Video Shows More Details After Deputy-Involved Animal Shooting 1/30/14
CBS 7 News
January 30, 2014
ECTOR COUNTY-An Odessa family says their dog will lose a leg after it was shot by deputies, who were called out to handle an aggressive animal. The Ector County family is outraged, but the sheriff says the animal charged at the deputy and the officer's reaction was within protocol.
CBS 7 saw video of the incident recorded by the sheriff’s deputy. This was the second day in a row that deputies responded to a report of an "aggressive dog" and the video shows the dog charging at the deputy, who had just three seconds before yelling at the dog and firing a shot.
The dog's chain lies limp. An Ector County sheriff's deputy shot the dog after responding to a call this Sunday.
"When he came Sunday, he had the intent to kill the dog, that’s all there is to it, he was going to put the dog down,” said Pam Shreve, the dog’s owner. “He’s our baby, he’s like one of my kids, that’s the way our animals are, they’re my kids.”
The dog now has multiple casts, awaiting amputation on at least one leg. The sheriff says it was the second day in a row they responded to a report of an aggressive dog. They told the owner just the day before to tie down his chain.
“He walked out of the gate, steps in and the dog ran straight at him, then the deputy yells at the dog,” said Sheriff Mark Donaldson, who reviewed the video with CBS 7. “The dog gets within two feet of him, the deputy yells at the dog, who is bearing his teeth, coming at him full bore, and he pulled his weapon and shot the dog.”
The owners say the deputy should not have shot the dog, but according to the video, the officer yelled "get back" twice while walking backwards before shooting the dog.
"Watching what it is and how fast this happened, I don’t know if he would’ve had time to do anything different,” Donaldson said.
No charges or citations are expected in this incident.
CBS 7 also spoke with the woman who shares the yard where the dog was shot. She said she has called police to chain up the dog before because it has charged at her more than once.