Who, age What Where When Last known address
V.L. Griffin starving 2 dogs, 2 others found dead

Mansfield, LA

DeSoto County

January, 2002  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved
  resisting arrest, drug possession 4 dogs

V.L. Griffin was convicted of cruelty to animals and additional charges of resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Griffin was arrested earlier this year when sheriff's deputies, investigating an unrelated drug case, discovered two emaciated dogs in Griffin's back yard. Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission Investigator Carnie Burcham said there was evidence that two other dogs had died and rotted in the same area.

Judge Stephen Beasley sentenced Griffin to six months in the parish jail on each charge, suspending all but 90 days. Griffin also must pay as yet undetermined veterinary bills associated with the treatment of the two rescued animals.

Animal Welfare, Inc. of Shreveport covered initial bills, Burcham said. "Thank goodness they stepped in and helped. Because unfortunately we don't have funds available for that."

Grand Cane veterinarian Dr. Jon Reddick has nursed the dogs back to health, Burcham said. One has been adopted the other, described as still timid, remains at the clinic.


The Shreveport Times