Woman accused of leaving puppies in storage shed
BATON ROUGE - A woman faces animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered she left two small puppies in a small storage room for a week.
Baton Rouge Constables responded to an apartment to serve an eviction, and found the two pups in an unventilated storage room. The puppies had been left in the room for the period of a week without food or water.
27-year-old LaTonya Sheppard was identified as the caretaker of the puppies and arrested on aggravated animal cruelty charges.
Constables said they removed the puppies from the property and took them to an area shelter. They were examined by veterinary professionals and found to be in good health despite the experience.
Authorities said the owner of the puppies is a solider who left the animals in the care of Sheppard when she was recently deployed overseas. The owner was contacted by constables who were able to place the pups in the care of a more responsible friend until the solider returns to Baton Rouge.