VINTON, LA (KPLC) - In Louisiana, animals on the side of the road aren’t uncommon, but this isn’t simply roadkill.
“It’s nasty. It’s a little community—no one would ever go and do that to anyone,” resident Rhonda Carney said.
When you cross the railroad tracks, it’s the first thing you see.
“That’s all you see. If you look over there, it’s a hog head. That’s the second one this week,” Carney said.
“Then, its animals coming out of the woods. It’s a lot of wolves back there that come up to eat,” resident Deborah Wilkins added.
People have reportedly dumped several different kinds of animals on the corner of Cleveland Road and U.S. 90. Those living nearby say there is a new carcass every week.
“Animals, crawfish heads, furniture, alligators, hog heads; my neighbors got a deer head stuck under her house and a hog head in her trash can that her dogs drug up there,” Carney said.
Capt. Jesse Savoie with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said dumping animal carcasses during hunting season is common.
“We respond and address the concerns, however, its incumbent upon the individual to take responsibility,” Savoie said.
According to Louisiana law, littering includes the disposal of dead animals.
“Upon first conviction, it can be up to a fine of $1,000 and eight hours of community service,” Savoie said.
Second and third offenses are punishable by a fine of up to $5,000. Residents believe those dumping the carcasses are doing it at night, but there are many ways residents can properly dispose of a dead animal.
“If you have the available property, you can dispose of it on your property and your perish police jury and the garbage collection agencies,” Savoie said.
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has many places where residents can drop off carcasses to which the business will dispose of the animals properly. Visit their website for more information.
Those living nearby are pleading with the culprits to do the right thing.
“It’s horrible because we trying to keep up our places so it’s not nasty. It’s just wrong,” Wilkins said.
“Dispose of your trash elsewhere, properly, and quit throwing it in the corners,” Carney said. “It’s gross, its nasty, and our little community where we live don’t appreciate it.”