Dog Shooting Incidents
POLICE SHOOTINGS OF DOGS IN GEORGIA
Doctor (German Shepherd, 9 yeas)
July 24, 2014 – DeKalb Co.
- Officer investigating false home alarm, when dog Doctor allegedly charged around the house at him; officer fired, hitting dog. Officer called animal control for “dead dog” and refused, under threat of arrest, to allow owner to take it to veterinarian for over an hour. Doctor has since made a recovery.
- Officer resigned
- Internal affairs investigation ongoing
Dakota Corbitt (child, 10)
July, 2014 – Coffee County
- Officer pursuing shooting suspect through residential area; attempted to shoot dog in yard, hit 10 year old Dakota Corbitt instead
- Internal investigation ongoing?
Booder (Pit mix)
May 28, 2014 – Royston, GA (Hart Co.)
- Booder was shot at night, with a rifle, by an off-duty Royston police officer. Booder was roaming, and entered the officer’s back yard. The officer, fearing that the dog would pose a threat to his Chihuahua, shot Booder and left him to die. Booder’s owners discovered the body later, and the officer freely admitted to shooting a dog. The police department stood by his actions, although the department did investigate the incident.
- An outside magistrate has been called in to determine whether the officer’s shooting was justified or not.
Lucky (Pointer mix, 2 years)
February 8, 2014 (Bibb Co)
- Deputy was responding to a call about 3 aggressive dogs chasing children – although no bites were reported. He reported that he found himself cornered by three aggressive dogs, and fired at one three times when it charged him. That dog was Lucky, and she retreated after she was shot. The police called animal control to collect three dogs, but she could not be retrieved. Her owners later found her and took her to an emergency veterinarian, and she recovered.
- There was an investigation, but no results are available.
Ziggy (Pit bull)
October 24, 2013 – Chatham Co. (Savannah)
- Officers shot the dog that was running loose through the neighborhood. Details are conflicting – police claim the dog was terrorizing the neighborhood at the time of the killing. Owners disagree, but were not aware of the incident until after the dog had died. Witnesses have stated that the dog was aggressive, or that they had had negative encounters with it in the past.
Patches (Jack Russell terrier, 2 years)
October, 2013 – Albany
- Probation officer came to check on a resident of the home, when the 12-lb Jack Russell ran outside, towards the officer, barking. Officer had met the dog before and been told repeatedly that it was not a threat. The officer shot the dog once, fatally.
- Georgia Department of Corrections determined the officer acted appropriately.
Jane (Labrador Pit Bull mix, 2 years)
Nov., 2013 – Atlanta
- Officers were responding to an accidental 911 call, made by owner’s niece. When owner opened the door to speak to the police, Jane ran into the yard towards the officers, one of whom shot her in the head. Jane died in surgery.
- According to Facebook updates by Jane’s owners, the officers were cleared of wrongdoing by an internal investigation
Ammo (Pit Bull Mastiff mix, 10 months)
September 22, 2013 – Jones Co.
- Officers investigating suspected stolen property after mother made a report at the police station. She claims to have specifically told them the dogs were friendly, which they acknowledged. They arrived at her house, and Ammo was in the yard with the owner’s roommate. Ammo walked to investigate the police cruiser, and an officer shot her in the head. She has apparently recovered
- An internal investigation found the officer’s actions justified
The same officer allegedly shot another pet, an English bulldog named Eden, earlier that year in Jones County
- Incident report: http://archive.13wmaz.com/assetpool/documents/131002043019_incidentreport.pdf
Ella (Beagle-boxer mix, 2 years)
May 3, 2013 – Manchester, GA
- Dog was fenced in her yard when animal control officer arrived with police. The owner was not home, but a neighbor tried to intervene and was ordered inside. The animal control officer claimed that Ella was violent, rabid, had been involved in an attack that day, and had to be put down. The officer shot and killed the dog inside its yard.
- An investigation occurred, but results seem unavailable. No disciplinary action was taken against the ACO who ordered the shooting.
Dixie (American Pit Bull, five years)
April 22, 2013 – Vienna, Georgia
- Owner Joy Collins came home and let her dog out into the back yard, not realizing that there were people outside taking care of a kitchen fire. By the time she realized and went to let the dog in, Dixie had been shot and killed by police Captain Cozie Ray. The officer claimed that the dog charged him, and he fired in self-defense.
- An investigation was started, but no updates as to its resolution are available.
September 23, 2012 – Thomasville, GA
- Ford was shot during the night by off-duty Thomasville parole officer, Andrew Childs, the neighbor of Ford’s owner Glen Bierman. Childs claimed that he believed the dog to be a stray, so he shot it multiple times. Bierman found Ford limping and bleeding, with his leg destroyed. Ford was saved, but his leg will require extremely expensive surgery to save.
- An investigation found that the off-duty officer had acted wrongly, and the officer was placed on probation.
Luke (Chocolate Lab)
September, 2012 – Cobb Co. (Smyrna)
- Officers responded to accidentally triggered alarm. Police entered to investigate from rear of home, and Luke, a 100-lb chocolate lab, allegedly charged them. Owner King was standing near the front door, and was unable to intervene. The officers shot the dog once, killing him.
- Investigation found that the officers had properly followed policy and procedure
Unidentified, German Shepherd
Jan. 17, 2012 – DeKalb Co
- Police officers responded to the wrong address for a domestic violence incident with a possibly armed person. The owners, Anthony and Bobbie Currie, had their recently rescued German Shepherd chained in the garage. It allegedly lunged at an officer when he entered, and the officer shot the dog, killing it. The officer then aimed his weapon at Anthony Currie, who was demanding an explanation for the killing of his dog. A supervisor who responded to the scene determined that the address the officer was looking for was across the street.
- The officer was not subject to disciplinary action following an internal investigation.
- Incidentally, the officer, Jerad Wheeler, was investigated in a number of use-of-force incidents, including kicking a pregnant woman in the stomach (for which he was found to have acted properly)
Boo and Nemi (Pit bulls)
Peach County, 2010
Boomer (Golden Retriever, 7 years)
2010 – Clayton
- Officer on foot patrol pursuing suspect selling meat from a pickup truck; dog was off-leash in front yard (electric fence installed, but no sign), left porch, and moved toward officer. Officer shot and killed dog 25 feet from front porch.
- Internal investigation apparently found no wrongdoing
Basil (Labrador terrier mix)
December 30, 2010 – Fulton
- Basil was off-leash in her front yard when a Fulton Co. deputy, attempting to serve process on Basil’s neighbor, entered. Basil allegedly charged the deputy, who shot her in the face twice.
- Basil’s owner had gone inside to find a waste bag, and came out after the shooting. The officer ordered him back inside, and cited the family for allowing the dog off its leash. The person the deputy was attempting to serve allegedly moved away years prior.
- No information available on whether there was an investigation
Ciarra (Black lab)
July 28, 2009 – Atlanta
- An Atlanta police officer was investigating a home alarm triggered while the owners were out of town. The owners called the pet sitter, who spoke with the officer and explained the situation. The officer said he would take one final check in the back yard.
- The officer, who apparently admitted that he is afraid of dogs because of a past incident, saw Ciarra and another dog in the back yard. They barked at him, startling him, and he drew his weapon and shot Ciarra. He was apparently very apologetic, and acted out of shock and fear.
- The police department opened an investigation into firearm use, but no results seem to be available.
Jasmine (mixed breed)
July 27, 2009
- Jasmine, a lab mix, escaped her fenced in yard after her owner’s children accidentally left the gate open. A city employee reported being chased by a vicious dog, and the responding officer’s account was similar. Jasmine was shot after allegedly attacking the officer. She survived.
- The police chief issued a statement that his officers “could only do so much,” because the city had no animal control service, no safe means of capturing animals, and nowhere to put animals even if they could capture them.
- The city seems to have an Animal Control service now
Ruckus (American Pit Bull Terrier, 1 year)
July 15, 2009 – Cobb
- Ruckus, a 100-lb purebred American Pit, was shot by a police officer investigating a domestic disturbance at his owner’s house. When officers burst through the door to the kitchen from the garage, Ruckus attempted to leave the room through the garage. Despite verbal assurances from the owner, one of the officers shot Ruckus three times, killing him.
- The department issued a statement that the officer had acted properly out of fear for his own safety.
Tomato (Rottweiler/Shepherd mix)
May 6, 2009 – Cobb
- Tomato, a 39-lb Rottweiler/Shepherd mix, was shot by an Acworth police officer after allegedly lunging at him and biting his knee. The bike officer was conducting a foot patrol, and accounts differ as to whether the incident occurred inside or outside of Tomato’s yard.
- There is no evidence of an investigation, but Cobb County Animal Control did cite the owners for an off-leash dog.
Hank (Bloodhound/bulldog mix, 14 months)
May 5, 2009 Chickamauga
- The Chickamauga chief of police responded to a call about a loose dog acting aggressively. The dog, Hank, was running up and down the fence between its residence and that of the caller, barking. He slipped through the fence and the chief went to retrieve his pepper spray. Hank then “advanced aggressively” and, fearing attack, the police chief shot and killed him.
- Hank’s owners came home to their dog missing, and after calling a shelter learned that there had been a call from their neighborhood. They eventually learned that the chief of police had put the body on a garbage truck.
- The police department’s position is that the chief acted appropriately.
Veruca (Pit bull mix)
Oct 17, 2008 – Atlanta
- Veruca’s owner heard a commotion and gunshots coming from her fenced back yard. She called her pit bull mix Veruca in, and when the dog came came she had been shot four times. She later learned that a police officer was chasing a suspect through the back yard, and felt threatened enough by Veruca to shoot her.
- Veruca survived after extensive medical treatment, and the mayor’s office issued a statement that the officer had acted properly. There was no internal investigation.
Bear (Labrador Retriever, four years)
September, 2003 – Atlanta
- Bear’s owner left the medium-sized white lab sitting unleashed outside a convenience store while she ran an errand. After less than half a minute, his owner heard gunshots and ran outside to see Bear on the ground, shot, and a police officer walking away.
- The officer alleged that Bear threatened, barked at, and charged him; Bear’s owner disagrees, although she admits her view of the incident was obstructed.
- There does not seem to have been an investigation, but the owner was cited for failing to control her dog.
Shooting deaths of pit bulls 2008
WSBTV report – 100 dogs killed by Metro PD since 2010