A Jefferson Parish veterinarian has been arrested and accused of cruelty to animals after she shot a neighbor’s dog in the head because of its incessant barking, authorities said Tuesday.
Kelly Folse, 35, who lives on Camille Court in River Ridge, is accused of shooting Bruiser, a 15-month-old American bulldog, on Dec. 13.
The owner rushed the dog to Abadie Veterinarian Hospital in Harahan — the same office where Folse worked — but Bruiser died the next day. Folse was not involved in caring for the dog following the shooting.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said at a news conference Tuesday that Folse has been booked on aggravated cruelty to an animal, illegal discharge of a weapon and two drug offenses stemming from prescription narcotics found in the house without a prescription.
Lopinto said he called a news conference to get the word out that this kind of behavior is unacceptable.
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“This is crazy. This is why we’re having a press conference today,” he said. “This is nuts. I don’t know how else to put it. I don’t know what world we’re living on where this is OK."
Lopinto said the dog was in its owner's fenced-in yard at the time it was shot.
“Give me a break, people,” he continued. “This is not normal. 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.”
Lopinto said investigators discovered that Folse had sent texts to the neighbor complaining about the dog. They then went to her house with a warrant Tuesday.
The JPSO said Folse, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, is believed to have made prior threats toward the dog because she thought it barked too much and was aggressive. Investigators, however, said that after several interviews in the neighborhood, they were unable to find any evidence that the dog had shown aggressive behavior.
The drugs found in the home were diazepam and adderall.
Investigators have not recovered the gun allegedly used and do not know what kind it is. Bullet fragments were found in the dog's body.
Lopinto said Folse was fired from her job at the veterinary clinic and was still being booked at the time of the afternoon news conference.