A veterinarian from River Ridge, Louisiana is accused of shooting her next-door neighbor’s American Bulldog to death because he was barking too much.
Stacey Fitzner found her 15-month-old dog Bruizer with a bullet wound to the back of his head. She then rushed her beloved pet to Abadie Veterinary Hospital, where her neighbor Kelly Folse, 35, worked. She was not on duty at that time and Bruizer died the next day.
“This is crazy, a veterinarian shooting a dog at her next-door neighbor,” Sheriff Joseph Lopinto told The New Orleans Times-Picayune. “This is nuts. I don’t know how else to put it.”
Folse was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of killing the dog for barking too much. Fitzner has shown police multiple angry text messages about the dog’s barking allegedly sent to her by Folse.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the veterinarian faces animal cruelty charges. She also faces drug charges, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. According to WVUE, police discovered drugs in Folse’s home after they obtained a warrant for her arrest: diazepam and Adderall.
Folse has allegedly told police that she shot Bruizer because she feared he was aggressive. Police said that there is no evidence to support that the dog was aggressive. It is unclear if Folse has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.
Veterinarian Scott Abadie treated Bruizer. He spoke about his employee Folse, who has worked at his pet hospital since she was just a teenager, according to WVUE.
“We’re shocked and disgusted of the actions of her,” Abadie said, adding that he has never heard any complaints about her in the past. “It’s just not something you expect of anybody, especially a vet.”
She has since been fired.
Meanwhile, Fitzner is mourning the loss of her beloved pet, who she has described as friendly.
“We got him right after my son was born. He was such a loving dog,” she said. “He was always in the bed with us. He was always licking us. My son would ride him. He was a great, wonderful American Bulldog."
[Photos: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Facebook]