Canine Rights

Louisiana Deputy Shoots, Kills 12-Pound Family Dog

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.



  1. Cari

    Aug 19, 2018 at 11:51 am

    This is inexcusable. First, killing a small dog like this is completely uncalled for. A dog of any size can bite, but onle like Leia is not going to endanger the officer’s life or do extensive damage. By hitting her with the baton, he very likely exacerbated her behavior himself. Couldn’t he have just walked away until the family had the dog contained? Then, saying he would “have to sue” if bitten is pure b.s. Nobody HAS to sue. Furthermore, how is killing a “better option” that a lawsuit anyway? And feeling more sorry about the wasted bullet than about the dog shows some seriously skewed priorities, not the kind I want to see in a police officer. Everything about what this officer allegedly did and said is just plain wrong and a disgrace to his profession. I would hope that he is terminated, charged with cruelty, and never permitted to own an animal himself. As an aside, the quote of this officer’s report indicates he is not very well educated. An officer should be capable of writing a professional caliber report.

  2. Jo Smo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Anyone who mistreats animals is a piece of garbage in my book. This is just another example of how a complete moron brings discredit to an already scrutinized profession. Wonder how the jerkoff would feel if it was his pet, in front of his kids?

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  4. Renee

    Nov 5, 2017 at 6:27 am

    I’m sure the people if that community sleep better knowing that little dog is dead, and the “man” that killed her is protecting their streets. Sad sad sad.

    • Buckwheat Zydeco

      Nov 9, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      I don’t think the dog was the one who went into that situation already neutered.

  5. Sydney Williams

    Nov 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    What kind of silly little man is afraid of a twelve pound dog? He isn’t fit to wear a badge. Hopeful he gets the fitting punishment he so desperately deserves.

  6. Angry Pet Owner

    Nov 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Give me a f*cking break! What is wrong with these pussy a$$ cops nowadays? Why didn’t he just call the owner out of the house to get her dog? I would like to put a bullet in his a$$!

  7. Duane Kowalski

    Nov 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Gun happy coward seemed happy he shot the dog

  8. Max

    Nov 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Never trust anyone who is cruel to animals; they will do the same to you if they think they can get away with it. also if you are afraid of a 12 lb dog, you should not be allowed to carry a gun.

  9. Marianne

    Nov 3, 2017 at 10:58 am

    What a moron.

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