FOX 8 Defenders: Verdicts in "Hounded" trial

Thibodaux, La. - After two days of testimony, Lafourche Parish Judge Hugh LaRose rendered verdicts in the trial of a Thibodaux man accused of animal cruelty and noise code violations. It's a story the FOX 8 Defenders first exposed last year.

Lafourche Parish District Attorney Cam Morvant tells FOX 8, Chris Michot has been convicted of failure to vaccinate animals on 32 counts.  He says he's also convicted on one count of cruelty of animals and for violating the animal noise code on five counts.

Several Lafourche Parish Sheriff's deputies, Michot's neighbors, and a Humane Society investigator were among witnesses called to the stand to testify in the trial this week. In all, Michot was fined $500, and while Judge LaRose suspended his jail time, he placed Michot on supervised probation by the sheriff's office for two years. He also ordered Michot to allow the parish veterinarian on his property to inspect his dozens of dogs.

In November, our camera captured video of animals that appeared to be chained up with no food or water nearby and dirty and crowded kennels. Based on the vet's report, Judge LaRose could make a decision on the future of the animals, and if Michot violates his probation, he could get a minimum of six months in jail.