A woman faces charges after a Clayton county police officer shot and killed her dog. This story, from two days ago, is quite disturbing and is just another example of how police walk around in fear, react in murderous ways, and walk away without so much as a slap on the wrist.
According to Claudette Terry she was moving into a new home. The officers pulled up to the house in order to check on a man sitting in her driveway. According to the Terry, the man was a friend.
While speaking to the officer, Claudette’s son opened the front door and the dog ran out into the yard and stood next to Claudette. She claims the dog was not barking, growling, or showing signs of aggression towards the officer. As she was speaking to the two officers that initially showed up, a third officer, Walter Dennard, walked on the scene. According to officer Dennard, 8-Ball, the 5-month-old lab/pit mix lunged at him.
The owner, and other witnesses on the scene, say the officer’s story is false. Brandon Smarr, a witness on the scene, claims the dog never lunged at officer Dennard. Smarr went on to say that “[officer Dennard] just took a step back and he just shot at the dog, and then he started laughing afterward.”
The dog then started shaking on the ground, so the officer walked up to the dog and shot it again right in front of Claudette’s children.
When the officer fired the first shot, her children were in the front yard and her son dropped to the ground crying. She says that she initially thought her son had been hit by the gunshot. After close inspection, she realized her son was fine.
Friends of the family claim the dog was a very lovable dog, non-aggressive, and very close to Terry’s daughter. Unfortunately, they will all have to cope with the tragic event. Given the nature of the incident, reporters filed for a peak into Dennard’s personnel file.
According to the personnel file, Dennard has received several use of force complaints, including a suspension for tazing a suspect in the neck. But the officer is not currently facing any charges or punishment. The dog owner, Claudette Terry, is facing counts of failing to have her animal on a leash as well as failure to have rabies shot paperwork.
The Clayton County police spokesperson refuses to comment because they are currently conducting an internal investigation.
And around and around and around we go. When will this all end? From officerss climbing into people’s yards killing their dog, to SWAT raids at the wrong house resulting in the death of a family’s animals, it is clear the police, and local governments, don’t much care about the well-being of animals, unless it is one of their own.
Why would we ever allow an officer to walk into someone’s yard, fire upon an animal that is within his yard, and walk away charging the animal’s owner with something petty? Even if the animal had lunged at the officer, is it not the nature of an animal to protect his territory? Is the purpose of owning a dog not for protection and companionship? Of course it is, which means police should expect this kind of reaction from a dog.
I can understand an officer killing a dog that has knocked him down and is ripping off his limbs, but only if the officer had a warrant or prior permission to be inside the home. And in the case of that scenario, the dog should ONLY be put down if the owner clearly allowed the animal to escape, knowing the dog would attack the officer.
If the officer hasn’t obtained a warrant, or explicit permission to be inside the property, then that animal has every right to rip the officer limb to limb because the officer is trespassing. Police shouldn’t be forgiven for trespassing, or allowed to trespass. When they do, and they are injured in the process, the owner shouldn’t be held liable for the officer’s stupidity. And if the officer trespasses and happens to kill an animal or person, the officer should be charged accordingly.
If everything in the articles that I’ve read is true, this officer should immediately be fired and charged with animal cruelty as well as destruction of property. I’m sorry Mr. Officer, but if you are afraid of every dog you see when you enter another person’s property, then perhaps you should find a different line of work, because we don’t need a bunch of scared little chicken-shits running around shooting everything that moves, makes a noise, or freaks you out in any way. That’s not how things work around here.
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While this story is a couple of days old, it still needs to be out there because this just goes right along with everything that we’ve been seeing lately where police get to do whatever the hell they want to do. Then, of course, the badge bunnies come out in full force and blame the victim. No justice is ever served, and there are no repercussions for the stupidity and cowardice of police. It must end.