Dog Shot By Deputy Who Was Investigating Noise Complaint

A Broward County, Florida deputy shot Fred, an 11-year-old Dalmatian, when she was investigating a complaint about a barking dog. The deputy shot Fred twice while he was in the backyard. She said she feared for her life when he lunged at her.

The deputy said there was no beware of dogs sign and Fred was not leashed. Fred’s owners said that the yard is surrounded by an invisible electric fence.

Fred’s owners also question why the deputy didn’t knock on their door first when she went to investigate the complaint.

Fortunately, Fred will recover and is scheduled to have surgery for his wounds.

15 Responses to “Dog Shot By Deputy Who Was Investigating Noise Complaint”

  1. Goody 4 Paws says:

    I get so sick of reading these heart-wrenching stories about deputies who “aren’t trained to deal with animals.” What about a little training? Where is the compassion for life? I don’t understand why training is needed to deal with a dog that’s barking at ducks. Usually a phone or doorbell would be the weapon of choice in such situations.

    And why the hello would you need any special training to help a family load their pet into their car after you just shot it?

    Evidently common sense just isn’t very common anymore.

  2. Stefani says:

    This exact same thing happened in Maryland — where I live — and was on the news this morning. Actually, in the Maryland case, the cops went to the wrong house (were looking for a suspect and went to his neighbors instead), and even though they figured out they were in the wrong house, they shot the ladies dog in the yard. They wouldn’t even let her go outside to hold the dog as it died.

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  3. kaefamily says:

    These tragedies could have been avoided if there was an animal control offer (the equivalent of a policeman) was there. That is what should be implemented from now on if there was an animal involved. We already have social workers tagging along with cops in domestic violent situation. These cases demonstrate the laziness and callousness of law enforcement. To them, “It’s just an animal. Not a breathing living being.”

  4. Lynne says:

    “…they were in the wrong house, they shot the ladies dog in the yard. They wouldn’t even let her go outside to hold the dog as it died.”

    Oh, Jesus. I can’t even articulate how furious I would be.

  5. Bill says:

    What about the owners responsibility? It appears that there were no signs that indicates there’s an invisible fence. So from the deputy’s eyes, she has a relatively large dog coming at her, with no restraint on it and he is probably barking loudly and excitedly. She’s there to investigate a complaint about a barking dog. As far as she can see there is nothing between her and this dog running straight at her.

    Granted, if she did not she should have gone to the front door first and rang/knocked. Remember, all we have is the owners claiming that the deputy did not come to the front door.

    In my mind, this could have been avoided if there had been a REAL fence, not one of these stupid invisible ones. First off, the invisible ones don’t keep anything OUT of the yard so children could wander in and be injured. Second, if a dog is excited enough (in either a good or bad way) the small shock given won’t deter them one bit from proceeding past the invisible fence line - I have witnessed that on several occasions. Keep in mind that from a legal perspective, invisible fences do NOT offer homeowners protection from liability!

    So, as far as I’m concerned both the deputy AND the owners share fault and Fred is the one who suffered the consequences. Thank goodness it looks like he will survive. Now maybe the dummies who own him will put in a real fence.

  6. straybaby says:

    Bill, that would be assuming the owners are *allowed* to put up a “real” fence. not all town/hoa laws allow a nice fenced yard and some only allow the lower 4ft fences, which would not contain a Dalmatian that wanted to visit the neighbors.


    that’s happened here in NY (Bronx if i remember correctly) also. cops chasing a suspect through someones yard and shot the dog, also a Dalmatian.

  7. Stefani says:

    Here is the link to the Maryland Story:

    “Deputies Raid Wrong Address, Kill Couple’s Dog”

  8. Milehill says:

    Can they sue the county for the vet bills? I can’t believe the “deputy” didn’t knock on the front door first…unbelievable. Maybe they should have pepper spray or some form of non-lethal weaponry for use on family pets?

  9. Lynn says:

    “…they were in the wrong house, they shot the ladies dog in the yard. They wouldn’t even let her go outside to hold the dog as it died.”

    This is horrible. Just horrible.

  10. Nora and Rufus says:

    Those f-ing jerks, shooting those dogs and acting like that. Hope that karma catches them and leaves them regreting it for the rest of their miserable lives. What horrid, ignorant human beings.

  11. Jenny Bark says:

    Sometimes I think the only good people left in this world is pet parents. Humans are becoming such low life. I feel so sorry for the babies & all the pet parents. Why even have a home & pay taxes if you can’t even let you dog out to go to the bathroom or have some fun without being scared for their life?

    Bill, lots & lots & lots of places in Flordia you can’t have a fence.

  12. Don Earl says:

    From: http://www.invisibleelectricdo.....cekit.html

    “Some dogs respond well to invisible fences and some do not. It is important to consider the size and temperament of your own pet. Sometimes very large dogs do not feel enough of a shock for it to deter their misbehavior. Wild or rambunctious dogs may also ignore the electric shock of the invisible fence.”

    If the pet owner was home, the cop should have shot him instead of the dog. It really isn’t fair that a pet should have to pay the price for its owner’s negligence.

  13. Tanya says:

    No it’s not “fair”, but life isn’t far.

    Cops have to act for thier own safety first, for the safety of thsoe they serve second, and for homeowners, last.

    the cop in the original story did as she is trained to do. if you are investigating, you do NOT walk up and ring the bell. *if* on the chance the dog is some kind of guard dog for a drug house, or if there is domestic violence, or if the dog is a violent stray you ***always*** assess the situation first.

    and that does not includ alerting the “pet parents” that you are there.

    as for no good humans left save “pet parents”, given how many of you like to form lynch mobs for people you see as criminals (prior to any trial, but more importantly, prior to any study of the facts at hands), i’m not sure some of you have any room to talk about being “Human.”

    Let’s all try to give a rest to this incessant attacks on people in teh news who you *think* are in teh wrong, prior to really understanding what the situation is. It is always sad pets are killed. but that doesn’t mean teh “killer” (as you like to call them) are in teh wrong.

  14. Milehill says:

    OK…let’s see…the deputy was investigating a barking complaint. She invades the dog’s backyard without even attempting to knock on the front door. The dog is a dalmation, a breed not generally associated with viciousness; the neighborhood looks to be middle class, not a drug house to be sure…can we all agree if a deputy leaves the car without pepper spray or it’s equivalent, she is a dunce? God forbid she ever feels “threatened” by a human being because using her logic, she shoots first and asks questions later.

  15. Jenny Bark says:

    The dog barks at some ducks on it’s own property & the pet parents arn’t even given a warning & the dog is shot. Bullshi!!, thats a killer on your property, not someone to protect, serve & defend our constitution.

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