A Maine man has accused a Louisiana police officer of smirking after he shot his tied up dog during an arrest.
Brandon Carpenter, a 28-year-old traveler who rode a freight train into Sulphur, Louisiana with his 21-year-old friend Logan Laliberte and his 14-month-old dog Arzy, says they were simply headed to visit friends in Lake Charles.
It started raining and the two men found shelter in a parked truck near the train. An officer pulled up and ordered the men out of the truck at gunpoint. “Get your dog,” officer Brian Thierbach said.
Carpenter tied the dog’s leash to a fence and Thierbach asked “Is this dog going to bite me or attack me?”
Carpenter replied “No, he is an incredibly friendly dog.”
Carpenter says just twenty seconds later he heard a gunshot.
Eric Midkiff, who works for the Southwest Daily News, was on hand to see the entire incident. Midkiff says “the dog was rubbing up against the cop. He would rub the dog’s back and then push him away. All of a sudden, he just jumped down and shot the dog in the head. The dog did not bite that officer. The dog was wagging his tail, his tongue was hanging out.”
Carpenter says he turned as the sound of the gunshot and “I see my dog kind of start shaking and batting at his head. I saw the blood start to run down his face. I’m watching my dog die while I’m sitting in cuffs.”
Carpenter adds the cop “seemed to be fighting back a smile.” He said he asked Thierbach why he was smiling and says the cop smirked and replied “Well, he nipped my foot.”
After arriving at the police station, however, Thierbach told other officers that the dog had bitten him on the calf. The department has launched an official investigation into the scumbag cop. Carpenter and his acquaintance were fined for trespassing and released a couple of hours later.