OPELOUSAS, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A man is charged with animal cruelty after leaving his dog in a car why he visited a South Louisiana casino.
Opelousas police say they were dispatched to the Evangeline Downs Casino just after noon Sunday in response to an animal cruelty complaint.
They arrived to find Byron K. Badeaux in the south parking lot of Evangeline Downs Casino. Police say they and identified him as the owner of the dog, and they say Badeaux told them that he arrived at the casino around 5:30 a.m. and left the dog in his vehicle while he went inside to gamble. He told officers that he had forgotten the dog was in the vehicle until he went outside around 12:00 p.m. and realized the dog had died.
Badeaux was arrested and was booked into the St. Landry Parish jail on a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.
The dog’s remains were later turned over to an Opelousas Animal Control officer.