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Police officer who killed man's dog is charged with animal cruelty

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According to Friday's Bangor Daily News, resignation was not good enough for a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury who voted to indict the Sulphur, La., police officer, who shot and killed a man's young dog in late April, on a charge of felony aggravated animal cruelty.

A bench warrant was issued on Thursday for Brian Thierbach, who resigned from the Sulphur Police Department not long after killing Brandon Carpenter's 14-month-old dog "Arzy Kensington."

Thierback shot and killed Arzy on April 28 - the former officer claimed that the Labrador retriever mix had nipped his foot, but an eyewitness disputed the claim. Carpenter's attorney, Alyson Antoon, spoke after the hearing:

“We’re very pleased. I’ve seen a lot of the evidence in this case, and from what I’ve seen, they definitely made the right decision,”

“The evidence was overwhelming.

Thierbach shot the dog while Carpenter was handcuffed in the parking lot of the Southwest Daily News - Carpenter had taken cover from the rain in the back of an empty box truck and the police were called out to investigate a report of possible trespassing.

An employee at the Daily News watched what happened and disputed the officer's claims that the dog had behaved aggressively.

Original story about this incident here.

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