A Waggaman man was arrested Tuesday after he brought his emaciated dog to a Jefferson Parish animal shelter.
Authorities said that when Mark Billiot, 39, brought the dog to the shelter, it had a “bloated stomach, labored breathing, uncontrollable shaking” and bones showing through the skin. A ruler placed between ribs showed that the skin was sunken 1.75 inches into the chest.
Billiot reportedly told authorities that the dog had been in that condition for three weeks. He was booked on a count of cruelty to animals.