A Louisiana veterinarian was arrested on drug possession charges after she was accused of shooting dead her neighbor’s puppy. Dr. Kelly Folse, 35, was arrested in town of Meredith on December 13. KMOV reports that Folse is accused of shooting dead, Bruizer, 15 months, her neighbor’s American Bulldog. The station says that Bruizer was left outside while his owner went to work. The report says Folse shot the dog because he was barking too much.
The NOLA.com report says that Bruizer was found lying dead on the lawn by a member of his owner’s family.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Folse Believed that the Dog Was Aggressive
WVUE reports that Folse is being charged with cruelty to animals and the illegal discharge of a weapon near school. Both charges are felonies.
2. After the Shooting, Police Searched Folse’s Home & Found Narcotics
Folse has been arrested on unrelated drug charges, reports NOLA.com. The website says that the drugs found in her home were procured with prescriptions intended for animals. The drugs seized were Adderall and diazepam.
3. Folse’s Has Worked With Animals Since She Was 15 Years Old
Folse formerly worked at the Abdie Veterinary Hospital, according to her now-deleted profile on their website. Her former boss, Dr. Scott Abadie, told WVUE, “We’re shocked and disgusted of the actions of her. It’s just not something you expect of anybody, especially a vet.”
4. Folse’s Uncle Is Trying to Defend His Niece on Facebook
Folse’s Facebook page has become littered with abusive comments after news of the dog shooting went public. One person, Teri Moret-Evans, wrote, “My daughter wants to be a vet…that’s all she talks about. She would be crushed to hear that someone who is suppose to care for and be an advocate for animals is KILLING them. Shameful!” Another, Jennifer Lynn DeLuca, wrote, “How dare you,,,,,that baby did nothing to you ya crazy b****!”
Her uncle, Larry Folse, has joined in, telling the commenters that he has reported them to Facebook and also saying, “She did not do this.”
5. Folse Cared for LSU’s Live Tiger Mascot
Folse graduated from Louisiana State University in 2010. During her time at the school, Folse was one of the carers for the school’s live tiger mascot, Mike IV. She wrote of her time, “I cared for Mike VI when he was an adolescent tiger, and he was stubborn and hilariously mischievous. His routine in the wee hours of the morning before he would leave his nighthouse for the day was to stretch out, chuff in my general direction, and then take the longest, most foul-smelling bowel movement possible. He would then look back at me and happily chuff. It’s funny the things that I remember the most. My years with Mike are some of the best experiences of my life.”