Bayou Vista roundup

Three horses were found strolling through Bayou Vista Wednesday morning. The horses were apprehended and returned safely to their home.
(The Daily Review Photo by Diane Miller Fears)

Deputies Troy Erwin and John Deglanden of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office gather the wandering horses in Bayou Vista with the assistance of Susan Swearingen Cantrell.
(The Daily Review Photo by Diane Miller Fears)

Staff Report

A few horses decided to go for a stroll through Bayou Vista early this morning by themselves.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint at 5:03 a.m. today that several horses had crossed U.S. 90 near the Plantation Inn in Bayou Vista, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said.
When Bayou Vista resident Diane Fears let her dogs out at about 5:20 a.m. today, the dogs began to bark at something, she said.
Fears is lifestyle editor of The Daily Review.
As Fears called the dogs back into the house, she noticed strange movement in the parking lot behind her fence, she said.
“That strange movement turned out to be three horses that galloped away after being scared by the dogs barking,” Fears said.
She followed the horses and contacted the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Troy Erwin had already been alerted about the loose horses, she said.
She informed the dispatcher that the horses were located behind the Plantation Inn in Bayou Vista and moving toward the empty field between the Taqueria and Xtreme Daiquiris.
Erwin kept traffic from causing harm to the three female horses as they strolled through Bayou Vista down Universe Street toward La. 182, Fears said.
Keeping his spotlight trained on the animals, Erwin followed behind as they made their way to the parking lot at Whiskey Heaven on La. 182 in Bayou Vista.
Herbert Boutte, who was once a horse owner, stopped to help officer Erwin corral the animals, Fears said. Boutte used a rope to harness the lead horse, which kept the horses off the roadway and out of danger, she said.
“Boutte transferred the harness to me so he could head to work,” Fears said. “I kept the horse calm while the department found someone to help with the horses.”
About 20 minutes later, Deputy John Deglanden arrived along with Susan and Wayne Cantrell, who had a trailer and horse feed, Fears said. Horse owner Shane Fogarty arrived shortly after to help corral the horses into the trailer.
Landry said the owner of the horses loaded up the horses without incident.
By 6 a.m. the horses were secure and ready to head back to their home across the railroad tracks in Bayou Vista, Fears said.

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