I am so mad right now! I was wandering around on Facebook because I’m bored at work and I saw this story that made me so mad and disgusted! Here’s the story as I know it: a Lexington police officer lives in a rural neighborhood in Scott County where it’s common for them to have chickens and dogs and other animals like that. One of his neighbors has free range chickens on their property and a 12 year old lab that wanders around outside with them. The police officer has chickens in a coop as well and apparently no fence. So one day he sees the neighbors 12 year old lab wandering on his property, not bothering his chickens, not really bothering much of anything. So he decides to take his gun and follow this dog as it’s leaving his property; he follows it all the way through his yard as it’s walking away from him, not posing any kind of threat or doing anything at all to him, and he shoots the poor baby in the back and kills it 30 feet from the property line. Initially it was said that he would not have faced any charges but there has been such an outcry from the people in the area that he is now under investigation from the Police Department and he could face charges such as animal cruelty. He has admitted to shooting/shooting at 5 other dogs for coming onto his property and has openly said that he will continue to do so if any more dogs come into his yard. The owner of the dog that was killed has said that all the neighbors on their street are worried because most have dogs and sometimes dogs get out, so now they have to worry that their dog might get out and wander across his path on a bad day and end up shot to death.
The more I read into this story the angrier I got, for so many reasons.
1)it’s your neighbor’s dog! Even if you don’t know your neighbors (like me) you still at least know of their pets and you can tell if they’re aggressive (like my neighbors seem to think mine are) or if they’re total sweethearts (which mine actually are). If you live on the same street as the animal, you know if it’s a threat or not, especially in a neighborhood like that.
2)he’s a police officer! Not only should he be held to a higher standard because he is an officer of the law, but he should have known better! He has been trained on how to handle volatile situations and situations including dogs. He should have come up with a better way to handle the situation than following the dog and shooting it in the back.
3) He followed this dog across his whole yard. Even if you aren’t a dog person, you can tell when a pet is just going home. I understand that by the letter of the law, he is allowed to shoot at/kill any animal that is threatening any livestock on his property, but that doesn’t mean that you get free rein to shoot anything that isn’t yours that comes into your yard! What he did is basically the equivalent of stalking a person and shooting them in the back, that’s how I see it. It’s despicable.
4)He’s saying that he’s sorry it happened now but he has openly said that he’ll do it again, which basically means that he’s sorry because everyone’s making a big deal out of it and he’s in trouble. How can someone do something like this and think that it’s ok? He has admitted to the press that he saw that the dog was not a threat to his chickens but that he shot the dog as she was peacefully on her way home because he thought that she might come back at some undetermined future date and be a threat. How much sense does that make?!
5)He’s a police officer. Imagine if he’s this vindictive and short tempered and irrational with his neighbor’s dog that has done nothing to him, what would he be like to a person? I don’t think anybody would fare well with him if they did something or acted some way that he didn’t like. You’d probably end up arrested and throw in jail indefinitely.
This whole story just makes me sick. People make such a big stink about “bully breeds” and talk about how bad they are, but it’s people like this that make dogs mean and angry! I’d bet every penny I have that if he had shot a Rottweiler or a Pit Bull nobody would be taking a second look at this story because those dogs have been branded as ‘dangerous’ and ‘scary’ and all kinds of other things. I bet people would even be saying that the police officer should be rewarded for taking a dangerous animal off the street. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that this story is getting as much attention as it is because this kind of behavior should be punished and discouraged. But this would be a very different story if it hadn’t been a 12 year old lab that was a beloved family pet. These kinds of stories make me so angry! This is why it is my dream in life to be able to open a shelter to help relieve some of the stress on the kill shelters in the surrounding counties, so I can help to change the image of shelter dogs and so I can help to end bully breed stereotyping. And so I can help protect sweet innocent babies from monsters like this man. I hope he does face serious charges and I hope he is forced to pay for what he did. The owner of the dog who was killed said that the police officer murdered one of his children today and I agree with that sentiment 100%. If that had happened to one of my precious fur babies, I would have his head. There would be no ‘trying’ or ‘out for blood’. There would be no other option, I would not be stopped. I would have blood, I would have his badge hanging on my wall. No one should be able to treat someone else’s pet that way and get away unscathed.