Following the announcement last week that 18 horses had been seized from a Ptikin, La., property, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced on Facebook Wednesday that they have charged a man with 18 counts of cruelty to animals. Gary Thompson, 64, of Pitkin, was arrested March 20.
According to the social media post, Thompson's bond was set at $18,000. He has since posted bond and been released.
The arrest is part of an investigation run in conjunction with the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission and the Vernon Parish Sheriff.
The investigation was launched, according to law enforcement, after numerous complaints of animal cruelty against Thompson Horse Lot, long known for its Facebook-based operation offering followers an opportunity to purchase horses or “bail” animals the lot claimed were at risk for being sent to slaughter.
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