On April 10, Brent Vidrine let out their family’s beloved 16 year-old black female pug, named “Meiko” outside to relieve herself. Mr. Vidrine forgot to let Meiko back into the house and frantically began looking for her. He was soon joined by his wife. Unable to locate Meiko late that night, they put up signs in their neighborhood and went on social media, posting a picture of her, offering a reward. The next day, their search for Meiko continued, this time aided by Mrs. Vidrine’s parents, who also live in Eunice.
The search party asked neighbors about the missing dog, including Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Arabie. The couple answered that Meiko had wandered up to the steps of their home.
Mr. Arabie admitted to fatally shooting the dog and disposed it in his trash bin. When asked why he took such drastic action, Mr. Arabie said Meiko was causing his own dogs to bark.
Mrs. Arabie also texted Mrs. Vidrine that she tried to shoo Meiko away from their house prior to the shooting.
Police were contacted and detectives visited the crime scene to investigate. Mr. Arabie was issued a summons for aggravated cruelty to animals, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in jail and/or a fine up to $25,000.
“We are grateful that Sheriff Guidroz, a professed pet lover, personally got involved in this matter and asked some of his senior staff members to lead the investigation,” Jeff Dorson, HSL Director, said. “I think the community will be relieved to know that their sheriff is accessible when needed and handles these types of calls promptly, efficiently and professionally.”
The Humane Society of Louisiana has also partnered with Toney Wade, a well-known humane investigator from St. Mary Parish, who will lead a series of animal cruelty investigation workshops around the state. The first class will be hosted by the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 25th. The class is open to all law enforcement officials or animal control officers. For more information on this and other classes, please contact Mr. Wade at email@example.com.
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