Florida authorities have released body cam footage of a Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy fatally shooting a woman’s dog on Friday while responding to a burglar alarm at the woman’s Dade City home.
WTVT News released portions of the video (shown below) but, citing the video’s graphic nature, did not release all of it.
The owner of the dog, Carla Gloger, told WTVT the deputy ignored warning signs about dogs on the property and hopped over her driveway gate, approaching the house on foot. Gloger said if the deputy had opened the gate and driven up to her house in his patrol car the entire incident could have been avoided.
The deputy, who was reportedly responding to a report of a burglar alarm at Gloger’s home, has said the gate was locked and had to jump over it to reach the house.
Gloger said she is traumatized by the shooting.
"I haven't slept for days. I haven't eaten. It's hard for me to even come out," she said. "I freaked out. I was like, 'oh my God, of all people, I would never think a sheriff would trespass, come over the gate, not unlatch it, and come in and just shoot my dog.’”
In the video released by WTVT, the deputy can be seen checking the gate, then jumping over it and walking across Gloger’s large yard. Two dogs can then be heard barking and running toward the officer before he draws his weapon. No shots are shown in the video aired by WTVT. The deputy reportedly only shot one of the dogs, both of which were Rottweilers.
WTVT reported the dog survived the first shot but a portion of the video not aired by the station is said to show Gloger urging the deputy to “shoot him all the way” and put the wounded animal out if its misery.
The officer reportedly complied and shot the dog in the head.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said the deputy will not be disciplined and did just what he was trained to do. He said the officer had an obligation to reach the home as quickly as possible.
"We're negligent if we don't go to that house and God forbid something happens to her,” Nocco told Fox 13. “It's our duty to go out there and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our citizens. It’s an unfortunate situation that these dogs attacked our deputy.”
Gloger said she raises Rottweilers both as pets and as show dogs. She disagrees with Nocco’s assessment of the incident.
"Dogs are going to be dogs ... Nobody's out here and you're sneaking up, they're going to go run and bark. That's what they do. That's normal instinct," she said. "I want my dog back, but that's not going to happen. I want them to pay for my dog, but that's probably not going to happen. But I don't want it to happen to someone else's pet.”
Police officers shooting dogs is a trend that has become disturbing to many.
So much so that two filmmakers, Patrick Reasonover and Michael "Oz" Ozias, are working to produce a documentary on the trend titled “Puppycide.”
The two recently raised over $45,000 with a Kickstarter campaign that carried the slogan, “Every 98 minutes, a dog is shot by law enforcement. Help us tell their stories.”
That number was arrived at after activists scanned news stories across the country, Reasonover told Citylab, shortly after launching the project. But, he said at the time, he believes the real number is probably much higher.
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