Louisiana llama recovering from gunshots, owner arrested

February 20, 2019 - 1:06 pm

(WWL.com) - A 67-year-old Opelousas woman was arrested for allegedly shooting her llama after it attacked her.  St. Landry sheriff deputies responded to Madeline Bourgeois’ home to find the injured llama, named Earl, limping in the pasture. Major Eddie Thibodeaux said Bourgeois is now charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

“She was able to make it to the edge of the fence and lock him inside.  The problem was, she went inside her house after the danger was over and she retrieved a gun and shot at him,” said Thibodeaux.

Thibodeaux said the Bourgeois fired four shots at Earl, striking him three times after the llama struck her with his front legs. He says Bourgeois was charged with animal cruelty because she grabbed her gun after the attack was over.

“The fact that she escaped the danger, went into her house and shot the llama, that constitutes felony cruelty to animals,” said Thibodeaux.

Thibodeaux said if Bourgeois felt that Earl was going to attack again, she should have taken a different approach to handle the situation.

“What she should have done is either call animal control or a local vet for advice and maybe they could have assisted her in relocating the llama,” said Thibodeaux.

St. Landry Animal Control & Rescue describes Earl as a trooper as his struggle to recover continues at LSU. Bullets were lodged in the animal’s neck, shoulder, and abdomen, causing a fractured rib.

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