The most recent occurred Monday and Carol D. Wheaton, 46, of Port Barre has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty.
Chief of Police Deon R. Boudreaux said officers were called to Wheaton's home in connection with complaints of animal cruelty, where they discovered two dogs on chains outside the resident.
Boudreaux said both dogs appeared to be grossly undernourished and neither dog had access to either food or water.
"The dogs were very skinny, filthy and weak," Boudreaux said.
He said the chain on the smaller dog was tangled around an anchor, leaving the dog with no room to move and unable to reach his dog house.
"According to witnesses, the dog had been tangled against the anchor for more than a week. The other dog was chained to a fence with no shelter from the elements," Boudreaux said.
He said St. Landry Animal Control officers inspected the dogs and advised they definitely needed to be removed from the residence.
Boudreaux said Wheaton admitted that she could not properly care for the animals because of the cost of food.
"Animal Control officers advised that one of the dogs was adopted from their shelter by Wheaton," Boudreaux said.