Luling man accused of shooting neighbor’s kitten with a bow and arrow is arrested _lowres

Cody Dupre

A 33-year-old Luling man accused of shooting his neighbor’s cat with a bow and arrow this week is facing an aggravated cruelty to an animal charge, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Cody Dupre allegedly saw a 9-month-old cat named Max walk onto his property in the 300 block of St. Anthony Street on Monday before the man shot the animal. The owners rushed Max to a veterinarian’s office in LaPlace for treatment, and the staff there was able to remove the arrow.

The vet’s office has kept Max under medical supervision, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The arrow didn't hit any organs or sever any veins or arteries; Max received stitches.

Max's owners were identified as Dolly Wright Dicken and John Dicken. Dolly Wright Dicken created a GoFundMe page seeking assistance to pay for the vet bill.

Records show Dupre was arrested Wednesday, and his bail was set at $30,000. He secured his release Thursday after posting $1,000 cash as well as a personal surety to a family member, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“Animal abuse will not be tolerated in St. Charles Parish,” Sheriff Greg Champagne said in a statement. “My office thoroughly investigates these cases and when warranted, abusers will be arrested.”

Aggravated cruelty to an animal convictions in Louisiana can carry between one and 10 years in prison as well as a fine of between $5,000 and $25,000.