On Saturday night, a New Orleans, Louisiana, police officer fatally shot a 30-pound rescue puppy inside of the pup’s own yard. As reported by WWLTV News, an officer responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Felicity Street after receiving a complaint about “loud voices.”
The officer encountered the puppy and another dog after walking through a gate at the home – the four-month-old puppy, named Apollo, died. The puppy’s owner, Julie-Barecki Brown, said:
I ran out here, and the puppy was right there, writhing. I feel responsible. It’s my job to protect that little guy.”
Brown and her husband, Derek, had been fighting – it was their argument that prompted the call to the authorities. Derek Brown commented on the situation:
“Married couples do that. We weren’t drawing guns.”
As reported by Fox 8 News, the officer has been reassigned after killing the puppy. Apollo was adopted from Trampled Rose Rescue and Rehab. Holly Williams, with the rescue group, commented on the pup’s death, stating:
“When I learned that he was shot in his own yard, securely fenced yard, I was horrified. I was speechless because I mean, if your pets aren’t safe within their own yard, where are they safe?”
The New Orleans Police Department is investigating the incident.
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