Deputies investigate dead llamas

Published 12:03 am Friday, August 21, 2015

NATCHEZ — Adams County sheriff’s deputies discovered two dead llamas and multiple other animals living, but in poor condition at a Sandpiper Road residence.

An ACSO spokesperson said after multiple calls were made to animal control and the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society, deputies found no grass, water or food sources for animals in a fenced wooded area at 64 Sandpiper Road, the previous location of a reported puppy mill.

A dead white llama and the decomposed body of a black llama were found on the property, as well as filthy and underweight animals, including another llama, three sheep, a young pygmy goat, a miniature potbellied pig and a few cats and dogs. Several birds, including macaws, geese, swans, ducks, roosters, guineas both caged and not caged, were also on the property.

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Upon assessment of the condition of the animals, owners Clyde Leblanc and Kevin Harrigill were asked to surrender their animals to representatives from the humane society.

A caretaker has taken possession of the sheep, pig and llama, according to the ACSO spokesperson, and the pygmy goat now lives on a humane society member’s farm. The birds, dogs and cats remain with the owners, and a follow-up check revealed the animals are healthy.

The ACSO plans to conduct periodic checks at the property to ensure the welfare of the animals. Harrigill and Leblanc were not charged in the case.