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)