The Natchitoches Animal Control office received a complaint on March 13 from a concerned citizen in reference to the welfare of two dogs on Dixie Street. Animal Control Officers went to the residence located in the 1500 block of Dixie Street to check on the animals. Upon arrival officers observed a female pit-bull mix on a chain that appeared very thin and malnourished. Also on the property was another female dog on a chain that was deceased. Officers attempted to make contact with the owner of the dogs, but no one was at the residence. Animal Control officers seized the pit mix and transported her to a local vet for evaluation and treatment.
Later the owner of the dogs, Travas Turner, met with AC officers at the Natchitoches Police Department. After being interviewed about the situation with the care of his dogs Turner was taken into custody.
Travas Turner, 36, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of felony cruelty to animals, 2 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals, no rabies vaccination, no city pet license and maintenance of premises. Turner was placed in the Natchitoches parish Detention Center where his bond was set at $7, 500.
To report an animal concern, please call Natchitoches Animal Control at 357-3885 or the NPD at 352-8101. All calls shall remain anonymous.