This story has all the makings of a story that goes viral. A New Orleans area woman vet, pledged to make animal lives better, is charged with killing a neighbor’s dog via a bullet to the creature’s head. Police also found narcotics in her home when it was searched.
The story is rapidly drawing a large number of comments on the source site.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Harahan veterinarian accused of fatally shooting her neighbor’s dog because of constant barking, authorities said.
Dr. Kelly Folse, 35, was booked Tuesday (Dec. 19) with aggravated animal cruelty, according to interim Sheriff Joseph Lopinto. Folse was also booked with illegal discharge of a firearm and two counts of drug possession after investigators found undisclosed narcotics at her home in the 8900 block of Camille Drive in River Ridge.
“This is crazy, a veterinarian shooting a dog of her next door neighbor. This is nuts. I don’t know how else to put it,” Lopinto said.
Folse is accused of shooting Bruizer, a 15-month-old American bull dog that belongs to her next-door neighbor, on the afternoon of Dec. 13. Bruizer’s owner, Stacey Fitzner, told Fox 8 that she’d left the pup in the backyard of her home when she went to work.
But a relative returned home to find Bruizer lying in the grass with a gunshot wound to the back of his head. It was clear, Fitzner said, that someone pushed open the gate to her backyard and shot her dog.
The family coincidentally took Bruizer to Abadie Veterinary Hospital in Harahan, the clinic where Folse works, Lopinto said. She was not the treating vet, he noted. Folse was not at the business when Bruizer arrived.
The dog did not survive his injuries, according to authorities.
Sheriff’s Office investigators spoke to Bruizer’s owners, who shared a series of hostile text messages and videos from Folse, who was complaining about the dog’s constant barking, according to Lopinto.
“He (Bruizer’s owner) believed and suspected that she may have had something to do with it,” Loptino said.
Deputies eventually secured a search warrant for Folse’s home and found the narcotics Tuesday. They have not yet recovered a weapon.
Folse was taken into custody Tuesday. She was fired from the veterinary hospital, Lopinto said.
Folse was being booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. No bond information was available.
If the Folse is found guilty of the Bruizer’s murder, because of her former occupation she should receive the maximum penalty. The narcotics charge is also disturbing when you consider that she had access to drugs as a veterinarian.
I predict a future for her as a lonely cat lady living in poverty. If guilty, she should be barred from ever owning a dog and probably cats too, if that’s legally possible.
One of the comments at NOLA noted the epidemic of police shootings of dogs. You can read it at The Nation.