Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a Bayou Blue woman wanted for several counts of animal cruelty and other charges. On Tuesday, May 10, Animal Control deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of Palmisano Drive in Bayou Blue in reference to a complaint that a dog owner was not properly caring for animals. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the owner, Rhonda Hall (age 58), and they noticed approximately 30 small dogs on the property which had neither sufficient shelter nor clean drinking water. Due to the situation, deputies attempted to work with Hall to surrender the animals to the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter, and Hall agreed. Deputies moved 14 of the dogs on Tuesday, but then returned to find Hall had left the property and taken several dogs with her. Attempts to contact Hall to have her return to the property have been unsuccessful, and deputies have issued warrants for her arrest on 14 counts of Simple Cruelty to Animals and 14 counts of failure to vaccinate, and additional charges are expected to be forthcoming.
“Certainly, we want to conclude our investigation and charge this woman accordingly,” said Sheriff Webre. “Our larger concern right now, however, is for the welfare of these animals. If she could not properly care for them at her residence, then it’s reasonable to assume she cannot provide proper care on the run. We simply ask Mrs. Hall to consider the welfare of these animals and turn herself over so that we can get them to the Animal Shelter and, hopefully, to families which can adopt them.”
Anyone with knowledge of Hall’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.