Last week, we posted a story about a Teton County Idaho Sheriffâ€™s Deputy shooting a family’s dog in their own front yard while school children watched. Fortunately, Bobby, the dog, survived.
Teton County Sheriff Kim Cooke spoke about the incident this week.
Cooke said the shooting is being investigated and the deputy involved in the incident has been suspended. The Sheriff did say that Bobby was shot in accordance with county ordinances.
He stated, “If any vicious animal so found at large cannot be safely taken up and impounded, such dog may be destroyed by the Animal Care and Control Officer or Teton County Sheriff’s Office.”
Cooke said that there were three complaints about Bobby within five days and he was considered vicious.
He added, “Each of these calls consisted of this animal attacking a mentally disabled woman and ripping the clothing on her body leaving self defense marks on her hands and chasing her into her residence.”
Bobby’s owner, Leo Barboza, said he knows who the accuser is and said she has reported false accounts about dogs in the neighborhood. He added that other neighbors have had problems with the woman because she has claimed that their dogs have also bitten her.
Barboza said that the woman’s claims of Bobby attacking her are not true. He wants justice for what happened to Bobby and wants to see things in the sheriff’s department change with how they deal with animals.
Cooke added, “Teton County Sheriff’s office is considering it a learning experience that we can learn from and improve policy and procedure in dealing with vicious animals.”
Bobby is recovering and will have surgery later this week to have his wounds sewn up.