Detectives make arrest in St. Tammany horse abuse case

Detectives make arrest in St. Tammany horse abuse case

St. Tammany Parish sheriff's detectives have arrested a Pearl River man for abandoning three horses in a secluded area of the parish earlier this week.

On Monday, (May 4) deputies responded to an area just outside of Pearl River in reference to three abandoned horses. The horses appeared to be malnourished, neglected and showed signs of possible abuse.

One of the horses was in such a condition that a veterinarian was unable to save it and it was euthanized. St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services took custody of the two remaining horses.

Information about the horses was posted on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office website and social media sites, and several people responded with information. Detectives were then able to identify 68-year-old Floyd E. Williams Sr. as the owner of the horses. Statements from witnesses placed Williams, his vehicle and his horse trailer in the area on the date the incident was originally reported.

On Thursday, (May 7) St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Williams for three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

While being questioned by detectives, Williams adamantly denied that he abandoned the animals to fend for themselves.

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