Residents call for better care of animals at feed store in Port Allen
PORT ALLEN- The West Baton Rouge Parish President says animals at a feed store in Port Allen are, at times, being neglected. Parish President Riley Berthelot plans to meet with the District Attorney tomorrow to discuss charging the store owner with animal cruelty.
Animals were seized by Animal Control after they were found with insufficient food or water at John Kissner's feed store. Berthelot says the animals were returned to Kissner 10 days later when he agreed to take better care of them.
Last month Kissner was taken to court on a zoning violation, for keeping nuisance animals, and trash on his property. The judge gave him 90 days to clean up his business but said nothing about animal cruelty.
Kissner has several dozen animals on his property, including ducks, geese, chickens, sheep, a cow, a horse and several peacocks. The horse, cow, and one of the sheep are tethered, the chickens are free to roam and the birds are kept fenced in.
Berthelot says people are concerned about the animals not having enough water or shade.
"It's probably the single biggest thing we've gotten complaints about in this parish," Berthelot said.
"The water was undrinkable in the kiddie pools. Which if you use kiddie pools for ducks you need to clean them out and change them several times a day," Pam Leavy, with Capitol Area Animal Welfare Society, said.
Kissner says he feeds the animals twice a day and checks their water. He also claims the animals can take the heat.
"Horses are designed to stand the sun because they sweat...same with cows and same with sheep," Kissner said.
Animal Control is checking on the animals at Kissner's feed store daily.