Investigation Into Executed Katrina Pets


Warning: This story may disturb some readers.

For the past two years, residents of St. Bernard, Louisiana have accused St. Bernard sheriff deputies of killing pets that were left behind during Hurricane Katrina. At one of the shelters, pet owners say that they were forced at gunpoint to leave their pets behind when the shelter had to be evacuated. Many pet owners even heard one deputy say that: “Man, once everybody’s gone, we’re going to have target practice tonight.” Owners said that it was a mandatory evacuation and owners would either be shot or put in jail if they didn’t leave.

Just one of the many incidences of pets being executed is the story of Gigi, a poodle (pictured above). When it was time to evacuate the shelter, Gigi’s owner begged with a deputy to take her. The deputy said no and said that he would handcuff her if she didn’t comply. A deputy took Gigi and that was the last time Gigi’s owner saw her. Two weeks later, a relative of Gigi’s mom went back to the shelter to try and find her. She could not be found. Later, a rescue worker informed the family that she had been found shot in the head.

Two deputies have already been indicted by a grand jury on charges of felony, aggravated cruelty to animals. The Louisiana attorney general’s offices are investigating the case and the St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation.

A representative for the sheriff’s office defended how the evacuation was handled and denied any allegations that orders to kill the dogs came from any superior officers. He said that he and the sheriff are animal lovers.

(Thanks Debra and Debbie)

38 Responses to “Investigation Into Executed Katrina Pets”

  1. Donna says:

    What DOES it “take” for the citizens of the U.S. to WAKE up ? Goverment is FAILING at all levels. From Katrina, to our current pet and human food poisonings to amnesty for illegals that invade america.Goverment is designed to protect the nation.I see no protecting and complete failure to handle ANYTHING ! What in the world is it going to take, to demand goverment do the job they are paid to do ? I am floored by the lack of citizens that just stand back and do nothing ! Flood congress,the whitehouse with the demands to DO THEIR JOBS ! Your pets and your family count on YOU to keep them safe,do not be a bystander,…………………………be an ACTION hero,get involved with goverment NOW ! iF YOU DO NOT DO ANYTHING, AMERICA will FAIL.The writting is on the wall.

  2. JJ says:

    Those bastards should be given the death penalty for taking advantage of a natural disaster to exercise their sadism. There is evil in this world…pure unadulterated evil. Those so called sheriffs are an example.
    America cannot call itself an enlightened, modern nation until animal cruelty is a crime which receives the death penalty.

  3. Cathy says:

    I wonder how bad their punishment will be. I’m sure they won’t get much. This government really sucks. Whoever thinks this is a democracy is in lala land. This government is anything but.

  4. Debbie4747 says:

    Articles like this are just so sad. It wasn’t at all necessary to kill and torture those poor frightened animals. There were plenty of rescue groups doing what they could. Then again it was the average citizen rescue groups that were the heroes in rescuing alot of stranded people there too. The devestations of Katrina didn’t have to be as bad if our government officials were doing there job. From start to finish anything relating to Katrina sends chills right through me.
    I hope those deputies die and rot in you know where.

  5. Lynne says:

    I’m a far-left liberal but this story is why my boyfriend and I have guns. There would be a shootout at our place if someone tried to force us to leave our 4 dogs behind. I’m normally a very nonviolent person but not when it comes to my family.
    In the meantime I’ll continue to help out the Humane Society, who rescued so many pets.

  6. Captn' Carl says:

    This is disgusting. America the beautiful? Where? For whom?

    Let the governmental goons try this with me. The shootout will commence immediately. No quarter given nor expected. I love my pets. They go—–I go!

    Damnable fascist government!

  7. 3FURS says:

    Debbie–The HOT PLACE has their spot ready for them now and all the other murdering sadists, too. They will pay big time.

  8. menusux says:

    They all suffer from constipation–the barrel of a fully loaded weapon jammed you know where and pulling the trigger will cure it.

  9. Debbie4747 says:

    There is a slide show available on this

    Scroll down to THE LAW, then to Slideshow: Pets in Peril. Sad pictures, last one may make you sick. I’d like to use those deputies for target practice.

  10. menusux says:

    I’d like to cure their constipation.

  11. Bridgett says:

    I think we are starting to get some trolls in here.

    How can any of us really be suprised by this news story? Look how the poor people of New Orleans were treated. If humans were treated like animals, how will the pets be treated? So while it doesn’t surprise me that this happened, it is still horrifying how quickly humans will degenerate into anarchy.

  12. Cathy says:

    Trolls? I sure don’t see any in here, just people I agree with.

  13. Debbie4747 says:

    Cathy, I agree with you. I don’t see any trolls here either; I don’t get the post. No one is denying the people were treated badly too. In fact I even stated that. Got me!

  14. Bridgett says:

    shoving guns where they don’t belong expresses a sentiment not a solution.

  15. Barbara says:

    Please everyone don’t forget Hurricane Katrina when you go to the polls in 2008!

  16. Bridgett says:

    Sorry, I am just not explaining myself well and certainly not wanting to start an argument.

    I just meant that looking at all the things that were going on at that time, all the chaos and misery, with the people being treated horribly, it shouldn’t surprise us that the animals would be treated worse. Those poor dogs were left in the care of people who already thought they were valueless and were, therefore, just in the way. The cops figured they should have some fun while they killed these poor dogs.

    And yes, I would also fight to keep my animals.

  17. K9Rescue says:

    I apologize in advance if what I’m about to say ticks off anyone. IMHO, HSUS, ASPCA, etc etc ad naseum, are publicity-seeking, money-grubbing, public-scamming parasites that do virtually NOTHING to help animals, especially in disaster situations. They are at the same sub-surface level as PFI, MenuFoods, etc. Actually, I think they are lower than that.

    For anyone interested in a factual, non-”PC’ account of what *really* happened in NOLA & St Bernard’s Parrish, and to learn more about the org that is STILL “boots on the ground, down & dirty in the trenches” and working very hard to successfully prosecute the low-life scumbags who used innocent pets for target practice (which, BTW, occurred on city streets as well as in several school buildings) , go here:

    And if you want to donate to orgs that DO help animals, there are many groups better than HSUS & others of its ilk. Pasado’s is just one of them.

  18. Debbie4747 says:

    I agree with what you say concerning those established organizations as well as many more like American Lung Association, etc. Most of what you donate go to “administrative” costs. I prefer to donate to local rescue groups when I do donate or to the kids standing outside of supermarkets taking donations to help fund their school activities, like “sports” that we had for free when I was a kid. At least the donations will be put to good use. Most of the people working with rescue groups support the animals they are fostering themselves, including some if not all of the vet bills, depending on how much the rescue group takes in on donations. I know there were alot of such groups helping the Katrina pets. So sad just regular people had to be such heroes down there at that time. I was on unemployment at that time and got so caught up in what was going on or not going on down there I still get shaky just thinking about it all. And if something like that were to happen again, I’m sure our government would just hit the re-do button.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Re: Bridgett Says on June 12th, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Yes, Bridgett, it does seem you are having a tough time expressing yourself well. Maybe it’s just that this subject hits a really raw nerve with me - having been involved in the Katrina rescue efforts and other major disaster rescue efforts - and I am misreading your words. If so, I apologize.

    I don’t want to start an argument either, but it sounds like you are defending, or at least justifying, what the scumbag cops did. And lest anyone take offense at my description of those cops, I am a retired cop and I am absolutely disgusted at what those lowlifes did. I was then; I still am.

    Read the info on Pasado’s, and other archived info on the ‘Net, and look at the pictures. It’s readily apparent there was NO conceivable justification or excuse for what those cops did. None. It was blood-thirst killing, plain and simple.

  20. K9Rescue says:

    oops. that post @ 2:33 pm was me.

  21. Lynne says:

    Are we certain it was cops doing the shooting? I honestly don’t know and am asking the question because there were mercenaries in New Orleans:

    I wonder if any of them did things like this.

  22. Debbie4747 says:

    Even if it were the mercenaries (which your article doesn’t suggest) it still isn’t right and they were deputized and under hte US payroll. Your article was scarey enough on its own. Regardless, “whoever” did these shootings should die and rot in you know where. The entire Katrina deal is certainly a sad stamp on American history. I can’t believe that anyone who had any amount of power at the time that could have made a difference can sleep at night. So many people are displaced now, unable to return home, cannot sell their homes or property, can’t collect insurance on it, etc.
    And why were mercenaries called in? Too many of our National Guard were deployed overseas. Sure we can save a foriegn nation from an evil dicatator but couldn’t do much for our own people or pets.

  23. Sharon says:

    The Bush administration is responsible for what happened in New Orleans as well as what is happening now. When you elect people to office who have no conscience what do you expect? We the American people have failed to hold the rich white men in power responsible for their actions. They will kill all of us, including pets and people, if it will put another dollar in their pocket. I’m ashamed to be an American.

  24. Bridgett says:

    Not I am not justifying what they did at all. It is called sarcasm.

    How could you read into my statement that I would be justifying this cruelty in anyway? Did I not say that the cops thought the dog were valueless? If they did, it isn’t to much of a stretch too imagine that they would have a little fun, in their minds, by torturing the dogs before they shot them.

    My saying something like that doesn’t imply in anyway that I feel the same as they do. It’s sarcasm.

  25. Susan says:

    Bridgett, you must be new here if you are referring to Menusux as a troll. Menu has put the most wonderful information and links on this blog. Maybe you need to do some research before you start calling our contributors here names. If they can’t vent here, where can they vent? We are people who get foul, yes, FOUL, over mistreatment of animals. And if it was mercenaries, cops, national guard, I don’t care. They are paid with our money by officials who should be impeached.

  26. Bridgett says:

    Okay, fine, I am wrong, I am wrong.

    Menusux can shove a gun up my a** and blow me away too.

  27. Debbie4747 says:

    I agree, Menu is not a troll….unless you’re a member of the PFI or FDA…heh heh heh!

  28. Susan says:

    Is Bridgett old enough to be on the ‘puter without Mommy? (Now that is sarcasm!)

  29. Bridgett says:

    I eat small furry animals. You can see all my recipes at my website.

  30. Captn' Carl says:

    Whoa! Lets not forget why we are all here. Common Enemy! Please let any misunderstandings slide. Lets not lose sight of the real culprit here. This is how divide and conquer works. We need to stay strong and stick together.

  31. Debbie4747 says:

    Okay guys, let’s all play nice please. We’re all here because we care about our pets and all animals. We get alot more done and accomplished when we’re not fighting with each other. My hat is off to anyone involved in solving the Katrina problem and hope those involved in creating it will, like I said, die and rot you know where.
    Another sad point with the Katrina deal is all the non-pet animals that lost their lives and all the landscape that will take years to recover. Such a huge loss all the way around, including American’s faith that our government will take care of us. Hmrph!

  32. petslave says:

    sorry to get off the current topic but

    THANK YOU THANK YOU Itchmo for posting this–SOOO few people know about the horrors that went on there, at least this will bring it out to a group that cares.

    Also, thank you K9Rescue for posting Pasado’s web page on it–this is where I read it several months ago, took me a long time to get through it & was horrified & in tears & incredibly angry the whole time. This group is great in general, but really special for what they’re doing to fight this terrible injustice & try to make them pay for it.

    Please everyone look at their website & read the full story. Be prepared to have your anger at this increase 100 fold. There are really evil people in charge of our lives right now!!!

  33. Bridgett says:

    I apologize for getting out of hand. I also apologize to Menusux for calling him a troll. I didn’t realize he was a regular poster.


  34. menusux says:

    Debbie4747 Says:

    June 12th, 2007 at 3:43 pm
    I agree, Menu is not a troll….unless you’re a member of the PFI or FDA…heh heh heh!

    Think you could safely add CN to that list :-)

  35. JJ says:

    Glad you felt the need to apologize but then had to finish it off with “I didn’t realize he was a regular poster.” Does not make a difference regular or not. You were off base and got called on it, then tried to defend yourself and when that still wouldn’t fly, chose to make that last statement. If you wanna run with the pack you have to contribute not detract from it.

    Now back to the subject of all those poor pets and their humans they were forced to leave behind thru no fault of their own.

  36. NH says:

    Those bums deserve to be punished for killing those innocent animals. I’d be happy to sit on the jury for that trial. My heart breaks for the animals who ran up to the trucks looking for company and a little scratch on the head, just to be greeted with “BANG”! Those bastards deserve to be thrown in jail. Should they ever go to jail, I hope their fellow convicts kick their asses!!

  37. A. Sledge says:

    I read this article yesterday morning and got sick. I couldn’t keep from thinking about it all day yesterday and still today. Bear with me as I express my thoughts. I too, am a relatively nonviolent person. However, I believe that these criminals (notice that I did not refer to the sheriff and his deputies as people) should be prosecuted under special circumstances such as those of profiting from a natural disaster. These poor people had lost everything already, and had carried their pets with them, obviously holding them very dear. It is an unimaginable crime! Death is too good for these SOB’s. I keep coming back to the thought that this sounds more like a recounting of something that happened during the Holocaust, rather than recently in the U.S. No amount of money can even begin to compensate the pet’s families for this tragedy. Personally, I think that they should be tied up and shot as well, giving the pet parents the opportunity to do so if they desire. Since that won’t happen, I would like to see the names of these criminals published and see them hunted to the ends of the earth. If they do wind up in prison, I hope their fellow inmates do them “justice”. Surely, God must have a special place for these ba$tards!

  38. Steph Mineart says:

    Aside from the fact that I would never leave my dog behind ever, now matter what some douche with a gun said, if this happened to my Spike, the guys would not be walking around alive today. I know people will say that’s wrong, but I don’t care. I love my dog more than most human beings, and would save him first, frankly.

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