Man charged with animal cruelty after dead rats discovered in home

A Luling man was arrested and charged with several counts of animal cruelty after deputies discovered several pets in his residence dead or very sick due to the poor conditions he was keeping them in, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Adam Morales, 35, of 218 Ellington Ave. in Luling, was charged with six counts of aggravated animal cruelty and three counts of simple cruelty to animals.

Morales’ arrest also led to additional charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were investigating an unrelated incident that led them to enter Morales’ residence. There, they found two aquariums housing dead fish, a turtle near death, caged birds that were kept in “deplorable conditions” and deceased rats with no food or water located in their respective housing.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi said the conditions noted for the birds included water deprivation and caging that had not been cleaned of an excessive amount of bird feces.

Morales was released from Nelson Coleman Correctional Center on a $500,000 bond.

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