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VPSO: Person who shot dogs says he was protecting his chickens

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Posted at 9:52 AM, Jan 28, 2021

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office is providing more details on the shooting incident that left two dogs dead.

According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Drew David , on the morning of Wednesday, January 27, 2021, a deputy noticed two dead dogs discarded in a wooded area while patrolling Chaisson Road within the parish.

The deputy’s preliminary investigation showed the dogs had possibly died of gunshot wounds.

Animal control was subsequently called out to the scene. Deputies were able to locate and speak to the owner of the dogs who stated that he let the dogs loose sometime Sunday evening and had not seen them since that time. The owner went on to say that the dogs were known to roam the area. When the dogs had not returned he made contact with the pound in an attempt to locate them but was told they were not there.

Deputies say they were able to make contact with a man who advised that he was in fact the one who shot both dogs. He told officers that the dogs were on his property in his chicken cages attacking his chickens. Witnesses confirmed these statements, according to VPSO.

Deputies say that when he exited his house and approached the dogs he noticed they had already killed several of his chickens. He went on to explain that he shot the dogs to stop their aggression toward his chickens and that’s when they allegedly became aggressive toward him forcing him to shoot again.

The man told deputies that when the dogs were shot they were both still on his property, and after shooting the dogs he discarded them in another area.

The case is being sent to the District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of possible charges being filed.

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