Posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:58 PM Updated yesterday at 7:03 PM
Meg Farris / Eyewitness News Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @megfarriswwl
NEW ORLEANS -- Animal shelter officials are investigating numerous cases of cruelty after a couple of citizens took matters into their own hands. They say an area on the Jefferson Parish West Bank has become a graveyard for pets people no longer want. Two young mothers are on a mission to stop the atrocious acts happening in Waggaman. Since November, on a desolate road, Live Oak Boulevard near the Jefferson landfill, there have been numerous cases of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect. A woman was seen throwing four emaciated dogs out of a car. They've seen bags and ice chests and blankets with dead, decaying dogs, cats and even a tortured boar. Apparently all are separate cases. "Animals don't have a voice and it's a shame," said Alicia Olivier, 30, through tears. "Today we saw a skinned animal and once we saw a skinned animal, that was the last straw," Liz Galle said. The women are so distraught and intent on ending this problem that they've put all the information on their Facebook pages. In fact, already they've gotten about 500 shares. They've even put a look-alike photo of one of the vehicles and a license plate number. We saw dead animals but will not broadcast the video. The animals have been mixes of Yorkies, Labs, Pit Bulls, and Beagles. Barbed wire fences on each side of the road mean live animals have no place to go but dirty water ditches or amidst speeding trucks. One of the women was able to pick up four abandoned dogs. She adopted one and named him 'Chance. She had to shave off more than a pound of matted fur. The other three were adopted through the Jefferson Animal Shelter. "If you can't take care of your animal, dumping it on side of the road is the last resort," said Olivier. The Jefferson shelter will pick up your animal or you can leave it after hours in one of the outside kennels. There are no cameras and no one will ask questions. "We are aware of it. We're increasing patrols in the area. We're asking appropriate agencies for their help as well but the biggest and most key component in all of this is going to be the public's help," said Robin Beaulieu, Director of the JP Animal Shelter. Today the women saw one new dog that had been dumped in a blanket. "It's emaciated and just dumped on side of the road like a piece of trash, when it's a living thing," said Olivier. Research shows animal cruelty can be linked to domestic abuse, dog fighting, gang activity, and drug violence. The JPSO would not say if they are investigating any of the cases. To leave a tip, call the animal shelter at 504-349-5111. Your information will be kept anonymous. If you would like to donate to help start a reward fund, call the Humane Society of Louisiana at 1-888-6-humane. You can also volunteer to patrol the area.