Suspect charged with animal cruelty after moving from home, but leaving animals inside

A 19-year-old Houma woman is in custody after she allegedly moved out of an apartment and left her animals inside.

On Sunday at approximately 12:45 a.m., Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to an animal complaint in the 300 block of Grace Street in Houma.

Col. Terry Daigre, TPSO’s Chief Criminal Deputy said that when the deputy arrived, he was told that a tenant moved out of a mobile home and had left a female pit bull and seven puppies behind two days before.

“The deputy investigated and upon entering the open door of the trailer detected a strong smell of urine,” Daigre said. “The mother dog was located and then in the rear bathroom, in a bathtub, were located the seven puppies, covered in urine and feces. One of the puppies was not moving.”

An agent from Terrebonne Parish Animal Control arrived and removed the mother and the puppies.

One of the puppies was severely ill and had to be put down .

The deputy continued the investigation and learned that the owner of the mother dog, whose name is Nala, had to move and could not keep her. Contact with the owner was made by the deputy on the 100 block of Montegut Street. The dog owner, Lucina Billiot, 19, was arrested and taken to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex where she was booked on seven counts of simple cruelty to animals and one count of aggravated cruelty to animals.