An Idaho family is extremely outraged that a sheriff’s deputy shot their dog Bobby in their own fron yard.
About a week ago, a Teton County Idaho Sheriff’s Deputy knocked on Leonel Barboza’s door. Barboza said the officer stated that there was a complaint that Bobby had bitten someone and that he was here to put him down and to “kill him”.
He asked if there was any proof, and the deputy said that he didn’t need any proof.
Barboza then retrieved Bobby, the family dog of five years, while the deputy took out a rifle from his car. They walked to the front yard and the officer and Barboza tied the dog to a pole and the deputy fired three shots at Bobby.
Inside the house, Barboza’s wife and son heard the gunshots. Barboza said that there were kids in the street that were watching the officer shoot Bobby. He said, “My heart was broken seeing an officer killing my dog.”
The deputy then got into his vehicle and drove away while Bobby was bleeding profusely from his head.
The Barboza family was distraught and thought that Bobby would not make it. But luckily, Bobby survived the shooting and is on medication for his injuries.
The Teton County Idaho Sheriff did not disclose much about the incident and said it is still under investigation. He said there have been several complaints about Bobby.
But when a local news team checked court records, there was only one complaint that was filed last year and it was dismissed. Barboza said he was not aware of the complaint.
The Baborza family hired an attorney and he said, “If the facts are as they appear, the deputies behavior is disgusting, troublesome, and appalling. The officer needs to be held responsible.”
As of now, the officer is still on duty and currently working.