A family in Ville Platte, Louisiana wants answers after an Evangeline Parish Sheriff Office’s deputy killed their young son’s 12-pound dog. The officer had been responding to a domestic harassment case at a neighbor’s home when the family’s 12-pound Chihuahua mix ran out of the house barking.
According to KATCNews, a deputy report details the dog as charging “aggressively” three times when he decided to shoot the dog. Kelli Sullivan, the dog’s owner disagrees and states he did not have to shoot their dog and especially in front of her young children. Kelli described her dog as weighing just 12-pounds and coming up to only ankle height on most people. She said her dog had escaped from the family home after the deputy had been settling an argument in the neighborhood.
“The dog got out. I walked to the end of the driveway to try to catch her. My daughter was running around trying to catch her. I thought we were going to go back in the house. I walked back to the house, opened the door, turned around, (and) boom, he shot her. It was a horrific event.”
Kelli stated her dog had no history of biting and was just behaving normally – barking – just like Chihuahuas often do, at the confusion in the neighborhood. What was truly shocking and most disturbing, according to Kelli, is when the deputy shot their dog close up and “blew her skull apart in front of my children. Like her eyeballs were out of her head.”
And as if the family wasn’t upset enough Kelli stated the deputy told her it was better he shoot the dog than have to sue her if the dog was to bite him.
“He said he had to shoot her she came at me,” Kellie recounts. “It’s really a shame I had to waste that bullet because it’s a really expensive bullet,” the deputy is alleged to have said to the grieving family.
There have been no statements from the sheriff’s office.
(Photo of Evangeline deputy kills 12-pound dog via screenshot from KATCNews)
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