A woman who formerly headed up a rescue agency has been charged with animal cruelty. According to KATC News, the offender, identified as Robin Menard of New Iberia, Louisiana, was charged with animal cruelty after a dog was discovered inside a squalid kennel.
Deputies with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office found a pit bull standing in a “knee-deep” concoction of mud, urine and feces inside of a kennel without food or water – the dog, named “Justice,” had been rescued several years ago. Justice’s current state of health did not reflect three years of care, however. At the time that Justice was found, his feet were inflamed and he tested positive for both heartworm and ringworm, in addition to being poorly socialized.
Menard used to be the president of Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation (SNARR) – the rescue agency has stated that she has been voted out of her position. On Tuesday, the rescue agency which Menard had founded issued a statement to its Facebook followers:
The SNARR organization would like to inform all of our supporters and friends that we have recently severed all ties with Robin Menard. She is no longer affiliated with our rescue in any way.
We continue with our mission of being a voice to the voiceless under the direction of our new president, Lauren Connelly. As we use the next few weeks to resolve all issues that may arise as a result of this dramatic change, we ask for your patience, prayers and support.
Menard told deputies that she is dealing with “personal” issues and admitted that she may have “fallen behind” on providing proper care. Justice, and two other dogs, were seized from her care.
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