4 unattended dogs seized after BRPD SWAT narcotics raid, man and woman arrested
BATON ROUGE - Animal Control officers said four unattended dogs were taken from a North Baton Rouge house that was raided by Baton Rouge Police SWAT on Tuesday afternoon.
On Tuesday, June 28 around 12:30 p.m. Baton Rouge Police SWAT executed a search warrant at a home in the 5300 block of McClelland Street. Police received a tip that two men were selling drugs at the residence.
While executing the warrant, 17-year-old Ridarian Fleming was found inside the home. Seven grams of powder cocaine, marijuana and $500 were found as well as four pit bulls were located in the backyard.
The dogs had leaking wounds that were swollen and they were tied to trees with large chains, without food or water, according to BRPD. After arrested, Fleming stated that he did own the dogs and admitted that he knew the two men sold drugs in the home.
Fleming was charged with possession of schedule II drug and cruelty to animals.
The dog were seized by Animal Control because no responsible person was found to care for them after the raid. One of the dogs had a possible dogfighting injury, according to Animal Control. Another sustained a flashbang injury during the raid.
On Wednesday, June 29, around 4 p.m. 23-year-old Whitney West arrived at Animal Control stating that she owned two of the four dogs. One of the dogs West was claiming to own had been involved in a fight and was badly injured to the point where it could not barely walk.
Upon speaking with police, West said that she knew the dog had been injured for three weeks, but refused to take him to the vet due to the fact that she would be suspected of dogfighting and inform the police.
West stated that she tried to medicate the dog with over the counter medication and noticed that the dog's body deteriorated over the past week to the point that it had stopped eating.
West was arrested and booked on one charge of cruelty to animals.
All four canines are being held at Animal Control for evidence as the investigation continues. Investigators will also look into suspected animal cruelty in connection with the incident.