Ascension Parish investigators look into possible animal abuse
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating complaints of possible animal abuse in Gonzales.
At least 12 horses are on a property off Highway 941 near MP Evans Road. News 2 cameras captured the horses with bones clearly protruding through their skin and found the horses' water trough nearly bone dry.
People familiar with horses said they are extremely malnourished.
"It's hard to see animals treated like this," said Shawn Mury. "People drive by everyday and see them and don't do anything about it. They are going to die."
Mury called investigators demanding action.
"You see ribs, fat bellies, but Ethiopian children have fat bellies-- full of worms and gas," said Mury.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the man who owns the property is allowing the owner of the horses, Mark Tureaud, to live on the property. As the complaints are being investigated, a decision will be made Wednesday whether to charge Tureaud with animal cruelty.
Animal cruelty charges carry up to a $1,000 fine, six months in jail or both.