Disturbing footage of a couple’s dog being shot to death has been making the Internet rounds, and police in Cleburne, Texas, confirmed one of their officers was responsible for killing the animal.
The unidentified officer responded to a 911 call after a woman reported three pit bulls, which belonged to a neighbor, were snarling at the car door, preventing people from getting out, according to CBS DFW.
The dogs were on the loose when police arrived with one pit bull running to the officer, tail wagging.
In a report, the officer claims one dog growled, and became aggressive. The officers said he raised his weapon when the animal came up the hill growling and showing teeth.
The video captured by the officer’s body cam shows him making “kissing” noises at the dogs to calm them and then firing three shots.
Owner Amanda Henderson says the story didn’t make sense because her dog Max was so friendly.
"I see a murder," she told WFAA.com. "I see him murdering my puppy, our family... our dog.”
Henderson added: “Never once did Max stop wagging his tail. Never once do you hear a growl, an aggressive anything.”
Max’s family created a support page for the slain dog, called “Justice for Maximus,” notes the Free Thought Project.
Cleburne police have launched an investigation, but released the following statement about the 22-second video:
The City is obviously concerned about the video showing an officer shooting a dog. As is often the case, the short video does not tell the whole story.
The officer was responding to a 911 call for assistance. Three dogs had pinned some residents in a vehicle. One dog was secured without incident before the shooting.
The officer was attempting to secure the other dogs until animal control arrived when one dog became aggressive.
The City of Cleburne takes the safety of our residents, their pets, and our officers seriously. This incident is currently under review.
The review will include interviews with witnesses and review of department policies. Once the review is concluded, any actions that may be warranted will be handled swiftly and appropriately.
The Cleburne Police Department is seeking the public’s help if anyone observed this incident, please contact the Professional Standards Unit at 817.556.8884.