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RPSO investigates animal cruelty complaint

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TIOGA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On March 27, 2014 at approximately 8 a.m., Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were contacted at the Tioga Sub-station in reference to an animalcruelty complaint that occurred in the 5000 block of Oaklane Rd in Tioga. 

According to RPSO, the complainant stated his neighbor had shot his Chihuahua dog.  Thecomplainant went on to say he let his dog out around 7 a.m. to use the bathroomand around 7:30 a.m. he heard several gun shots coming from his neighborsresidence. 

The complainant made contact with his neighbor and theneighbor advised that his Chihuahua was laying dead in his back yard.  Thecomplainant retrieved his dog and came to the Tioga Sub-station to make thecomplaint, reported RPSO. 

When deputies responded to where the incident occurred, theymade contact with the offender.  According to the offender, this was anongoing problem and last week, the Chihuahua and a large breed black dog brokeinto his coup and killed four chickens. 

RPSO said the next morning, the offender wasawakened by a loud noise coming from the chicken coup and upon reaching theyard, he observed the Chihuahua had already made its way into the coup andkilled two more chickens. 

At this time, the offender shot the Chihuahuato keep it from killing more of his chickens.

Under the law, (Louisiana Title 3:2654) the offender had theright to kill the dog to prevent it from killing any more of hischickens.  The complainant was responsible for his dog going on theoffenders property and could be liable for the damages of the offenderschickens.

"We have been bombarded by calls and comments through socialmedia about this incident.  While this is an unfortunate incident, asresponsible pet owners, you have to make sure your dogs are on a leash andunder your control when they are off of your property. 

If you have ananimal complaint, call us and we will investigate it and put traps out if needbe." said Lt Tommy Carnline, RPSO Public Information Officer.  "Again,this an unfortunate incident that we can all learn from".

Neither party were cited in this incident.

In 2013, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office responded to2307 animal complaints.

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