New Sarpy man booked with cruelty to animals

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 1, 2005

Resident also faces several drug charges


Staff Reporter

NEW SARPY — A 25-year-old New Sarpy resident was arrested on several drug charges and cruelty to animals after a five-month investigation.

Derwin Walker was arrested on Nov. 23 and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute crack cocaine, marijuana, hydrocodone, cruelty to animals, rabies inoculation required (12 counts), possession of a fire arm with narcotics (two counts), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (two counts), drug paraphernalia, Pitt Bull registration (12 counts), possession of fighting dogs (eight counts) and breeding permit required (two counts).

Walker was arrested on a warrant that was issued on June 2, but the delay was because of a long, ongoing investigation.

&#8220May 26, officers executed a search warrant at the subject’s residence,” said Capt. Pat Yoes, public information officer with St. Charles Parish. &#8220During the search officers located 12 pit bull Terriers, marijuana, crack cocaine, hydrocodone, drug paraphernalia, dog fighting paraphernalia and two guns.”

Yoes said the 12 pit bulls were seized, and according to the veterinarian report, several of the seized dogs suffered from &#8220poor husbandry and a variety of ailments, including wounds consistent with dog fighting. Two of the seized dogs had to be euthanized due to serious wounds consistent with dog fighting.”

None of the dogs found were registered or inoculated as required by the law, according to Yoes.

Walker was arrested and is being held at the Nelson Coleman Correction Center in Hahnville on an $886,500 bond set by Judge Emile St. Pierre and a $1,000 cash bond set by Judge Robert Chaisson.