Trial for cruelty to a puppy set for Monday
SHREVEPORT - Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says demonstrations won't be allowed near the courthouse during trial of a man accused of abandoning a pit bull puppy in a rental unit last year.
Thirty-two-year-old Gabriel Lee is scheduled for trial Monday on a charge of cruelty to the puppy, then 4 months old.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick says prosecutors who have monitored social media told Prator that demonstrations were likely.
She says the district attorney has told Prator that higher courts have upheld a state law against protests in or near state court buildings.
The puppy was barely alive when he was found. He survived and has been adopted by the couple who fostered him after a stay in a veterinary emergency clinic. They named him Braveheart.