A shooting in Port Allen claimed the life of a 44-year-old woman,
and now her dog has suffered the same fate.
"It looks like he [the dog] was protecting his owner when he
was shot," a witness told WAFB 9 News. "He was there doing what was supposed to
According to the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the
shooting happened on Monday, May 12 shortly before 5 p.m. at a trailer park
located on Hwy. 190. A man allegedly shot Kerry Palmer in her home, but managed
to flee before police arrived.
"I saw the dog kind of yelping and kind of backing away from
the door," a different witness told WAFB 9 News shortly after the shooting. "I
saw the lady roll out the door and she fell on the ground. I saw the guy who
shot her run out the house with a gun."
At some point the man shot the woman's dog. Richard Summers
with the West Baton Rouge Parish Animal Shelter tells us that the dog was shot
from the front.
"Obviously the dog wasn't running away," he said. "So I
would say he was protecting his owner."
We're told the dog was transported to the River Town Animal
Hospital for treatment, but had to be euthanized due to its condition.
"The dog was shot two times," Summers said. "Either one of
those injuries alone would have been life threatening."
Witnesses tell us the dog appeared to be a pit pull mixed-breed.
Deputies with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
are still searching for the alleged gunman. The believe the man robbed the
If you know anything about this incident or the identity of the
shooter, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).
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