A family in Atlanta is devastated after a police officer shot and killed one of their beloved pets.
Kelly Rodriguez says someone in her home accidentally called 911. The police responded to the call. When Rodriguez opened the door, her two dogs dashed out into the fenced-in yard.
One of the officers shot 2 year-old Jane in the head, a rescued Labrador-pitbull mix.
Jane didn’t survive emergency surgery to remove the bullet from her face.
Rodriguez said her dog was not trying to attack the officer.
“They shot her and then they were pointing the gun at my 14-week-old puppy. And I ran down in the yard to pick her up to take her upstairs to protect her.”
Police said they shot Jane because the owner did not call the dog off of the officer.
“She was running, but that’s what she does. She runs to greet people. She wasn’t malicious. She didn’t bite him,” Rodriguez said.
The ASPCA says that most instances of police shooting dogs are avoidable. The organization receives reports on a regular basis of dogs that have been shot by police officers. In a position statement on law enforcement response to potentially dangerous dogs, the ASPCA says:
Most police departments require detailed reports any time an officer discharges a firearm, even accidentally. Some of these reports reveal a disturbing trend. Our review of public records of firearms discharges by police indicates that it is common for 50% or more of all shooting incidents to involve an officer shooting a dog. Many of these incidents involve multiple shots fired and many do not result in the dog’s swift, humane death.
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