A 15-month old bulldog was rushed to the clinic after being shot in the head. It was a vet who shot him.
RIVER RIDGE, La. - A Louisiana veterinarian faces multiple felonies after she was accused of shooting and killing her neighbor's family dog in the back of its head, according to a FOX 8 report.
Dr. Kelly Folse, 35, faces aggravated cruelty to animals and illegal discharge of a weapon near a school as well as unrelated drug charges. She was arrested without incident Tuesday, Dec. 19, at her home.
Stacy Fitzner was the proud owner of Bruizer, the 15-month old bulldog that was allegedly shot and killed by Folse. Fitzner and Folse were also neighbors. According to local police, Folse had previously sent Fitzner hostile messages about Bruizer and his refusal to stop barking.
On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Fitzner says she put Bruizer in the backyard as she often did when she left for work, according to FOX 8.
"My mother was picking up my niece and nephew from the park, and she noticed that the dog was lying the grass not moving," Fitzner said.
Knowing something wasn't right, Fitzner says her and her mother decided to check on Bruizer.
"Her and my nephew found the dog with blood surrounding him," Fitzner said. "Someone had come up behind him and put the gun to him and shot him."
Bruizer had been shot in the head and was clinging to life. That's when Fitzer got in contact with her brother, who immediately rushed over to the home.
"He grabbed the dog and we went straight to a vet," Fitzner said.
The first veterinary clinic they tried was closed, so they moved on to another one for help. That clinic turned out to be Abadie Vet Hospital, the same hospital that had employed Folse since she was 15 years old.
Since the incident, Folse has been terminated from the vet clinic and also from Animal Rescue of New Orleans.
Dr. Scott Abadie, owner of Abadie Vet Hospital, said his office had not received any complaints about Folse in the past and added that "clients loved her."
"We're shocked and disgusted by the actions of her," Abadie said. "It's just not something you expect of anybody, especially a vet."