A Louisiana family is desperate for answers after an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed their 12-pound dog, claiming that she had aggressively charged at him three times.
Ville Platte, Louisiana resident Kelli Sullivan was at home with her daughter and the family dog, Leia, an “ankle-height,” 12-pound terrier mix, when an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s deputy responded to complaints of harassment by a neighbor.
While outside speaking to a neighbor, the Sullivan’s dog escaped and ran toward the deputy, barking.
“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,” Sullivan told KATC. “It was a horrific event. He shot the dog up close and blew her skull apart in front of my children. Like her eyeballs were out of her head.”
In his official report, the deputy said, “…alone [sic] came the house dog charging at me in an aggressive manner and grabbing at my leg and my boots. I swung my baton at the dog to scare it away. The house dog then charge [sic] at me again in an aggressive manner and once swung my baton. The [sic] Mr. Sullivan couldn’t contain the dog. For a third time the house dog charged at me in an aggressive manner I then fire one shot with my hand gun and killing the dog [sic].”
According to Kelli Sullivan, after killing Leia, the deputy told her that if she had bitten him, he’d have to sue, and that shooting her was the better option. He then told her, “It was a shame I had to waste that bullet, it was a really expensive hollow-point bullet.”
The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department has not released any statements or provided information in response to the shooting.
Sadly, as horrifying and unbelievable as this shooting is, stories like this are not uncommon. A recent study showed that at least 50% – half – of all intentional police shootings are aimed at dogs, with a majority of those being family pets.