A Georgia man says that after police officers shot his dog, they wouldn’t allow him to try and save the beloved animal’s life.
Tim Theall says that he understands why the DeKalb County police officer shot his dog, but he can’t figure out why he wasn’t allowed to help save the 9-year-old German Shepherd’s life. Two officers reportedly arrived at the home to investigate a false house alarm call, and as they were walking near the home, Theall’s beloved dog ran around the house and startled the officers, ultimately prompting one to shoot it.
"And before I turned the corner of the house, I heard two shots; I heard a cop go, 'Holy [expletive],'" said Theall to NBC Atlanta. “The dog was still alive, clearly bleeding like crazy and the police officer blocked my exit.”
Theall says he tried to go help his dog, whose name is Doctor, but the officers wouldn’t let him, even going as far as threatening to arrest him if he tried to do anything.
“The dog was still alive, clearly bleeding like crazy and the police officer blocked my exit,” said Theall. “Finally he convinced me that I would be thrown in jail if I didn't just stay where I was. No steps were taken by DeKalb police whatsoever to try to save my dog's life.”
Animal control later arrived and rushed the dog to a veterinarian, and thankfully, the dog survived, but Theall still wonders why the officers wouldn’t do anything to help stop the bleeding or assist Doctor in any way.
Since the story went viral, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Theall and his wife pay the dog’s medical bills. DeKalb County police say the incident is under investigation.
Sources: 11 Alive News, Daily Caller, Reason