Woman accused of getting free pets, but then starving them – The Town Talk

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COLFAX — An anonymous tip last week led Grant Parish Sheriff’s animal control officers to a Pollock home where animals had been stuffed into cages and starved by a woman who officials say got the animals through Facebook ads offering free pets.

Sheriff Steven McCain announced the June 4 arrest of Destiny Louise Dunn, 27, at a press conference on Wednesday. He said the case illustrates why people should not offer pets for free or should at least check on those who offer to take the animals.

Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain talks about an animal cruelty case and arrest of a Pollock woman during a press conference.

He called it “one of the most bizarre cases that we’ve seen.”

Dunn, who already has bonded out of the Grant Parish Detention Center, was arrested on four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, eight counts of cruelty to animals and three counts of failure to dispose of animal carcasses.

“What they (animal control) discovered was a horrible case,” said McCain. “They found that animals had been put in cages and had not been fed. Animals had been neglected and, according to the veterinarian, they were considered to be emaciated.”

Twelve animals were found alive at the home in the 100 block of Garza Road. One, a kitten, died despite medical intervention. The others received medical attention and have been placed in homes, said the sheriff.

Three dead animals were found, he said.

McCain said Dunn got the animals — dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, guinea pigs and rabbits — through Facebook ads people posted that offered free pets to good homes. He said Dunn would respond “and rescue the animals.

“In fact, she wasn’t rescuing them. She was bringing them home, and they were starved to death.”

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The sheriff’s office served a search warrant at the home, resulting in more evidence collected, he said. That led to Dunn’s arrest.

McCain said the bodies of the animals that died were kept in her home and around the home.

He thanked the office’s animal control division because he said he knows it wasn’t an easy case. He cautioned people about those who respond to such ads online, saying Dunn appeared sincere in her desire to help animals and give them a safe home.

Destiny Louise Dunn

“That was actually not the case, at all,” he said. “We would recommend that, if you’re going to do that and before you surrender the animal to someone else, go talk to their neighbors. Look on their Facebook page, and look through their history.”

He said pet owners have an obligation to take care of their animals.

“They depend on us to feed and water them and certainly not to be locked in cages and starved to death,” he said.

McCain said officials found that, over the past 10 years, Dunn has had two other criminal investigations for alleged crimes against animals. He said she was arrested in Avoyelles Parish.

The other investigation was in Montgomery in northwestern Grant Parish.

Details about those cases weren’t immediately available.

McCain said the sheriff office’s animal control division, created just a few years ago, “has been a huge, huge help to our entire community.” So far this year, the division has received 585 calls for service.

When asked about a motive, McCain said he was “certainly no doctor, but it’s something wrong.”

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