UPDATE: Bond was just set for $29,500 for former St. Landry Parish animal control director, Stacey Sonnier Alleman McKnight, who was booked on theft and malfeasance in office charges
According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On October 20, 2020, deputies with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint at the St. Landry Parish Animal Control Center regarding numerous theft complaints involving livestock, files and parish property. ”
Upon arrival, a representative with the St. Landry Parish Animal Control Center reported three (3) horses were missing. They were described as a black and white (paint) Tennessee Walker, a gelding palimino quarter horse, and a sorrel quarter horse. The representative further stated that the Tennessee Walker was medically treated by a veterinary school in 2019. The palimino and sorrel were medically treated at a local veterinary center from 2016 until 2019. St. Landry Parish
Government paid for all medical services at the time of treatment. The representative also reported that several cattle / horse panels, fencing and kennels were missing from the Center.
On October 22, 2020, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission to assist in this investigation.
Upon investigation by detectives, it was discovered that the horses were removed from the Animal Control Center during the tenure of Stacey Sonnier Alleman McKnight, age 53, who was the director of St. Landry Parish Animal Control from February 3, 2015 – March 8, 2020. Information was also obtained which states that Stacey McKnight was seen removing the three (3) horses, files and other property from the Animal Control Center during March 7 – 9, 2020. All property was taken to her home located at 8618 Highway 955 East in Ethel, Louisiana and have remained at the residence since the end of her tenure until present date. Stacey McKnight also posted photos of the horses on her personal Facebook page, which were dated from July 2020 – September 2020.
When questioned by detectives, Stacey McKnight admitted to possessing and/or removing the following property from the St. Landry Parish Animal Control Center:
· Birds – Peacock (4) and Geese (4);
· Several animal carriers;
· Several case files;
· Employee files;
· Miscellaneous animal documentation;
· Shirt collar insignia pins;
· Insurance cards for parish vehicles; and
· Logbook pertaining to donations, belonging to St. Landry Animal Control.
Multiple interviews were conducted with St. Landry Parish Animal Control personnel and St. Landry Parish Government officials. It was determined that Stacey Sonnier Alleman McKnight did not have permission and/or authorization to remove any property from St. Landry Parish Animal Control.
On March 12, 2021, Stacey Sonnier Alleman McKnight turned herself in at the St. Landry Parish Jail and was charged with Theft (8 counts), Injuring Public Records and Malfeasance in Office.
No bond is set at this time