Lake Charles, LA –


On September 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from an individual who stated he had located his missing cat, deceased, in his neighbor’s ditch.  He further advised detectives he believed the cat had been shot.    


After further investigation it was discovered the victim’s neighbor, Mandy C. Bellow, 45, 5627 Brady Joseph Lane, Bell City, had shot the cat with a pellet gun and threw it in her ditch.  On September 17 a warrant was issued for Bellow’s arrest. 


On September 21 she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to animals.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $65,000.


CPSO Detective Michael Conner is the lead investigator on this case.


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.