Jun 5, 2014 8:04 PM by Letitia Walker
A former Sulphur police officer has been indicted on a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals after allegedly shooting a dog back in April. Last month, Brian Thierbach resigned from the police department after an investigation was launched by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. The shooting gained national attention after Arzy's owner spoke out to media outlets. Brandon Carpenter said he told the officer that his 14-month-old retriever would not bite and was tied to a fence when the officer killed him.
Carpenter told KATC that he and his 21-year-old friend Logan Laliberte were traveling by train to visit friends in Lake Charles and were sitting about 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Southwest Daily News. Carpenter said that an officer had been called to the parking lot as the two friends had taken refuge in a parked truck as rain fell around them. Carpenter said that, in addition to watching his dog die, both he and Laliberte were arrested for trespassing and later released.