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Contact:  Detective Shaun Watson


Office:    (504) 712-2240

Date:      August 16, 2010


Kenner police investigate burned pit bull 


KENNER On August 16, 2010, at 3:15 pm, Chantell Letellier, age 26, of Kenner, Louisiana was issued a Kenner Police Department misdemeanor summons for cruelty to animals. If convicted of this offense, Letellier faces a maximum $500 fine, or a maximum six month prison sentence and/or both.

Kenners code enforcement department first became aware of the incident and referred the matter to the police department. Letellier brought the animal to the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter on July 12, 2010. A rescuer brought the animal to Lakeview Veterinary Hospital in New Orleans for additional treatment.

Veterinary records indicated the pit bull suffered from an apparent chemical or thermal burn. Letellier was questioned and although she denied injuring the animal she acknowledged leaving the animal chained to a fence behind a vacant residence at 3545 Tulane Drive in Kenner. Letellier said she could not afford to bring the animal to the veterinarian when she discovered the injury. The charge of cruelty to animals stemmed from Letellier failing to provide proper shelter for the animal.

Detective Shaun Watson is in charge of the investigation.

Chief Steve Caraway encourages anyone with information on this incident to contact the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. Callers may remain anonymous.