While rescue workers fight to keep nine abused dogs alive, a DeSoto Parish man is behind bars at the DeSoto Parish Detention Center the dogs in his care were starved, deprived of water and chained up outside in 100-plus degree weather.
Otis Williams Jr., 35, was arrested for animal cruelty after DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s deputy and DeSoto Parish animal control were dispatched to 613 Catuna Road in Catuna in reference to a complaint of numerous dogs in bad health conditions.
When Animal Control agents and the DPSO deputy arrived, three dogs that appeared to be severely malnourished could be seen from the road. Upon further inspection, they were able to locate six more dogs at the residence.
All nine dogs appeared to have been deprived of adequate water, food, or shelter during the severely hot weather. One dog was located with severe injuries to its facial area, while eight dogs were tied to a tree by heavy chains.
No residents were home at the time.
All nine dogs were seized by DeSoto Animal Control at that time and taken to the animal shelter.
DeSoto Parish authorities contacted a group named Guardians of Rescue to help with the starving dogs.
In an effort to raise funds to try to save these dogs, Guardians of Rescue posted the following statement on their Facebook page regarding the dogs’ conditions.
“To us, it is clear that these dogs were part of a fighting ring and several were used as bait dogs. The thought of being chained up while other dogs run loose and rip you apart as bait is horrifying. One dog that we have named Toby was on a heavy chain, clinically starving, his face had been mauled, parts of his lips and tongue detached, and he was riddled with pellets. We can only imagine why this dog was shot so many times with pellets. Upon further inspection at the veterinarian, this poor boy will need reconstructive surgery, has spleen issues, advanced heartworm disease, and the list goes on.”
As the investigation continued, authorities learned the address here the dogs were found was registered to Williams, so Animal Control left a notice at his home that his dogs had been seized.
When he returned home, Williams located the notice and on July 21 contacted the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office to inquire why his dogs had been taken.
The DPSO deputy then returned to the residence to question Williams, who admitted he was owner of the dogs, but adamantly insisted that he regularly feeds and waters the animals and that there was nothing wrong with them.
However, Williams also told the deputy they had not been fed in three days.
At that time, the deputy advised Williams of his Miranda Rights, placed him under arrest and transported him to the DeSoto Parish Detention Center.
Anyone wishing to donate toward the wounded dog’s care may do so through this website: To donate towards Toby’s emergency medical care: https://guardiansofrescue.networkforgood.com/…/56178-saving…