Target: Holly Carter, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office
Goal: Applaud charges levied against a police officer for his use of excessive force against a friendly dog
A Sulphur, Louisiana police officer has been indicted for a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. The officer brutally shot Arzy, a leashed dog, while he was questioning the dog’s owner. According to witnesses the dog was friendly and posing no threat to the officer at the time of the shooting. The officer, Brian Thierbach, has since resigned from the police force.
Officer Thierbach stopped to question Brandon Carpenter, a musician from Portland, Oregon when he saw Carpenter sleeping in an empty box truck to avoid the rain. The officer asked him to exit the truck and allowed Carpenter to tie his dog to a fence a few feet away during questioning. After Carpenter was laying on the ground handcuffed the officer fatally shot the dog for no apparent reason. While the officer claims that the dog, a Labrador-Newfoundland-golden retriever mix, nipped at his foot several witnesses have contradicted this version of events.
An internal investigation by the police department found that Thierbach had violated regulations designed to prevent officers’ excessive use of force. Thierbach was ultimately indicted under charges of aggravated animal cruelty, with his bail set at $20,000. If convicted Thierbach faces a minimum of one year in prison, a fine of $2,500 or both. The maximum penalty for his crime would be a fine of $5,000 and ten years in prison.
In order to deter future instances of unnecessary animal cruelty it is imperative that police officers are properly reprimanded for their crimes against animals. Commend the charges laid against Brian Thierbach for his brutal actions against a friendly and innocent dog.
Dear Ms. Carter,
The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office has laid charges against Brian Thierbach, a police officer who fatally shot an innocent dog in front of its owner. Arzy, a Labrador-Newfoundland-golden retriever mix, was shot in the head while tied to a fence and unable to pose any threat to the officer. While Thierbach insists that the dog nipped his foot, witnesses contest this claim and agree that the dog was both friendly and harmless.
Thierbach has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a felony punishable by a hefty fine, prison time or both. I commend the District Attorney’s Office for its efforts to bring justice to this innocent dog and its owner.
[Your Name Here]
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