Five teens aged 13 through 16 arrested for horse theft in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities said five Louisiana teenagers were arrested on suspicion of stealing two horses that appeared to be physically abused.

The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry said in a statement that the five teens are from St. Landry Parish and range from 13 to 16 years old.

Investigators from the state agency believe the teens stole the horses from a stockyard in Opelousas on April 4. They were arrested April 10 and taken to a juvenile detention center.

One of the teens faces charges of theft of livestock and aggravated cruelty of animals. The others face related charges, including theft and accessory after the fact to theft of livestock. Source at KALB »

Note: The report does not say why the teens took the horses. It seems to imply that the teens were the ones who abused them. We are following up. If anyone has further information on this story please contact us at horsefund@gmail.com or use our contact form.

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Two teens charged with break-in at Chicago Police Dept Stable

Chicago Mounted Police horse J.R. Photo: Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune.
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A Chicago Police horse named J.R. is seen in a stable used by the Chicago Police Mounted Unit on the South Side of Chicago on Monday, September 17, 2012. Most of the horses were let loose from their stalls during a break-in and J.R. was sprayed with a fire extinguisher causing swelling to his eyes. A second horse named Schott that was beaten in the leg, apparently with the same extinguisher.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Two boys, 14 and 16, were charged with injuring police animals and burglarizing the Chicago Police Department’s Mounted Unit, according to the Chicago Police Department.

The Chicago Police Department won’t name the two or provide additional information about them because they’re juveniles, according to a statement released by police. Each faces five counts of injuring police animals, a felony, and a felony burglary charge, police said. Continue reading >>