Florida Officer Shoots, Kills Family's Bulldog (Video)

| by Emily Smith
Gillian Palacios embracing dead dogGillian Palacios embracing dead dog

A Florida family is in distress after their pet 2-year-old Bulldog was shot in the head and killed in front of them (video below).

A police officer knocked on Gillian Palacios’ house door on Oct. 20 in Florida City, Florida, to alert her that her car door had been left open, Miami Herald reports. When Palacios answered the door, her 40-pound Bulldog mix named Duchess ran outside.

In surveillance footage, the officer reaches for his gun and shoots the dog three times in the head.

Palacios and her daughter are now mourning the loss of their pet.

The family noted that they can’t understand why the officer shot Duchess, who was simply running through the yard.

“She was curious. She wasn’t barking [and] she wasn’t growling,” Palacios told Fox 6 Now on Oct. 20, according to Daily Mail. The interview has since been deleted from Fox 6 Now's website.

“There was no reason for him to think she was aggressive in any way," Palacios added.

In photos following the event, Palacios and her daughter can be seen crying. Palacios noted that Duchess had come from a nearby shelter, where she was described as loving and docile.

“We don’t have the luxury of hindsight,” police spokesperson Officer Ken Armenteros said following the incident. “We have to use the information that is given to us in a split second.”

The officer in question has since been out on administrative leave during an investigation into the event. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Miami Herald

Photo Credit: Daily Mail