Two days after a Kiln man was arrested on an animal cruelty charge in Slidell, Hancock County narcotics investigators found meth inside of his home, authorities say.
Police responded to Walmart about 4 a.m. Aug. 11 after someone made an animal cruelty complaint.
Witnesses told police they heard a dog “screaming bloody murder” and watched a man repeatedly kick and beat the animal, said Detective Daniel Seuzenueau, public information officer for the Slidell Police Department.
Police found Louis Ladner, 39, in the parking lot but could not find the dog, Seuzenueau said.
Ladner told police he put the dog in the trunk of his car before going into the store because he “came at him and his infant child,” Seuzenueau said. He said the animal, a pit bull puppy, had been in the trunk for about 20 minutes.
Seuzenueau said witnesses told police Ladner beat the dog for about 10 minutes.
Ladner was arrested on an animal cruelty charge and was taken to the St. Tammany Parish jail.
Police learned Ladner had outstanding warrants through the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon and operation of a clandestine lab.
Two days after Ladner’s arrest, Hancock County authorities executed a search warrant on his home and found three ounces of meth and distribution paraphernalia, Hancock County Sheriff’s Narcotics Commander Jeremy Skinner told the Sea Coast Echo.
Four people were inside of Ladner’s home when narcotics investigators raided the home. Ladner was still in the St. Tammy Parish jail.
Authorities arrested Annette Davis, Alex Green and Michael Cuevas, all of Kiln, along with Jennifer Craft of Bay St. Louis, the Sea Coast Echo reported.
Davis, Green, Cuevas and Craft each face a charge of possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute.