A Louisana veterinarian is accused of fatally shooting a neighbor’s bulldog in its head because she was fed up with its barking.
According to KMOV, Dr. Kelly Folse, 35, allegedly shot Stacey Fitzner’s 15-month-old bulldog, Bruizer, in the back of the head on December 13. Fitzner reportedly left Bruizer in the backyard as she went to work and a relative found the wounded dog in the grass sometime later.
Interim Sheriff Joseph Lopinto told Nola.com that the family took Bruizer to Abadie Veterinary Hospital in Harahan, where Folse works. However, Folse wasn’t at the clinic when the dog arrived, Lopinto said.
Lopinto claimed that the dog died from its injuries the next day, according to WDSU.
“The dog was just shaken and in shock and still breathing and everything,” relative Mike Giangrosso told WILX. “He had his head up.”
“I thought there may have been a chance.”
Fitzner said that it was apparent that someone opened the gate of her backyard and shot her dog.
Investigators for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office revealed that Folse has threatened Bruizer on multiple occasions for barking and that she believed the dog was aggressive, KMOV also reported.
“[Bruizer’s owner] believed and suspected that she may have had something to do with it,” Lopinto commented.
Folse was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty, illegal discharge, and two counts of drug possession. The drug charges were filed after investigators discovered diazepam and Adderall in Folse’s home. WUUF reported that the vet is accused of obtaining the medications through prescriptions meant for her own pets.
The clinic’s owner, Dr. Scott Abadie, confirmed to the local station that Folse was fired last week because of the incident.
“We’re shocked and disgusted of the actions of her,” he said. “It’s just not something you expect of anybody, especially a vet.”
[Featured Image: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office; Bruizer/Facebook]