Sulphur officer resigns after shooting dog - KLFY News 10

Sulphur officer resigns after shooting dog

The Sulphur Police Officer who shot and killed a man's leashed dog has resigned. According to a news release from the Sulphur Police Department Officer Brian Thierarch's actions of April 28th found that he violated the Sulphur Police Department's policies and procedures regarding the use of force, personal conduct and behavior. Theirbach shot Arzy, a Labrador-Newfoundland-golden retriever mix, in front of his owner, Brandon Carpenter, who was handcuffed and on the ground.

Carpenter, a friend and their dog were traveling through Calcasieu Parish, and stopped to take shelter from the rain inside a cargo truck outside the offices of the Southwest Daily News in Sulphur.

The men were in the back of the truck for about ten minutes when someone from the newspaper called Sulphur Police.

The dog's owner, Brandon Carpenter, says police officer Brian Thierbach came up to them with his gun drawn and ordered them out of the truck. Brandon tied his dog, named Arzy, to the bumper of the truck and explained to the officer the dog was not going to be a problem.

As Brandon and his friend were handcuffed and arrested for trespassing, the officer proceeded to search the truck, then suddenly, without warning fatally shot Arzy. A witness, Eric Midkiff, who works for the Daily News, said the dog did not act out in any way.

A Facebook page called "Justice for Arzy" has attracted more than 8,300 likes and a petition calling for Thierbach's dismissal on the website has reached more than 7.500 signatures.


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