A puppy was killed by a New Orleans police officer Saturday night in the Lower Garden District, the New Orleans Police Department reported.
The department’s Public Integrity Bureau is investigating the shooting, which occurred about 9:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Felicity Street.
The 18-week-old puppy, named Apollo, was recently adopted by the Lower Garden District residents, NOLA.com reports. The officer was investigating a complaint over loud voices at the home.
Marcus Gandy said he fostered Apollo for about a month before the dog was adopted.
“His name was Apollo,” Gandy told WWLTV.com over the phone. “I have his brother here with me. They’re both small enough to carry under your arm.”
Apollo, was about a month old when he arrived at Trampled Rose Rescue & Rehab on the Northshore, the program’s founder and director Holly Williams said Sunday morning.
Williams described Apollo as a sweet, tiny, cute puppy.
“He was four to five weeks old when we got him December 15,” Williams said. “We got his mother and a litter of nine.”
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Williams said the family that adopted Apollo told her he was killed by NOPD officers.
Having met Apollo through the dog’s owners, Jennifer Lee said Apollo was small & playful.
“He was not at all a threat,” Lee said. “He couldn’t even bark.”
Gandy said Apollo was recently featured as a part of a Pythian Market’s first puppy wedding, an effort to raise money for the rescue organization that helped him.
The dog’s owners, Derek Brown and Julie-Barecki Brown told The New Orleans Advocate | The Times-Picayune they had gotten into an argument the night before.
NOPD was responding to reports of a loud argument.
“Married couples do that sometimes,” Brown said.