Two youths have been arrested in connection with the alleged theft and abuse of two horses in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.

This is the second time the juveniles have been arrested for horse theft since April when they were charged for stealing two horses from the Opelousas stockyards.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, DVM, said the pair was arrested May 23 after an owner reported that two horses, valued at $5,000 each, were stolen. The owner said the accused 16-year-olds were not authorized to remove the animals from the property.

Both horses were in good health when they were allegedly stolen, however one horse was severely injured and left on a state highway, Strain said. Due to the injuries, animal control authorities euthanized that horse at the scene, he said. The other horse was recovered and returned to the owner, he said.

The juveniles will be charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and felony theft of livestock, Strain said.