Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
by Victoria Keith, NTWO
Throughout a large part of 2018, two chicken houses in Farmerville, Louisiana were filled with horses. Using social media, Dina Alborano of icareihelp raised tens of thousands from the public to bail horses from kill pens. Most of them were Thoroughbreds, and all were sent to be boarded in the chicken houses and other facilities leased by Hal Parker.
The infamous chicken houses are now abandoned. The roof is mostly gone, and fallen plastic siding blows in the wind. An old rusting trailer was left behind along with the yellow “Do Not Enter” sign which had attempted to keep prying eyes away.
Gone too are the icareihelp horses which were housed there. Since the publication of “The Fight For Louisiana: Dina Alborano and Horses at Risk” in August, in which the care of the horses was questioned, many have begged to know the whereabouts of the remaining icareihelp horses. They received no response. Today, the public will start getting some answers.
This morning at approximately 8:30am CST, Hal Parker was arrested by the Union Parish Sheriff and charged with two felony and two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and one felony count of theft involving horses. His bond has been set at $250,000. Multiple search warrants were also issued.
The following are the specific charges against Hal Parker:
– Simple cruelty to Animals, 2 counts, LARS 14:102.1A
– Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, LARS 14:102B
– Theft of Livestock, LARS 14:67.1
– Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, LARS 14:102.1B
Additional charges are expected against Parker in the coming days as more horses are seized and assessed. Charges may also be forthcoming against other individuals.