NEW ROADS, La. (BRPROUD) – A Pointe Coupee judge ruled, five pit bulls will be humanely euthanized after a man was severely injured in an attack.
18th JDC Judge, Kevin Kimball, decided the animals’ fate after hearing nearly two hours of testimonies in his court room Thursday afternoon.
The hearing was a result of a December 24h, 2020 incident that left a man in the ICU. According to testimonies, a man was working in a sugar cane field when three dogs approached him. The dogs allegedly jumped on him, “biting through his flesh down to the bone.”
Colleagues of the man attacked said, “the dogs were vicious, eating away as they scrambled to find help.” A few minutes later, one of the workers jumped into a tractor blowing the horn and forcing them away.
Joseph Beaud III, owner of Joby Beaud, III L.L.C said, he received a call about one of his workers being attacked. Once at the scene, he said the images were “horrifying.”
“They basically tried to eat the man alive” said Beaud.
Assistant District Attorney for the 18th JDC, Kristen Canezaro, stood in front of Beaud holding a now stained hat covered in blood. Beaud confirmed, it was the hat his worker was wearing at the time of the attack.
According to Pointe Coupee Animal Services, following the attack they spotted a dog roaming the street when a woman confirmed it was her dog. The service worker testified, he allowed the woman to tether the dog to a fence and proceeded to ask her, “Do you know where the other dogs are?”
He said, the woman replied “no,” before leaving to search for the other animals. During the testimony he said, he went back to the house pleading for answers because a life was in danger and it was then, the woman revealed she was holding the dogs in her home, but instead of three there were a total of five inside.
Director of Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter, Stacey McKnight, said once on scene they asked to take the dogs one by one. She said, they took all five because it was unclear on which dogs were part of the attack.
“The dogs were aggressive, and some had blood on their collars” said McKnight.
Before taking the dogs away, four of the five were sedated for transport. The fifth was allowed to be transported by the owner to the animal shelter because he was aggressive and the owner, “knew the dog and the dog respond to them.”
McKnight also said, the owner falsified documents claiming one of the animals was a service dogs, testifying the documents were purchased off of the internet.
During her testimony, McKnight revealed this was not her first time interacting with these particular pets. On September 19, 2020 McKnight was at the same home after the dogs allegedly attacked a woman.
She said, only two of the dogs were involved in the first incident, but believe they picked up the wrong dogs because that’s what the owner turned over.
Denise Lucas, the woman attacked on September 19, 2020 said, the dogs bit her arm and scratched her side while she was getting items out the trunk of her car.
“She didn’t come out to see what was going on with her dogs at that time so now that she’s in court today she needs to do some time” said Lucas.
McKnight referenced a similar testimony, testifying that when asked about the dogs’ whereabouts the owner told her she was unaware.
Judge Kimball clarified that on both occasions the owner allegedly lied to the Parish’s animal control services after her dogs were involved in an attack.
“We trusted and valued her responsibility to give us a proper answer” said McKnight.
Judge Kimball said, “It’s not a difficult decision,” ruling all of the dogs were a danger to the community and will be humanely euthanized.
McKnight said, she hates to see this happens and hopes the owner learns a lesson.
“If she’s looking for an emotional support animal, it needs to come from within. Don’t put so much on a pet.”
Judge Kimball also ruled, the owner will have to pay for all costs associated with the dogs being housed at the animal shelter from the time they were picked up until the time they are euthanized. In addition, she cannot own a pet for the next three years.