September 30, 2019  |  02:33 pm

Three individuals are facing animal cruelty charges in connection with an abandoned dachshund, who was found last week in a Slidell-area mobile home park with its hind legs removed.

A local resident contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 25 after a local animal rescue group obtained a dog, which had appeared to have had its two hind legs sawed off.

STPSO detectives working the case learned the dog, “Buddy,” had been shot several months ago (February 2019), at which time the owners reported the incident to law enforcement. They did not; however, obtain proper medical care for the animal.

As a result of being shot, “Buddy” suffered partial paralysis in his hind legs and was unable to walk. The dog’s legs dragged behind him, causing sores on his legs. Its owners, a 50-year-old Slidell woman and her 17-year-old daughter, told detectives the dog’s legs “fell off” after they bandaged them too tight.

However, detectives consulted with a board certified veterinarian orthopedic surgeon, who concluded with certainty that the wounds on the dog’s hind legs were “maliciously inflicted,” and not removed by a veterinary professional nor by natural means. 

The 17-year-old daughter was determined to be responsible for the dog’s condition and was arrested for L.R.S. 14:102.1B Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. She was booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center Monday (Sept. 30).

Her mother was also arrested Monday (Sept. 30) for L.R.S. 14:102 Cruelty to Animals for failing to get the dog proper medical care. She was released on a summons.

A 17-year-old friend was arrested on Friday (Sept. 27) for L.R.S. 14:102 Cruelty to Animals after she admitted to detectives that she abandoned the dying dog at the mobile home park. She was released on a custodial agreement to a responsible adult.

Relative to the shooting of “Buddy,” detectives are still actively investigating the incident and are following up with new developments. 

“Buddy” is currently in the care of a local veterinarian and is recovering well. Please refer to the animal rescue group, Dante’s Hope East, for more information about his condition and future.

“As a dog owner myself, I was completely appalled when we received a complaint of such horrific animal cruelty in our community. Our investigators acted swiftly, and the parties responsible have been charged accordingly,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I would urge anyone with information about this case or any instance of cruelty to defenseless animals, to contact the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-898-2338 or St. Tammany Parish Animal Services at 985-809-0183.”