St Bernard deputies announce the arrest of an Arabi man on animal cruelty charges.
They say they found 29 dead puppies and three dead adult dogs in the man’s refridgerator-freezer.
“In the kitchen, yes,” said Col. John Doran of the St Bernard Sheriff’s office.
52-year-old Juan Toledo faces 32 counts of animal cruelty in the case. Deputies say he was already out on bond after being accused of beating his girlfriend. According to deputies, the woman contacted them after the attack and told them about the dead dogs.
Neighbor who live near Toledo’s home on Parish Drive told WGNO News that they’d seen the suspect walking his dogs in the neighborhood and the animals appeared to be healthy. But Toledo was never seen with more than three or four dogs.
“I knew he had gotten more, but I didn’t know how many,” said Kevin Martin who also described Toledo as a quiet neighbor who didn’t cause problems.
According to St Bernard deputies, Toledo also served time in prison in the late 1980s and early 1990s for burglary. He’s also faced previous charges they say.
“He’s got a previous arrest for murder. I believe it was the murder of his wife back in 1983 that he apparently was not prosecuted on,” Doran said.
Doran also said the puppies appeared to be groups of litters. He said none showed any obvious signs of trauma.
According to deputies, Toledo would only tell them that the animals had died and he hadn’t gotten around to burying them.
The sheriff’s office planned to have a veterinarian examine the animals later in the week.