Mar 27, 2014 7:55 PM by Letitia Walker
Rapides Parish deputies are speaking out following an animal cruelty investigation after being inundated with requests through social media sites.
Deputies say around 8:00 am, they were contacted at their Tioga sub-station about an animal cruelty complaint in the 5000 block of Oaklane Road in Tioga.
Deputies say the complainant let his Chihuahua out around 7:00 a.m. to use the bathroom, and about a half-hour later, he heard several gun shots coming from his neighbor's home. He said he found his Chihuahua dead on the property, so he filed a formal complaint with deputies.
Deputies say the neighbor told them there was an ongoing problem with unwanted dogs on his property. He advised last week, the Chihuahua and a large breed black dog broke into his coop and killed four chickens. This morning, the neighbor said when he awoke to a loud noise coming from the chicken coop, he discovered the Chihuahua had already killed two more chickens. The neighbor allegedly told deputies he shot the dog so more of his chickens would survive.
Deputies advise that Louisiana law gave the neighbor the right to prevent the dog from killing any more chickens, and the dog-owner was responsible for his dog going onto someone else's property. Furthermore, the dog-owner could be held liable.
"We have been bombarded by calls and comments through social media about this incident. While this is an unfortunate incident, as responsible pet owners, you have to make sure your dogs are on a leash and under your control when they are off of your property. If you have an animal complaint, call us and we will investigate it and put traps out if need be." said Lt Tommy Carnline, RPSO Public Information Officer. "Again, this an unfortunate incident that we can all learn from".
Neither party were cited in this incident.
In 2013, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office responded to 2307 animal complaints.