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|FPSO to ask State Police to open criminal investigation into Winnsboro|
Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office officials Monday confirmed that they would ask the Louisiana State Police to open a criminal investigation into the city of Winnsboro over treatment of dogs at the city animal shelter.
The move was prompted by a letter, received Monday, from Humane Society of Louisiana Executive Director Jeff Dorson to Sheriff Steve Pylant urging him to initiate a formal investigation into the matter.
"We will formally ask (the State Police) to investigate," said Kevin Cobb of FPSO. "I have got the letter now and I will go from there."
The letter states that the city's treatment of the dogs "violates the regulations of animal shelter operations under Title 3. LA R.S. 3: 2465."
The letter recounts how the dogs were discovered to have been left unattended during the last weekend of March, as reported in the March 31 issue of the Franklin Sun in a story titled "Barbaric conditions at shelter."
A trip to the shelter by Franklin Sun reporters revealed the animals, kept in outdoor pens, were without food and water and had apparently been eating each other. Half a dog carcass was found in one pen, which housed four other animals and was filled with feces.
For a full story read the May 5 print addition of the Franklin Sun on sale Wednesday.