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Nadia
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For nearly two years, pet owners from Louisiana parish of St. Bernard have accused sheriff's deputies of having wantonly killed dozens of dogs they forced evacuees to leave behind during Hurricane Katrina without regard



   

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Nadia Donato (476)
Monday June 11, 2007, 8:19 pm
This white poodle, Gigi, was among the dogs allegedly killed by authorities after their owners were forcibly evacuated during Hurricane Katrina. A lawsuit says an animal rescue worker found Gigi shot in the head.
 

Nadia Donato (476)
Monday June 11, 2007, 8:21 pm
Investigations, Two Criminal Indictments and a Lawsuit Put the Heat on St. Bernard Parish's Sheriff's Office
By JIM AVILA, ELIZABETH TRIBOLET and CHRIS FRANCESCANI
ABC News Law & Justice Unit
June 11, 2007 —


For nearly two years, pet owners from the low-lying Louisiana parish of St. Bernard have accused sheriff's deputies of having wantonly killed dozens of dogs they forced evacuees to leave behind during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, without regard to the dogs' size or the potential threat they might pose.

One owner said her family was forced at gunpoint to leave its dog behind. Another owner said residents became frantic when, they said, they overheard one deputy claim that "once everybody's gone, we're going to have target practice tonight." They claim in court papers that deputies were under " authorization...of their superiors and employers.

Two deputies have already been indicted by a grand jury in New Orleans on charges of felony, aggravated cruelty to animals. The Louisiana attorney general's office is investigating and this morning lawyers for a group of owners will file a comprehensive complaint in federal court in Louisiana seeking class action status for their clients.

More on this story tonight on "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m. EDT

For the first time, the St. Bernard Parish sheriff's office has acknowledged to ABC News' Law & Justice Unit that an internal investigation has been launched.

In an interview last week, Sal Gutierrez, who represents the sheriff's office, defended the department's handling of a clearly difficult evacuation. Gutierrez said the shells left behind in the schools did not necessarily come from the weapons issued to department deputies. He denied allegations that orders to kill the dogs came from superior officers, calling that claim "false." He said that if the investigation turned up any wrongdoing by deputies, the St. Bernard sheriff would take appropriate disciplinary action. If something false has been alleged in the lawsuit, he said he would consider countercharges of defamation of character. He said that he and the sheriff were animal lovers.

In December, the sheriff's office released a statement declaring that any actions taken had been done with "the utmost care, caution and belief of its necessity," according to the newspaper New Orleans City Business.

But Gutierrez told ABC News that until the internal investigation was complete, he could not adequately answer all the charges. "I can't tell you we don't have a renegade or two," Gutierrez told ABC News.

"If you're talking about a rabid dog roaming the streets trying to attack, that's understandable to try and find and euthanize a dog," said plaintiff attorney Randall Smith. But, he said later, "some of them were poodles, miniature dogs, tied up, most outrageous[ly] in schools, no way a threat to anybody."

One of the key pieces of evidence in the civil case is expected to be video footage shot by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Leeson Jr., who said he witnessed dogs being shot while filming in the area after Katrina for the Dallas Morning News.

"They shot the dog I was trying to help right in front of me," he told reporters at the time.

On his video, posted HERE on the newspaper's Web site, gunshots can clearly be heard.

Mike Minton, a former sergeant from the St. Bernard Parish sheriff's office, acknowledges shooting dogs but says it was done for humane reasons. Gutierrez told ABC News that Minton was "let go" from the department and was "no longer an employee." Minton, one of the two deputies indicted in December on animal cruelty charges, did not return a call from ABC for comment.


'Shooting Gallery'
"It was a massacre. It was a shooting gallery," said Mark Steinway, co-founder of the animal rescue group Posada Safe Haven. Steinway was among those who discovered the animals' bodies at three school evacuation centers, gathered evidence and urged the Louisiana State Attorney General's Office to launch an investigation.

"We documented as best we could as a crime scene," he said. "It was obvious [the dogs] had been chased around. There were so many rounds of ammunition and so many holes in the walls and so many random shots to body cavities and legs, areas where you know the animals were trying to get away from these guys."

Steinway described one harrowing discovery he made in the one of the parish schools that he said exemplified the wantonness with which the animals were killed.

"Somebody carefully tied up these two dogs in one of the rooms and shot them, and didn't even shoot them at close range in the head to put them out of their misery,'' he said. "They backed up and started shooting, with a shotgun started firing. Pellets all over the floor, bullet holes in the wall. It was a slaughter."
 

Nadia Donato (476)
Monday June 11, 2007, 8:22 pm
'Please Do Not Shoot Her"

Some of the pet owners who spoke with ABC News said they had waited until the last minute to evacuate for good reason. One woman's daughter had just had a major surgery. Another had a medical condition that prevented him from driving and an elderly father too weak to drive. The waters rose rapidly and communication was difficult at best. Many residents were rescued from their rooftops, their animals clinging to them.

On Aug. 28, 2005, with floodwaters roaring through St. Bernard Parish, officials announced St. Bernard's High School as a shelter of last resort, according to court papers obtained by ABC News.

Three days later, on Aug. 31, officials evacuated the high school shelters and took residents to the Algiers Point ferry landing. As residents were separated from their animals and moved out of the shelters, many desperately scrawled messages on the walls of the school rooms.

"There is 1(sic) very nice dog in there. Please do not shoot her. Her name is Angel," read one message. Another, with a name and phone number, read, "Call me please. I want my pets back."

"In this room are six adult dogs and four puppies. Please save them! Kit."


'Everybody, We're Under Water'
Plaintiff John Bozes said his black Labrador, Angel Girl, had saved his family's life. Floodwaters had reached the top of the door of his parish home, he told ABC News.

"I walked to the door right there, I go to put my hand on the knob to open it, she got between me and that door and nudged me back. When I looked back I saw water coming through the top of the door and I said, 'Oh boy, we're in trouble.'"

"Everybody, we're under water!" he hollered to his family, who climbed through the attic to reach the home's roof. They were evacuated to St. Bernard's High School, where he said they were told to evacuate without the pets.

"It was a mandatory evacuation -- we either go to jail or get shot, or we leave our pets behind."

Then, he said, he and other owners heard a deputy say, 'Man, once everybody's gone, we're going to have target practice tonight.'''

"There was so much commotion after that statement was made," he said. "We stood our ground and said, 'We're not leaving them.'"

"Next thing you know, we're either leaving & or you get shot."

Bozes' father, Paul, said he thought about Angel Girl all the time. "I hope I'm not wrong in saying this, but from the bottom of my heart -- if I see that boy or the man that shot her, they better have a lot of people around to keep me from hitting them."

"These are animals," John Bozes said, "but they have brains just like you and I. They have feelings like we have. & Tough animals, wonderful animals, lovable animals. And to have somebody shoot for no reason at all, I don't think no animal in that school would have hurt somebody, especially Angel. She was too lovable."

John Bozes and his sister were separated from their three dogs -- Angel Girl, a pit bull named Honey and a Husky mix named Bullet -- when they were evacuated. The dogs were taken to Beauregard Middle School and St. Bernard's Parish High School.

"Bullet, the Husky mix, was found dead in the corner of Beauregard Middle School," according to the complaint. "The cord from the Venetian blind on the nearest window had been tied to Bullet's collar. Angel Girl and Honey were found together, also in a corner. Angel Girl had been tethered to the Venetian blinds on a nearby window. Honey was not tied, but lay at Angel Girl's side."


'Threatened'
Plaintiff Joyce Stubbs was told she could not bring her dogs, Max and Lucky, with her when she was evacuated from Beauregard High School, so "she poured bottles of water and soft drinks into a large ice chest for her dogs to drink," according to court documents. "She also put out a lot of food where the dogs could readily access it."

"Stubbs and her children spent a long moment saying goodbye to her dogs. A Sheriff's deputy approached them and pointed a shotgun at her son's face and threatened to shoot him if they did not leave the dogs. He also pointed the shotgun at their small dog Lucky," the complaints reads.


'I Live With This Every Day'
Judy Migliore and her husband spent three days going from rooftop to rooftop with their daughters and their poodle, Gidget, which she said means "small" in Hawaiian. Migliore said they called the dog Gigi. When it was time to go, Migliore said she pleaded with a deputy to let her take the poodle.

"I begged. & I was crying. I said, 'Please, she'll never, never touch the ground. She'll stay in my arms the whole time.' He said, 'Ma'am, we can do it either nicely or not nicely,' and he said, 'I'm prepared to handcuff you.'

"I turned and looked at my husband and I said, 'I can't! I cannot leave her,' and the deputy I knew came up at that time and he said, 'Miss Judy, give her to me and I'll see what I can do.' I gave her to him because I couldn't and he turned and give her to the deputy and that was the last time we seen him," she said, referring to the deputy.

"I kept thinking & she going to be terrified that I wasn't holding her, she was going to be terrified of bad weather and other dogs because of big dogs. Pit bulls, Great Danes, huge dogs. & I knew she was going to be terrified. & And I kept thinking, 'I'm leaving her.'"

"I live with this every day in my thoughts and in my heart because she was our baby, and there's not a day goes by that I don't think of her."

Two weeks later, Migliore said, her brother-in-law went back to the school where they Gigi, but he was turned away. One daughter went online to animal rescue sites and another daughter visited shelters. They knew the poodle would be easy to identify. Gigi was pure white, with freshly clipped nails painted red and a brown collar with a St. Francis of Assisi medal around her neck.

On Oct. 9, according to the complaint, a rescue worker informed the family that Gidget had been found shot in the head .

Presented with some of the allegations made in court documents and to ABC News, Gutierrez, the attorney for the sheriff's department, said that he would like to depose the plaintiffs under oath.

Copyright © 2007 ABC News Internet Ventures
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 11, 2007, 8:34 pm
Wow...thanks for the news, Nadia....recieved at 11:32- with three minutes to watch ABC special....will try to forward to friends while watching...
 

Jennie B (14)
Monday June 11, 2007, 8:35 pm
This is disgusting! Thank you Nadia for posting this-I had heard rumors of this as early as when I was working with Katrina evacuees at the Austin Convention Ctr. but this is beyond the pale. Why would they want to KILL innocent animals for no good reason-just because it was easier to do? I don't understand how it would be easier-that would be the hardest thing for any decent person to do. I hope these people pay for this by being put in prison. They had no right to kill other peoples' animals, no right even if they were strays. Noted.
 

Sherrie Bradshaw (213)
Monday June 11, 2007, 8:53 pm
This was nothing short of heinous.
 

Nadia Donato (476)
Monday June 11, 2007, 8:54 pm

Yeah right, I can see how they can mistake Gigi from the pic above to a "big wild dog that posed a threat." BS!
 

Delight Woodley (46)
Monday June 11, 2007, 8:59 pm
Nada, sadly noted
 

June Marshall (395)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:01 pm
This is terrible and disgusting! How cruel it was of these people to take the lives of innocent pets. In many instances they were the only friend or relative the people had who WERE FORCED to leave without their pets. They thought they'd have their pets back after Katrina blew over. Not so due to the ignorance of some law enforcement. This is so much of a heart ache, especially when they were led to believe one thing then another happens with a life. We're not talking about one life here --- but that of the pet and the family they belonged to.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:02 pm
What cowards....how pitiful...I grieve for those helpless animals...
 

Sapphirra S (85)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:02 pm
I feel sick and weepy. I just can't believe this, this is so terrible. I can't imagine being forced at gunpoint to leave my cats behind, and then find out later they were shot to death after I left.
My cats are like my kids, and if I'm ever put into a position like that, I'll probably end up in jail.
These people who did this should definitely be put in jail. Un-freaking-believable.
:noted:
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:20 pm

That is disgusting! I'm angry enough for blood to spurt from my eyes!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:23 pm
This is just brutality. Look what they did to the victims of Katrina and how they still treat them? I should never surprise anyone how easily mankind is corrupted to abuse their power. There is show on Animal Planet called Animal Cops. These people should be arrested just like the "perps" on that show. Never hurt an animal, because an animal is more innocent than people. Why, because they never rob, rape, murder, or lie. They the true caretakers of this planet. It is their life force that is true.
 

Bobbie W (113)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:25 pm
Nadia-thanks for the article but I can't read any more. I am still a blubbering mass from reading another story about abused animals. What a way to treat our best friends-and the poor pet owners who had already lost so much! Grief on top of grief! Very heartless. Katrina was handled so badly! But we need that money to finance Mr. Bush's war for oil! Grrrr!
 

Maia Nyx (13)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:29 pm
People can be so cruel.
 

Karen G (9)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:32 pm
This is abhorant! No way could I leave one of my babies behind! This is why so many worked to get the bill that included pets in disaster plannng. We lost 2 different pets to natural causes and it almost killed us with grief, so I can understand the rage, grief and despair these owners are feeling at the loss of their pets, and the betrayal and guilt they are experiencing at this blatant abuse of authority. We need to start holding all life sacred. Is it any wonder that crime is getting so rampant and brutal today if law enforcement officials can act in this manner? What examples are we setting for todays children?
 

Violette Ruffley (92)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:38 pm
When does it end. How do they live with this form brutality, from the written report they were only a heartbeat away from shooting the animals owners.
 

Marcy M (97)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:41 pm
This is shocking...what's worse is that this took place during a time of crisis. A vicious hurricane came through, many lost all they had but the clothes they were wearing. It's unnerving to know a human would do something like this to another human, after knowing they have lost everything and/or have been through a tramatic event. Things like this make me sick to my stomach.
 

Nadia Donato (476)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:45 pm
Those dogs they showed on Nightline that were out on the streets were obviously pets! Any dog owner knows that just by looking at their demeanor. Plus, they had collars, were friendly, and that azz of a man says he's shooting them for protection as well as just "being humane." What is humane about chasing dogs with rounds of shots, letting them run for their lives and then die a slow and painful death?

I can't even begin to imagine if this happened to me and my 2 dogs. After Katrina, if there's ever a need to evacuate NYC, they would have to kill me first. I will never leave without my dogs. That is what happened to a lot of victims of Katrina, they refused to leave their pets so they all perished inside their homes.

There must be some contingency plans in ALL states.... for evacuation of people with pets. Some people may not agree with rescuing "just animals" but what they don't know is by doing so, it saves more human lives. I heard awhile back that Bloomberg has this in the works for NYC...but there's nothing said about this in the website. I'll have to do some calling around.
 

Nadia Donato (476)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:50 pm
Karen, the bill you just mention...the one that includes pets for dissaster planning, was it passed? Or was it during the Republican congressional reign?
 

Nadia Donato (476)
Monday June 11, 2007, 9:57 pm
OMG I'M SUCH A DINGBAT!!! I POSTED THE WRONG URL!! LOL

Here's the real ABC news link:
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3265151&page=1

The one I posted leads to Marcy's petition to free Billy the Elephant in LA! lol I just signed that petition before posting this news article, had too many tabs, and somehow I lost my cut and paste skills :-)

SORRY EVERYONE! I'm glad I posted the entire article. While you're here, please click on "visit site" and sign Billy the Elephant's petition :-)
 

Jeanne A (30)
Monday June 11, 2007, 10:13 pm
The whole Hurricane ordeal was a travesty, right from the fact that our Government was warned that the wall could not hold back a large category Hurricane. I was in a car accident in which I had to leave my French Poodle behind in the wreck as they rushed me to the hospital. I made such a fuss in the emergency room about my dog, that they sent me home in a taxi with snow on the ground without any clothes on except a blanket wrapped around me in someone else's sneaks. I didn't care as long as I could get my baby. They told me she was at the garage where my car was totaled. When I got there, my dog had been taken to the SPCA (30) miles away. I got so hysterical, because I didn't have a way to get her and it was after 5:00 P.M. The taxi driver left me there crying, blowing my nose on coffee filters and I refused to leave even though the garage was closing. The shop attendent called the Police (I thought they were going to take me away to the crazy house) I couldn't stop sobbing and had a hell of a time trying to keep the blanket on my nude body ! He kept saying to me, how are you going to get home ? I cried I didn't care, and I would walk only holding my dog and I wasn't leaving without her. The Policeman heard my hysteria and told the attendent to wait because he would pick up my dog and delivery her at the garage. The Policeman brought her to me and the attendent drove me home. I will never, never under any circumstances (as long as I'm aware) listen to anyone to leave any of my babies ever, again. Some, may not understand this, but, I've been there and I know what can happen. I feared she would be adopted and I'd never see her again. These poor people who have lost their pets, all because they believed and trusted and were unable to make any other decision. They believed they would atleast have the opportunity to claim them later and hoped for the best. How people view animals without consideration of the owner or the animal is sickening. I know that emergency room or the garage attendent will never forget my name. The naked, hysterical lady blowing her nose on coffee filters against the wall on the garage floor ! Well, maybe next time they get a dented car towed in with an animal inside they won't be so damn uncaring !!!
 

Jeanne A (30)
Monday June 11, 2007, 10:17 pm
I hope they sue and get every cent for their losses. How painful, losing their property, personal belongings and now their beloved pets. I hope, they pay through the nose, a**h**** !!!!
 

Rachel R (121)
Monday June 11, 2007, 10:32 pm
My heart goes out to the families who lost their pets and my hearts go out to those innocent animals. This is so sad.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 11, 2007, 11:41 pm
This is horrific news and so very hard to believe or digest for that matter. Sadly it comes as no surprise to me now that I have seen (PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THIS IN THE PRESENCE OF CHILDREN OR THOSE YOU CONSIDER TO BE TOO SENSITIVE FOR THE SUBJECT MATTER WITHOUT CAREFUL CONSIDERATION!) this:
http://www.care2.com/news/member/733929969/372045
The truth is being revealed and finally reaching wider audiences. Thank you Nadia for sharing this story and for being a shining light to all through high spirited and beautiful integrity. Your friend in kind,
Tia
 

Susan Duncan (25)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 12:23 am
What a story, Jeanne, such beautiful loyalty. I can only imagine how you must have felt! I hate to laugh, your misfortune was no laughing matter, forgive me, but the mental image you painted was very funny.

This Katrina animal slaughter is an absolute outrage. If found and immediately prosecuted, those involved should be sent to jail for decades. The poor people caught up in the grave missteps surrounding every facet of hurricane Katrina must have felt such horrible raw panic and deep searing grief at having to leave their animals behind. It's too bad that many of them, due to finances or other reasons, could not have planned their exit from the area earlier so they could have taken their animals with them. I would have been one who faced the barrel of a gun and dared them to shoot me in order to stay with my beloved cats. There is no way I would trust anyone who promised that someone would come back for them or otherwise "help." People will say anything to manipulate those in distress. I can't imagine leaving my cats behind under any circumstances if I was physically able to comprehend. Here in the Midwest, we are plagued by tornadoes and terrible lightening storms. My husband and I have a plan in place to ride out all possible adverse weather conditions in a safe place in our house -- with our four kitties. Under no circumstances would we ever selfishly compromise their safety for our own. We could never live with the guilt aftermath. I feel so sorry for the Katrina animal lovers who were victimized by the hurricane and the government.
 

Lucky Children A (104)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 1:09 am
Thank you Nadia. This absolutely disgusting. What will happened to the criminals ?
 

Pam F (221)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 1:41 am
This is just horrible - many American cops have an attitude to animals that's not much of an improvement on the ones slaughtering dogs on the streets of China!I I've read things here that have absolutely shocked me - it would be really scarey living in communities where those meant to protect would would do things like this.Once again,I was in tears reading this story.
And then Jeanne's story made me laugh out loud,at the same time! (Sorry,Jeanne,I know it was anything but funny for you at the time,but the vision it conjured up was priceless - especially blowing your nose on the coffee filters!)
An,Nadia,I'll go sign the petition for Bill right now.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 2:37 am
WHERE IS THE PETITION?
 

Candy L (473)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 2:46 am
They would have had to shoot me, I would never give up my cats & I would never leave them.
 

Candy L (473)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 2:55 am
Yes , Where is the petition, or is there one? When I click on visit site, it takes me to Help Billy the elephant retire from LA Zoo petition.
 

Monica B (157)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 4:32 am
Just lost for words,and just can't beleive these can be called "Human Beings"....
 

Olga M (324)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 5:45 am
noted.
 

Patricia H (90)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 6:12 am
Just horrible. I can't stop crying. I don't think I would be able to leave my animals, even with a gun pointed to my head. Atleast if they killed me, the cop that was responsible for it would hopefully have been put behind bars. These a--holes aren't going to get punished for what they did.
 

Nadia Donato (476)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 6:26 am
Sorry for the confusion, folks but I'll repost what I said last:

OMG I'M SUCH A DINGBAT!!! I POSTED THE WRONG URL!! LOL

Here's the real ABC news link:
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3265151&page=1

The one I posted leads to Marcy's petition to free Billy the Elephant in LA! lol I just signed that petition before posting this news article, had too many tabs, and somehow I lost my cut and paste skills :-)

SORRY EVERYONE! I'm glad I posted the entire article. While you're here, please click on "visit site" and sign Billy the Elephant's petition :-)
 

Peggy S (16)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 6:37 am
All sad news!
 

Paul Walsh (93)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 6:40 am
Glad that you did post the entire article and I agree with a comment by Patricia H. these people are first class grade A number one A__Holes and they will go unpunished because animals have no real right when they are left by their owners.
 

Jenny S (16)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 7:44 am
Pasado's Safe Haven was very instrumental in helping to pursue this case. After appointing an investigator the group paid for all of the necessary necropsies so that should those responsible be caught, forensic evidence would be available for prosecutorial purposes. Hats off to Pasado's AND David Leeson Jr., who captured evidence on video! Without their help the two law officials responsible for this heartless tradegy would never have been caught or prosecuted. After the indictment by a grand jury I'd heard nothing more of the case so am delighted to read it is still being pursued. The dogs who died at the hands of these two unconscionable men deserve justice and the men deserve to spend the rest of their days in prison.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 8:58 am
NOTED! This is an outrage!!! The way Hurricane Katrina was handled, or rather, NOT handled, is a disgrace! Watching mothers wading in chest high water, holding their children in the air, 2 WEEKS after the hurricane hit, is unacceptable! While visiting my parents in TX, last year, my mother and I took a trip to Shreveport LA. Mom had reserved a Luxury Suite for us. I had never been to a casino before. I was shocked to find parents and children who were obviously stressed, wearing ragged clothes, wandering aound the fancy casino. I told my mother that I didn't think a casino was a proper place for children, she told me that they were Katrina victimswith no where else to go. This broke my heart! The way the family pets were and are being treated is uncceptable! There were plenty of parts of LA, that weren't flooded. I find it hard to believe, there were NO available accomidations to keep these animals, where they could be fed and housed, until their owners could return for them! My pets are members of my family, my heart breaks, for the people who have lost their "furry" family members.
 

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 10:48 am
I've read all the comments and I'm mad enough to squirt blood from my eyes, too, Carole - what insensitive clods, what heartless s.o.b.'s, what a miserable mess - as if the hurricane wasn't bad enough, people had to have this, too? I will never forgive Bushler and Co. for how they didn't handle this hurricane - and I hope, really hope that what goes around comes around for the idjits who are responsible for so much heartache.
 

Agnes Corbett (548)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 12:17 pm
Like Jennie wrote,I also read about the suspicions on this case just when they found the dogs dead.Today,in tears,I read the article and all the comments posted.I would never, by no means, leave any of my pets behind, under no circumstances, tho understand why those poor Katrina people had to leave theirs.Tehy were scared with the Katrina and the guns around them!Now, I wonder if any of these dogs belonged to a rich person, or all these dogs belonged to rich persons... would them dogs had to be left behind? Would these people that shot them, would they have also killed the riches´people animals? What I understood from all this is that either a rescue is a COMPLETE one - or that cannot be called a rescue / evacuation. There will be money to buy new homes, new furniture, new cars. There will be no money to have those poor animals to be brought to life again and return to their owners. I am sure no money will, ever, pay for the desperate feelings these animals´owners had when having to leave their pets behind and, on top of this moment, learnning later on that they were cruelly and stupidly and #$$¨%$#@#$%$##$$$%% shot. No money will ever pay for a life - human or animal one. Colleen, I would do the same as you did...!
 

Patricia rommers (33)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 12:45 pm
So very sadly noted, from South Africa
PS: I found this so disgusting to think that the people in charge of law and order did this to poor, terrified animals
 

Dawn H (102)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 1:33 pm
I hope they actually bring these cruel deputies to justice -- not just sweep it under a rug with a few "disciplinary actions" as is normally done. Jerks like these should NOT be civil servants! If they mistreat animals what is stopping them from mistreating people also!
 

Karen M (176)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 2:10 pm
Throughout the entire horrible fiasco, animals, including all pets, were treated as a nuisance by authorities in doing their "real work".
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 2:16 pm
This does cause for a time of mourning for the needless suffering. Many offers to help and once again blood thirsty idiots are firing at innocent little faces that cannot defend themselves.

This is America and a system that protects and serves turned loose with no authority and at the time probably thinking no consequence for each action.

There is no telling who or what else remains to be seen
Why not try each offender as individuals for the potential danger they are.
Are the courts in agreement there is association with animal cruelty and abuse of children and other violent crimes?
They did not think they would get caught and they did horrific acts and should answer like anyone else, Katrina does not make them exempt.
 

Linda G (30)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 3:40 pm
This is breaking my heart. What evil people to have done this. May God have mercy on their souls as no one else will!
 

Barb Knight (1685)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 4:21 pm
They'd have to KILL ME TOO because I'd REFUSE to leave WITHOUT MY DOG!!!! Heart breakingly noted. Thanks Nadia.
 

Jean F (3)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 4:29 pm
More and more we live in a police state where we and those we love have no rights. What has become of us that our fellow Americans threaten to shoot us of we do not abandon our beloved companions then lie to us and murder them when we have lost all else.

I would rather die than have this happen to me. May the people and their beloved companions find peace somehow. Trust no one. $#*(*%$%%@$^&* for what I can't write here.
 

Jean F (3)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 4:49 pm
Here is a link to the video:

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3265628
 

Dee Williams (32)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 5:20 pm
I am afraid they would have had to shoot me. When we have cyclones here I will not go to the shelters as dogs are not allowed. I hunker down in the bathroom with my best mate Ajax. After all, he wouldn't leave me. People given a bit of authority during a natural disaster usually turn out to be nasty human beings and pets are at their mercy. I am sooo very sorry for all these poor distressed people. My peace be with you all and I hope you get justice for your beloved pets.
 

. (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 8:25 pm
animals are just like people
 

Corinne d (103)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 8:44 pm
"animals are just like people"....you darn right; people were shot in New Orleans and more will be sacrificed in this Bush Nazi-land.
 

PipperLea N (236)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 9:43 pm
These beautiful pets once gave some one uncondtional love at one time. How heartbreaking!! Whoever can justify doing this to these beautiful animals has no heart..Thankyou Nadia.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 13, 2007, 12:07 am
i would never leave my beloved pets.NEVER .they go with me or i dont go! if we think that Catrina was bad with what was done by the LAW? i wonder what will come to be if we were in some real trouble and Marshal Law was enacted?? then holy Hell would break out.blessings to all and hug you pet.
 

Rod Gesner (60)
Wednesday June 13, 2007, 1:24 am
People who are Threatened at gun point are not Free citizens or even refugees but victims and prisoners !The police in the USA Are the most dangerous gang out there and La or LA Cali Both have reputations for being Some of the most brutal and Corrupt Just think What it would be like in S Cali or your home town! ! The next major dissaster will be The Excuse for all out marshall Law and Pets Especially Dogs that might not allow thier Owners to be Bullied will Be First on the hit list. They might Pretend to take them to Shelters But with a Crisis to manage They won't last long; They will Probably Just start Shooting them in front of thier Owners Because They feel threatened Just like they do now When They kick in Your door to Protect the world from Drugs That Arn't promoted by Big Pharm! ! We Might have a Chance if We live Deep in the Woods But The Police and Army Will Not Be Allowed to Show compassion For in times of Extreme martial law They too Will Be shot for disobeying orders...........
 

Aggie M (44)
Wednesday June 13, 2007, 3:26 am
I have to echo the folks that would refuse to leave their animals. {4 cats and 1 dog} As for having a gun stuck into my face, I think my reaction would be fury. I imagine that I would jump up into the gun bearers face and either I'd get killed or I'd end up with the gun in the other guy's face telling him where he could evacuate to! I disagree honeysucklebarb, animals are better than people. Who gives these guys the right to demand that anyone leave their property anyway! Let the people know the dangers, be sure they understand, and leave them alone to make their own decision! That is what it should be! I would never be able to go without my kids!
Please, never underestimate the evil of man! Man is capable of such cruelty that it is mind bending. The ability to hurt for thrills is totally a human thing and too many of them have got it down to a science! Disgusting!
 

Dusty K (1339)
Wednesday June 13, 2007, 5:37 am
I would NEVER leave my animals behind, nor ask any member to do so. I helped out at the Katrina hurricanes, along with my dog, locating family members and reuniting them. Many of them were worried about their pets, and we did the best we could to keep them together. Some were taken by the "man's best friend" organization, to be in foster homes until the owners could get back on their feet. The adopted parents also had to sign an agreement form, stating they would return the pets to the rightful owners. Their is NO EXCUSE for this sort of treatment of any animal. Jeanne, I'm with you. My dogs are my babies. I would not desert them, as I know they would remain by my side, no matter what. It's a loyality no human can fathom.
 

Lucky Children A (104)
Wednesday June 13, 2007, 9:55 am
This terrific diseater happened long time ago. Why people is only touched now.
I let a comment on this horror and do'nt want to repeat. But sadism and mdness are always surprising me.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 13, 2007, 12:44 pm
Noted with sadness!!
 

Pat M (2)
Wednesday June 13, 2007, 3:22 pm
'THEY' are sitting on billions of dollars, still unspent to recover from their damages, and they just kill these animals, who were as children to the families, and who were NOT allowed to take their kids along on rescue?

You know, when people are so dumb, maybe they should be locked up so they can't breed. If courts fine these jerks, they will just pay with public funds, no? That will take away from what little rebuilding is going on. I would lock them up for at least 10 years in the worst out of state prison imaginable.

 

Candi Ausman (69)
Friday June 15, 2007, 2:16 pm
What? They were going to shoot the people if they didn't leave, too? Isn't that illegal? How could they threaten them like that?

After all the people and animals went through, then the animals get killed! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
 

Shirley H (49)
Friday June 15, 2007, 2:49 pm
This is horrible news to me - I just don't know what to say - has the world gone mad - helping animals and children are my main concern, also the elderly - anyone who can not help them self.
Shirley H.
 

Christina B (24)
Friday June 15, 2007, 3:09 pm
This is so horrifying.
 

Ann Stickel (12)
Friday June 15, 2007, 10:26 pm
This is so disgusting, heinous, horrifing -- there are not enough evil words to describe it. I've been away a few days and just catching up on my Care2 news. I nearly stopped several times in trying to read this article, it is so sick and made me so sick. This is just cold hearted blood bath. This is the mentality of the nazi. Animal abusers eventuially abuse humans. It is very very scary.
I join all the others, they would just have to shoot my body protecting my cats, as they (cats) would do for me.
Candi Ausman -- I agree, Threating people with a gun is illegal.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 12:51 am
The only way they will get to shoot my dogs is through my back while i am holding them. No ways will i leave them behind to face anything on their own.

I am somewhat confused here though, or i lost the plot somewhere, i was under the impression that democracy covered all states of the USA. What the hell is going on there ?
 

Joan Z (10)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 9:56 am
How can people be so cruel I just cannot understand
 

Jennifer M (2)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 11:10 am
I can't even to begin what these people must have gone through. I would go to any lengths to keep my pets with me but when some asshole cop puts a gun to my head to take my babies away from me it's hard to know what I would do. I would like to think I would fight to death. If these people can kill these family pets without blinking an eye, they will just as easily kill a human the same way. These people were hired to protect us? We need to think again who we hire to be our police or our government. I go back and forth on how I feel about the death penalty but I wish these people would be put in a locked room and shown the respect the same way they respected those family pets. I also hope some day the people that lost their pets in this unexcuseable killings can find peace. I don't think I ever could!
 

Paula Cline (6)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 2:28 pm
What a horrific tragedy to these people who had their lives snatched away. After the devastation of the hurricane, they had their homes destroyed, and then to have to leave their beloved pets is bad enough. Then they had to learn that their pets were killed in such brutality is unthinkable. These poor animals wre alreadly scared and confused. They didn't know what was going on. But to have the people who was supposed to help them just kill them is sadistic. I hope these "people" are exposed and legally dealth with. To bad they didn't give the poor animals that chance.
 

. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 3:17 pm
Cold Blooded Murderers!!!!
 

serge vrabec (278)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 6:12 pm
Anyone who can hurt animals for no reason, can surely do the same to humans. Cruelty is horrible
 

Rob S (112)
Saturday June 16, 2007, 9:52 pm
Lets see,,,an officer points a gun at your childs face and threatens to shoot if you DON,T leave the dog(s).Sounds like a threat to one,s life.Last i heard it was an offence.Shooting pets is or at least should be an offence.No reasoning behind the shooting(s)and be damed if i let anyone make me leave my dogs.The perpetrator(s) should be found and full punishment should be served.
 

Sanat O (40)
Monday June 18, 2007, 7:29 am
Line thm all up and shoot them as an example. That will soon put pay to their actions of killing defenceless Pets.
I guarantee they would never do it again.

Sanat
 

Pat M (2)
Monday June 18, 2007, 5:04 pm
From your mouth to God's ears, Sanat.

Gosh, how I dislike hating people and feeling pettiy and vindictive, but some things are just so horrible and heartless that it is hard to feel kindly. I guess that's why the Dalai Lama is who he is and I am me.
 

Sanat O (40)
Monday June 18, 2007, 7:18 pm
My Previous Comment may be a bit strong but by God somehow an example has to be made to stop people from doing this kind of callous unnecessary and premeditated cruelty. It's another example of Animal Rights being irrelevant to these people. Lock them up and throw away the key. We don't need these kind of peple out in our communities particularly as Police Officers.

SANAT
 

Pat M (2)
Tuesday June 19, 2007, 7:02 am
Yes, I guess each community devises the criteria necessary to become a police officer, and many do not have testing in mental stability and keeping a cool head in a dire situation.

I would be fearful of their decision making abilities.

It reminds me, when Guiliani was mayor of NY, how those cops shot that poor innocent black guy 45 times merely for pulling out his wallet to show his id - which they mistook for a gun or something.

This was just brushed off as an unfortunate accident, which was what the mayor kept telling reporters before the investigatin even took place. If the guy had been a white Wall Street broker retuning home late, you can bet it would not be brushed off that easily.

What spooks me, is that I agree, it probably WAS a mistake by the first guy who fired, but why did all (was it 8) start a shooting frenzy at that first shot? Too many times, we find this, one cop shoots and the others just start in, without thinking. After one shot, perhaps a person could recover. Is it that there is a policy to support one another and leave no witnesses?

We need police and many are very fine people and good examples, but there should be a way to weed the bad out. If there are too many bad cops, a critical mass occurs and the new good ones eithr quit or become corrupt, else they never get promoted and get only the bad jobs.
 

TerryAnn T (64)
Tuesday July 3, 2007, 9:36 pm
This is shameful. I hope attorneys help these people file crimminal and civil suits. Not only against the police - but against the individuals if they can be found.
 
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