Woman says death of puppies was revenge for domestic dispute

Woman says death of puppies was revenge for domestic dispute

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Suzanne Guthrie is still in shock over the loss of her puppies. Guthrie said she'd been having trouble with her live-in boyfriend, Richey Kiffe, Tuesday afternoon when she decided to leave and cool off.

“She had stayed at my house, and she had come over to get away,” said Guthrie's neighbor, Tina Stroman.

Guthrie was spending time at her neighbor's house when she says Kiffe showed up at the neighbor's back fence.

“He asked me, ‘what do you want me to do with your stuff?' I said, my name is on that lease so I'm not going anywhere, but can you pick up my dogs please? The next thing that came out of his mouth is, ‘I can't be responsible for what happens next,'” Guthrie said.

At the time, Guthrie said she didn't know what he meant by that statement.

A short time later, she said she saw both her adult dogs outside, and decided to check on the puppies.

“I came and got my key, and I went through the back door. I called the dogs inside, and something told me to check on her babies. When I went to move the door, there was a little head,” Guthrie said.

“When I got here, five police officers were here. She had the severed head of the puppy she was going to keep,” Stroman said.

Guthrie became even more distraught after the rest of the puppies were found dead.

“He lifted up the love seat where I sit, and there they are in a plastic bag,” Guthrie said.

“It looked like he twisted the head of one of the puppies, and the other two, it looked like suffocated in the bag,” Stroman said.

Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said his officers could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Kiffe.

“He admitted that he had been drinking and was drunk. They questioned him about the dogs, and he told them he was asleep and wasn't aware of it,” Duplantis said.

Police, though, were convinced Kiffe was responsible and they arrested him.

“I asked him, why would you do that to me? He said, 'well, you should have come to talk to me,'” Guthrie said.

Police booked Kiffe with four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison on each count.

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