The former director of the St. Landry Parish Animal Control Center is facing malfeasance in office, theft, and injuring public records charges after being accused of stealing animals and public documents from the center.

Stacy Sonnier Alleman McKnight was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on Friday. Her bond was set at $29,500.

According to sheriff's deputies, McKnight stole three horses, horse panels, fencing, and kennels from the facility. Investigators also claim that McKnight admitted to taking four geese and four peacocks, as well as animal carriers and official parish documents. Those documents include case files, employee files, donation logbooks, and insurance cards for parish vehicles.

McKnight was the animal control center's director from February 2015 to March 2020. Investigators say McKnight took pictures of the horses she's accused of stealing four months after she left the shelter and posted those photos to her Facebook page.

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