Yet another report has surfaced of police shooting a non-aggressive dog. The latest incident occurred in Johnson County, Ky.
At 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning, Becky Pelfrey awoke to a knock at her door. It was the police. They were there to serve a warrant for someone who no longer lived at the house.
Like most dogs would, Pelfrey’s Great Dane, Boss, walked over to see what was happening. Boss strolled out the door, past two officers, and walked down the porch steps. Pelfrey couldn’t believe what she heard next.
“It was pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” she said. “Just five shots right in a row … I looked out and Boss was lying in the road. And I said, ‘Did you shoot my dog?’ and [the trooper] said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I did, he was charging at me.’”
Luckily, Boss survived the shooting. He was back at home Wednesday after being treated at the vet for four gunshot wounds.
Though Boss survived, Pelfrey is left wondering why the police felt the need to immediately resort to using a firearm when dealing with her dog.
“They could have tazed him,” she said. “They could have pepper-sprayed him, I know they carry batons. They could have taken other precautions instead of drawing [their weapons] and firing.”
Kentucky news station WKYT reached out to Kentucky State Police for comment yesterday. They declined to comment.
Ozymandias Media is currently raising money to make a documentary about police on dog violence in America. They estimate one dog is shot every 98 minutes by a police officer.