West Monroe woman arrested for animal cruelty

Laquarius D. Wallace - OPSO
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Authorities in West Monroe have arrested a woman accused of animal cruelty.

According to West Monroe police, officers went to a home on the 200 block of Crawford Street around 1:30 Thursday morning to investigate a complaint regarding an animal.

When police arrived, they discovered two dogs that were malnourished to the point that their bones were showing through their skin. Police then say a dead dog was found in the garage where the other two dogs were being kept. They say it appeared that the other dogs had eaten part of the dead dog.

Police say the homeowner, Laquarius D. Wallace, said she was unaware of the situation. She told police that her 12-year-old son was supposed to be taking care of the dogs.

Wallace was arrested on a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, as well as an outstanding warrant for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and obstruction of justice.

This is not Wallace's first time facing an animal cruelty charge.

In 2017, Wallace pleaded guilty to simple cruelty to animals and was sentenced to pay fine of $200 or spend 20 days in jail. Court records indicate that the crime happened between the dates of November 20th, 2016 and December 8th, 2016 and that the animal was a dog. Simple cruelty to animals includes confining an animal to a space without proper food, drink, and shelter.