FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Detective Shaun Watson
Office: (504) 712-2240
Date: August 16, 2010
police investigate burned pit bull
On August 16, 2010, at 3:15 pm, Chantell
Letellier, age 26, of Kenner,
was issued a Kenner Police Department misdemeanor summons for
cruelty to animals. If convicted of this offense, Letellier
faces a maximum $500 fine, or a maximum six month prison
sentence and/or both.
code enforcement department first became aware of the incident
and referred the matter to the police department. Letellier
brought the animal to the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter on
July 12, 2010. A rescuer brought the animal to
in New Orleans
for additional treatment.
Veterinary records indicated the pit bull
suffered from an apparent chemical or thermal burn. Letellier
was questioned and although she denied injuring the animal she
acknowledged leaving the animal chained to a fence behind a
vacant residence at 3545 Tulane Drive in Kenner. Letellier said she could not afford to
bring the animal to the veterinarian when she discovered the
injury. The charge of cruelty to animals stemmed from Letellier
failing to provide proper shelter for the animal.
Shaun Watson is in charge of the investigation.
Chief Steve Caraway encourages anyone with information on
this incident to contact the Kenner Police Department at
(504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Callers
may remain anonymous.