Jefferson DA charges veterinarian with fatally shooting neighbor's dog

Updated: Feb. 22, 2018 at 7:59 AM CST
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RIVER RIDGE, LA (WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish District Attorney's office has formally charged a River Ridge veterinarian accused of fatally shooting her neighbor's dog in the head, according to court documents.

A bill of information was filed Thursday charging Kelly Folse, 35, with aggravated cruelty to an animal, illegal discharge of a firearm, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a drug without a prescription.

Folse was arrested in December in connection with the shooting death of Bruizer, a 15-month-old American bull dog. The dog belonged to Folse's neighbor Stacey Fitzner.

Fitzner left Bruizer in the backyard of her home when she went to work, but a relative returned home that afternoon and found the dog with a gunshot wound to the head.

The family took the dog to Abadie Veterinary Hospital in Harahan where Folse worked, according to Fitzner. She said Folse was not at the hospital when Bruizer arrived.

Fitzner said Bruizer had to be euthanized.

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said that Folse sent aggressive and hostile text messages and videos to Fitzner for months about Bruizer's loud barking.

Folse's attorney Robert Garrity Jr. said Folseclient did not shoot the dog and also accused Lopinto of using the case as a way to garner attention in advance of the sheriff's election in March.

"What kind of world are we living in when a sheriff comes out and says we've made an arrest and she did it? Period," Garrity asked. "I don't have a gun. I don't have a bullet. I don't have a caliber of a bullet. I don't have an eyewitness. I have a time period that spans about seven or eight hours. I don't have a single person who heard or saw anything. But yet you've gutted this girl and ruined her life."

Dr. Scott Abadie, owner of Abadie Veterinary Hospital said Folse was fired from the clinic due to the incident. 

Folse is scheduled to be arraigned on March 19.

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