Independence woman arrested for altercation with animal control

On Wednesday, March 4 Tangipahoa Parish Deputy Craig Fitz was sent to the Animal Care Center on Club Deluxe Road, Hammond because, of a disturbance between an Animal Control officer and a pet owner. At this time Deputy Fitz found out that according to Animal Control Officer Shelly Sibley, the owner, Sandy Montecino was under investigation for cruelty to animals.

Apparently, Ms. Montecino was under investigation because her pet had been ordered to see a vet for care three days prior to the investigation and, she had been told that if she didn't get the pet the care it needed it would be taken from her by the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control.

At this time Deputy Fitz was informed that that day was the third day prior to the investigation and Ms. Montecino had still refused to allow her pet to be seen. Deputy Fitz and Officer Sibley tried to seize the animal and upon doing this they were engaged in an altercation with a friend of Montecino's.

While at the Animal Care Center Ms. Montecino was issued a misdemeanor summons for Cruelty to Animals because of her neglect of her animal. Following this issuance her friend, Michelle Ricks continued to interfere with the investigation. Tangipahoa Parish Deputy Adam Pailet then told Ms. Ricks repeatedly to leave the Animal Care Center premises. Ms. Ricks refused to leave the premises and was arrested and transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail where she was charged with remaining on the premises after being forbidden.

Michelle Ricks is 25 and from 33454 Hwy. 43 of Independence and Sandy Montecino is 65 of 12335 of Salley Kinchen Road, Tickfaw.

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