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November 11, 2020

Animal Rescue Operator Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

Leslie Ezkovich-Tierney, age 50 and a resident of the Pearl River area, was arrested Monday (November 9, 2020) on 45 counts of Simple Cruelty to Animals. 

Shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies accompanied employees with St. Tammany Parish Animal Control to a residence in Pearl River, Louisiana. Deputies found 45 greyhounds living inside the home. The dogs were found covered in urine and feces, malnourished and dehydrated. Several had sores reportedly caused by being kept in kennels for upwards of 20 hours a day.

Ezkovich-Tierney, who lived at the residence and operated a greyhound rescue organization out of the location, was taken into custody and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Bond was set at $3500.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are possible.

“It is a very sad situation when defenseless animals are forced to live it undesirable conditions because of human negligence or neglect,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

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