Ridgecrest woman charged with setting starved dog on fire

Published 10:12 am Wednesday, February 23, 2022

RIDGECREST — On Tuesday, Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies followed a citizen complaint to a woman’s house in Ridgecrest, where they discovered a deceased dog that appeared to have been starved to death and then set on fire.

According to a statement released from CPSO, a citizen called to inform the sheriff’s office about a dog that had possibly been set on fire at a house in Ridgecrest.

Upon their arrival, deputies found the deceased animal in the backyard.

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They arrested Ridgecrest resident Shaneka Jefferson, 40, and charged her with aggravated cruelty to animals. She was booked at the CPSO jail where she is held without bond pending arraignment.