Twenty-nine companion animals were found shot execution-style in New Orleans schools which were serving as hurricane shelters.  As the flood waters rose, the people inside the schools were forced to evacuate and leave their companions behind, with food, water, ID tags and contact information.  Nevertheless, the animals were found shot to death along with the presence of shell casings consistent with the type used by law enforcement officers. 

Not only is this tragedy senseless and cruel, it’s also illegal, in violation of Louisiana animal cruelty laws (RS 14:102.1). 

This is not the first allegation of companion animals being shot by law enforcement officers in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

Please contact District Attorney John F. Rowley, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Bernard Parish President Henry J. Rodriguez, Jr., and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and urge them to investigate this issue immediately and punish those responsible for committing this atrocity. 

The Honorable John F. Rowley
District Attorney, 34th Judicial District
P.O. Box 947; Chalmette, LA 70044-0947
St. Bernard Parish ph: 504-271-1658; fax: 504-279-2874

Henry J. Rodriguez, Jr., St. Bernard Parish President
8201 W. Judge Perez Dr.; Chalmette, LA 70043
ph: 504-278-4227; email:

St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office
P. O. Box 168; Chalmette, LA 70044
ph: 504-271-2504; fax: 504-278-7716; email:

Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 94004; Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9004
ph: 1-866-310-7617, 225-342-0991, 225-342-7015, 225-925-1938
fax: 225-342-7099
web email:

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