Animal Cruelty

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Alvin Ray Hilaire

NPSO

A tip to the

Natchitoches

P a r i s h

Sheriff ’s Office

A n i m a l

Services Unit

led to the arrest

of a Natchez

man on animal

c r u e l t y

charges.

The investigation

began

Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 10:24 a.m.

when Natchez Police and

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff ’s

Deputies responded to reports

of several dogs malnourished

at a residence in the 100 block

of Johnson Loop in Natchez.

Authorities discovered nine

pit bulldogs tied to various

locations in the rear of the

residence without shelter,

food or water.

Some of the dogs appeared

malnourished.

Sgt. Bruce with the

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff ’s

Corrections Animal Services

Unit responded to the scene.

Deputies say while photographing

and collecting evidence,

they discovered broom

handles, three pound weights,

a sledge hammer and a large

knife where they dogs were

being kept.

The owner is identified as

Alvin Ray Helaire, 27.

As the investigation progressed,

deputies requested

the assistance of the

Natchitoches Animal Control

Unit to collect the dogs.

The dogs. ranging in ages of

approximately 6 months-1

year, were transported to a

Natchitoches Veterinary

Clinic for evaluation.

Helaire, of the 100 block of

Johnson Loop, Natchez, is

charged with 9-counts of

Cruelty to Animals.

Helaire remains in the

Natchitoches Detention

Center awaiting bond.

Deputies say during the

investigation, they received

information that some of the

dogs may be stolen.

The dogs were reportedly

also being allegedly trained

for dog fighting purposes.

If you recently had a pit

bulldog stolen contact Sgt.

Bruce at the Natchitoches

Parish Detention Center at

357-9300.

All dogs are being cared for

and housed at the

Natchitoches Parish

Detention Center Animal

Services building.