October 15, 2009
Pit bull breeders sue SPCA
Two Youngsville men acquitted in 2008 of dogfighting charges are suing
the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for
euthanizing their pit bulls.
Scott attorney Richard Dalton filed the lawsuit in 15th Judicial
District Court on Wednesday on behalf of father and son Floyd
Boudreaux and Guy Boudreaux.
They are seeking an undisclosed amount for loss of property, loss of
income, and mental and emotional distress.
For about 100 years, the Boudreaux family bred American pit bull
terriers, creating an internationally known breed called the Eli
bloodline and the Boudreaux bloodline, Dalton said.
On March 11, 2005, the men were arrested and 57 dogs were seized from
their Youngsville home after a Louisiana State Police investigation
into alleged dogfighting.
They stood trial in October 2008 and were acquitted of all charges.
According to state law, upon acquittal, all items confiscated from the
Boudreauxs should be returned to them, Dalton said.
"But all the dogs are dead," he said. "There's no more Boudreaux/Eli
breed. The mom and pop direct descendants that would not have been
sold are dead. That's 100 years of breeding that's gone."
According to Louisiana Revised Statute 14:102.6, the law enforcement
officer making the arrest can lawfully take possession of suspected
fighting dogs and "cause them to be humanely euthanized as soon as
possible by a licensed veterinarian or a qualified technician."
But the law further allows the owners to post a bond with the court
"within 15 days after receiving notice of such seizure..."
The Boudreauxs were arrested on a Friday, Dalton said. They were in
jail until Monday and were unable to post a bond on their dogs until
By then, the dogs were dead, euthanized by the SPCA with 24 hours of
being seized in the police raid, he said.
In testimony during their trial, Trooper Jacob Dickinson, a state
police investigator who headed the case, said the SPCA gave
investigators no prior notice before euthanizing the dogs.
The Boudreauxs maintain that they bred the pit bulls as pets and show
dogs, not for fighting. Family pets, including a champion pit bull
owned by a grandson and a pregnant dog, were seized and euthanized,
SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla could not be reached for comment.