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Deputies: Animal group could have hindered pit bull death investigation

This image has gone viral since it was released by the Humane Society of Louisiana on Monday. (FOX 8) This image has gone viral since it was released by the Humane Society of Louisiana on Monday. (FOX 8)
ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a pit bull that was first brought to their attention by The Humane Society of Louisiana.

However, a spokesman for the STPSO said that the animal protection group might have hindered the investigation by releasing information without contacting deputies.

“This has prevented, and made more difficult, the ability of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives to conduct a fair and unbiased investigation into this matter,” STPSO Captain Daniel M. Seuzeneau said. “We ask that everyone please press the figurative pause button for a moment and allow our investigators to gather witness statements, evidence, and anything else they need in order to come to a conclusion on how this incident should be handled.”

The allegations are that a man dragged a pit bull behind a pickup truck, ultimately killing the dog. The man then allegedly pulled over, unchained the dog, and left the scene. Witnesses took photographs of the suspect and published them to social media.

The man in the photograph has been identified and is cooperating with detectives, Suezeneau said.

The man has not been charged in the case.

Read the sheriff's entire statement below:

"The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the allegation published on social media involving the death of a pit bull, which occurred in the Slidell area on Sunday, May 28th. The allegations are that a man dragged a pit bull behind a pickup truck, ultimately killing the dog. The man then allegedly pulled over, unchained the dog, and left the scene. Witnesses took photographs of the suspect and published them to social media. The Humane Society of Louisiana sent out a press release about this incident yesterday, offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

"One major problem with how this entire incident unfolded is that no one consulted with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office prior to releasing information about this alleged incident. This has prevented, and made more difficult, the ability of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detective’s to conduct a fair and unbiased investigation into this matter. We ask that everyone please press the figurative pause button for a moment and allow our investigators to gather witness statements, evidence, and anything else they need in order to come to a conclusion on how this incident should be handled.

"The man involved HAS BEEN identified and is currently cooperating with detectives. As soon as the investigation is complete, we will update everyone with the outcome of the investigation. This matter is being taken very serious, and if a crime did indeed occur, the person responsible will be criminally charged."

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