the efforts and kindness of dog breeders representing various breeds.
"From the onset of the first complaint on Mr. Michot, we have steadfastly maintained an objective position and enforced the law to the letter," said Sheriff Craig Webre. "Our staff worked diligently with Parish Government and these rescue organizations to ensure that we could facilitate a court order such as the one handed down today. This was a complicated and tedious process, but in the end, our goal was to ensure these animals would receive the necessary care and avoid any further suffering or possible euthanasia."