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St. Helena man charged with aggravated cruelty to animals

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | Views: 4714

St. Helena man charged with aggravated cruelty to animals
From Crimestoppers of Tangipahoa:
St. Helena Parish Sheriff Nathaniel Williams announced today that St. Helena Parish Deputies executed a search warrant near Easleyville in an effort to rescue three Jersey cows and a bull with no food or water which was based on complaints from the rural neighborhood.

The tenant at the property, and acknowledged owner of the animals, Cory Michael Cleveland, wm, 57, was arrested on a warrant issued by Judge Doug Hughes with chief criminal deputy Chester Pritchett as the affiant.

Deputy Tanur Mansur, Jacob Hulmes and chief deputy Pritchett entered the property at 3 pm on September 11, 2018 and found four live animals and one dead animal in the tiny fenced in closure next to the trailer residence. Deputies succeeded in locating Cory Michael Cleveland in the residence and arrested him on Pritchett’s warrant.

The sheriff’s office has contract arrangements with a Pine Grove, La. cattleman to catch and house large animals (cows) in emergencies and the fees to be paid by the offender as prescribed by state law.

Only one Jersey cow was removed on Tuesday as inclement weather prevented catching the remaining three animals as the weakened animals were unable to climb into the catch trailer. Deputies Tanar Mansur and Mick Morris are returning to the scene today to remove the last three animals.

Corey Michael Cleveland was booked into the St. Helena Parish Jail where he is being housed under a $50,000 bond for Aggravated Animals Cruelty in violation of RS 14:102.1 of Louisiana Law and a $500 bond for a previous FTA.