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Fwd: Please Read--WBRP Louisiana, Animal Abuse Legalized

From: Jeff
Sent on: Friday, August 12, 2011 10:38 PM
Please call the owners to complaint and say that you will be boycotting their place of business until the conditions for the animals improve....Their numbers appear at the end of this message.

Many thanks,

The Humane Society of Louisiana

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From: Pam Leavy CAAWS <[address removed]>
Date: Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Subject: Please Read--WBRP Louisiana, Animal Abuse Legalized

Please read the following and watch the video:
I received a call this week about an animal abuse case in West Baton Rouge Parish, Port Allen, Louisiana, hopped in my van with my cameras and left to investigate animals tethered in the extreme heat and humidity, with no shelter, at Kissner's Feed Store.  Upon arriving, I immediately saw a skinny young cow, tethered in front of of the parking area, hugging the small bit of shade offered by a discarded boat.  Among lots of discarded junk, I saw a tethered horse, a pen holding far too many ducks and peacocks, another small pen holding 2 peacocks, and yet another pen, completely overgrown so I was unable to make out what was inside, but I think it was geese.  I then saw the two sheep, mom and baby, short tethers, the baby trying to get to the small bit of shade under a piece of metal that was so hot it burned my hand.  Mom was too large.  Both were panting so hard that their bodies rocked and noses flared.  They had very little water.  The cow had no water and the tether limited access to enough grass, and the horse had minimal water and was on a longer tether, but still limited grass.  The water for the birds was horrible, very unhealthy, green water and muddy water.  The peacocks in the small cage had cover over the cage, but a small container of little remaining water.  No other animal had shelter from the baking sun.  The heat was very extreme, with heat indexes as high as 115, in the shade.  
After I took photos and video, I went into the store to complain about the animals.  I was told that the animals were all watered in the morning and the pools were cleaned.  I really don't think fresh faucet water can turn green in a matter of a few hours.  I told them that the cow had no water and was told that she probably knocked it over.  This is easy to do when tethered!!!  Common sense should tell them to use a more sturdy water bucket.  But the bucket was not tipped over.  The cow had drank all of the water, because cows need a large amount of water every day, as much as 24 gallons, and even more in some cases, particularly during extreme hot weather.  This bucket held approx 3 gallons.  I was asked, "Did the horse have water," to which I replied, "yes a small amount."  They jumped on that answer, stating that they are within the law if the horse has any water at all.  I replied that I hadn't complained about the horse's water.  It was very apparent that they have been through all this before, have been coached by their attorney, and they immediately began comparing free range horses, cattle and sheep who don't have shelter from the sun.  Ever notice those free range animals gathered in the shade of a few trees in pastureland, or standing in ponds?  They do have shelter and need it in extreme weather conditions.  Tethered animals are confined to one area and cannot roam to find a more comforable area. 
The Kissners told me "You people need to leave us alone."  I realized that others have complained numerous times.  I asked why they even had the animals if they were just going to leave them tethered and caged in the hot sun to suffer, and I was told they had them for children to enjoy.  My reply, "You have GOT to be kidding me!!!"  They informed me that they had already been to court and won the case to keep the animals, and if the animals were picked up, they'd just be taken to slaughter.  My reply, "Death would be much better than suffering day after day as these animals are."  The female Kissner went crazy and accused me of coming into her store to tell her that I want the cow killed because she has no water.  I knew I wasn't going to get anywhere with empathy-deficient backwoods idiots who get their thrill from animal suffering.  I turned to leave and was followed by screaming, yelling vultures, especially the "Krazy Kissner" who said she was pressing charges against me for abuse.  I had to ask what kind of abuse, and she replied, "Abuse of ME!"  She copied my license number off my van, stating that I was trespassing on private property.  This only proves their backwards mentality--they have a store with an OPEN sign on the door.  I don't think people have to call them for permission before visiting their store.  I said, "You continue to make these animals' lives miserable?  I'll make yours miserable."
Since I deal mainly with dogs and cats, I researched the needs of farm animals.  Cows, horses, sheep and even the birds need shelter in extreme weather conditions, whether it's summer heat or winter freezes.  Cattle and horses drink 24+ gallons of water a day, sheep over 2 gallons/day.  If ducks, geese and other birds are kept in cages, water must be changed several times a day.  They are not to drink muddy water.  There are specifics about the size of the enclosures in comparison to the number of birds, all of which the Kissners are guilty of not providing.  Also the ground must be cleaned of bird droppings periodically and should not be muddy since this can cause problems with their feet.
I also talked to the director of WBRP Animal Control who was very disturbed about losing the case in July, and extremely surprised that a case with so much evidence was not won by the parish.  He tried different angles to have the animals removed, and has actually removed the animals on occasions when they had no water and other poor conditions, but our wonderful court system, infected by money and political favors, chose to have these beautiful peaceful animals returned to the people who cause them extreme suffering.  I commend WBRP Animal Control for their efforts and their sincere despair that these people continue to abuse animals legally. Apparently the family has a history of hoarding and animal abuse/neglect.
Here is a video of photos and video footage of these innocent animals who are forced to suffer at the hands of barbaric humans.
We can complain to the judge who dismissed the cruelty charges and allowed the Kissners to keep these animals:   Judge Kleinpeter - West Baton Rouge Parish, Ph: [masked]
We can make the lives of these animal hoarding abusers "miserable" by calling them and visiting them, checking on the animals (it's about a 30 minute drive from Baton Rouge) and complaining to them about the conditions in which these animals live.  If any animal does not have water or is in distress, take photos and call West Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control, Ph: [masked], to report the conditions.
The address where the animals are cages and tethered is:
  10000 Highway 190 W, Port Allen,LA   70767

  and their phone number:  (225)[masked]


We need to get media involvement, national animal welfare group involvement, and animal attorneys who might locate a loop-hole to get these animals away from suffering and to safety, as has happened with Tony, the truck stop tiger.  These animals are suffering and will eventually die, but they are provided just enough water and food to keep them lingering.  If anyone has any ideas on how we can possibly get these animals removed, please let me know or act on it yourself.


Pam Leavy

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