Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office responds to dog shooting

FOREST HILL, La. (KLFY)- The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office is speaking out about allegations that deputies shot and killed a pitbull for unnecessary reasons on June 8.

"While the shooting of ANY animal is always unfortunate, it is sometimes necessary to protect those deputies from being attacked and maimed.  Discharging a weapon in the course of their duty is the last thing any deputy wants to do," the department said today.

The sheriff's office is responding to allegations made by the Human Society of Louisiana claiming deputies cruelly shot the two-year-old pet pitbull named Leona.

Deputies were investigating a home when the dog was shot.

"At the same time Leona was shot, other deputies placed a sidearm to another family dog's head, Charlie, a 3-year-old boxer. Ms. Johnson's 19-year-old son, Seth, screamed for them not to shoot Charlie, and, fortunately, they didn't pull the trigger," the Humane Society claims.

Read the organization's post below:

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, the RPSO said.

 "This is something that will be tried in a court of law where all of the facts will come to light," the department said.

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