A Louisiana police officer arrested a local veterinarian and charged her with animal cruelty after she reportedly shot a neighbor’s dog in the head. Neighbors of River Ridge resident Kelly Folse accused the 35-year-old of killing Bruizer, their 15-month-old dog. Before Bruizer’s death, the neighbors said that they’re already receiving threatening messages from Folse.
Sheriff Joseph Lopinto of Jefferson Parish said that Folse was mostly angry about the dog’s barking. Folse’s family insists that she is an animal lover and innocent of the charges made against her. Bruiser the dog died on December 14th.
The dog was found in his backyard with a gunshot wound. Stacy left her dog outside while she went to work. When her mother came to check on Bruiser, she found him lying motionless in the front yard.
She rushed to check out what happened, only to discover that the dog was hurt. The woman rushed the dog to the Abadie Veterinary Hospital. Despite the valiant efforts of the hospital where veterinarian Folse also worked, the dog still died.
However, they clarified that Folse did not take part in the dog’s medical operation. Investigators eventually found many upsetting text messages from Folse while questioning the family of Bruizer. The woman expressed her frustration with the dog’s barking and aggression.
However, Officer Lopinto noted at the press conference that police found no proof of violent tendencies in the dog. The owner of Abadie Veterinary Hospital, Scott Abadie, said that he fired Folse after he learned about the offensive text messages she sent to Bruizer’s family. On Tuesday, Abadie published a Facebook post about the incident.
He said that the hospital staff all felt sad and disturbed about what’d happened. Aside from animal cruelty charges, Folse also faces charges for possession of drugs and a firearm. Hopefully, this story will really serve as a reminder to all of us that we should never take the lives of animals lightly.
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