“A DeKalb County police officer resigned Monday after coming under fire for shooting a resident’s German Shepherd and then blocking the owner from taking the dog to the vet.”
“The dog’s owners said their one-year-old German Shepherd mix, named Apollo, had run out the front door of their house on the 8700 block of Beck Place around 2:20 p.m. and had returned to the front lawn when police arrived.
“‘I walked over and I tried to call him inside. The police officer had his gun out already,’ said Nicole Echlin, one of the dog’s owners. Her 6-year-old daughter walked with her.
“‘He started showing his teeth — that’s when the officer shot him,’ said Echlin, 27. ‘I didn’t know that was going to happen.'”
“Theall claimed the officer twice used his patrol car to keep him from taking the dog to a veterinary hospital in his own car.
“‘Finally he convinced me that I would be thrown in jail if I didn’t just stay where I was,’ the dog owner said.”
“When they arrived they say Kirkpatrick’s two dogs aggressively approached them.
“They say one backed off, the other, a yellow-lab, exposed its teeth and started growling at officers.
“’The officer felt like he was fixing to be attacked by the dog so he shot the dog,’ said Carlsbad Police Captain Jon Moyers.
“The dog died instantly.”
“‘The officers [then] heard the suspect shout ‘get him’ and observed an aggressive female pit bull coming at them. One of the officers fired his service pistol putting the dog down,’ Scott said.”
((Comment: If this story is accurate, then I blame the dog’s owner for this tragedy. I’m posting only to inform of the shooting of the dog. You can make up your own mind.))
“People all around the nation say they’re tired of family pets being shot by police and are trying to get police to use other resources when it comes to approaching aggressive animals.”
“A Riverside couple who sued police for shooting their pit bull . . . will be paid $30,000 as part of a settlement with the city.”