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Former Sulphur police officer indicted on animal cruelty charges

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A former Sulphur police officer has been indicted on animal cruelty charges, KPLC TV7 reported June 5.

This Examiner article by Penny Eims covered the tragedy.

Brian L. Thierbach infuriated dog lovers worldwide after he shot and killed a dog named Arzy during an arrest on April 30. On May 9th, Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said Thierbach submitted his resignation Wednesday, prior to final disciplinary action being taken against him.

The incident was investigated by the Sulphur Police Department and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. Coats said Thierbach

"violated the Sulphur Police Department's Departmental Policy and Procedure regarding Use of Force and Personal Conduct and Behavior."

Brian L. Thierbach was indicted on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, with bond being set at $20,000. According to Alyson Antoon, the attorney for Brandon Carpenter, Arzy’s owner, says Theirbach is expected to turn himself in, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A page has been set up on Facebook in memory of Arzy.

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