APSO: Pit bull owner arrested on 4 counts of animal cruelty

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said the homeowner of several pit bulls will be arrested for animal abuse after pictures surfaced of the dogs chained & left out in the cold.

Frank Bell Jr., 32, of Donaldsonville, has been arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty. It comes after Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said deputies responded to a home on Forest Heights Rd. off of Hwy 621 Thursday afternoon where multiple pit bulls were chained and padlocked in a front and backyard of a home.

Bell admitted to officials that he was the owner of the four pit bulls.

“They will not be left out in the cold. They will not spend the night in a yard. They will spend the night in a warm shelter,” said Sheriff Webre.

After being tagged on Facebook about a post regarding the dogs’ current condition, Unfiltered with Kiran contacted the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, which Sheriff Webre said triggered deputies responding immediately.

Pictures show the pits to be extremely malnourished, tied up by chains and left in the cold. The original FB post claims the dogs are terrified of humans and “roll over and pee on themselves” if anyone approaches them due to the alleged “abuse” they have endured. 

“There is absolutely no reason any animal should be left to be tortured in these frigid temperatures, especially with how cold it’s expected to get tonight,” said Sheriff Webre.

All four dogs were removed from the home and are in good hands at the shelter Cara’s House in Ascension Parish.

For those interested in adopting them, they’re legally not up for adoption. A judge would have to remove them from the legal custody of their current owner before they could go up for adoption. In the meantime, they are being taken care of properly and have food and a warm bed. They will not be put to sleep. 

Anyone noticing any animal abuse in Ascension Parish is asked to call APSO and file a report 225-621-8300 Ext. 1.

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