Update, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7

Turns out, the dead animals found dumped in an isolated area near Carencro had been placed there by employees of the city's streets crew, KATC-TV is reporting.

Two members of the street crew have been cited for illegal dumping, Chief David Anderson said. One is still working for Carencro, and one is no longer an employee there, he said.

All of the animals were dead when they were collected from the side of the road, the city said in a statement.

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Original post on Tuesday, Feb. 6

Dozens of trash bags filled with the decomposing bodies of animals have been found in Carencro.

The bags were found just off of Debutante Road in Carencro near Interstate 49.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday evening, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said he is "appalled and saddened by this shocking discovery. When I learned of the situation, my administration immediately offered assistance to the Sheriff’s Office and the State Veterinarian in their investigations to find those responsible.

"One of my earliest commitments to the citizens of Lafayette Parish was to be an advocate for animals and I found overwhelming support for our no kill initiative. As we continue those efforts, rest assured, we will not tolerate the callous treatment and shameful disposal of our animals."

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