When a Louisiana mother headed out the door for work December 13, she left the family’s dog in her backyard — like she has done many times before.
But when Stacey Fitzner’s mom, who happened to be at a nearby school, looked in the yard later on, something was wrong with Bruizer.
Fitzer told WVUE:
“My mother was picking up my niece and nephew from Hazel Park, and she noticed that the dog was lying in the grass not moving.”
That was when the family made a horrifying discovery: someone had shot the dog.
“Her and my nephew found the dog with blood surrounding him. Someone had to come up behind him and put the gun to him and shoot him.”
Fitzner’s mom summoned her son, who whisked the dog — still clinging to life — to the vet. The first one they tried was closed. But the second one, Abadie Vet Hospital, went to work trying to save the American bulldog’s life
Unfortunately, Bruizer had to be put to sleep overnight.
The family was left wondering who would have done such a terrible deed — until nasty texts that one of Fitzner’s neighbors had sent her came to light.
The threatening messages, full of complaints about Bruizer’s barking, were from Kelly Folse, who lived next door. Coincidentally, the 35-year-old woman was also a veterinarian at the Abadie Vet Hospital.
Though Folse’s messages implied that her neighbor’s dog was aggressive, investigators could find anyone else who thought so. According to WDSU:
Sheriff’s Office investigators did not find evidence to suggest the dog had shown aggressive behavior, even after several interviews in the neighborhood, officials said.
Fitzner told WVUE Bruizer was considered a member of their family:
“We got him right after my son was born. He was such a loving dog,”
WVUE also spoke to Dr. Scott Abadie, the owner of the vet clinic where Folse worked, who told station Folse was fired after the shooting. He said:
“We’re shocked and disgusted of the actions of her. It’s just not something you expect of anybody, especially a vet.”
Folse worked there since she was 15 years old, beginning as a vet tech. Abadie said he never got any complaints about her. WDSU reported that Folse did not treat Bruizer at the clinic.
On Tuesday, Folse was arrested and charged with two felonies, aggravated cruelty to animals and illegal discharge of a weapon near a school. She was also charged with drug-related charges for two types of narcotics found in her home, which police believe were for her own pets.
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