According to Newser, a veterinarian from Louisiana reportedly shot a neighbor’s dog for barking and is now facing criminal charges. Kelly Folse, 35, is formally being charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal and was arrested on Tuesday, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Additional charges in her case include drug possession and illegal discharge of a firearm. According to police, Folse shot her neighbor’s American bulldog, Bruizer, in the head. The owner was not at home at the time. Bruizer was 15 months old. The shooting took place on December 13.
When discovered, the owner took the dog to the Abadie Veterinary Hospital in Harahan, which is where Folse works. Unfortunately, the dog died from his injuries the following day. Authorities told reporters that Folse was not involved in the care of the dog, and she was fired from the hospital on Tuesday.
During the investigation, the neighbor showed police hostile messages left by Folse about the dog incessantly barking because they suspected her of the crime. A search warrant was obtained and police found narcotics in Folse’s home that had not been disclosed.
The dog’s owner, Stacey Fitzner, had left the dog in her backyard when she left for work that day. She had not returned home yet, but a family member found him lying on the ground in her yard with a bullet wound to the back of his head. It was reportedly apparent that the offender had pushed the gate open in order to shoot the dog as well.
Local interim Sheriff Joseph Lopinto stated that, “This is crazy, a veterinarian shooting a dog of her next door neighbor. This is nuts. I don’t know how else to put it….This is not supposed to be normal. Someone lost a pet today…I don’t care how much it barks; this is not appropriate behavior,” says the Advocate.
*Photo credit Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office