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Officer shoots 12-pound dog in self defense, then laments “wasting a bullet”

A Louisiana family says a sheriff’s deputy fatally shot their 12-pound dog, then lamented that he had to “waste” a bullet on her.

“He said ‘I had to shoot her, she came at me.’ Then, he said, ‘It’s really a shame I had to waste that bullet because it’s a really expensive bullet,'” said Kelli Sullivan, the dog’s owner.

The Ville Platte family said the deputy from the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office came to their home after they called about being harassed by a neighbor.

The dog, a rat terrier, got out of their house after the officer arrived.

“The dog got out,” Sullivan told KATC. “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 said.

Sullivan said the dog was barking at the officer’s feet, but that she had never bitten anyone.

The officer wrote in his report that the dog was behaving aggressively and “grabbing” at his “legs and boots.”

“It was a horrific event. He shot the dog up close and blew her skull apart in front of my children … He didn’t have to shoot that dog in front of my kids. He just didn’t.”

KATC reported that the sheriff’s office had not responded to its request for a comment.


Comment from People First
Time November 3, 2017 at 11:43 am

Keep your dogs controlled. They have no business approaching strangers. Don’t boohoo because your dog won’t bite YOU but attacks a stranger and pays the piper.

Comment from Lynn (in Louisiana)
Time November 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Those little children will never forget seeing that happen.
Asshat cop. Scared of a little dog to the point of shooting it. smh

Comment from Brendi
Time November 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm

When a dog is home on their turf they should be free to roam it and protect it and the family without fear of police by family or dog.
Police just as others need to respect that and not use deadly force because the amimal is annoying.!