A Louisiana woman arrested for shooting her pet llama late last week faces animal cruelty charges, however she claims the llama attacked her, and she acted in self defense.
According to the AJC, Madeline Bourgeois, 67, told St. Landry Parish deputies that her pet llama, Earl attacked her on Friday while she had been cleaning out in the pasture. She stated she hit Earl several times, and then went inside and returned with a gun firing several shots at the animal.
When authorities arrived, Earl was limping around in the pasture. The St. Landry Parish Animal Control & Rescue transported the llama for emergency treatment:
“Earl (unaltered male Llama, adult) is a trooper. Thanks to LSU, Dr Merza, and his team of students, he is struggling but making it. 3 BULLETS, lodged throughout his body.
1) in his neck 2) in his shoulder 3) fracturing a rib and lodged in his abdomen.
He is NOT able to be rehomed til CRUELTY case is closed. We also want to geld him! This alone is SAD his owners didn’t do this. Gelding would of reduced his negative behavior(reported, not confirmed). We need donations now! PayPal to Stacey.email@example.com
SLPAC OPELOUSAS LA 337-948-6184”
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz stated the owner had a right to defend herself as Bourgeois stated, however once she left the pasture, she “was no longer in danger.”
“Ms Bourgeois retrieved a gun and then returned and shot the llama which constitutes the charge of felony cruelty to animals. Bourgeois should have called a vet or animal control for assistant,” the sheriff explained.
Updates to be provided.
Oh my, the sweetness!