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Dog owners outraged after family pets were shot in Livingston Parish

Freud (Source: Rocke Robertson) Freud (Source: Rocke Robertson)
(Source: Rocke Robertson) (Source: Rocke Robertson)
Eli (Source: Tina Carlton) Eli (Source: Tina Carlton)

A couple of dog owners are up in arms after they said someone targeted their family pets.

Two dogs were shot at around 3 p.m. on Sunday in separate areas of Livingston Parish. One incident happened in Denham Springs, the other in Walker.
The victims are calling on the law to take action immediately.

Freud, a 3-year-old Pitbull, has learned to listen to his master. Rocke Robertson and his family rescued the dog a couple of years ago. He said Freud is friendly and obedient. But sometimes, like most dogs, Robertson said, he wanders off of his property. Robertson said it happened on Sunday.

"I come out and I start yelling for him and then shortly after, I heard a gunshot. I was like, oh no," Robertson said.

Robertson said he found Freud minutes later in neighboring Creekside Estates suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. An X-ray revealed a bullet lodged in the dog's body. Freud had been shot in the face.

To Robertson's surprise, his dog, was not the only one under fire that afternoon.

Tina Carlton was also at the veterinarian's office with a friend whose Labrador Retriever had been shot.

"I was like, I'm not believe that this is happening," Carlton said.

Carlton said the yellow Lab, Eli, was shot in Walker not far from his home on Gaylord South Rd.

"Eli was literally out of Aimee's sight for less than 10 minutes," Carlton said.

Eli was shot near the chest area. Carlton said doctors said it would be too dangerous to remove the bullet. It fractured the dog’s spine.

"He is not a threat to anyone. He is not imposing, he doesn't do anything. I think, honestly, it was just plain cruelty," Carlton said.

Part of the problem, they said, is that Livingston Parish does not have animal control. That means residents do not have anyone to call to have strays picked up and sometimes resort to taking matters into their own hands. Carlton offered another option.

"If you don't want the dog in your yard, call the police. There are leash laws. Call the police. Let the owner go to jail, or let them get cited," Carlton said.

They are also concerned about people firing guns in a neighborhood where children play outdoors. Robertson and Carlton want the shooters to pay for their actions.

"I'd like to see that that law actually still means something in this parish, and that something is done," Robertson said.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said they are investigating both incidents. They add, charges could be coming for those who shot the dogs and for those who allowed their pets to roam.

The owners of the dogs are offering a cash reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for shooting
their pets.

The Robertson’s have set up a GoFundMe account for donations to help pay for Freud’s medical expenses.

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